The erosion of our Constitutional, God-given rights, started a long time ago, but with the vast government overreaction to the COVID pandemic, the slow wearing away of those rights has become a landslide. The First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion was partially abridged decades ago. Dismissing more than a century and a half of prayer in public school, an activist Supreme Court misinterpreted the “establishment” clause to ban prayer in those houses of learning.
Last year, the Wuhan virus created a health panic. Those mayors and governors who had either a totalitarian bent or a politician’s fear of the media, public opinion and/or the virus, suspended our right to exercise our religion. We were forbidden to gather, even outdoors in most jurisdictions, to practice our faith. The penalties for violating these unconstitutional dictates were heavy fines and possible incarceration.
For the first time in our history, churches were effectively shut down and we went along with it. Even more distressing, our bishops, priests, rabbis and pastors agreed to the shut down. It looks like they had more faith in the government than they did in our God.
Many of our elected leaders took advantage of the COVID fear to take on the role of despots. The proof of this is the fact that while they shut down the practice of religion, these autocrats allowed us to “peacefully assemble”, but only in some instances. We couldn’t protest the shut down of churches, restaurants or gyms, or we could be arrested. Those who wanted to protest the death of George Floyd could assemble, even if these protests turned into full fledged riots and looting. No fear of arrest and prosecution for that. And we went along with it.
We had to wear masks, even in open air. We had to socially distance. In public, we were prohibited from shaking hands, hugging and kissing even our closest friends and relatives. On holidays, or any day, really, we were forbidden to gather in our own homes with more than five or six people, or whatever number the tyrants dictated. We were ordered to quarantine for a period of time, even those of us who were healthy and not in the high risk population, and we did it. We were told to rat out our neighbors who violated these unconstitutional mandates, and some quislings among us did so.
We fell victim to the fear generated by so-called medical experts and tyrannical politicians egged on by a leftist media. We freely gave up our right to exercise our religion, our right to assemble and the right to protest the unconstitutional edicts. Why couldn’t those who had health problems, were at risk or truly feared the virus, have self quarantined, wore masks and socially distanced? Why couldn’t the rest of us, knowing the risks, have been free to go about our normal lives without fear of arrest, fines or incarceration?
Now restrictions have been lifted. As we look back on a wasted year and a half of government suppression, what will be the next “crisis” that the government/media complex will use to infringe or out right eliminate our God-given rights? From media reports, FBI and government statements, my guess will be an attack on those who oppose the progressive/Marxist agenda. Anyone who disagrees with them will be labeled “White supremacists” and those so designated will lose many, if not all of their rights. All of this begs this last question: Will it be as easy next time to take our rights?