In Montana, the Valley County Health Department sent out a flier to businesses decreeing that all essential workers from outside the county must wear pink armbands or bracelets signifying their quarantine status in order to shop in the county. Anyone not wearing a pink armband, the flyer said, would be reported to police.
If that graphic is too blurry for you, it reads in part,
Anyone who is from out of town or out of Valley County who has a PINK wristband has been here 14 days or more and no longer needs to do the strict self-quarantine. They may enter your business. Anyone who is from out of town or out of Valley County, staying here/working here, and has not completed the 14 day quarantine is REQUIRED BY THE VALLEY COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER ORDER to use curbside delivery only. They are not to enter your business to shop.
Boy, that reminds me of something. What is it? It’s right on the tip of my tongue…something to do with..is it the Holocaust? Could that be it? No, it can’t be. No health department would be that stupid, would it? Especially when mayors and governors around the country are being accused of having a “Who’s the best dictator?” competition? Would it? Really?
Here’s the Nazi badge code, in case you can’t read German:
Now, the pink triangle…
…signified homosexual men, bisexuals, rapists and pedophiles. If a prisoner so labelled was also identified as Jewish, the pink triangle was superimposed over a yellow triangle to resemble the yellow Star of David badge.
I think it was great that the county evoked the rich history of such labels, don’t you? It’s like a living history lesson for the kids!
Apparently a few people in the county had a competent history teacher at some point; maybe they watch the History Channel. Anyway, someone tipped off the SS at the Valley County Health Department that this neat armband system was not evoking the desired reaction, so it issued an apology and retraction:
…their14- day quarantine. This was implemented to help alleviate community concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19. These bands are not government issued and are not a part of any of the current health orders in place. Rather, they are a good faith effort by these contractors to try to put the community at ease. In a break-down of our internal processes, a flier went out to local business owners seemingly indicating such wrist bands are required for out of county individuals, and that local business owners were obligated to report violations of the health orders. That is not the intent of Valley County, and that flier has been rescinded.
We apologize, again, for any confusion this has caused. We are addressing our internal processes and want to thank all community members for continuing to work with us during this unprecedented time.
Does anyone believe that? “What we said in ALL CAPS was not what we intended to convey, and anyway, some rogue staffer sent out the flyers that we didn’t want sent”?
The ethics issues here are incompetence, dishonesty, ignorance, and thinking like a Nazi.
The more power local bureaucrats think they have, the longer the temptation to use it goes on, and the more submissive the public is responding to these aspiring totalitarians, the more incidents like this will be popping up all over America.