Last week, I began taking a more serious look at the coronavirus hysteria sweeping the nation, not out of fear of the disease, but out of fear of our government as they use the pandemic to destroy liberty and replace it with tyranny.
Using the disease as a political squirrel (H/T Shannon Joy) to distract the populous, Trump and the GOP have joined Democrats to advance the socialist dream. In the twinkling of an eye, nationalists and Democratic Socialists — but I repeat myself — have rubber stamped new entitlements, spending and budget deficits exceeding that of Bush and Obama, and bailouts that make TARP I and II look like fiscal restraint.
Even on the state and local level, the coronavirus is being leveraged to deny the rights of citizens and promote what Philadelphia Inquirer national opinion columnist Will Bunch has come to call “disaster socialism.”
Amazingly, but not surprisingly, another goal of the Far-Left could be within reach thanks to coronavirus hysteria: criminal justice reform. Long a top priority of Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, criminal justice reform is little more than a “get out of jail free” card, allegedly for “nonviolent” offenders.
However, the truth is their so-called reform only succeeded in making it easier for violent criminals to escape justice, thus making the streets of America more dangerous.
According to a piece by Daniel Horowitz, coronavirus hysteria is being used by politicians and judges to release inmates from prison on the grounds that the disease would spread more rapidly through incarceration.
Following the release of hundreds of inmates in Cuyahoga Country, Ohio, reform activists are calling on New York, Chicago, and many other places to do the same. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to mimic this policy on the federal level, and they want to force ICE to release illegal aliens to keep them from contracting the virus.
There’s also an effort to use coronavirus hysteria as a way to simply avoid arresting “nonviolent” criminals altogether.
For example, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Crasner is calling on law enforcement to greatly reduce arrests in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. He cited a recent weekend of arrests that included “minor” offences like drug possession, and he expressed concerns that such law-enforcement activity risked spreading the disease to police, the courts, and the incarcerated.
This approach has already failed in New York, where a 22.5% increase in major crime occurred last month after laws were passed favoring “low-level” criminals.
Meanwhile, law-enforcement in Nelson County, Kentucky has been called on to prevent a coronavirus patient from leaving his home.
Hey, maybe he should commit a low-level crime. That way the cops would leave him alone.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable and promotes conservative principles over political parties.