Are the citizens of Massachusetts emasculated? In the wake of Governor Deval Patrick's gross overreach of power, it would seem so. New England was hit with a blizzard this weekend. The Massachusetts governor issued an executive order (note the new liberal demagogue disease: Executive Order Disorder! EOD for short!) took the occasion to ban citizens from driving on public roads. Oh, yes, there were the exceptions - you know, anyone so graced by His Omnipotence the Governor (Isn't it nice that news media personnel were among the privileged?)! Anyone else who dared to venture forth as though he/she were a free citizen of the USA was subject to a $500 fine or a year in jail.
Oh yes, it was ostensibly for "public safety during the blizzard". This is a new excuse; usually the tyranny happens "for the children". And that's what it is: tyranny. Patrick had unilaterally declared that Massachusetts citizens were prisoners in their homes (or wherever they happened to be when the curfew fell). He declared martial law - pure and simple. But it was "for their own good", you see? From the comments in this newspaper, some Massachusetts citizens are apparently sheeple. I realize that at least one of the sheeple is a police officer; more's the danger. I'm glad that some see the writing on the wall.
Massachusetts has seen blizzards before, of that magnitude. In fact, we in Maryland saw that 2-3 years ago! There was no need to declare "states of emergency"! But as Alinsky said, "never let a crisis go to waste". Ladies and gentlemen, this was nothing more than an envelope-pushing exercise to train us to accept tin-horn dictates - "for our own good, of course". This "driving ban" didn't last long. But there will be another "state of emergency", and this one may push the envelope just a wee bit further. And on and on it will go until some of us find ourselves quite comfortable in a gulag.
Will the citizens of Massachusetts stand for this? I know there are still some who recall that from their state echoed "the shot heard round the world". The American Revolution began there in earnest with the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Theirs' is the state of John Hancock, Paul Revere, John Adams, Samuel Adams, John Quincy Adams and others. But now it is the state of the Kennedys, John Kerry, Barney Frank and Deval Patrick - but must it remain so?
I would suggest that articles of impeachment be drawn up to dislodge Herr Patrick from his imperial perch. If they don't have the gumption to do that, they should make sure he has his walking papers after the next gubernatorial election.
We need to be watchful, for more of these "trial balloons" will be floated by progressive tyrant-wannabees throughout the country.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Paragon of Justice -- Catholic Bishop
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