As governors across the United States take measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, some liberal politicians and their acolytes are using the occasion to freely trample on citizen rights.
A crystal-clear display of presented itself in North Carolina, where police told a group of peaceful protestors that their rights were “non-essential.” The police came out in full force to meet a small crowd of about one hundred people who were, for the most part, social distancing. While some protestors milled about, others remained in their cars. Even so, it didn’t matter — the cops threatened to arrest anyone participating for “violating the governor’s orders.”
When questioned regarding which order was being violated, the Raleigh Police Department responded that “protesting is a non-essential activity”.
It’s hard to overstate just how dangerous such a mentality is. Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, like many of his counterparts around the nation, has forcibly shut down small businesses in the name of combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. While he deems these businesses “non-essential,” the fact is that many people in his state depend on them to earn a living. To them, the ability to peacefully ask the governor to restore their livelihood is not “non-essential” — it’s a matter of coming through this crisis.
While the protest was small, the Reopen NC Facebook page has more than 30,000 members, indicating that many more people throughout the state support the cause.
North Carolina doesn’t have very many COVID-19 cases or fatalities compared to other states like New York, California, and Florida. The small group of protestors on the street begging the NC governor to allow them to earn a living weren’t endangering the masses or risking the collapse of the state’s hospital system. If a state governor can use such a flimsy excuse to allow the police to arrest protestors for the mere act of protesting, then the nation is on a slippery slope to tyranny.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the worse in those who want to seize power. The right to protest the government is a fundamental constitutional right. It’s the very principle that built the America in the first place centuries ago.
The Raleigh Police Department’s move to arrest those who dared to ask the governor to consider the needs of the people he governs should be condemned by anyone who values the classical concept of freedom.