It’s really simple. If you don’t have the fortitude to stand up for your opinions, resist bullying and tell the social media mobs to go fry an egg, then shelter in your metaphorical womb, check with the Woke and The Wonderful about their latest agenda items and directives so you can parrot them accurately, and shut the hell up.
At least Galileo was threatened with torture by an authority that wasn’t bluffing before he retracted what he knew to be true. What was Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, afraid of? Yet she quickly followed up her video, which was 100% correct, with a nauseating retraction on Instagram, as she wrote,
“I should never have used the word ‘dictatorship.I got caught up in the heat of the moment, that is my fault. I don’t know the answer and I won’t pretend to. I care about the people who are losing their lives or battling this.. and also the medical staff who care for them. and it is hard knowing these local business owners and watching them struggle and having to lay off their employees, not knowing how they are gonna make it. So I’m sorry. i let my emotions get the best of me. I love Michigan and the people here.. don’t get that twisted in this. This place was my rock during my tough times and I wish there was an answer that pleased everyone but we know that is definitely not the case.”
Her initial statement was concise, clear, sensible and correct. The Democratic Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, has repeatedly engaged in abuses of power in panicky, excessive, arbitrary executive orders related to the Wuhan virus. The only reason it has not received more attention is that so many Democratic governors have been equally arbitrary and, yes, dictatorial. A conclusion that their party is exploiting the pandemic to condition Americans to increased government control and make them dependent on nanny state assistance for survival is certainly supportable.
Of course, Hanlon’s Razor applies. They could just be fools.
For example, radical progressive Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued new COVID-19 restrictions for his state Sunday. They include more limits on social gatherings, mandating the closure of bars, restaurants, and gyms, occupancy restrictions for businesses, bans on indoor sporting events, and prohibitions of wedding receptions and funeral wakes. The orders not only limit the number of people permitted to attend religious services; they prohibit choirs, bands, and ensembles, and even bans congregational singing.
Good citizens of totalitarian regimes learn to keep their head lowered and plead for mercy when they speak out of turn, or against the official definition of the greater good. People like Kelly Stafford put all of us in peril by emboldening the foes of our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.