Just how serious is this Pandemic?

I was moved by a ruling from a judge in Illinois this last week. It raises serious questions about who we should trust regarding the dangers we face from this disease. Here is what Judge Michael McHaney of Clay County Illinois had to say in a ruling about a Corona virus case before him.
“Since the inception of this insanity, the following regulations, rules or consequences have occurred: I won’t get COVID if I get an abortion, but I will get COVID if I get a colonoscopy. Selling pot is essential, but selling goods and services at a family owned business is not. Pot wasn’t even legal and pot dispensaries didn’t even exist in this state until five months ago and, in that five months, they have become essential, but a family-owned business in existence for five generations is not. A family of six can pile in their car and drive to Carlyle Lake without contracting COVID but, if they all get in the same boat, they will. We are told that kids rarely contract the virus and sunlight kills it, but summer youth programs, sports programs are cancelled. Four people can drive to the golf course and not get COVID but, if they play in a foursome, they will. If I go to Walmart, I won’t get COVID but, if I go to church, I will. Murderers are released from custody while small business owners are threatened with arrest if they have the audacity to attempt to feed their families. These are just a few of examples of rules, regulations and consequences that are arbitrary, capricious, and completely devoid of anything even remotely approaching common sense. State’s attorneys in this state, county sheriffs, mayors, city councils and county boards have openly and publicly defied these orders followed by threats to withhold funding and revocation of necessary licenses and certifications unless you obey. Our economy is shut down because of a flu virus with a 98 percent plus survival rate. Doctors and experts say different things weekly. The defendant cites models in his opposition. The only thing experts will agree on is that all models are wrong and some are useful. The Centers for Disease Control now says the virus is not easily spread on surfaces. The defendant in this case orders you to stay home and pronounces that, if you leave the state, you are putting people in danger, but his family members traveled to Florida and Wisconsin because he deems such travel essential. One initial rationale why the rules don’t apply to him is that his family farm had animals that needed fed. Try selling that argument to farmers who have had to slaughter their herds because of disruption in the supply chain. When laws do not apply to those who make them, people are not being governed, they are being ruled. Make no mistake, these executive orders are not laws. They are royal decrees. Illinois citizens are not being governed, they are being ruled. The last time I checked, Illinois citizens are also Americans and Americans don’t get ruled. The last time a monarch tried to rule Americans, a shot was fired that was heard around the world. That day led to the birth of a nation consensually governed based upon a document which ensures that on this day in this, any American courtroom tyrannical despotism will always lose and liberty, freedom and the constitution will always win.”
The problem is we are being challenged daily to wallow in fear by our elected leaders and most of our media. Facts on the real impact are hard to find. Projections of the carnage that will result if we don’t comply change based on who is doing the reporting. 
A recent letter to the editor in the New York Times said, New York is dying. Its streets are empty. Its leaders have no solutions.
The same can be said right here at home. The small businesses that built this community are in danger of closing permanently. A local restaurant in Leavenworth has posted a for sale sign on his business. He says if he can only have half of his tables open, he can’t make enough to pay his rent. 
The Payroll Protection Program is an incomplete solution. If the restaurant cannot make enough money to pay their rent when they reopen at half capacity, there will be no jobs for the employees.
No one wants to see anyone die from this disease but the reasons for the initial closures no longer exist. The truth is the best doctors cannot save everyone who seeks their help. It is time to end this insanity. Politicians who have never run a successful business have proven once again why they are incapable of running a coffee stand. Its time to remind them that without a vibrant economy the government offices they hold will also end up on the trash pile of failed political organizations.

 

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