Today: Jul 09 , 2020

Opinion: Reject the New Normal

03 May 2020  

We have been acting like sheep for too long...

Most Americans see ourselves as good citizens. We work to provide for our families. We volunteer to help those less fortunate. We don't commit crimes. We may, however reluctantly, serve on jury duty. In times of emergency, disaster or war, we will comply with our government's requests that limit our actions and rights. But as Americans, we also have an independent streak that can be traced back even before our Revolutionary War with England. We will comply with reasonable requests from our government, but when they start to seem unreasonable or burdensome, we tend to rebel.

When requests become governmental demands with the force of law and they impinge on our Constitutional and civil rights, we balk. When this infringement out weighs the risks of not complying, we protest and commit acts of civil disobedience. Unlike people who live under despotic or tyrannical regimes, we do not meekly comply.

While we at first went along with our government's requests to “shelter in place”, we thought it reasonable and did so. Now many Americans are beginning to see this as house arrest. The left leaning media is trying to keep us frightened and wants us to keep away from one another. Is this another attempt to divide and conquer us. It sure seems that way. Otherwise why would they keep spouting the worst case scenarios? Why would they keep telling us that this is the “new normal”? Isn't that the same phrase they used when prior presidents' policies sent our manufacturing and pharmaceutical jobs to China and other foreign countries?

Those of us everyday Americans get nervous when we here the “new normal” phrase uttered by some radio talk show hosts and Fox News hosts. We hear even conservative commentators say that we may never see the shaking of hands again or hugging or kissing another on the cheek or lips in public. Social distancing will be with us forever.

We humans are social animals. Contact with other humans is what we have done since the dawn of time. We are not emotionless robots. We are not brain dead zombies. Human contact is essential for the vast majority of us.

The more information we get about the corona virus, the more it appears that the government's response has been overblown. Every day it looks like the death rate for this virus has been greatly exaggerated. Not only that, but some of our state governors' responses are blatantly political. Why have private businesses been forced to layoff millions of workers, but no government employees have been furloughed without pay? Dentists' offices must close down but abortion clinics are deemed to be “essential”. Buying plant seeds is forbidden, but lotto tickets which generate large amounts of government revenue, are okay?

Our Constitution was designed to protect the INDIVIDUAL from abuse by government. There is nothing in that noble freedom blueprint that gives the government the legal ability to abridge our rights during a pandemic. In a health crisis, the government's job is to provide the best information available to its people. Armed with those facts, the individual can make his or her own decision about whether to shelter in place, go about his or her normal routine or anything in between. Many of our so-called government leaders are treating us like small children or sheep. It is about time we started acting like adults. If these draconian stay at home rules aren't lifted soon, we need to start disobeying them en mass. We owe it to the 23 million or more who were forced into the unemployment stats, so that at least some of them can start getting a pay check again.

Grandkids are germ factories. I can see the facts, digest the risks and make my own decision on whether to hug and kiss them, just like when I tell them, “Grandpa has a cold, so stay away for awhile.”

I don't need the government to tell me if, when and where I can show them affection.

We have been acting like sheep for too long. From now on, we should follow the Good Shepard, but NOT become sheep in the flock of the “new normal”. For as Benjamin Franklin once wrote, quoting an Italian proverb, "Make yourselves sheep, and the wolves will eat you."



Buz Williams

Richard F. "Buz" Williams was born into a police family.  His father, both grandfathers, a great uncle and a cousin were all on the Los Angeles Police Department and he also had an uncle on the Hawthorne, California Police Department.  Buz served for 29 years on the Long Beach, California Police Department were he worked Patrol, Juvenile, Vice, Auto Theft and Gangs.  He retired in December of 2002.  Buz has been married to his wife Judi for 44 years.  They have two grown sons who live in Southern California with their families, which include two daughter-in-laws, three grandsons and a granddaughter.  Buz and Judi have lived in Prescott since 2004.