It’s Day 322 of 15 Days to Flatten the Curve and Day 82 of Ohio’s WuFlu Curfew.
Deb and I are well, but this winter sucks.
In today’s header image you’re looking at a simple meal — a couple of hot dogs garnished with jalapeño relish, a big serving of macaroni’n’cheese and, in a long-neck green-glass bottle, an American lager brewed by an American-owned company.
Corelle dishes. Actual metal flatware. Placemats. Air conditioning. Soft music.
This humble repast was the first home-cooked meal we made and served in the Bumper Bunker. Though it may not have been what most folks would consider “camp food” (because it wasn’t prepared outdoors and no campfire was involved), this maiden-voyage dinner gave us the opportunity to confirm the function of the galley sink, the fridge, the freezer, the gas range and the gas oven.
Ordinary as it was, it’s a memory. I’m sure we’ll reprise the menu at some point, and we’ll remember.
Saturday I listened to an interview with North Dakota’s governor, a guy my age, a fellow by the name of Doug Burgum. The subject was the way that state has dealt with WuFlu, which has been both less repressive and respectably successful compared to most other states. Though they don’t get as much press as their neighbors to the south or, say, Florida, the folks in Bismarck have been (you should pardon the expression) killin’ it.
In answering one of the interviewer’s questions, the governor said that North Dakota’s response has been “driven by data, not ideology.” That’s a solid talking point. It also happens to be true, as well as the right way for a state to handle matters of “public health.”
It works for me, too, as long as government remains in an advisory role and doesn’t exceed its lawful authority. North Dakota has, for the most part, done it right. So have South Dakota, Florida and a handful of others, with relative success on the WuFlu front while protecting individual Liberty.
Now look at California, or New York, or New Jersey, which shackled citizens and still have exceptionally high per-capita death counts. The reason?
That’s an easy one — those repressive states are led by Democrats. We know that Democrats are driven by ideology. And Democrats view Liberty as an opposing ideology, an adversary that must be defeated at all costs.
Catch that? I’ll repeat it, because it really does explain a lot: The Left, including Democrats and other progressives, consider individual Liberty to be an opposing ideology that must be defeated at all costs.
Democrat governors like Newsome, Cuomo and Murphy see Liberty posing a far greater threat than a virus ever could. “Public health” mandates are forged and wielded against their real enemy.
Want evidence? Last April, Tucker Carlson asked ‘Jersey’s Murphy about imposing restrictions that clearly violated citizens’ constitutional rights. His response:
“That’s above my pay grade, Tucker. I wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did that.”
If you don’t feel like you need a shower after reading that, you’re not really an American.
For welcome contrast, here’s what South Dakota governor and former congresswoman Kristi Noem said about how she and her state are taking care of business:
“I took an oath when I was in Congress, obviously, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. I believe in our freedoms and liberties. What I’ve seen across the country is so many people give up their liberties for just a little bit of security, and they don’t have to do that. … If a leader will take too much power in a time of crisis, that is how we lose our country. … The people of South Dakota can be trusted to make good decisions.”
Better? Yeah, better. That’s some genuine American Snickers right there.
And for the record, Liberty is not an ideology. Liberty is a principle — a Founding Principle.
So let’s review. The next time you hear… oh, I dunno… suppose some race-baiting Democrat congresswoman from Texas sponsors a bill* saying that you, in order to exercise birthrights protected by the Second Amendment, must (among other things) submit to a psychological exam — as would other members of your household, your current and former spouses, your relatives and your associates — and pay $800 to secure a federal license… when you hear unfiltered bullshit like that, you’ll know exactly what’s up.
You’ll know that you’re looking at an avowed enemy of Liberty.
Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.
*Sheila Jackson Lee, HR127. Look it up.