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The Bill of Rights and COVID-19

W. Scott Cole

Posted on May 18, 2020 03:43

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Okay, someone has to say it, even though it seems to be an extremely radical position in these days of COVID-19. The thing is, more and more people are thinking it and starting to protest against it… and getting arrested. Every one of those Executive Orders and laws is unconstitutional and people don’t seem to care.

I am one of the lucky ones who still has a job deemed essential during the pandemic. As a result, my job has not been affected by Colorado’s stay-at-home order. Even so, my thoughts about "stay-at-home" have always run to the negative side, mainly because on the second day of our lockdown, my boss came by my worksite and handed me a piece of paper. It was an explanation, in formal language, that I worked for them, my job was considered essential, and I was allowed by the government to travel to and from work. This, in spite of the fact that I drive a company truck.

My first thought, which I voiced out loud to my boss, was, "Just like Nazi Germany. The police can now ask to see our travel papers." My opinion hasn’t changed much from that day to this, even though very few people, if any, have been stopped by police to find out why they were out.

Should we wear masks? Yes. Should we stay a few feet away from others? Yes. Does the government have the authority to make it a crime to go out in public and gather with other people, to make it a crime to go to work? Absolutely not! Yet people are being arrested for opening their place of business. Here in Colorado, a restaurant lost its business license for a minimum of 30 days because it opened on Mother’s Day. In Texas, a woman went to jail because she opened her salon, telling a judge that feeding her kids and allowing her employees to be able to feed theirs was more important than showing a regret she did not feel for violating the law.

Years ago, we quit teaching civics in our schools and as a result, we now have a generation that does not know what their rights are and, as has been shown by recent events, do not care. They meekly give up their right to assemble, their right to worship as they choose, their right to engage in commerce and their right to provide for their families.

The government did not give us these rights, nor did the Constitution. We are born with them and the Constitution forbids the government from taking them from us. A lockdown was exactly the wrong response for this pandemic. I believe the country would have been much better served if the government had passed laws making it illegal to terminate employment for anyone who chose to stay at home. They should have passed laws to protect those most at risk. They should have allowed people to take responsibility for their own actions, instead of deciding they know best for everyone.

Ben Franklin said, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." We seem to have given up all liberty for what the government tells us is safety. What does that say about us?

W. Scott Cole

Posted on May 18, 2020 03:43

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