The cure is worse than the disease, and the disease is the flu.
People are starting to wake up to the fact that their jobs and their plans for the future have been destroyed for no reason, and they’re not happy about it.
Protesters have continued to gather across the United States, ignoring social distancing rules, to demonstrate against lockdown orders they call ‘tyrannical’ and ‘worse than the virus’.
Crowds of people – many decked out in MAGA hats and with Donald Trump posters – have met up in Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming this week with more crowds in Virginia Thursday.
The organizer of demonstrations in Michigan, Meshawn Maddock of the Michigan Conservative Coalition Quarantine, called the lifesaving quarantines ‘tyranny’.
The group say they are ‘Republicans who want our party to stop moving left’. They run associated groups called Michigan Trump Republicans and Women for Trump. Maddock told Fox News: ‘Every person has learned a harsh lesson about social distancing. We don’t need a nanny state to tell people how to be careful.’
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said those protesting, some flying Confederate flags, had likely lengthened lockdowns. She said: ‘The sad irony here is that they…may have just created the need to lengthen it.’
What an unbearable cunt.
Do people also create the need to lengthen the lockdown by going to the supermarket? Because going to the supermarket means people will get close enough to other people for viruses to spread.
Why not just throw everyone into maximum security prison solitary confinement cells?
A startling image from Ohio shows a baying crowd at the window of the Statehouse Atrium on Monday. Two protesters wearing Trump hats, other wave American flags and one is in the V for Vendetta mask.
And in Virginia ReOpen Virginia, End The Lockdown VA and Virginians Against Excessive Quarantine organized a protest Thursday against Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s lockdown.
In Utah, where Gov. Gary Herbert has closed down public schools for the rest of the year and ordered businesses to shutter amid the coronavirus pandemic, protest signs read ‘Resist like it’s 1776’ and ‘America will never be a socialist country.’
Republican Larry Meyers, who organized the grassroots event and ran for Senate, said it was to ‘assert our God-given, Constitutionally-protected rights, including freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, religious freedom, the right to contract, and the right to use our property as we see fit so long as we do not harm others’.
And in Kentucky protesters stood outside the window Democratic Governor Andy Beshear as he spoke the state’s residents about the ongoing lockdowns.
Hearing their shouts of ‘facts over fear’ Beshear said: ‘Folks, that would kill people. That would absolutely kill people.’
Facts kill people, sure.
Fear saves lives.
And by “fear” I mean “False Evidence Appearing Real.”
Best sign ever.
A Reopen North Carolina Facebook page has more than 42,000 members. A protester there was arrested Wednesday, according to local reports.
In Ohio about 100 protesters assembled outside the building during Gov. Mike DeWine’s weekday update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, upset that the state remains under a Stay-At-Home order and that non-essential businesses remain closed.
Residents there have questioned if DeWine is Republican after he enforced lifesaving lockdowns. One asked: ‘Don’t he believe in less government? Small government?’
One protester tweeted: ‘A tyrannical government in the making’ and said the protest was a ‘fight for our CIVIL LIBERTIES’.
In Wyoming protesters led calls to ‘defend liberty’ and urged Gov. Mark Gordon to not ‘flatten the economy’. Protester Cathy Ide, from the Natrona County Campaign for Liberty, told The Casper Star-Tribune: ‘You drive through Casper, it’s like a ghost town compared to what we usually are.
‘You don’t have the usual hustle and bustle, and it’s just sad.’
On Wednesday protesters defied social distancing and gathered outside Michigan’s State Capitol to demand Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer end her strict stay-at-home orders because it restricts their freedom, and they insisted people are smart enough to make their own decisions.
Some said they would rather die from coronavirus than see the small businesses being crippled and forced to close because of the pandemic, which has so far left 28,000 infected and 5,000 dead in Michigan.
Many said the closure of home improvement stores, greenhouses, hairdressers, landscaping companies and the banning of boating and fishing was the source of their anger.
Most protesters expressed their desire to get back to work as unemployment in the country has skyrocketed by more than 16 million over the past three weeks.
Governments can say that the protests ruined the lockdown and that everyone must stay at home for months and redo the lockdown, while mumbling something about curves in need of flattening.
This nightmare is really happening.