“The remedy is worse than the disease.”—Francis Bacon
One way or another, the majority of Americans will survive COVID-19.
It remains to be seen, however, whether our freedoms will survive the tyranny of the government’s heavy-handed response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indeed, now that the government has gotten a taste for flexing its police state powers by way of a bevy of lockdowns, mandates, restrictions, contact tracing programs, heightened surveillance, censorship, overcriminalization, etc., we may all be long-haulers, suffering under the weight of long-term COVID-19 afflictions.
Instead of dealing with the headaches, fatigue and neurological aftereffects of the virus, however, “we the people” may well find ourselves burdened with a Nanny State inclined to use its draconian pandemic powers to protect us from ourselves.
Therein lies the danger of the government’s growing addiction to power.
One of the erroneous statements in Abbott’s EO is that COVID-19 poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas. Assuming governor Abbott himself writes these orders, rather than some overpaid lobbyist as in the case of far too many congressional bills, does he not understand the definition of imminent? COVID-19 does not immediately kill upon infection i.e. imminent. In most deaths FROM, not with, COVID-19, death happens long after initial infection, not imminently, as Abbott states. This is especially compounded by the fact that only 6% of deaths recorded by the CDC had COVID as the sole cause of death. Furthermore, as Dutch head of the WHO Dr. Maria van Kerkhove stated, asymptomatic spread is very rare, ergo not imminent. As found by the Swiss Research Institute, 80% of those who tested positive for COVID-19 were asymptomatic, and therefore not contagious.
Governor Abbott’s EO also states that new COVID cases have declined due to millions of vaccinations while also claiming that social distancing and face coverings are safe practices. Based on the wording, it doesn’t seem that Governor Abbott understands either the flaws and unreliability in the PCR testing to measure COVID cases, or the negligible efficacy of masks and social distancing, let alone the violations of liberty resulting from those orders.
Like Abbott, governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi also doesn’t express knowledge of the truth regarding many critical aspects. Like Abbott, Reeves attributes declining cases in Mississippi as the main reason why he is “lifting” restrictions. It wouldn’t even be accurate to say that Reeves is removing all restrictions. For one, capacity restrictions will remain in place, as indoor spaces and K-12 schools will still not be allowed to exceed 50% capacity. While Reeves won’t enforce masks, he still encourages Mississippi residents to wear them, something he wouldn’t do if he understood the negligible efficacy of masks.