You'd seriously liken what's happening today to the inconvenience of a seatbelt law?
I cannot imagine the uproar that would happen if seatbelt laws were being put in place now, vs. 30 years ago, with the internet and social media and so much conspiracy hyped on everything.
It would be the goddamned end of the world, taking away my freedoms and all. Those elites ain't gonna tell me what to do. There'd be protests and rioting. If I want to fly out my damn window during a crash, it is my right. I can't breathe with that belt across my chest. What if I drive into a lake and can't get it off? The belt will kill me!
Is it really that far gone, people? Don't you think in the next 6-12 months a vaccine and theraputics will improve/be available and things will get reasonably back to normal? How do people out of work not producing and not buying things help the "elites?"
No "conspiracy theory" is required to appreciate the draconian effects of lockdowns, social distancing requirements, and mask mandates. A full one-third of small businesses in my area have flat-out failed, and and another third are in danger of failing within the next six months. (Nationwide statistics are not a whole lot better). Their market share is going over to the Walmarts and Home Depots, who were the preordained "winners" in this fiasco as a result of their superior ability to weather the restrictions and the fact that, in many instances, they were arbitrarily declared exempt from them.
Large swaths of the population simply are not working. They're being propped up by government checks that in many instances have been so generous as to deter their recipients from returning to the workplace, leaving those business owners who do manage to reopen unable to find employees. My own (anecdotal) observation is that large numbers of people--previously hardworking--have become lazy and all-too-willing to remain on the government dole.
Supply chains have been significantly disrupted, as a result of which businesses can't get inventory and basic supplies. We're told to brace for more of this.
Churches, especially, have been singled out for arbitrary restrictions on worship. Even drive-in churches are being shut down. One can't help notice that at the same time, well-orchestrated leftist groups are torching cathedrals, defacing religious monuments, and even lighting churches on fire with people inside.
Political rallies--with the notable exception of leftist ones (especially violent leftist ones)--are being shut down. People are being arrested for congregating informally on beaches and in parks.
Political speech, especially on the most popular social media forums, is being censored. Information about the alleged pandemic that runs counter to the official narrative is being eliminated as disinformation harmful to the public. Conservative websites are being demonitized and disrupted. Fact-checkers are eliminating news and commentary that runs counter to the Marxist party line.
Schools have been shuttered since spring, and we are being told that they may not reopen in the fall. University students are being subject to mandatory vaccinations as a condition of return.
Doctors and lawyers have been turned into snitches, no longer just subject to mandatory reporting laws but being required to actively elicit information that may result in mandatory reporting. The long-held sanctity of the patient-physician and attorney-client privileges is gone. Medical records have become de facto government databases controlled by private, for-profit entities whose business is all about amassing and selling private information.
Governments have officially stopped responding to Freedom of Information requests. Interestingly, this follows on the heels of FASAB 56, which officially took U.S. government finances dark. Even local governments have gone largely nonresponsive to the people. Open Meetings Acts, which traditionally have insured transparency in government operations, have been suspended indefinitely. Government offices are closed to the public. Many of them do not even answer their phones. Callers receive a recorded message referring them to a website.
The rule of law is in shambles, having been supplanted, in large part, by a "make up the rules as you go" approach resembling martial law. Administrators, rather than legislators, are making law. Judges are going full-tilt activist.
Criminals, including violent criminals with convictions for rape and murder, are being let out on the street in large numbers. Police are being directed by above to "stand down" in areas hard hit by violence. Citizens are largely on their own.
Everywhere you look, artificial barriers (both physical and psychological) are being used to separate people. Plexiglass has been installed between checkers and customers. Workers and students are being put in plastic cubicles. We're being encouraged to communicate with one another primarily by "device."
Cash is on the way out. Stores are putting up automated checkout registers at breakneck speed. Many have been redesigned so that they no longer accept cash. We are now being told that there is a coin shortage that can't be fixed.
The mood, even in this small rural town, has turned dour. People who once freely chatted in the grocery aisle (often to the point of exchanging telephone numbers) no longer even make eye contact.
All this as the dire predictions that purported to justify all this are being outed as not only greatly exaggerated, but in many instances flat-out fraudulent.
And now we're being told--paradoxically--that these restrictions may need to be permanent
. Get ready for the "new normal," they say.
Anyone who's been paying even slight attention to the openly articulated goals of the Marxist/technocrat movement that has been in high gear since the 1930s cannot help but see how these developments constitute a nearly item-by-item rollout of their agenda.