Freedoms once surrendered will never be returned

Governments love crises because when the people are fearful they are more willing to give up freedoms for promises that the government will take care of them. After 9/11, for example, Americans accepted the near-total destruction of their civil liberties in the PATRIOT Act’s hollow promises of security.

It is ironic to see the same Democrats who tried to impeach President Trump last month for abuse of power demanding that the Administration grab more power and authority in the name of fighting a virus that thus far has killed less than 100 Americans.

Declaring a pandemic emergency on Friday, President Trump now claims the power to quarantine individuals suspected of being infected by the virus and, as Politico writes, “stop and seize any plane, train or automobile to stymie the spread of contagious disease.” He can even call out the military to cordon off a US city or state.

State and local authoritarians love panic as well. The mayor of Champaign, Illinois, signed an executive order declaring the power to ban the sale of guns and alcohol and cut off gas, water, or electricity to any citizen. The governor of Ohio just essentially closed his entire state.

The chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration is without a doubt Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Fauci is all over the media, serving up outright falsehoods to stir up even more panic. He testified to Congress that the death rate for the coronavirus is ten times that of the seasonal flu, a claim without any scientific basis.

On Face the Nation, Fauci did his best to further damage an already tanking economy by stating, “Right now, personally, myself, I wouldn’t go to a restaurant.” He has pushed for closing the entire country down for 14 days.

Over what? A virus that has thus far killed just over 5,000 worldwide and less than 100 in the United States? By contrast, tuberculosis, an old disease not much discussed these days, killed nearly 1.6 million people in 2017. Where’s the panic over this?

If anything, what people like Fauci and the other fearmongers are demanding will likely make the disease worse. The martial law they dream about will leave people hunkered down inside their homes instead of going outdoors or to the beach where the sunshine and fresh air would help boost immunity. The panic produced by these fearmongers is likely helping spread the disease, as massive crowds rush into Walmart and Costco for that last roll of toilet paper.

The madness over the coronavirus is not limited to politicians and the medical community. The head of the neoconservative Atlantic Council wrote an editorial this week urging NATO to pass an Article 5 declaration of war against the COVID-19 virus! Are they going to send in tanks and drones to wipe out these microscopic enemies?

People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus “pandemic” could be a big hoax, with the actual danger of the disease massively exaggerated by those who seek to profit – financially or politically – from the ensuing panic.

That is not to say the disease is harmless. Without question people will die from coronavirus. Those in vulnerable categories should take precautions to limit their risk of exposure. But we have seen this movie before. Government over-hypes a threat as an excuse to grab more of our freedoms. When the “threat” is over, however, they never give us our freedoms back.

Copyright – Ron Paul Institute


One Response to “Freedoms once surrendered will never be returned”

  1. Tapestry says:

    Reading reports of deaths in Italy yesterday is alarming. As Jon Rappoport writes, these deaths are not all from one cause, and reports of deaths when the narrative requires numbers to rise needs to be examined particularly carefully. A friend knows people in Italy and he says a husband and wife aged about 60 both died and were carried out of their apartment block. This is factual. The identification of the cause of death is supposition. Reports blame Coronavirus obviously. Has 5G been activated in this area, or water supply been tampered with, for example? There are many ways to make people die when you need the figures to increase. How come in China there were surging numbers of deaths in Wuhan, the 5G testbed for exactly a month, then it all stopped and numbers are now minimal? The inhabitants were told in February it would all be over by March 10th and it was. In the Philippines, the whole country is in lockdown, but they’ve been given a date when it will all be over in April. In Britain we have a creeping lockdown, which is easier to handle but we have been given no date for it to end. That could be a problem. Is 5G in Britain not ready to deploy and so they had to start the process as the world was moving ahead with the hoax, but our 5G systems are not yet ready? Our schools are closing, but no date for reopening is given including for next term.

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