When cases go up, they add more lockdowns.
When cases go up despite those lockdowns, they add more lockdowns.
When cases go up despite those added lockdowns, they threaten curfews.
And so on and so on.
No outside-the-box thinking.
No holistic view of society that accounts for the damage these lockdowns and restrictions are doing.
And no acknowledgment that having the government tell you when you can and can’t go outside – with people now being arrested for walking their dog or leaving their property outside ‘allowed hours’ – is incompatible with a free society.
Of course, all of this can make it feel that the world is spinning even more out of control, becoming disturbing and unrecognizable.
And it can be a lonely feeling for many, on top of the physical loneliness countless isolated people are experiencing.
In these circumstances it can be easy to just go along with the crowd, and support ever-increasing restrictions.
After all, as many have disturbingly said online, “why would you be going out after 8:00 pm anyway?”
Yet, as difficult as it may be, this is precisely the time when we need to have the courage to defend freedom.
Standing up for what is right is often a lonely pursuit, and it’s often unpopular in the moment.
But we cannot allow our nation to become a place where our fear compels us into cheering on the elimination of our rights and the expansion of pervasive state power.
We cannot let the same hypocritical politicians who signed off on international travel while telling us to stay home continue to act as if they have the credibility and authority to boss us around.
And we cannot give in to the ‘safe feeling’ of letting those in power dictate which freedoms they will ‘grant’ us with based on their temporary whims. Because, when this crisis is over, they will find a new ‘reason’ to restrict our rights ‘for our own good.’
We must be better than this, and those of us who feel deep down that this is wrong need to continue speaking out in defence of freedom for Canadians.