Howdy, y’all, from forced isolation here in Dallas County. We are making the best of the situation. If anything, I have seen families coming together, walking in the evening. Neighbors talking, and maintaining “social distancing.” I am even seeing more people out running and exercising. I can just bet that we are seeing families get the opportunity to sit down, in their homes, and have dinner. These are all the positives, the “better angels of our nature,” arising out of this trying time.
However, as always, there is a downside to any situation, as if shutting down our nation was not bad enough. I pray that we do not have increases in suicides, domestic abuse, child abuse, as there may be those who cannot handle the “forced isolation.” It is best to not surrender to the sense of “cabin fever” but find the means to get out and get fresh air. If there is something we can all do, it is to engage. We must come together and restore that American psyche where we do not succumb to the darkness, the demons that seek us out to steal, kill, and destroy.
Now is a good time to have home Bible studies, or maybe even discuss America, our history, our Constitution. Maybe, this evening, families can gather, with neighbors, and talk about today being National Medal of Honor Day! Yes, the first Medal of Honor was awarded this day, March 25, 1863. We can play more board games, or just do homework and study with our kids. We may be under the edict of forced isolation, but it doesn’t mean that we have to be isolated: “No Man (or woman) is an island.” We all need, and thrive upon social interaction.
That is why what is happening in Wisconsin is highly disturbing.
As reported by Life Site News:
“Dane County, Wisconsin, home to the left-wing stronghold of Madison, has just launched an online tool for the express purpose of reporting to the authorities citizens who gather in groups of ten or more, in defiance of emergency measures ordered by Democrat Gov. Tony Evers to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
This week, Evers ordered the closure of malls, bars and restaurants across the state, and ordered establishments such as churches, theaters, movie theaters, arenas, and fitness centers to bar gatherings of ten or more people. Public schools also remain closed until further notice. So far, Wisconsin has seen three deaths and 206 known coronavirus cases.
On Thursday, Public Health Madison and Dane County launched an online form for people to “report mass gatherings that are being held in Dane County” to law enforcement. WKOW notes that violations of Evers’ order are punishable by up to a month in prison and/or a $500 fine.
Critics argue Evers’ crackdowns on private gatherings go too far.
“The balance between protecting physical security and the security of fundamental individual rights to freely worship, maintain and operate private businesses, and associate on private property is a delicate one,” writes WISN radio host Dan O’Donnell. “And as compelling as the need to protect Wisconsin’s citizenry against Coronavirus may be, the need to protect the citizenry’s freedom will always take precedence.”
O’Donnell argues that the “right of the collective to security can only infringe on the individual’s right to liberty when that infringement isn’t more restrictive than it needs to be,” yet Evers has opted to “take a sledgehammer to Coronavirus instead of using a scalpel.”
What type of sick, demented mind creates an online form to report on others in times such as this? This is what has driven me to anger about this situation, the permeation of the sense of fear, paranoia, and hysteria. For there to be a government agency that would go to such lengths to promote a societal snitch program is unconscionable. Imagine this, some deranged person reporting a good faith gathering in a private home of 15 people wanting to have a Bible study or, heck, movie night?
I have read that even here in Texas, in Travis and Williamson counties, they are talking about giving fines of up to $500 and even short-term jail sentences for violations of the “forced isolation” mandates. Are you kidding me? At a time when we are already stressing out American families and placing some in financial distress, we are going to take money from them, incarcerate them, as we release real criminals from jail? Un-doggone-believable!
Folks, just remember, we do have a constitutional right of the people to peaceably assemble. I have not given my consent to have this right infringed upon, nor usurped.
Ol’ Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam is at it again, per CNS News:
“Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order on Monday that is aimed at stopping the new coronavirus — and, in the process, makes it a criminal offense to hold a church service attended by more than 10 people.
Yes, his order makes it a crime for more than 10 people to gather in a church.
There are two passages in the text of the governor’s order that are relevant to this.
Paragraph 1 says: “Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article V, Section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, by § 44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia and in furtherance of Executive Order 51, I order the following: 1. Effective 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until 11:59 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 2020, all public and private in-person gatherings of 10 or more individuals are prohibited.”
The second relevant section of the order says: “Violation of paragraphs 1, 3, 4, and 6 of this Order shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor pursuant to § 44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia.”
Indeed, the actual text of § 44-146.17 says: “Executive orders, to include those declaring a state of emergency and directing evacuation, shall have the force and effect of law and the violation thereof shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor in every case where the executive order declares that its violation shall have such force and effect.”
Northam, in his executive order, declared, “Violations of paragraph 1” — which states that “all public and private in-person gatherings of 10 or more individuals are prohibited” — are Class 1 misdemeanors. Thus, under Virginia law, they are Class 1 misdemeanors.
What can the government do to you for committing one of these Class 1 misdemeanors?
The Code of Virginia spells out the punishment in § 18.2-11. It says: “The authorized punishments for conviction of a misdemeanor are: (a) For Class 1 misdemeanors, confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.”
Now, attending a typical church service — like, say, a Catholic Mass on Sunday — would seem to fall within the scope of “public and private in-person gatherings of 10 or more individuals.”
Northam’s executive order does not use any terminology that specifically indicates it applies to churches or other places of worship. Nor does it include language listing churches and other places of worship among those “essential” locations that are not subject to the ban on gatherings of 10 or more people.”
So, now it is a misdemeanor offense in Virginia? A $2,500 fine . . . jail?
The words of Benjamin Franklin resonate loudly, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
America, we are watching two of our First Amendment rights be taken away from us. How long are we going to allow this to happen? We already know that our Second and Fourth Amendment rights are under siege.
President Trump, we are destroying our economy and liberty as a pursuit to destroy a virus. It doesn’t make sense. In the end, we will have neither liberty nor safety from getting a virus.
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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.