The Covid Carnival seems to be shaping up as a left-right acid-test; “We’re all gonna die, wear a mask 24/7, shelter-in-place” pretty much defining the Left. Healthy skepticism, questions about motives, complaints about radically different standards of compliance, (depending on whether or not you’re rioting or worshipping,) and the desire for sound information on the Right.
This makes sense because the Left feels like bigger government is the solution to everything, while Conservatives believe in limited government, individual freedom, personal responsibility and liberty.
A pandemic does not nullify or otherwise contravene any of the guarantees as outlined in the US Constitution. Executive orders, statements from mayors, county executives, town councils and city managers are not enforceable if they abridge the freedoms enshrined in our founding documents.
If you’re fearful, take appropriate measures to alleviate your fears. Distance yourself from those you deem unsafe. Those not living in fear are also free to exercise their right to freedom of association, movement and any activity not otherwise disallowed under the law. The whim of some petty local tyrant or power-hungry governor must always pass muster as constitutional or it is unenforceable.
“A state which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes–will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished.”
― John Stuart Mill, On Liberty