When will it end? COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions are a grave injustice, which seem to have no end. There is no defensible justification for plunging 34 million Americans into jobless poverty, destroying businesses, and recklessly increasing the tax burden and national debt. None! On a global scale, lockdown polices have marginalized the poor and chronically ill in every country by restricting the movement of goods and services, such as food and healthcare.
Furthermore, elected officials ignore the decades of failed managed care (damaged care) policies, and the Affordable Care Act, which have destroyed the infrastructure of our healthcare system. Obamacare placed American healthcare on life support, and as a result it can no longer meet the demands of the American public, during flu season!
The Right to Govern
The United States was not formed by a group of men that simply had popular ideas. Instead, this country was formulated by scholarly men who understood time-tested knowledge of principles of reason, ethics, justice and natural rights. These principles are the bedrock of justice and liberty.
Since these principles are so essential and fundamental, the government has ONLY one intrinsic purpose, that is; the service of justice. When any government body or individual violates these principles, they negate their very purpose and lose their right to govern. Justice is not a matter of opinion, nor is it subject to mob rule!
There is one principle of justice and natural rights, with two corollaries. We see them in the Declaration of Independence. They are an extension of The Silver Rule and they are understood within the framework of Principles of Reason and the intrinsic value of human life.
1. The Principle of Justice and Natural Rights: The Self-Evident Truth
All Human beings possess in themselves (by their very existence alone) the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; no government gives these rights and no government can take these away.
- Principle of Fundamentality of Rights:
The more fundamental right is the one which is necessary for the possibility of the other right, where there is conflict, we should resolve in favor of the more fundamental right.
Life is the most fundamental of rights. All other rights stem from this most basic right, regardless of a person’s socioeconomic status, stage of development, capability, perceived usefulness, or any other possible qualifier.
b. Principle of Limits to Freedom:
One person’s (or group’s) freedom cannot impose a burden upon another person’s or group’s freedom.
“It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do, but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.” Edmund Burke; Second Speech on Consilation 1775
The Legitimacy of Government vs the Legitimacy of Civil Disobedience
The government does not simply have the right to grant freedoms. Its purpose is to recognize inherent rights and freedoms, making sure to impose no burden upon another person or group. It is the duty of the government with relentless scrutiny to ensure that no laws, ordinances and regulations are harmful now or in the future.
Many Governors have ignored the fallout and enforced harm. Governors and County Council Executives who mandated COVID-19 restrictions placed extreme burdens upon all people except themselves, under the guise of safety. Poverty and joblessness are not safety. The restrictions are unjust and represent a dereliction of duty.
“An unjust law is no law at all.” ~ Aristotle
Even though government may have the “extrinsic” authority to mandate unjust laws, they have no “intrinsic” authority to do so. Any law, policy, regulation, or proposal that violates these principles of justice and natural rights undermines its own legitimacy, renders the government arbitrary, and negates itself.
“If a law is unjust, man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Since COVID-19 extended lockdown and restrictions violate of our natural rights, they lose their legitimacy and purpose. They become nothing more than haphazard proclamations of the state. The State has no defensible argument, even in the wake of fear. In the interest of peace, justice, and freedom, citizens can legitimately rebel
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