“You have no rights; it’s a Pandemic!!!”

“You have no rights; it’s a Pandemic!!!”

It seems many Americans believe that unalienable rights aren’t unalienable after all.  In the face of a pandemic, our rights are all kinds of alienable.

And many of the same people who, for three years, have sputtered in outrage that President Trump was shredding the Constitution are now, thanks to a pandemic, eager to shred our Constitution.

I stumbled across a tweet this morning that pretty much sums up this belief that a pandemic makes our rights “non-essential.”

After a Minnesota Democrat expressed outrage that Minnesotans took to the capital to protest their state’s draconian pandemic response, attorney Robert Barnes replied with this tweet:

Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t see anything especially horrifying about Barnes’ tweet.

The First Amendment protects “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Showing disgust or anger over Americans doing just that seems a bit bizarre to me.

Then again I believe our unalienable rights are, well, unalienable – unchangeable no matter the circumstances, in good times and in bad, in normal times and during a pandemic.  That’s what unalienable means.

Then I saw this reply to Barnes’ tweet and my jaw dropped.

You have no rights. It's a pandemic!!!!!

You hear that?  You have no rights to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances because “it’s a pandemic!!!!!”

For this guy, “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” comes with an asterisk.

*Except when it’s a pandemic!!!!!

“Instructed government orders” is also a deeply troubling phrase, isn’t it?

Not “laws,” but “instructed government orders.”

I read that tweet and I couldn’t believe it was written by an American citizen.

I said the other day, that what “I find terrifying is how many of our fellow citizens welcome being bossed around by their Karen Overlords.”

No free American should hold our Liberty and our unalienable rights in such low regard.

And yet, read that tweet.

This person isn’t alone in this. Far too many are willing to cast off their own unalienable rights in exchange for “safety.”

We were founded by men who pledged to each other “our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor” to defend Liberty.

And now there are some who pledge to be obedient sheep — obeying “instructed government orders” because “it’s a pandemic!!!!!”

In December of 1776, Thomas Paine wrote:

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated”

Well, in many ways this pandemic is one of those times that try men’s souls.  And we are seeing far too many “summer soldiers” and “sunshine patriots” – fair-weather believers in our unalienable rights who, at a moment of crisis, shrink from the defense of those rights.

How easy it is to cast off our Liberty while bending to obey “instructed government orders” – all in the name of “safety.”

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

But so many are willing to make that trade.  All because “it’s a pandemic!!!!!”

No government can deem our unalienable rights “non-essential.”  Not the President, not Congress, not the courts, not governors or mayors.

But they are because “it’s a pandemic!!!!!”

And so many of our fellow citizens line up to obey.

What part of “unalienable” do they not understand?

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10 thoughts on ““You have no rights; it’s a Pandemic!!!”

  • April 18, 2020 at 1:46 pm
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    I believe this to be your finest article I have read. Congratulations!

    • April 20, 2020 at 11:33 am
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      I have been reading your blog daily for over a year ! this is by far your Finest& Most OUTSTANDING article I have ever read !!!! Thank YOU & GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS

  • April 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm
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    The seasonal flu kills 10’s of thousands each year (and that’s with a vaccine available), but our civil rights are not suspended when this happens. No large scale shutdowns or stay-at-home orders are instituted. With more data gathered each day, it appears the mortality of Covid-19 may be similar, or even less than, the flu. The absurd, draconian measures suggested by Drs. Fauci and Birx, and implemented in many states, have been touted as saving hundreds of thousands of lives, but there exists no way to empirically validate these claims. Opening up the economy, with some common sense precautions, not the lunacy being peddled world-wide, is essential to prevent its collapse. Progressives/liberals/globalists would like nothing more than to bring about a global depression. This would afford them the opportunity to advance the horrifying spectre of a one-world government and currency, which would be embraced by myriads of weak-minded individuals to “save” them from this, and future, pandemics.

  • April 18, 2020 at 11:53 pm
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    Ditto what Travis said, you are at the top of your game with this article. I have had the flu once, while in college 1972-3, that went from one end of the dorm to the other and all 3 floors. It was epidemic, lasted almost 3 weeks, but we all survived. have never had a flu shot, every time I see my GP he asks if I am going to or want one, and I say “NO”. Have had pneumonia once, antibiotics killed it, no to pneumonia vaccine. The human body immune system can take care of most of the respiratory illnesses that are flooding the country every year, unless you have a compromised immune system, just follow basic hygiene and take extra vit C and b complex along w/zinc to have your body protect itself and stay away from sick people and large groups w/sick people too stupid to isolate themselves from everyone else.

  • April 19, 2020 at 7:29 am
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    It’s important to remember that fully a third of the country did NOT want to separate from England in 1776. Another third didn’t care either way. It was the third that valued our God given rights that made the sacrifice to get us this far. Seems those percentages haven’t changed much over time.

    • April 19, 2020 at 9:31 am
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      Pat, perfect observation after one of Dianny’s best!

  • April 19, 2020 at 11:43 am
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    Instructed Government Orders rubs me the wrong way too, big time.

  • April 19, 2020 at 11:56 am
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    We gave up our inalienable rights on 9/12/01. This is just the finishing shot.

  • April 19, 2020 at 12:38 pm
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    Great article!!

    On a side note, interesting item from Boston:

    The CDC is now “actively looking into” into universal COVID-19 testing at Pine Street Inn homeless shelter.

    The broad-scale testing took place at the shelter in Boston’s South End a week and a half ago because of a small cluster of cases there.

    Of the 397 people tested, 146 people tested positive. Not a single one had any symptoms.

    I believe we’d all be better off if we had done NOTHING.

  • April 19, 2020 at 8:06 pm
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    We know who BlueSox Nation would’ve voted for in the 1932 German elections!

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