Op-ed by Colene Beck with excerpt by 'Author Unknown'
I won’t argue with anyone. I won’t try to invalidate anyone’s opinion. No, these facts do not negate the awful happening. But other awful stuff is happening too.
My father holds church every Sunday out on the steps for anyone who wants to come. 👏 They are welcome to stay in their car to listen. My stepmother plays worship songs on the piano for anyone who comes. They keep the people safe, sensibly. But no one will stop them. 💕 THIS I applaud.
I myself am ready and willing to challenge anyone who dares tell me I can’t go for a walk. Bring it. I respect people’s choices and keep my distance. I wash my hands and do my part to protect others and have no fear for myself. I will enjoy the fresh air because it is not dangerous. I will continue to work and serve the people who still need us and I’ll be damned if anyone is going to shame me for it. (We were scolded just last week by a narrow mind.) because this epidemic hasn’t halted our patients own personal pain hells.
I see each side. I believe in this👇.And I respect other opinions because they are based on their own lives and perspectives.
Some measures seen being taken and actions amidst all this are too drastic and/or self-serving and not ok.
Be smart. Be safe. Be BOLD. And stay free.
“We are seeing the most draconian measures enforced at all levels of government that we've ever seen in our lifetimes, and yet rather than being alarmed by the things going on, so many of you applaud.
People are being arrested for spending too much time outside, and you applaud. Baseball is cancelled and you applaud. Pastors are being arrested for daring to hold church services, and you applaud. A child's birthday party is raided by police, and you applaud. A young woman is ticketed for going on a leisurely drive alone because it's deemed "non-essential” travel, and you applaud. A parade of school teachers and administrators who wanted to drive through neighborhoods and wave at children is busted up by cops because they were ‘non-essential,’ and you applaud. A lone paddleboarder in the ocean on a beach without any other people around is arrested because he's violating quarantine orders, and you applaud.
People are being denied life saving medical treatments because they're not a priority right now (not “essential” as deemed by the government) as the entirety of our medical system is focused on one thing, and you applaud.
Businesses are beings forcibly closed and padlocked and owners arrested for refusing to shut down, and you applaud. Dairy farmers (and soon, other farmers) are being incentivized to stop dairy farming and to sell their herds, and you don't seem to understand the implications.
You're being told to use hotlines and online forms provided by your local governments to report your neighbors who don't obey, and you comply. You scold people day after day for not obeying government edicts, and if any of us dare to question what's happening, you lecture about how we are a danger to society and and we just don't care about people dying.
You've somehow managed to convince yourselves that the people whose lives are affected by a virus are MUCH more important than the people whose lives are being destroyed (and in many cases, leading to death) by the effects of a worldwide economic shutdown and impending worldwide depression the likes of which no one has ever seen before.
At what point will you start QUESTIONING what's going on? How far does the government have to push before you're jolted awake from your slumber? How far are you willing to go with this?
If they told you to load your families onto train cars so that you could be taken to Virus Protection Facilities for your own safety, would you do it?
YES. Yes, you would. That much has become painfully obvious to me. And the whole time, you'd be shaking your finger and yelling at those of us who refused, accusing us of being “a danger to society” and “not caring if people die.”
But they don't have to load you onto train cars and take you to Virus Protection Facilities, or force you to comply, because you do that voluntarily.
They control your mind. They control you through fear. They control you by convincing you that the world is a scary dangerous place, but they're here to protect you, care for you, and keep you safe, just as long as you OBEY.
They know that as long as you're locked inside your comfortable home with Netflix, Hulu, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a cell phone, while dangling a $1200 check in front of you like a carrot on a stick, you'll comply. No force is necessary for the majority of the herd.
YOU ARE IMPRISONED, willingly, and you're too blind to see it.
- Catherine Schmid Murphy