To protect fools such as We the People.
COVID-19 has replaced Russian collusion and that Ukrainian telephone call as the fault line for America’s partisan divide. As always, progressives want “science” to rule and people to just shut the hell up and obey, never mind that even Dr. Fauci has been all over the place. Are face masks in or out this week?
The furloughed white labcoats at the Werkes have observed that ordinary citizens are deciding the issue for themselves — the experts be damned. Such impertinence outrages progressive like our friend, the usually level-headed Greg Humphrey over at Caffeinated Politics.
Within an hour of the reckless and judicially unmoored ruling by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court drinkers were welded to a barstool and sloshing back beverages .. [a] side of Wisconsin that many in our state would rather not see broadcast to the whole nation.
Actually, the head groundskeeper at the Werkes takes a perverse pride in upholding Wisconsin’s rascally reputation. We suspect that some of the Stately Manor’s indentured servants occupied some of those barstools.
Why do social experiments fail?
Humanity may be better off without old John Barleycorn. But we tried that experiment a century ago; made matters worse. The national 55 mph speed limit in the 1970s saved lives and fuel. Drivers voted with their right foot to disobey. Americans make decisions based on their calculus of risk v. reward. It’s why sky diving; it’s why motorcycle riding, it’s why the foolish few wear MAGA hats on Madison’s State Street.
So it is good to see that National Review has come to the same conclusion with the same examples.
For better or worse, the people will ultimately decide how to strike the balance of public safety and convenience.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that the virus will determine the timetable for reopening, but that simply cannot be true. … Amid the most massive job losses since the Great Depression, people sense that some draconian health measures aren’t worth the squeeze.
Trump hatred bleeds over
Progressives hail Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and condemn Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, one of the first to open his state. The first is a Democrat, the second is a Republican. WI Gov. Evers, Democrat; Donald Trump, Republican. That is not happenstance.
“The almost mandatory take of pundits is that any protest of lockdown measures is troglodyte death wish, writes independent thinker Matt Taibbi.
The after-effects of years of Russiagate/Trump coverage are seen everywhere: press outlets reflexively associate complaints of government overreach with Trump, treason, and racism, and conversely radiate a creepily gleeful tone when describing aggressive [coronavirus] emergency measures.
“Democrats have abandoned civil liberties,” Tabbai concludes.
‘The judge in the Flynn case is the kind of thing one would expect from a judge in Belarus.’
The Left’s embrace of coercion is not all that recent, as witness the campus speech codes of the 1990s and the later John Doe assault on conservative speech in Wisconsin. But it has metastasized in the Trump era. Take the Michael Flynn case — just one aspect of the Left’s Deep-State war of resistance. Taibbi writes:
- A trio of former law enforcement and judicial officials saluted [Judge] Sullivan in the Washington Post, chirping, “The Flynn case isn’t over until a judge says it’s over.”
- Yuppie icon Jeffrey Toobin of CNN and the New Yorker, one of the #Resistance crowd’s favored legal authorities, described Sullivan’s appointment of Judge John Gleeson as “brilliant.”
- MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner said Americans owe Sullivan a “debt of gratitude.”
One had to search far and wide to find a non-conservative legal analyst willing to say the obvious, i.e. that Sullivan’s decision was the kind of thing one would expect from a judge in Belarus. …
Blaska’s Bottom Line: To that barber in Michigan, the governor didn’t take away your scissors, did she? A little off the sides, please.