Tyranny: "arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority." - Dictionary.com
Regular ANP readers know that from the beginning of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encouraged healthy individuals to self-quarantine if at all possible, while taking preventative or protective measures, via face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer, when forced to go out, in order to keep their good health and limit exposure to anyone that could be infected or be a carrier.
Our suggestions and recommendations were for people to voluntarily take steps to protect themselves and for businesses to allow people to work from home if at all possible because a number of people refused to take the danger seriously. They ended up catching the virus and spreading it around, so we believed the healthy should just take preemptive measures to stay that way.
I repeat, those suggested steps, as well as pre-prepping for the spread of COVID-19 here in America were encouraged for people to do voluntarily.
Doing something voluntarily and having federal, state or local officials mandate the behavior of Americans are two very different things.
One is common sense and smart protective and preventative measures, and the other violates the constitutional rights of Americans.
With that said, officials in a number of states are abusing their power and authority by treating their citizens as if they are criminals. Forced lockdowns, fining their residents for nothing more than visiting a neighbor, or walking the wrong way on the sidewalk, or sitting in a parked car with the windows closed during a radio church service
The images we are seeing coming out from within the United States, are reminiscent of what we watched in China, where the virus originated in the early days of the pandemic before it had spread across the globe.
DON'T SAY 'THAT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE' - IT ALREADY IS HAPPENING
The first image and video is of a man in China pulled off the Metro by law enforcement for not wearing a mask, was taken from a 17 second video, published by Guardian News on January 28, 2020. The second image and video is of a man being dragged off a bus in Philadelphia, PA, in the U.S, published on April 11, 2020, for not wearing a mask.
The two short clips are below the images so readers can see the entire thing for themselves should they wish to.
For those that continue to claim "it can't happen here," NEWSFLASH: It just did.
Depending on who one asks, we see different answers as to whether masks are a "requirement" on public transport in Philly, or a suggestion.
According to the Philly Transit Riders Union "SEPTA website says nothing about masks, twitter feed says they are required, operators are told they're not."
We double checked and now we see the SEPTA's official stance, now on their website under the COVID-19 update section, states "New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advise wearing a simple cloth face covering, when out in public, to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Following this guidance, we URGE all customers to wear a mask or other facial covering when traveling on SEPTA to protect customers and Operators. Surgical masks are being distributed to frontline Operations personnel as part of this effort. Please comply with this request for your protection and the protection of others."
Therefore it was not under the orders of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) that the unmasked passenger be dragged off the bus, but rather the actions of out-of-control law enforcement officials abusing their authority.
That is just one example of how out-of-control local state authorities and elected officials are becoming in their tyranny against their population.
In Mississippi, cops were called on Church attendees that were sitting in their cars for church, with the window rolled up, listening to the services set on the radio. No contact with each other.
Yet they have been fined with $500 tickets. Not only that, but the people that were abiding the no contact order by their governor by sitting in their cars with their windows rolled up, yet one of the the cops handed out the tickets wearing no gloves.
"Just handed a ticket by a man with no gloves. He gave me an ink pen to sign it ..." he said, adding that he and other church members were "complying 100% with the governor's ordinance on COVID-19. And they come and force us not to comply. They force us to make human contact. Your city dollars at work for you."
Here's the video:
Note to those cops and whoever gave them the authority to hand out tickets to people who were abiding the intent of the Governors order: It is their constitutional right to "engage in religious rituals," under Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
In Michigan, the tyrannical governor, dubbed by President Trump as that "woman governor," has expanded on her initial lockdown orders and now has banned "travel between residences," according to the Detroit Free Press.
Until now, travel between two Michigan residences has been permitted.
Beginning Saturday morning, that will end, except for purposes such as caring for a relative, an elderly friend, or a pet, visiting a nursing home or similar facility, attending a funeral with no more than 10 people, or complying with a court order related to child custody.
“All public and private gatherings of any size are prohibited," Whitmer said at a news conference. "People can still leave the house for outdoor activities," and outdoor "recreational activities are still permitted as long as they’re taking place outside of six feet from anyone else.”
These are the type of things we see in countries run by dictators, but the orders are coming from state officials, and those implementing those orders are also acting more like the Chinese government than they are fellow Americans.
More and more of this type of abuse from state elected leaders and law enforcement officials are being reported each and every day.
When we first watched how China was handling the Wuhan coronavirus, we saw many here in America claim "that can't happen here," which is the biggest lie in the history of lies told by Americans to fellow Americans, because as the examples above show, it is happening here, right now, right before our eyes.
State governments should not be allowed to violate the civil and constitutional rights of Americans.
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