A look at reports coming in from the Winter Storm Jonas, with cars and people stranded in PA , traffic jams in KY, WV and PA, deaths in NC, KY, VA, NY and MD, and state of emergencies declared with de-facto martial law implemented in New York and Maryland, and we see a nation full of peeople that have been so dumbed down over the past decades that it actually "needs" the government to control them and tell what to do and when to do it.
When the initial predictions of how bad of a storm Jonas was going to be hit the airwaves we suggested people use it as a dry run, a test of their preparedness levels, an opportunity to discover their strengths and weaknesses to fine tune their survival skills - By the next day we noted how chaos had reigned, panic shoppers were ransacking and emptying store shelves in urban areas, while rural areas maintained calm in what played out like a tale of two different worlds and the people that reside in them.
It is now Sunday, Jonas has moved on but the headlines seen and the lack of common sense shown by the 80 percent of the U.S. population that live in urban areas or big cities, is indicative of a nation where the majority of people that live in it have become so dumbed down they could not survive even a minor disaster if it hits.
Days in advance it was predicted that Jonas would start dumping snow on Friday, through Saturday, yet we see a report early Saturday morning from local Virginia news at WUSA9 that "State police responded to a total of 3,471 service calls on Friday."
By Sunday those numbers increased exponentially:
Virginia State police say since Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday, they responded to to a total of 6,626 calls for service, which includes 1,410 traffic crashes and another 2,040 disabled vehicles.
According to WCVB5 (ABC affiliate) the "storm caused major traffic tie-ups on highways in Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania," with accidents Friday night causing a 7-mile-long backlog involving around 500 vehicles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike stranding motorists through Saturday afternoon.
Members of the National Guard and the local fire department delivered water to some of the stranded motorists Saturday morning.
Guard members were also dispatched in West Virginia to help move stuck tractor trailers that blocked a roughly 11-mile stretch of Interstate 77 north of Charleston.
In central Kentucky, some drivers were stranded along a 35-mile stretch of Interstate 75 for as long as 19 hours, from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning.
Question: What on Earth were all these people doing on the roads when it was announced days in advance that there would be a massive, "historic" and "crippling" snow storm with blizzard-like conditions?
While the NY threat was highlighted, we see from another report that 11 states declared states of emergency. Those states are: Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. Washington, D.C., has declared a "snow emergency."
Now many assume a state of emergency is declared because a state simply needs more resources after an event, but a look at what a state of emergency is defined as, should make everyone sit up and take noticed.
State of Emergency: "a situation of national danger or disaster in which a government suspends normal constitutional procedures in order to regain control."
A government or division of government (i.e. on a municipal, provincial/state level) may declare that their area is in a state of emergency. This means that the government can suspend and/or change some functions of the executive, the legislative and/or the judiciary during this period of time. It alerts citizens to change their normal behavior and orders government agencies to implement emergency plans. A government can declare a state of emergency during a time of natural or human-made disaster, during a period of civil unrest, or following a declaration of war or situation of international/internal armed conflict. Justitium is its equivalent in Roman law, where Senate could put forward senatus consultum ultimum.
It can also be used as a rationale (or pretext) for suspending rights and freedoms guaranteed under a country's constitution or basic law.
From Friday to Sunday, 11 out of 50 states had suspended the constitutional rights of millions of U.S. citizens.... because of a winter storm.
Think about that for a minute.
Many across the nation will look at the headlines, the traffic jams, the accident reports, the lack of common sense shown by people that should have known better than to be on the roads during Jonas and they will think the state governments are right to declare a state of emergency, not just for additional resources, but because the dumbed down sheeple "need" the government to control them because they aren't bright enough to show even basic common sense..... and that ladies and gentlemen is the point.
Whether you blame video games, movies, music, social media..... whatever the reason or whether all of the aforementioned has played a part, over the last decades people have become so dumbed down, so buried in their electronics, so dependent on government rather than having pride in "independence" and in being capable of surviving on their own, that this "martial law mentality" shown on a regular basis has become the norm.