OPINION| The pandemic of panic that the media has cultivate surrounding the outbreak of The Virus Which Shall Not Be Mentioned [TVWSNBM] (hat tip: David Harris Jr) has reached fever pitch.
While President Trump has warned people to take precautions and shared methods which people can use that can help limit their risk, as far as contracting the TVWSNBM, some state and local authorities have run, full speed, the other direction.
Take California, the bastion of liberty *rolls eyes*, CNN published a piece entitled ‘Almost 7 million California residents ordered to shelter in place’
The article stated:
‘Nearly seven million people living in a wide swath of Northern California, including Silicon Valley, are being ordered to shelter in place starting at midnight Monday night as authorities try to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading.
Along with San Francisco, which previously announced its order, residents in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties, as well as the city of Berkeley, are required to stay home, per an order from health officers of those jurisdictions.
The Bay Area order is the most draconian yet of measures being taken across the country to stem the virus’ spread as the number of cases continues to rise.
“We must move aggressively and immediately,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said at a news conference announcing the order. “The time for half measures is over. History will not forgive us for waiting an hour more.”‘
Well, now New Jersey, the state from which my family fled, seems to be taking things even further.
The Gateway Pundit explains
‘New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced on Monday that those who break the state’s stay at home order could face jail or up to $1,000 in fines.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed executive orders over the weekend bar unapproved social gatherings and shut down all “non-essential” businesses. The orders closed all retail “storefront and/or brick-and-mortar premises” and ordered that “all recreational and entertainment businesses must close to the public.”
During a press conference on Monday, Grewal said that police will also be monitoring for people who have parties at their homes and invite too many people.
“Law enforcement officers will have to break that party up, and there will be criminal consequences,” Grewal said. “The time for warnings is over. And the time to ensure compliance by using all of the tools available to us is here.”
Grewal’s office told NorthJersey.com that offenders can be charged with everything from a disorderly persons charge to an indictable offense.
“The exact charge will depend on the crime. But a disorderly persons offense is punishable by a prison term of up to six months, a fine of up to $1,000 or both, Grewal’s office has said,” the website reports.
The governor said that he was “really damned unhappy” to hear that people have still been gathering in the state.
“Folks need to be jolted,” Murphy said Sunday. “All residents are to stay inside if you do not need to be out.”’
This makes me wonder how much this is about keeping people healthy vs power and control.
Let’s not forget that this is the same state (New Jersey) who is releasing prisoners from jail … apparently because the risk of infection is too high.
These people work for us. Just listen to the language they use, as if they are our keepers or our parents. How did we get here?