The Disturbing, Growing Rift Between Free States and Prison States

Today’s Campaign Update (Because the Campaign Never Ends)

So, I’m sitting here on a Saturday morning contemplating the fact that our country is now at a point at which it has become normal for talking heads on TV and print commentators to talk about “free states” and “prison” or “lockdown states”. I did it myself in a piece the other day without even thinking about it.

At any other time in the last 150 years, this kind of discourse would have been shocking, but today it is part of the “new normal” that aspiring despots like Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer now talk about, echoing the kind of language Barack Obama used during his term to convince people to accept his own efforts to regulate every aspect of their daily lives.

It’s easy to tell which states are “free” or becoming more free, anyway, and which states are “prisons”: The Free States have Republican governors, and the Prison states, with a few exceptions like Ohio, are run by Democrats like Whitmer. This dichotomy between the governance by the two parties in this national emergency over a virus with a mortality rate well below 1% becomes increasingly stark with every passing week.

Friday, May 1 was a great example. In Texas, GOP Governor Greg Abbott moved to reopen a vast swath of businesses (with limited capacity restraints), state parks and the beaches along the Gulf Coast. On the very same day, Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom moved to close all state parks and beaches. As a result, free Texans flocked to local shopping malls or to reopened restaurants to enjoy their first meal out in six weeks, while thousands of imprisoned Californians staged a massive protest in the city of Huntington Beach:

Think about the brutish stupidity of that beach closing order: Given that we now know that heat and sunlight kill this virus, what better place for Southern Californians to spend time than on the damn beach? But Governor Newsom, acting on his fascist impulses, shuts the beaches down because he was personally “disturbed” by video of people enjoying a day in the sun earlier in the week.

Americans all over the country have clearly shown that they are willing to cooperate with restrictions to their freedoms that make sense in fighting the spread of this virus. But irrational nonsense like this and Gov. Whitmer’s ban on motor boats has got to stop.

If these Democrat governors do not begin to relent soon, and stop treating the rural residents of their states as if they all live in densely-populated Manhattan, the peaceful protests we have witnessed all over the country in the past few weeks will begin to turn more aggressive, possibly even violent. This is not something I’m encouraging: It’s simply an inevitable outcome of dictatorial governors insisting on continuing to deny people their constitutional rights.

Make no mistake about this: Each and every one of the lockdown orders issued by Republican and Democrat governors alike are blatant violations of individual rights. These governors – and various mayors and other local officials – can only maintain these orders so long as they are able to maintain control over their law enforcement agencies to enforce them. Already, we see this level of control beginning to crack.

We saw it in Houston last week, when associations of both Houston police officers and Harris County sheriff’s deputies made it known they would not try to enforce an abusive order made by the idiot county judge there. We saw it in Orange County, CA on Friday, where the sheriff issued a statement informing the public he would not attempt to enforce Gov. Newsom’s beach closing order.

Because, you see, law enforcement officials read the constitution, too, and they promise to uphold it when they are sworn into office. Just because some governor or mayor doesn’t give a damn about individual freedoms does not mean the local police chief or sheriff or head of the state police agency feels the same way.

We know enough about this viral plague brought to us by China and have enough effective treatment regimes in place now to move away from the “flatten the curve” stage to a “protect the vulnerable and treat the sick” stage. Hell, if these governors would just focus on dealing effectively with the nursing homes in their states, that would take care of half the problem. In Texas, the median age of those who have died from this virus is over 80. Let that sink in.

Everyone who has been paying attention and is not just a brain-dead outrage monkey on Twitter can clearly see that the time for these statewide, one-size-fits-all lockdowns has passed. The situation now calls for the aspiring South American junta leaders like Whitmer, Newsom and Ralph KKK Northam to stand down and engage in more thoughtful and intelligent governance, and to stop the systematic violation of the rights of their citizens.

It’s time for there to be no justification or need for any talking head to use the terms “Free state” and “Prison state” anymore. We’re supposed to be the United States, and dichotomies in governance like the ones we see continuing to grow over this virus cannot persist for long before they threaten to become permanent.

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40 thoughts on “The Disturbing, Growing Rift Between Free States and Prison States

  1. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

    I’ve done pretty much what I usually do – except work. Northam, in his defense (something I am loathe to do) didn’t ban shopping, as his spokesman stated that choosing “essential” stores (Walmart) over “non-essential” stores (locally owned businesses) is a very bad idea, and just forces people to flock to Walmart, making the crowds there larger and more apt to spread disease. That is a good point. Government choosing winners and losers is always a bad idea.

    Northam also said people could use the beaches to swim or run, just not hang out in large crowds – and didn’t discourage exercise. That was weeks ago. And unlike New York and other places, people aren’t prohibited from driving, nor from travelling from one of their homes to another (very few people have two, but some states are limiting even that.)

    Now the City of Roanoke closed its “greenway” because “too many” people were using it for walking, running or biking. Stupid. The tyranny was much more localized. Hope the voters remember this – because they could have asked people to use the system during times when they aren’t most crowded. They just came down with a hammer and expected people to be willing to be nails. Eff Roanoke.

    Contrast this with Wonder Woman Whitmer, with her rock jaw and limited IQ: bans on boating, buying seed for gardening (thus ending gardening) and fishing; it’s a lockdown on virtually everything of value, of comfort and of humanity. As Dave and others have said: they didn’t ban alcohol, nor did they ban the purchase of pot. But seeds for the garden?

    t am not promoting violence, either, but it’s on the way in some lockdown states, and it is well-deserved. But not Virginia. The worst thing Governor Mengele has done in regard to the CCP virus is shutting down gun ranges. That was/is patently stupid.

    1. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

      The fact that his henchmen say the lockdown could go on for two years is a problem. There won’t be much left of Virginia by that point.

      1. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

        They won’t be able to sustain the effort; they’re caving already.

        Virginia has a lot of gun owners.

  2. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

    Far worse than any of the lockdowns is what they’re preparing to do in order to secure the lockdowns: monitoring movements to ensure social distancing, and to keep groups from assembling…well, that’s what they have planned for us.

    To “save us from ourselves,” of course.

    One day, the tyrannies may find that they have no way to save themselves from us. Which is why they’re working so hard to lock us in our homes and bankrupt us. And why they’re working so hard to disarm us. The one thing that has them scared most of all:

    Trump rallies.

    1. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

      C.S. Lewis:

      “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

      1. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

        That is one great quote! It should be spread far and wide, and for all the health-busybodies to have to read it every day – while they’re locked in their own dungeons of despair..

        1. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

          The quote is well known. The book that it is from–Essays in Theology–is not as well known, but it well worth reading.

          1. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

            Thank you! Sounds like a great read!

          2. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

            ‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
            -Friedrich August von Hayek

  3. D3F1ANT - May 2, 2020

    We’ll need to simply refuse to obey the lockdown orders and move on. There are only so many jackboots. They can’t arrest everyone in a state. At this point it’s really clear that the danger is infinitesimally smaller than the “experts” pretended. The power grab is failing. I’m talking to you, Cuomo.

  4. charlenemarsh - May 2, 2020

    Article I of the Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law…abridging… the right of the people to peaceably assemble…” and that does not just mean “to protest” but includes the right to assemble to worship, mourn, celebrate, earn a livelihood, or any other reason people choose to assemble.

    In this case, Congress did not make a law, we have dictators issuing edicts.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

      Good post!

      I see all these people wearing masks at stores like Lowes. Prior to the common usage of these tools of deceit and false promise, people were smiling, especially on hiking trails.

      Is there a message here? Yes. They don’t want people smiling; it is like battery acid on the soul of these despicable tyrants. Smile, is still my advice.

      Next they’ll be banning smiles. Therefore, do it all the more. Can they even defeat a smile?

      1. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

        With facial recognition software, Big Brother can indeed do this. And is doing it already in China…..

        1. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

          The word I was looking for before, this morning, that I’d posted before:

          “Contact tracing.” Supposedly for our health. I’ll post on this below.

    2. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

      The most ominous part of this has been the response of most Americans:

  5. Black Sheep - May 2, 2020

    I talked about the possibility of violence over this last week on my blog. What these Dem. fascistic governors are doing is giving our President the power to declare Martial Law if enough violence breaks out, supersede the states and the Liberal judges and make some seriously needed changes. Wait it out, these stupid governor/dictators may be doing us all a favor.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

      You may be right. But I don’t think President Trump wants to go there; he has strictly stayed as close to Constitutional as any President in memory, and before. He will have Constitutional justification, but he acts with long term consequences in mind, much like our First President.

      1. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

        I agree with you. Many have compared Trump to Jackson or Lincoln, but in fact I think he is much closer to Washington, more so than any other president.

        1. Gregg - May 2, 2020

          Didn’t Washington invade western PA to forcefully put down the Whiskey Rebellion?

          If Trump is like Washington, will he follow suit and put this Schiff down – FORCEFULLY?

          The main difference would be the WR was against rogue citizens; Trump has much better ground to stand on by protecting citizens from rogue governments.

          1. Black Sheep - May 2, 2020

            Agree. Trump isn’t a politician. People forget that. He’s a Dominator. His deal making is just a method to get what and where he wants, making deals isn’t the goal, WINNING is the goal, and what he wants is a return to an earlier value system. This guy was raised to eschew alcohol, tobacco and drugs, he’s a Puritan in essence. A strict disciplinarian, as in You’re Fired, no one works for him who can’t or won’t do the job the way he wants. So back to Fauci, the Democrat zealot. Trump is using him, I’m sure of it.

      2. Black Sheep - May 2, 2020

        As the Buddha once said, “Beware the thicket of opinions.” Consider, if he doesn’t want to go there, does that mean he won’t? Then why is he allowing that Bill Gates puppet Fauci to take the apparent lead in keeping us locked down? I think Trump is playing a smart game here. One that may cost us dearly in the short term but clean out the swamp for good in the end. He’s not giving up a wonderful life just so he can play President, he has major goals. Good to remember.

        1. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

          Excellent analysis.

        2. Gregg - May 2, 2020

          I understand it Black Sheep, Dave, Jimmy, Phineas, Brian, Boar, Sharon and others here get ‘it’. We understand political strategy.

          The real question is will 70 – 75plus million American voters ‘get it’?

          The Dems, as always will count on voter ignorance, stupidity and apathy.

          This can’t be allow to be their ‘winning’ formula this time.

  6. Gregg - May 2, 2020

    Here is a little history on the success of genuine grassroots movements and citizen led protest rallies:

    In 1990, NJ had a dictatorial governor named Jim Florio. There were two major protests held in Trenton NJ that summer by a true grassroots group called “Hands Across New Jersey” (HANJ). It was a protest against Florio’s 2.8 Billion tax Increase which included everything including, ironically, toilet paper, (people were actually mailing used TP to his office in protest). HANJ was also protesting Florio’s “assault weapons” ban which effectively made criminals of about 700,000 New Jerseyans overnight. The law did not ‘grandfather’ current legal owners, and demanded the heretofore legally purchased guns were to be surrendered to the state WITHOUT compensation. Since NJ required that all guns be registered, the NJ Gestapo knew who bought/possessed the guns and threats were made, but not carried out, against the 690,984 who failed to abide by the law; many guns were temporarily “stored” in Pennsylvania. “Florio Free In ’93” was the rally cry.

    HANJ was NJ’s precursor to the 2010 Taxed Enough Already Party (TEA Party) movement. It was ridiculed by the press, and ignored by the media and the politicians, but Florio overwhelmingly lost his (D) legislature a year later, and then his race in 1993 narrowly to a relative unknown. That heretofore unknown had glommed on to the HANJ movement and ran against a very popular Senator Bill Bradley in 1990. Since no state races were up in 1990, Bradly was targeted by the movement even though he was a federal senator not directly responsible for Florio’s dictatorship.

    New Jersey’s Senator Bill Bradly of 1990 is Virginia’s Senator Mark Warner of 2020

    Bradley’s challenger was Christine Todd-Whitman, a little know county freeholder who very nearly upset Bradly (Bradly was so shaken he chose not to run again in 1996). Bradley’s narrow two point win in 1990, and Florio’s loss of the legislature in 1991 should have been wake-up calls, but they and the people were arrogantly ignored. In 1993, Florio became a rare one-term governor. Sadly Whitman – now 73 and last I heard was a “moderate RINO” pro-choice operative working out of, ironically, Michigan – was a massive disappointment to conservatives.

    The sad fact is, it is very hard for large truly grassroots rallies to occur, unlike the left’s well funded and organized (by whom?) phony rent-a-mob rallies where the professional malcontents and paid protestors (most of whom are otherwise unemployed) are able to spring up overnight and often with violence and always end up trashing the place with all kinds of garbage. The real reason why there are so few conservative counter protests is because most conservatives work full time for a living, are generally not very political, and don’t have the time to engage in constant protests and rallies. WELL, NOT NOW! Thanks to the virus ‘pandemic’ and the unconstitutional edicts by dictatorial governors and mayors, we/they now have much free time to exercise their RIGHT to ASSEMBLE and PROTEST.

    To some degree, we/they are lazy, and to some extent, we/they are cowed by the media and its coverage – but not any more, a sleeping giant has been awakened and the governors will find they won’t be able to shove the toothpaste back into the tube. For an example on how we were ridiculed by the media: James Carville, AKA “the Ragin’ Cajun”, BJ Clinton’s, and Florio’s 1993 campaign manager was also a TV Talking Head; he called us “Teabaggers”. If any conservative commentator on FOX ridiculed the left’s protesters like NOW, in such a derogatory way he/she would have been Schiff-canned in a heartbeat.

    The bottom line: These dictatorial governors can threaten and ignore us protestors all they want; the media can mock and downplay our rallies all it wants, but once you get ordinary working law abiding citizens aggravated enough to come together in a real genuine grassroots protest movement against a specific politician or political party, they are toast. Ask Florio, ask the thirty five or so NJ Democratic legislators (they lost half of their members in the 1991 election), ask Klink how she fared in 2010 after her Obamacare bill spawned the TEA Party.

    So, go ahead you leftist tin-pot dictators, keep up this economic crippling of your state in your attempt to hobble the US economy and beat Trump in six months; continue to keep your subjects needlessly suffering to further you and your master’s agenda; ignore real grassroot protests, and continue to mock and ignore the soon to resume Trump rallies, and you will pay the price when most of your elections come up in 2021 and 2022. You may feel safe from voter retribution because most of you are not up this year, but the people attending these rallies and tens of millions of likeminded people who are not actually participating, will have long memories and will remember come your November election.

    Years ago, a marketing study showed that every real letter written to an editor of a newspaper, or every real complaint letter written to a corporation or politician, represents the thoughts and feelings of 5,000 people. I have to believe the same holds true for protesters at these state rallies and at the past and future Trump rallies.

    Relent now or Repent later!

    1. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

      Reminds me of the aphorism ‘marry in haste, repent at leisure’…..

    2. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

      Excellent column!

  7. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

    O/T–so much for all of the speculation:

    Perhaps just some serious NoKo-version social distancing……

    1. Silas - May 2, 2020

      lol. Guess the MSM panicdemic got to him as well.

  8. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

    Remember this phrase: “Contact Tracing.”

    What it means is that they want the power to know all your associates, friends, relatives, literally anyone you may have intentionally or inadvertently come in contact with, now and forever; who goes to your Church or Synagogue, where you shop, where you recreate – literally everything about your life. (I am loathe to do so, but I’ll link a Wiki section, which shows how big our security state has become in another post.)

    This is what they’re proposing “in order to defeat the virus.”

    If you have little to no imagination, you can’t see where that could lead. Most readers, however, know exactly what that means, even if we understand it incompletely. It is a topic which must be brought out into the open, ridiculed, dismissed and the very idea put to death.

    One Youtuber brought this up, and recommended not using the words, but calling it something else every time it comes up: “Big Brother,” or “tyranny.” I think the word should be widely expressed, and with utter derision, shaming those who wish to drown us in their mass-control schemes.

    For those who say: This is already being practiced, they would be right – but not like what they have in mind. We are to be imprisoned by those two medical-sounding words.

    1. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

      This is coming fast. I would recommend giving up all social media and even your smart phone, which tracks you wherever you go.

      It is not easy, but I have done it. Better to live free.

      1. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

        Better drive an old vehicle, too. All of the new ones have computers that can be traced and hacked. Remember the “stuck accelerator” issue? They tried claiming it was a mechanical issue. Wrong. It was a hacking issue, and so was Flight 370. And so was the death of Michael Hastings, where his vehicle exploded twice, once before making contact with anything. He had all of Comrade Obama’s personal information, it is surmised. Link to J.B.

        When someone said: “they can’t arrest us all?” They just did. And they stole our jobs. And our money.

        1. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

          Excellent point. I have done this for a long while simply because the older cars are safer, as well as easier to maintain and cheaper to repair.

          However, as you state, the new embedded smart technology is another reason to avoid them.

  9. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

    Wouldn’t let me post the section of the article pertinent to the US. Some of these are essential; some are obviously not.

    Search engines, particularly Google, are conspirators in league with the Deep State and China.

  10. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

    Have we been red pilled enough yet? A lot of people are waking up!

    First Trump rally will have 10 x the number of the largest yet, massive participation. Early July, most likely.

    That’s the main reason they want to keep us shut down.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - May 2, 2020

      And the Deep State can take “contact tracing” and shove it up their own rear ends. (Seems they have practice taking it there.)

    2. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

      His very first rally should be in Michigan.

  11. Gregg - May 2, 2020

    One would think that a side benefit of all this monitoring and surveillance of everyone – their internet searches, phone use, posts, CC usage, EZ Pass, and facial recognition/tracking would lead to the catching and convicting of the all of “bad guys”. And I’m talking about the common criminal here.

    Why isn’t crime way down with all this tracking including DNA? If we can be tracked in our own homes via Alecia, and our “smart” big brother phones and thermostats, why do we still have rampant crime, especially in the Blue Cities and States – yet all this gubmint invasion of privacy is supposed to be for our “protection”, or our good.

    If that is the case, why do I/we have to spend hundreds, if not thousands, every year for computer firewalls, virus protection, identify theft, home burglary protection, while often and in most Blue and some Red areas, being disallowed to have a gun for protection?

    Protection of its citizens is the government’s first and foremost duty and obligation. Is anyone feeling good about how our very bloated and very expensive government is protecting us?

    I’ll consider giving up my personal protection when all of our governments have eliminated and not just react to all crime for ten years. Then and only then will I maybe trust them.

    And I am in no way calling for even more invasive monitoring; I’m calling for our governments to do their actual job and stay out of our lives – especially when they allow their chosen groups to ‘protest’ whenever and wherever they want with impunity.

  12. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

    Oregon locked to July 6th, per insane governor.

    That could be the first state to violently revolt.

  13. phineas gage - May 2, 2020

    The pattern is obvious:

    The states have not had this type of divide since the Civil War.

    I say let the blue state tyrants have their federalism, good and hard.

  14. James Cummings - May 27, 2020

    Up here in Maine our Governor to be honest is closer to Newsom`s policies than Whitmar`s. We are free to visit stores, boat and garden and a couple of weeks ago she allowed 12 out of 16 of the counties to completely reopen. We have had 52 deaths reported to be Corona Virus related. The remaining four Counties should be reopened in a few days on May Thirty First.

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