True to the historical record of dying empires, dying societies, and dying civilizations, the usurping of civil liberties for the rank-and-file are erupting in mostly so-called “blue states” like Oregon.
I’ve considered myself a liberal / progressive pretty much my whole voting-age life, tho few of my preferred candidates have survived the nomination processes.
Sadly (to put it mildly) the party that I have felt the most affinity for during those years is turning out to be the very thing that rightwingers have been claiming for a long time. That the Democratic Party is pushing us toward Federal Government control of everything, including our bodies and social interactions.
And masks are just the tip of the covid nightmare.
The Oregon State Attorney General has petitioned to censor anything and everything that counters the official narrative about Covid-19, including evidence-based science by experts in their fields.
All of these violations of our civil rights without the science to back them up. The Fauci, Gates BigPharma led narrative being obediently deployed by regulatory agencies and elected officials may be well-intentioned, tho that too is debatable, but if so then it exposes an overwhelming abundance of ignorance about the officials’ roles to uphold the US Constitution and, in the performance of their offices, to do due diligence on behalf of the people they govern.
Due diligence does not mean accepting all dictates from the federal government without question. Just because Fauci, who has serious conflicts of interest, makes a claim, does not make that claim factual. Or the FDA or The CDC or the NIH et al.
Due diligence requires that public officials do what the public, generally is wont to do: think critically. For every issue, there are at least two perspectives. in science-related issues, scientific process depends on a search for anything that might “falsify” / disprove a hypothesis.
Due diligence requires a thorough audit of all claims and procedures being used to support any and all public health claims, especially as they challenge and/or usurp the rights protected by the Constitution.
Rights that have been progressively eroded since implementation of the Patriot Act following 9/11.
We are approaching endgame in our dying monopoly capitalist dominator country and its overreaching, bloated bully empire. The point when the empire and its governing structures cannibalize the core.
See the Naomi Wolf posting for a pertinent discussion