This article was originally published by Ron Paul at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prostperity.
A video of a confrontation between Ventura County, California health officials and restaurant owner Anton Van Happen has gone viral. The health officials were ordering Mr. Van Happen to close his business because he allegedly violated California’s ban on outdoor dining. Mr. Van Happen asked the health officials if the government will pay his employees and his rent while his business is indefinitely closed.
Mr. Van Happen is hardly the only small business owner worried about how to pay bills during the lockdowns. Many small businesses operate on a narrow profit margin, so being forced to “temporarily” shut down or limit the number of customers they can serve is a virtual death sentence.
The lockdowns have already caused as many as 200,000 small businesses to permanently close. Lockdowns, by shrinking the number of employers, lead to long-term unemployment or lower wages for many workers.
While governments have terrorized small businesses, they have typically deemed the big chain stores “essential businesses” so they can remain open. The lockdowns are thus another government policy that gives big businesses a competitive advantage over their smaller competitors.
The benefits big businesses get from the lockdowns — including fewer competitors, more customers, and a job market with more workers competing for fewer jobs — may explain why many big businesses are not fighting the lockdowns. Instead, most big retail chains are requiring their workers and customers to wear masks. Many big businesses may soon deny service to those who refuse to receive a Covid vaccine.
One would think that progressives who claim to oppose policies that benefit big corporations like Walmart, Target, and Amazon would oppose the lockdowns. Sadly, even many progressives are unquestioningly parroting the Covid propaganda and demonizing those who dissent.
By slowing down the development of herd immunity among the population, the lockdowns could put those truly at risk in greater danger. Lockdowns have also had negative effects such as increases in drug and alcohol abuse and increases in domestic violence. Meanwhile, many schoolchildren are deprived of the opportunity to interact with their teachers and their peers. Instead, these children are subjected to the fraud of “virtual learning.”
Resistance to Covid tyranny is growing as more people figure out that lockdowns and mandates are both unnecessary and harmful. This resistance was largely started by small business owners faced with a choice between obeying the government or making sure they, and their employees, can feed their families. Small business owners have been leaders in recent anti-lockdown protests across America.
Eventually, the resistance will grow to the point where the politicians will be forced to either double down on authoritarianism or admit the lockdowns were a mistake. Either way, those of us who know the truth must resist the Covid tyranny until government officials no longer terrorize small businesses for the crime of serving willing consumers.
tptb are just letting you know they have the power to lock everything down including Walmart Target and Amazon if you go getting any ideas about revolution.
Better stock up.
they can turn mandates on and off like a light switch
Almost everything done in a dollar economy, could have been done, discretely, using alternative currencies, except there has been more bad faith than acquisitiveness.
California just had a court ruling saying that their is no science to proof people get sick from eating outdoors and such proposal to ban restaurants from doing that was illegal …
Could COVID-19 be the catalyst for the collapse of the western world’s financial system? Is this the grand scheme to eliminate the industrialized world’s middle class? The small business owner and all of the professionals and contractors who are employed or in business because of these small business owners? Why is the idea of removing cash from circulation and replacing it with digital “currency” being pushed so hard in these COVID-19 relief bills? Will this financial collapse and “reset” be the open door for all of the progressive agendas? Mass panic takes away reason from the reasonable and certainly their rights. Are the true goals of this and future pandemics primarily two-fold? To reduce global populations (specifically the elderly who cost the most in the health care) and eliminate the middle class of the western world?
This would then leave the two classes that have always existed prior to the birth of America. The 1% elite, ruling class and the 99% poor and dependent class. Effectively ending the great American experiment.
The leftist billionaires demand a ruling class consisting of them and their political minions. Everyone else will be the peasant class to serve them, this is what socialism has always been about. Never in the history of man has a nation granted such freedom to the common people as America has. Well, folks “the Great American Experiment” is over. The elitists have had enough and it is time to put us BACK IN OUR PLACE. Cleverly they are doing it through manipulation and their brainwashed minions (useful idiots) are helping them. That is what liberalism has always been about. Can you see the formula? Liberalism plus Socialism leads to Globalism (a one-world government run by guess who? That’s right = the beast).
This is the reasoning behind the globalist incitement of civil war in western countries.
These globalists want the dependent class and the middle class to kill as many of each other as possible. It is population control only. These globalist’s believe they only need 500 million people to adequately fill the servant class ranks of their new world order.
This is why cities and states are moving away to red states…those economies will do great. This all being done by design.
Hmm, I’m here from the government to ” help ” you survive, if I / we have to crush you into the ground and kill you, we will help you “. sound familiar ?