Image taken from Twitter during #MichiganProtest Source Unknown
The Divide Deepens
A deeper sociopolitical struggle is unfolding between private enterprise, city, county and state governments. The disagreement is centered on "...concerns about whether state governments will act too quickly or slowly in easing restrictions – [Americans] are deeply divided along partisan lines," according to a survey of 5,000 Americans conducted last April. PEW Research followed up on this survey and found..."the public’s views on this question are little changed since early April, though they are somewhat more divided [author's emphasis] along partisan and ideological lines."
In the midst of fear and anger the divide between Americans is intensifying.
A symbolic battle is being projected on our screens between family members, neighbors, experts and politicians. The battle is taking place within the conflicting government guidelines from National, State and Local governments. In the middle of it are the people who are trying to make a living. Growing frustration with the lack of govern-aid and slowed-down economy presented business owners with a difficult choice: obey government emergency orders and go hungry OR thrive amidst a national crisis.
People were terrified by a supposed existential crisis so much so that they demanded more authoritarian control over voluntary interactions. A coordinated effort by internationalist organizations like WHO, WEF and governments across the world propagated a campaign to persuade people to stay indoors, away from social gatherings. Consequently, state and local governments followed suit and rushed to push the boundaries of their authority for the sake of public safety. Take for example the story of two Laredoean women who were arrested by an undercover sting for offering their Salon services in social media:
- City of Laredo Pushing the Limits of Its Authority; To Keep You "Safe"
- Two Laredoean Women Arrested for Trying to Make A Living
On one end, are the anonymous tipsters that call the police on their neighbors for violating the emergency lock down order. Then there are the “...non-essential” businesses [that] have been closed and many [other] locally-owned shops [that] are now struggling to survive."
As new "unofficial" information continued to debunk the official narrative the experts made their "adjustments" and downgraded the pandemic. Then came the outrage and anger to the continued lock-down during an economic recession that has caused millions of unemployed Americans to be dependent on government aid programs. People dissented, protested and broke the law to attempt to make up their losses.
HoustonChron Reports: “We’ve complied 100 percent until now,” Brice told the Houston Chronicle. “What I don’t like is that the government is picking and choosing which businesses win or lose. They are sinking the economy. We have to stand our ground and get people back to work.”
The conflict has reached to a point in which the people's militia in Michigan has taken it upon themselves to defend the natural rights of private business owners:
Members of the Michigan Militia and Home Guard stand with protesters outside Karl Manke’s Barber Shop on Saturday, May 9th, 2020. Many are in support of the barber. Source
"Owosso barber says he’ll keep cutting hair unless he walks out “in handcuffs or tasered”
The Michigan Militia says the police will not be allowed to arrest 77-year-old Owosso, Mich., barber, Karl Manke, who has defied Governor Whitmer’s orders that all non-essential businesses stay closed. Friday night, Michigan State Police delivered a health protection order from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office ordering that Manke close his doors.
In this era of lock-downs, an underlying conflict is taking place between those who react to the fear-programming in two ways: OBEDIENCE OR REBELLION. The division, animosity and distrust between people of different political colors was slowly created by the countless crisis events of the recent past. The establishment's divisive narrative cultivated a political environment in which active discussions, mutual understanding and collaboration between political lines was seen as betrayal and cowardice. The struggle between those who submit to government-guidelines and those who stand-up to tyranny will continue into the new COVID1984 abnormal. At this point, one must ask themselves is it time to talk about freedom? Or is it time to WALK away from the line of obedience, conformity and draw a line in the sand?