It’s Sunday, Day 258 of The First Ohio Shutdown, Day 18 of Cock-A-Doodle-Curfew and Day 194 of Marx & Melanin.
Deb and I are great.
Doing a little math, I calculate that we have just three days left of Ohio’s daily 10pm curfew, and then Thursday we can all go back to living like free American adults. I mean, the governor surely has seen that the curfew is, as I said the day he announced it, “breathtakingly and comprehensively dumb,” and he’ll just let it expire.
The current squeeze took effect on a Thursday, two days after he sprung it on us. I predict he’ll do it again — that is, on Tuesday afternoon he’ll tell us that “we have to do more.” Hell, I can see him doing it Monday and thinking he’s a damned hero for giving us an extra day’s notice.
It’s been a very long time now since I measured my actions against his decrees. Like most Ohio citizens, and more every day, we choose how to take care of ourselves in spite of government, not because of it.
The extent to which we give a rat’s ass about his “orders” is limited to how devastating they are to our businesses and culture.
The United States of America is not “a Christian nation.” Our founding is not grounded purposely on Christian doctrine, nor were the Founders themselves “men of God” as we know it today. The populace has never been exclusively of one or another faith, although Christian sects have been predominant historically.
It’s true, of course, that America’s first seeds were planted in the early 1600s by Pilgrims and Puritans — Christians seeking refuge from religious persecution in England. So it’s fair to say that we stand on the shoulders of pre-Americans who wanted the freedom to practice their chosen religion.
But that was fundamentally about freedom, not religion.
We all know about the events of April 19, 1775 (or we should) — the battles of Lexington and Concord, “the shot heard ’round the world,” the first engagements of the American Revolution.
“If they mean to have a war,” said Capt. John Parker, “let it begin here.” But over what?
British regulars advanced on Lexington to “seize and destroy” the colonists’ “military stores.” They meant to disarm Patriot forces. Ordinary men, those “embattled farmers,” refused to be stripped of their arms.
But that was fundamentally about the natural right to keep and bear arms, not about the arms themselves.
I read yesterday that a newly released anti-lockdown song, written by Van Morrison and performed by Eric Clapton, was quickly censored (banned, that is) by virtually all social media, video sites and music-streaming platforms. It doesn’t fit the popular narrative, and so it’s been disappeared. And that’s just one example of the silencing of inconvenient speech by Big Tech and the political Left.
But that’s fundamentally about the individual liberty to speak, not about the content of the speech.
The enemies of Liberty are the enemies of the People. Anyone who works to undermine our birthrights — speech, arms, worship, commerce, travel, association, assembly and due process, among others — declares himself our adversary.
There’s no such thing as a justifiable assault on Liberty. Remember that.
Take care of yourselves, my fellow Patriots. Stay free.
#WiseUp #LibertyOrDeath #OhioAgainstDeWine
(Header image of five-dollar roadside firewood from September in Delaware County. Kayaks and eggs, too.)