no power granted to a government is ever used once.
this is why precedent matters so much.
if you allow them to take all your rights and freedoms every time there is a crisis, then expect an endless parade of histrionic hobgoblinery to become the norm, not the exception.
unlimited emergency powers lead to unlimited demands for emergencies and this is a game that, as we have all seen, the media will move heaven and earth to help dictators and demagogues play.
both sides get what they covet most.
and we the people get taken to the cleaners.
this is why you have to be MOST careful about infringements of your liberty and the surrender of your rights when you happen to like the outcome.
“oh, it’s just a vaccine mandate and i was going to get vaccinated anyway!”
but stop and think about that:
if we have granted politicians the right to force mandated medical choices upon medical professionals against their will and professional judgement because “emergency” what could they possibly NOT do?this is such an overreach and such a contravention of expertise and sound medical practice that if this is the bar, what part of your life will remain free from their intrusion when they conjure the next crisis of fomented fear?
if we have granted politicians the right to force mandated medical choices upon medical professionals against their will and professional judgement because “emergency” what could they possibly NOT do?
this is such an overreach and such a contravention of expertise and sound medical practice that if this is the bar, what part of your life will remain free from their intrusion when they conjure the next crisis of fomented fear?
if they can take medicine from a doctor, what could they take from you?
does the CDC or NIH or some congress-critter really know what is best for her better than she does?
do you want to let them act as if they do?
if they can threaten the licenses of these professionals, what leverage do they have upon other professions and establishments?
occupational licensure and health codes and inspection become the vehicles of extortion and subjugation.
suddenly needing a city health grade for your hotdog stand means “do as you’re told.”
knuckle under or lose your livelihood.
this is tyranny hiding its face behind a mask of “safety.”
so stand with these people.
stand with the doctors and gym owners and barmen.
stand with the waitresses and airline staff and the military when they resist this.
it’s the moral and societal imperative.
stand with them now and help them keep their freedom.
if you don’t, don’t come crying to me when leviathan comes for yours.
(and believe me, it will)
this is the ugly part of the tytler cycle where the meek and the weak trade a little freedom for a little safety and wind up losing the whole of both.
do you really want to be the generation that squandered this?
those of you who think this is the worst case scenario are not seeing the whole picture. ask anyone who has lived through a totalitarian regime. that pug does not wind up as the cherished pet. he winds up as food.
they are not planning to give back what they take. 2 weeks becomes 2 years becomes endless subjugation.
you keep the rights you fight for. no more. no less.
the whole game is to take little bites so that each new taking seems not quite worth fighting against. they modulate the perception of risk reward and feed on you by inches.
the time for cowering and compliance is over. this is the part where you fight or wow are you going to wish you had.
vaccine mandates and vaccine passports are a trojan horse for chinese style social credit and control systems. they render your liberty a privilege that must be positively affirmed once more every time you need a booster. it leaves you a subject, not a citizen.
it is the inch you cannot yield or you get taken a mile.
it’s the event horizon from which there is no return.
unjust government is no government at all and unjust mandates are the hallmark of the tyrant.
disobedience to them is a civic duty and a foundational ethical tenet.
don’t fall for the fear and the faux-moralizing. freedom is what freedom does. it resides in self-reliance and self-determination, not convoluted permission.
disobedience to authority without consent was our founding principal.
it’s time to take it out for another spin.
Thanks for this, Gato. Just what I needed today as it seems like the walls are closing in. I am hoping that the military and healthcare professionals push back on these mandates and I will do whatever I can to support them. I work for a wealth management company and hear a rumor today that vax mandates were coming soon. I will resign before being forced to take these treatments.
Gracias, Sr. Gato. YES. Disobey. I've been saying this almost from the very beginning. Don't know why the comfy work from home class can't see it.
In a recent protest I attended, there were just over 500 people, according to the organizers. The one just this past Saturday managed to get 2000 people or so. (The news said there were only 185 of us, of course.) It seems more people are waking up. I hope. Meanwhile, the governor is starting to sound like he's frothing at the mouth. He's threatening businesses that don't discriminate against people who don't have the Covid vaccine. An official close to the government flat out said the plan was to force the population to get vaccinated. They're not using words like "encourage" any longer. Meanwhile, doesn't anyone who gets vaccinated have to sign a document that says they're accepting the vaccine voluntarily? Geesh. Freaking scary.
I wish the airline employees had resisted the dictatorial mandates from their execs. It was an embarassment.
I keep telling people to focus and look at the bigger picture...fear keeps them from seeing beyond the 1 in one millionth chance of their kid dying from covid. The "powers" that be did a number on some.
Thank you for the pep talk. I'm trying to stay the course in a state where the masses are gleefully flinging away their rights. It's terrifying.
You can't comply your way out of tyranny.
It’s official. Quebec is captured.
How to destroy a country by 1,000 cuts: "Oregon Gov. Kate Brown privately signed a bill last month ending the requirement for high school students to prove proficiency in reading, writing, and arithmetic before graduation. Brown, a Democrat, did not hold a public signing or issue a press release regarding the passing of Senate Bill 744 on July 14, and the measure, which was approved by lawmakers in June, was not added into the state's legislative database until more than two weeks later on July 29, an unusually quiet [not to say, secret] approach to enacting [secret] legislation, according to the Oregonian."
There's never a point "from which there is no return".
If that were true, there would be a point at which it was no longer worth fighting.
Granted, the farther we let it go, the HARDER it gets to return.
Diminishing returns is another important aspect to protesting now. Every time the biofascists throttle the op up and then down and then up again, the results of the operation diminish and the costs rise. Like an addict, the op needs greater and greater levels of fabricated and absurdly false fear porn to achieve the same high. I suspect that is one reason, among many, the rush is on to lock in their benefits by slicing up and isolating segments of the population and forcing mandates--HCPs, military, school kids--to prevent development of protests of the sort emanuelle is facing, which are just a few steps away from boiling over into serious organized revolt. Once cops join the revolt, it is game over. I don;t see that happening in the US, but that may be because I live in full throttle DNC town.
"freedom is what freedom does."
Words to live by.
I recognize that this is way easier said than done, but the nurses in yoru picture, of which I assume are in the minority, should quit. Find something else. I dont know what else to tell them. They are going to be forced to take it.
Right here right now thanks
And the media shyster/enabler complex plays along literally without a single question or second thought about any of it. Today's sampling. Truly sickening.