Citizens banned from assembling
In response to a worldwide pandemic, governments around the world have united to stop people from assembling and meeting. Many citizens around the world are now confined to their homes. Most people affected have not resisted these decrees and are complying with the new social distancing standards. Most media outlets are running pandemic news nonstop and are predicting a massive number of deaths. Businesses around the world are closing with huge financial losses. Stocks are plummeting. Many people are panicking. Many are hoarding paper products, protective masks, hand sanitizers, and cleaning supplies.
While many of the governmental actions taken in the United States may be in conflict with the U.S. and State Constitutions, most government leaders and media outlets are assuring the public that these restrictions on freedom and liberty are necessary. They say that the wisdom of experts must be followed to save as many people as possible. Many opinions at odds with the governmental actions taken or with the prevailing media narrative have been removed from social media. Disagreement with the government is increasingly viewed as intolerable.
Diseases like this one that originated in China, are very serious, and so, it must be pointed out, are the consequences of drastic governmental restrictions on freedom. (Which have shortened more lives: diseases or the actions of totalitarian governments?)
This very article may be subject to censorship even though everything in it is true. As we go through these times, let us not forget the price paid for the freedoms we enjoy. Let us commit to the full restoration of our liberty, and to finding out the truth about the source of the virus, and whether or not the actions taken were justified.
These words from Thomas Paine seem relevant:
“ ‘Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country. All nations and ages have been subject to them. … Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them, and acquires a firmer habit than before. But their peculiar advantage is, that they are the touchstones of sincerity and hypocrisy, and bring things and men to light, which might otherwise have lain forever undiscovered. … They sift out the hidden thoughts of man, and hold them up in public to the world.” Thomas Paine
Church services may have been discontinued, but prayers are still heard by God.
22 March 2020