The measures taken by state and local governments under the rationale of “public health” have expanded government control of daily life, resulting in wide spread infringement of rights.
One of the most blatant and publicized examples is the case of Dallas Salon owner Shelly Luther. Luther was sentenced to 7 days in jail and hit with a $7000 fine for opening her salon in defiance of shelter-in-place orders.
Although Luther was released from jail in 2 days and has become an icon in the eyes of shutdown protesters, the verbiage used in her case is a haunting reminder of the despotic streak rife in government officials who control the fate of citizens.
During Luther’s case, Judge Eric V. Moye stated,
…you now see the error of your ways and understand that the society cannot function where ones own belief in a concept of liberty permits you to flaunt your disdain for the rulings of duly elected officials… you owe an apology to the elected officials whom you disrespected by flagrantly ignoring and in one case defiling their orders, which you now know obviously apply to you. That you understand that the proper way in an ordered society to engage concerns which you may have had is to hire a lawyer and advocate for change, an exception or an amendment to laws that you find offensive, that you publicly state that this is the way that citizens in the state should behave, and that you represent to this court that you will cease operation of your salon and not reopen until after further orders from the government permit you to do so
…that your actions were selfish, putting your own interests ahead of the community in which you live, that they disrespected the executive orders of the state, the orders of the county of this city…
The dialogue in the Luther case reads like the plot of an Ayn Rand novel and has all the subtlety and implications of one.
Upholding the rule of law can be done without the heavy-handed gripes of “selfishness” or impelling a defendant to brown nose government officials with an apology. These acts imply disdain for those who eschew orders from bureaucrats in favor of self-governance.
Compare this event to the old Twilight Zone episode The Obsolete Man, where the state decides who is
essential obsolete and sentences the unserviceable to death.
While there has yet to be actual death sentences doled to the “non-essential” people, forced closures, compelled reliance on government handouts, and legal punishment for those who abide by rightfulness rather than state decree places America on the same wavelength.