19 Dec Quotation of the day on illogical alarmism over COVID and the biggest power grab ever….
…. is from Alyssa’s Ahlghen’s article “Panic, power and the pandemic“:
We have lost our minds. We have said goodbye to any semblance of rationality or assessment of data and said hello to illogical alarmism. A virus we should have been diligent and cautious about has turned into a virus we should fear, give up our liberty for, and fundamentally alter our lives to avoid.
We truly believe that a thin cloth prevents us from acquiring a microscopic virus. We are acquiescent to the government mandating our every move because we actually think tyranny is saving us. We are turning on our neighbors, friends, and fellow Americans for not bending the knee to anti-scientific alarmism. We have completely and utterly lost all rational thought to emotional, senseless fear-mongering.
A logical coronavirus “policy” when it comes to the public is quite simple. If you’re at risk, stay home and be safe. If you’re concerned, stay home and be safe. Take measures you believe are necessary to reduce the spread of the virus. As for everyone else, live your life. The health of an individual and the decisions surrounding it lies with the individual. As human beings, we have incredibly powerful amygdalae, the part of the brain that makes you feel fear. We are intuitive in doing what is best for our health and the health of our loved ones. The government doesn’t have an amygdala. The government has one thing — a desire for power.
Here’s the dirty, little secret: politicians know this. Within a span of months, 15 prominent Democrats were caught violating their own COVID policies. Getting haircuts, going on vacations, not wearing masks, participating in gatherings, eating indoors — all things you and I cannot do but our bureaucratic elite can. Politicians are allowed to make their own risk assessment but believe the people are too inept to do the same. The constant hypocrisy and illogical flexes of power have been taunting us as people’s livelihoods are being mercilessly destroyed.
This pandemic will go down as a catalyst for one of the biggest governmental power grabs. The threshold for what is considered necessary for the “common good” will continue to get lower as the government’s scope of authority grows wider. History has taught us that once power is given, it is never voluntarily returned. We are not incompetent children to bureaucracy. We can’t let politicians treat us like we are.
Read the Full Article here: >American Enterprise Institute – AEI