At work things are about the same. There have been no more deaths or new cases reported, unless management just isn’t telling us anymore. In my own work area another person is refusing to come in and with those people, along with FMLA and vacation time, our workforce is now at about 65%. I still don’t personally know anyone that has contracted it. Of course when I say “contracted” I’m referring to becoming ill. Current thinking is that as many as half of the people that have this virus show no symptoms and never know it.
Although we’re hardly through this yet I’ve already made some interesting (and depressing) observations about my fellow Americans. I wish I could say that any were a big surprise to me.
It appears that a large portion of my countrymen, possibly a majority, have no issue surrendering their rights if it will make them feel safer. Obviously, they also have no issue surrendering everyone else’s rights either.
A good number of fellow citizens have been more than happy to be informants and/or safety monitors for the rest of us, and that’s been without much effort on part of the authorities. Imagine what could be accomplished if the full force of the government, along with their willing collaborators in the entertainment and news industries made a real effort. Every neighbor, every coworker, every grocery store employee, every gas station cashier would be another set of eyes to watch you with and to make sure you conform.
Did you notice how many police officers around the country followed the unconstitutional orders from their superiors, without as much as a peep? It does give you pause for thought. When the discussion of gun confiscation comes up there will always be someone (or several someones) that know police officers and assure us that they would “NEVER!” do that. They would quit first. Don’t be fooled by others or your own wishful thinking. While I believe they’re currently a minority there are plenty of law enforcement officers right now that would have no problem taking your guns if the order ever comes. And the problem is only going to get worse as older officers retire and are replaced by younger ones, people that thanks to the current public education system have no knowledge or respect for the Constitution at all.
I’m reading all over the internet comparisons of this pandemic to the terrorist attack on 9/11/2001. There simply is no comparison. However, I am very concerned that what comes after might be similar. After 9/11 one of the “cures” to make sure it didn’t happen again was the obscene Patriot Act. What plans are politicians considering for the “good” of the American people right now? It’s a safe bet that any plans they have won’t be good for the freedoms of Americans. They rarely ever are.
More updates to follow.