Most people don’t fear the virus as much as they fear this indeterminate sentence.
The indeterminate sentence in penology is considered draconian and cruel by defense lawyers. Yet the indeterminate sentence is exactly what the state’s residents are experiencing in California’s indeterminate lockdown over the spread of coronavirus.
Nineteen days ago California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a shelter-at-home order to the residents over concerns for the spread of coronavirus. However, California’s lockdown plan has no end in sight, and the governor has said it could last into June. Rather than practicing calm but assertive leadership, the governor is ginning up worse fears into his state’s residents.
While it appears that we are dealing with a nasty virus clearly dangerous to older age groups and people in densely populated cities, the same politicians who have fanatically shut down cities, counties and entire states are committed to and continue to ramp up fear so that citizens will accept their extreme orders as necessary.
Rogue police are issuing citations to people out for a jog on public trails in Southern California, where parks and beaches are closed. People are questioning why they can’t go out for a jog, but are allowed to go to Target, Walmart, Costco, Home Depot and the Taco Bell drive-through as frequently as they want.
And, as California Globe noted this weekend, while California’s residents are under shelter-in-place orders, the homeless are exempt. Drugged up zombie vagrants are not cited for wandering the streets, breaking into cars, garages, sheds and homes, and openly purchasing and taking heroin and meth.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti asked snitches to rat out their neighbors and friends for violating his stay-at-home order – for a reward. The Mayor is paying snitches? With taxpayers money?
Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a letter to the President 25 million Californians were going to get coronavirus. He never admitted how he came up with that number, but his staff reported they relied on the computer model from Imperial College – the computer model now found to have been grossly incorrect. But the governor did not walk back his claim, even as the Imperial College professor did.
Imperial College originally predicted that more than 500,000 people could die in the U.K., and two million or more could die in the U.S. However, epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, the author of the report, said he now expects the death toll in Britain to be under 20,000, Daily Caller reported.
Gov. Newsom issued a lockdown challenge to other Governors during a recent interview on CNN: “What are you waiting for?” Newsom asked. “If you think it’s not going to happen to you, there are many proof points all across this country; for that matter, around the rest of the world. You’ll never regret overcompensating at the moment so that you’re preparing people for meeting this moment in the responsible way,” he said.
“How else can a handful of elected officials with no specialized knowledge of anything except fundraising persuade millions of people to obey their directives to stay in their homes, watching from a distance as they lose their jobs and savings?” Orange County Register’s Susan Shelley asked.
Doctors and scientists behaving like bureaucrats are dangerous. They are basing most of their social distancing and stay-home orders on worst case scenario “what ifs.”
What if another Wuhan type virus emerges out of China in the fall as National Institute of Health Dr. Anthony Fauci says? Will we keep Americans locked down until then? You see how ridiculous this now seems, closing America down?
“Imagine for a moment that the nation were ruled by dictatorship of doctors,” Chuck DeVore asked in an op ed. “Private ownership of guns would be curtailed. All tobacco products would be outlawed. Sugary drinks would be heavily taxed. Taxes on alcohol would go even higher. Football, boxing and other dangerous sports would be banned.”
New York City police arrested three people in Brooklyn over the weekend after they allegedly “failed to maintain social distancing,” and then threw the woman into a holding cell with two dozen other women, the Intercept reported. The woman told The Intercept that a large group of officers, wearing no masks, approached her and her boyfriend and told them it was “time to leave,” then proceeded to grab her boyfriend before they could do so.
Diana West weighed in on Twitter.
— Diana West (@diana_west_) April 5, 2020
Is this where we are headed? #CoronaWorldOrder? With California police arresting surfers and people out for a walk, but ignoring the homeless vagrants on the same street, it appears so.
Many physicians are now saying the lockdown and social distancing orders are preventing herd immunity, and will drag out the course of the virus. “Stanford biophysicist and Nobel laureate Michael Levitt said this week, ‘The real situation is not as nearly as terrible as they make it out to be,’” Daily Wire reported.
“Last week, Levitt emphasized: ‘[Y]ou need to think of corona like a severe flu. It is four to eight times as strong as a common flu, and yet, most people will remain healthy and humanity will survive.’”
Governor Newsom could talk to biophysicist Michael Levitt at Stanford, just down the highway from the State Capitol, but Levitt would poke gaping holes in the governor’s scare tactics. Most people don’t fear the virus as much as they fear this indeterminate sentence.