America is beginning to open up. Somehow, things have been repositioned. Instead of keeping We the People from the severity of the COVID-19 virus, the shift is to making a political statement about the virus. If your state is opening up, you are accused of being selfish because your governor is allowing citizens to earn a living and resume some semblance of normalcy. We are told that your state will harm others and that you don’t care. People become afraid of receiving recriminations, but they are running out of money. They want to exercise their right to self-government. They know the risks, wear the masks, wash their hands, and socially distance. Somehow, that no longer is enough. The idea is for you to stay home and depend on the government for your needs. In a constitutional sense, does this promote the general welfare of the nation?
There is no happy ending when a political battle ensues. There seems to be a tug of war going on between our traditional “power to the people” and a so-called “new normal” to retain power over the people. Our founding documents ultimately give We the People the power over their lives, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
This week we address notions of liberty and actions we can take in response to this crisis. Read on… and thank you for reading this weekly update in Common Sense Civics and Citizenship. ??