Sunday, November 22, 2020

Costs are worth living in liberty

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for October 21, 2020)

The continuing hysteria over Covid-19 reminds me of the website warning of the dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO). The website correctly points out that DHMO is found in all our food, sometimes as an additive; we've all been exposed. It's found in many dangerous compounds and in cancerous tumors. It kills thousands yearly.

This is all completely true. In fact, Nazis used DHMO in their concentration camps and the Soviets used it in their gulags.

Petitions calling for a ban on this dangerous substance have circulated, and thousands of people have signed.

Dihydrogen Monoxide is a way to describe water. If you want a good laugh, visit the website at

In the same way, Covid-19 seems to be everywhere. It may be spreading like wildfire through the population as testing seems to confirm. Under some circumstances, it can kill!

Yet, so can any respiratory infection. So can water. So can economic shutdowns.

To remain hysterical over a common, although new, virus doesn't make sense anymore. It goes against science and reason. It's purely political.

Those who continue to take the governor's fearmongering seriously are no different than those eager to sign a petition to ban Dihydrogen Monoxide. Good intentions or not, their ignorance could end up harming individuals and being dangerous to society.

Few emotions are as motivating as fear, but fear is not reasonable in this case.

Political power relies on keeping people scared and wanting to be rescued by a parental government. Few politicians are strong enough to resist this opportunity to increase their power. This weakness should permanently disqualify anyone from holding elected office.

It's long past time to acknowledge there is a virus and to get on with life, anyway. It's past time to end the shutdowns and ignore the will of politicians who refuse to loosen their grip. It's time to stop cowering and to start acting like the Americans we can be-- like the resilient humans we are. Our species didn't get this far by being weak and scared. Responsible people accept that life isn't safe, but we live it anyway, facing the dangers like sensible adults rather than like scared children. Or like panicking pets.

Sure, there will be costs. Only the ignorant expect otherwise. Living in liberty is worth it. The alternative is worse than you're being told. Politicians and politicized medical experts are manipulating your emotions to keep you afraid. Politicians have had their time. Time's up.

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Someone is causing strife. Is it me?

I seem to be the cause of great distress among my family. I'm stubborn and pig-headed.

A niece of mine is expecting a baby in early December. Her doctor told her to make sure anyone she brings the baby into contact with over the holidays has been vaccinated with both a flu shot and a "Tdap" shot. I suspect if the Covid-19 vaccine were available, that would have been included.

I politely told my parents I wouldn't do that, and I wouldn't force my daughter to get those shots, either. (I did give my daughter the choice; she declined.) I would just stay home while my niece and the baby were there. No hard feelings on my part. Ground rules were laid out and I made my choice. Simple solution, right?

Apparently not.

I'm now the bad guy. I'm told I'm making a big deal out of this. How am I making a big deal? I informed them of my decision and as far as I was concerned that was the end of it. But others aren't willing to let it go.

Notice, I didn't say I didn't want her to come for Christmas and bring the baby. I didn't criticize anyone else for agreeing to the conditions. All I said was that I wasn't willing to do that. nor was I willing to force my daughter to do it.

They actually said if the roles were reversed I would want everyone to get the vaccinations. Do they know me at all? Maybe I'm too quiet around them and need to start speaking my mind a little more. I try to not be "that guy" who harps on one subject and tries to turn every conversation toward that. But... maybe I need to speak up a little more.

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