Too Many “Orders” from Little Man DeWine: America has had enough–the government has let them down

When we talk about the reason’s Mike DeWine should be impeached for how he behaved during the made-up Covid-19 virus outbreak it is because of Tweets like the one displayed here. DeWine used to be a prosecutor and attorney general before he became governor of Ohio and expects people to do what he says. I’ve seen him here and there at events in the past and thought he was a nice enough guy of decent intentions, but he’s a little guy. He’s easy to step on, lets put it that way, like a little dog yapping at your feet when you visit a friend’s house who has such little dogs. You sort of pet his head, give him a piece of table scrap and send him on his way. But when such a little yapping dog becomes governor, and suddenly there are emergency powers in the hands of that little creature, now there’s a problem. Little people, or people who have an insecurity complex because all they have done with their lives is public service, always living off the state for their sustenance, are dangerous with too much power because they are trying to compensate for all kinds of psychological issues, and sure enough, since the Covid-19 crises was given an excuse by the Trump administration to abuse executive power all in the name of safety Mike DeWine became the leader of a governor’s movement to outdo each other by going way too far on the whole “social distancing” concept introduced by the CDC, which was given to them by the Bill Gates and communist loyalists, the World Health Organization.

Each day through the economic shutdown essentially started by DeWine in March the governor has progressively gotten worse and more authoritarian in his “orders.” The guy clearly doesn’t understand Americans outside of a prosecution office. American’s don’t follow orders. They may do so to stay out of jail or get away from authority, but it is not in their nature to wake up in the morning looking for someone to give them orders on how to live. So at every chance, they will rebel, especially if they don’t have trust in the people giving orders. Natural compliance is not a state Americans will stay in for a long period of time. They may be open to the idea in a natural emergency which is why I say that the Covid-19 case is fake. The virus may be real but the impact of it has been greatly overblown as a government power grab. Its global in nature and is in rebellion against a Trump administration that has been trying to put America first. People were compliant when they thought they were going to die, but so far, the math of the whole coronavirus has not revealed any real danger. The news had tried to make it so, but the reality hasn’t matched, and it won’t. DeWine has abused that nature of fear of this virus to satisfy his own ego, his little man complex that he keeps hidden from even his best friends, but was always there with him in his quests for power in politics over the years, especially as an attorney general.

To accept DeWine’s rationalizations about losing constitutional freedoms for the sake of saving lives, you must believe that the coronavirus is deadly, which it isn’t by itself. Its consistent with other dangerous things and is nothing we should alter our entire society over. The math has been faulty from the beginning, the government is trying to measure cases with more testing to bolster their graphs and justify their alarmism. But they are not so eagerly publishing recovery rates or making a very big deal out of the actual mortality rate, which they have fed into their “scientific” models at over 1% when the actual per capita ratio is well under1%. As more testing will reveal, the actual mortality rate is down with most viral outbreaks. So the focus isn’t on that, its on the number of cases that test positive and each one they get they put it on the scoreboard to scare everyone into believing they are going to die to justify their massive power grabs. If people like DeWine are too stupid to see the scam because they believe they can trust these health officials, then they shouldn’t be in office to begin with. If they know and do all this anyway, then they are massively corrupt and should be removed for that. In DeWine’s case he stepped over a judge’s ruling over holding the primary election which sent a message to everyone. It’s what he says that goes and don’t look to the courts to save you on constitutional debate. I will win. His desire to do that is why I think he needs to go. We can find another Republican to replace him. A “better” Republican, not some little guy with a power complex. That doesn’t help the Republican Party grow, it just provides a distraction that must be overcome.

To make matters worse, DeWine and several other governors who have shut down their entire economies are going to have hell to pay and they are already feeling it. They are trying to milk out the deadliness of the Covid-19 outbreak with artificially high predictions hoping the hospitals will be overrun to justify all their panic. But as I reported a few days ago, there are plenty of hospital beds in Ohio to take care of the coronavirus cases, easily. And when they are pulling that egg off their faces, it will take more than sorry to make it right with all the bankruptcies and budget deficits that they will impose on their tax payers in the wake of this “pandemic,” as the Covid-19 was called by that same communist leaning WHO. And no, we won’t forget what happened. I won’t, I can assure everyone of that, especially Mike DeWine. His orders served his needs, not the actual safety of the public. He sold it that way, and time will prove that to not be the case. So closing down the parks, the churches, Hobby Lobby and so many businesses in Ohio just to appease his ego to have his orders followed will prove to be devastating to the future of Ohio, and is yet another reason he needs to be removed from office. Its not against the law to be stupid, an ego maniac, or just gullible, but that doesn’t give anybody the right to rule over others.

And that is why no matter what Governor DeWine does, this unlimited amount of time that there is a “National Emergency” has already ran its course. People are tired of being ordered around and they can see for themselves that this silly virus isn’t as deadly as the government wanted it to be. Sure, it has accelerated patients to death who had other issues, but the government has tried to paint every little sniffle on a deadly, exotic virus from China and they attempted to rule people’s minds with fear. And people used to freedom can only be pushed so far before they start giving you the finger. And that’s where we find ourselves going into the first week of April. People are sick of Governor DeWine’s “orders.” They have gone on too long with no end in sight, and that has made people angry. And that is dangerous not for people, but for the governments who have abused their power. A day of Hell for them is coming, and there won’t be any sympathetic ears to listen. Someone is going to have to pay for all this and it won’t be the people who were abused.

The worst thing of all during the virus outbreak has been how weak and reactive our governors and even President Trump has been to provide an end date. I have heard all the theories that this whole operation is a real war against the Deep State, to get everyone safe in their homes. That this effort was to allow “Q” to happen. Honestly, I think it’s just stupidity and gullibility at play and its been bad for people to see their elected representatives fail to provide leadership under pressure and to let doctors run the world. Leadership often requires bold decision making, not the kind of people who are so risk-averse that they wear helmets out to get their mail. Its one thing to listen to their advice, its quite another to have them run our lives, because most Americans are just a little reckless by nature, and its essential into what makes us, us. We don’t want to change that.

Rich Hoffman

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We Should Have Never Shut Down The Economy: Hiding in our homes, and behind body bags defeats the nature of being an American

I have the privilege of living a good life, not because anybody gave it to me, but because I have chosen to live it by overcoming massive amounts of opposition to seize it, and as a result I know legislators, associate occasionally with judges, supreme court judges, Lt. Governors—people of all types who run the world legally. I love to read and personally adore the constitution of my state of Ohio. It is much more freedom loving of individual sanctity than even the federal Constitution and think it is a tremendous advancement in human thought. I have a copy of the Ohio Constitution next to my reading chair that I reflect upon most weeks of the year at least once, and I rely on it for all the forward thinking considerations that we must make in our times to advance those ideas of personal freedom and a life dedicated to independence from being compelled to just be sheep in the world.

And it is within that framework that some of Ohio’s laws regarding gun ownership, such as a duty to retreat are so despicable, because they go against the spirit of what we set out to do in Ohio, and that is to create a government that served individual necessity, and the private property that a good life might produce when actively pursued. If you take any CCW class in Ohio you will learn that the castle doctrine does not give you the right to just shoot anybody who enters your home. You have a duty to retreat, and to preserve your life and to let whoever is breaking into your home to have your “stuff” at their pleasure. And it is that same kind of ridiculous assumption that is at the heart of this entire Covid-19 crises, which serves government for government’s needs and ignores completely any notion of individual liberty and a life pursued for those lofty goals.

I understand President Trump’s dilemma. I’ve met Donald Trump a few times and I like him as a business leader. I’ve been very enthusiastic about supporting him as a president. But I am not so star struck to be blind to when he’s wrong, and he is with his reaction to Covid-19. Sure, he knows he’s going to be blamed for an absolutely stunning collapse of the American economy—bewildering really. True wartime bombardment on a scale of when the Nazis bombed London during the blitz. The damage to America from this coronavirus outbreak will be in the many trillions. Its so big that many people just can’t get their minds around it, so when the question arises if 100,000 to 500,000 deaths are acceptable, I would say of course they are. It is more important to live for something—like preserving our American economy—than in hiding in our homes waiting for mother government to protect us. Of course, Trump is the government now and he has allowed their panic driven doctors to run his administration, and if he doesn’t let them, they’ll put every death suffered under Covid-19 on him and ruin his chances for re-election. I’m sure Trump figures that if only he could lead the effort to a satisfying conclusion, measured in lives saved, then he can at least control the news cycle instead of it controlling him. And that’s a good strategy for winning the next election. However, the fear of liability for how the death count has been measured regarding Covid-19 has paralyzed all logical thought and put many mayors, governors and even President Trump on their heels and over-reacting losing focus on what we are as Americans. We don’t run and hide from viruses even if people we know and love die from them. We fight to protect our way of life.

It was raining last Friday, in the middle of the day as this Covid-19 virus was reaching a level of hysteria I’ve never seen in my lifetime and I went to the Kroger Marketplace for some lunch since all the restaurants were closed. I wanted to go to P.F. Changs but of course I couldn’t go inside so I was headed to the frozen section to get a Benihana frozen meal to eat, which ended up tasting fantastic. As I entered the building people were running through the rain and hiding behind their masks hoping not to get this coronavirus from anybody covering their heads doubly terrified of acquiring pneumonia from the cold spring rain—the kind where our grandparents used to warn us against catching our death. Viral outbreaks are nothing new, and neither are the kind of deaths that are projected to occur from the Covid-19. What’s different about this one is how the media and governments have focused on it, and anytime you look at something so closely its ugly. I don’t trust any of the measurements the government has been providing, including the number of deaths. The government is highly motivated to show President Trump every death and to personalize it to control his thoughts. The same with Mike DeWine who lost people early in this media swarm that inspired them to step over Constitutional boundaries to enact foreign interests as a policy, let’s just be nice and say that for now. My personal philosophy is always to live a little dangerously. Actually, I choose to live a lot dangerously which is why I know some of the people I mentioned at the beginning of this article, but I am not one. I love danger. I love fighting. And I’m not afraid of a little rain, or a virus. If my body gets attacked, I expect it to defeat the perpetrator, and I live my life that way in everything I do. So I walked across the parking lot of Kroger dripping with water, soaked to the bone walking calmly at a pace I set, not that the weather mandates, and I bought my Benihana lunch, and enjoyed it.

So, it’s completely against my nature to have a government tell me to hide in my home while the “experts” fight this virus. And I’m certainly not going to trust what they tell me, even President Trump. At some point I will pick to pieces the way the government did its math on the Covid-19 virus to inspire such a panic which I view as an attack on my country and I’m ready for a fight over it. Compliance is not an option. Being a wimp is not an option. Safety is a consideration, not an expected way of living and trusting government is just a stupid idea no matter who is running it. When the rubber hits the road, our lives and the things we do with them, the products of our existence has value. Our economy has value, more than most are willing to admit and we do not have an obligation to retreat at the sign of a virus just as we should never just let a robber steal our possessions in our home without shooting and killing them. We do not have a duty by any Constitution to retreat from a threat, and the same holds true with the coronavirus.

People keep asking me how long this will go on, this stay at home order set by government so that it can deal with this crises the way all inefficient governments do, slow and cowardly, like those people I mentioned running through the rain with their masks and jackets perched up over their heads to save them from potential “death.” The states of our country are not bringing in money. Eventually, very soon, within weeks, the pain of that lack of revenue is going to crush them. Surely they are counting on President Trump to declare a state of emergency and bail them out of the debts, many which they had before this coronavirus ever hit. But there won’t be money for government employees because there just hasn’t been any sales tax, which is the most irresponsible aspect of this whole shutdown over viral concerns. Many more lives are being ruined because of the destroyed economy than by anything this Covid-19 virus will produce. The lawsuits that will happen after this is over will be monstrous, detrimental to a court system that won’t even be able to pay employees to staff the courts. This is a tragedy on a scale beyond comprehension and is far more damaging than even the high number that Doctor Doom predicted of millions of deaths. When all this is over, there will be a lot of asses to kick and that is where I’m at. Giving up our freedoms is not worth saving a few lives. Our economy, the possessions of our intellect we do not have a duty to retreat from. Just as the duty to retreat is wrong in Ohio regarding the castle doctrine, it is just as wrong to stay in our houses to allow the government to save face for its lack of preparedness to deal with this World Health Organization pandemic as they called it, and panicked the world into communist action. No matter how many body bags they stack up on television for us to see, there is an ass kicking coming, and it was they who started it. We can fight in the streets, we can fight in the courts, but that fight will happen, and the outcome will not be the one that Bill Gates and the losers at Google calculated in their modeling before all this started.

Rich Hoffman

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Ohio Has Plenty of Hospital Beds: So what is the excuse now for people stuck in their homes?

Ohio has plenty of hospital beds and can handle the “surge” of need from the coronavirus in a recent IHME model cited recently by the White House.  While its sad to think that 1,672 people in Ohio might die of the virus, more than that will die of many other things.  So if the reason for shutting down the economy with stay at home orders is the real reason for all we have suffered from, then what is the excuse now?  Here is the article as reported by the Ohio Star, click the link to see the whole thing:

 

A new epidemiological model cited by White House officials shows that Ohio hospitals have sufficient regular hospital bed and ICU hospital bed capacity for when the peak of the coronavirus hits the state in the upcoming weeks.

According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) model, Ohio is projected to see its resources peak on April 20. The model shows that the Buckeye State will need 5,609 beds; however, the state presently has 14,290 beds available, according to the study.

Furthermore, Ohio is expected to need 854 intensive care unit (ICU) beds by April 20, the date the model projects the pandemic will peak in Ohio, but it already has 12,238 ICU beds ready to go. 

In terms of deaths, the IHME model predicts Ohio will have 1,672 by August 4. As of Tuesday, Ohio Department of Health (ODH) numbers show 55 people have died from the coronavirus.

In short, there  is no reason to keep Ohio closed.  So lets get back to work!

Rich Hoffman

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No, We’re Not All In this Together: When government ignores the rules we all agree to we have an obligation to replace them

There are so many things wrong with the Covid-19 reaction by our government at so many levels, but the worst attribute of it was the decision to extend the suspension of the Constitution until April 30th over fears of a high death count of people suffering from the global virus outbreak. The lockdown of our American economy is a death of its own, one that will likely cause many more deaths and suffering than the virus. But the way we have been tricked into measuring this thing put President Trump into a bad position. I get the politics on every level, but that doesn’t make it right and my position is as it always has been, whether or not Trump is president, I agree to the Constitution. When the Constitution is suspended and our government isn’t using it for guidance to the rule of law, then I no longer feel bound to those rules, and a social check is in order, even mandated. Now I am supportive of a government trying to help people when disaster strikes, but in the end with this Covid-19 virus, many governors and mayors have gone well beyond the CDC guidelines recommended at the federal level and abuse has been quite obnoxious. The danger should be quite clear to everyone, emergency powers suspending the Constitution without any clear resolution is a dangerous place to be, and that is something we all need to deal with.

Suddenly unelected pill pushers are in charge of our economy and have forced President Trump to play a bad game of relying on them for his salvation, and our own Constitutional rights. We are living presently in a world where checkpoints on our highways are in place, we are being monitored for public safety, even forced to self-quarantine should we be shown to be a risk factor to the society at large—and constantly everywhere we are being told by government that we are all in this together. Well, no we’re not, I do not accept being compelled into the same lunacy as this government has fallen under, and if there is no Constitution, then there is no law. Compliance to a government that has lost its way is not some mandate that we must all be sheep moving in a herd like a bunch of idiots and what we have witnessed has changed my thoughts on government forever. I’ve always been weary of it, but what I have seen in the last month over a viral outbreak that is really an aggressive form of pneumonia is the kind of stuff that starts wars. My only real hope in the matter is that Trump will spin all this around on his attackers. There are several avenues I can see where this can be done, but it should have never come to this. If there is a silver lining, I supposed it’s good that having Trump in the White House forced the planners of this reaction to the next virus to hit the waves to play their card now instead of a few years down the road.

President Trump has been a good president, but he got suckered on this one, the doctors told him to shut down the economy otherwise every death on the meter would be blamed on him. Then he was told by those same doctors that if he opened the economy too early, then every death would be blamed on him. They pinned him in a corner and his only play is to let their overreactions to models show how they overstepped and to hit them in hindsight. But the suspension of the Constitution, compelling General Motors to comply to being taken over by the state, a 2 trillion dollar bailout where government stuck its noses into all our lives causing massive financial failures is not OK. And we can see now how door to door searches would look, because they are happening now in minor ways, soon to be elevated based on the success. Government has pressed us to see what they can get away with and so far, we’ve been too compliant—which was a bet they were willing to make based on Google analytics and Facebook data collection. Trump is still a good president, but if he sends troops to my community, that for me is a challenge to take our government back from the clutches of these losers, not to comply with more orders.

My life is not to be surrendered to the stupidity of government bureaucrats, and I am not all in it together with lazy people who could care less. Government is there to make sure the courts run, that the highways get paved, and to keep order. They are not there to be our kings and emperors, and if they view their first role to protect people then they have opened up a definition that could easily lead to tyranny, because every action could be viewed by some timid soul to be dangerous. If a president that I have supported gets suckered into a bad deal, like what is happening over Coronavirus, then it is not my obligation to go down with the ship. The Constitution is what it is, it’s not to be suspended under ill-defined emergency orders as viewed by flawed individuals drunk with power. Check points and house arrests are too far for me. I do not trust state or federal government to make decisions on my life, especially of this magnitude. I am happy to wash my hands not to spread a virus, even to separate from others to not pass it around, but the destruction of an economy I’m proud of, and to tell me to stay inside—the government people are doing government work, just isn’t acceptable.

Regardless of what happens on April 30th, this government has lost my confidence in it to behave properly and do what it must do to advance American interests. I will still work to re-elect President Trump, but honestly it’s the whole system that bothers me, it’s a Democrat House that would even attempt to paint him in a corner with a death count and a media that would resort to such low tactics that shows me no matter who we elect that they will not respect the kind of America I have been fighting for, and that means that things probably need to get messy. We have seen this kind of hysteria over the #metoo movement, except when Joe Biden is involved, we see this over so many issues, why would anybody think otherwise when a virus is politicized to destroy America from those who truly hate it and those of us who want to preserve it. I’m not going to just sit around and let that happen. If they want a fight, well, then let’s have it. But I’ll say this, we are not all in this together. I am not participating in the kind of America they want just as they have refused to participate in the one I represent. They should know better, but joining their vision isn’t an option, and taking away our society and everything we love isn’t going to break us like some horse. I view this reaction to the Covid-19 virus shutdown as an assault and it has changed the way I will deal with government in the future. That is for sure.

Rich Hoffman

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The Gun is the Only Rule of Law: We have seen government out of control over Covid-19 and know we can never really trust them

One thing that I have learned as a result of the mass government panic over the Covid-19 virus outbreak is that the Second Amendment is more important than ever. I’ve always been something of a cowboy law traditionalist as defined by the culture of America, but I always first look to the laws of our Republic to work out problems through debate, networking, and elections to solve the problems. But in my lifetime, and everyone reading this, we have never seen a situation where government lost their minds so quickly, and more dangerously than they have with the mass neurosis of the China Virus that the media hyped so vehemently, the world locked themselves down over, and governors and mayors all across America became drunk with power all behind a mask of protecting people for their own good. We have now seen for ourselves how these elected representatives would behave together under pressure and we can be 100% sure they could never be trusted in a gun-less society. Its one thing to theorize about it, as we have been doing for decades, but now we’ve seen it for ourselves with two fine examples, one is Mayor Cranley of Cincinnati and the other is the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti.

To enforce the Governor of Ohio’s stay at home order Cranley took the exceptional measure of committing officers to going from business to business to question whether or not they were essential businesses, and stated that citizens would be questioned of their intentions if they were found out on the streets. People were not supposed to question the competency of the government decision to go on a wild goose chase with this Covid-19 spectacle, everyone was supposed to just do what they were told by a governor abusing his emergency powers by overriding a court order to keep the election going, and now was issuing a mandatory stay at home order based on bad modeling coming in from Europe. We were supposed to all lock ourselves up in our homes, follow government directions and destroy our businesses because our elected government was losing their minds and Mayor Cranley decided to take things several steps further all on his own. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how things might further get out of control if something like this statewide lockdown went on any longer, we can easily see how national guard troops would be sent to troublemakers homes to be arrested and have all their rights stripped away by just the stroke of a pen from an elected official who has lost their minds.

Eric Garcetti went even further by saying he intended to track down violators of their stay at home orders through cell phone feedback. Violators in L.A. according to Garcetti could be hunted down by tracing their cell phone locations, that same technology that runs Google Maps and tells you where to go and how long it will take to get there. Government in conjunction with cell phone companies are perfectly willing to use that technology against you to make an example out of violators who dare question their sanity. The entire “Stay at Home” program advocated by these politicians obviously requires deep legislative consideration and is connected to Democrat ideas about zero emissions to protect against climate change as they have defined it with the same over-hyped modeling procedures. But under these emergency acts these deep seated liberals were able to enact lifestyle changes that would never be approved by an elected legislature so they went into action quickly to become the terrors we always feared they might become from the days of arguing over smart meters and Agenda 21 desires from the United Nations. Instead of that governing body, none of which was elected by Americans, we had the World Health Organization setting policy this time and crazy radicals in office used that chance to severely abuse their authority.

I’ll tell the stories later but I saw several times this past week where I thought I might get into one of those firefights to defend my constitutional rights from a government seeking to take them from me. Luckily it hasn’t come to that but I won’t forget how I felt. This Covid-19 case is relatively a minor one, so it doesn’t take much to think how quickly things could have gotten much worse if we didn’t have a president like Trump in office for instance, or if we didn’t have a Republican in Ohio government as the governor. Mike DeWine tried to talk out of both sides of his mouth knowing how draconian some of these policies were, but if we had a Democrat, things could have been a lot worse. It doesn’t take much imagination to see government going door to door confiscating guns, separating families, and confiscating all property for the greater good. All those things would be possible if a governor under emergency powers—any emergency—deemed such a thing necessary and we just can’t allow that unchecked power to remain.

Gun rights are the foundation of rule of law. When a politician gets to the point where they make the rules up as they go, as so many did during the Coronavirus shutdowns, then it may well be needed to check that power at the point of implementation. Usually when emergency powers are used it’s for disaster relief like a hurricane or a tornado. We have not shut down entire states of what has become apparent are purely political reasons, because Coronavirus was never that deadly and was over-hyped to secure a power grab to exploit those emergency powers, and at that point, if you become an enemy of the state because you are in the wrong political party, or you have expressed yourself using free speech to make an argument, and they decide to come for you and your family, then deadly force will have to be used, what other choice would you have? Is being arrested and thrown in jail by that same system of government acceptable? My answer to myself was of course not. When governors like DeWine, whom I have supported, decide to go against court orders, then what chance do you have in the legal system if you find yourself a fugitive by mandate of safety for the greater good?

These are hard questions to answer but at least the good news is that now we know without a grain of doubt that government will abuse its authority in days, not even weeks, of a national emergency. Civility quickly loses ground and even the best people can start to appear like tyrannical maniacs on a self-imposed crusade to initiate law anyway possible to violators of their command. And like Mayor Garcetti stated, if you violate his order, he was willing to hunt you down after only a few days of a crises. Imagine if something like this went on for months. This leaves us with no other conclusion, the only thing we can really trust to enforce the law is a gun secured to our bodies to use if needed to defend our lives from those opposed to it. Compliance to faulty thinking people is not an option, that is why we have a republic, not a democracy, because we elect people to debate rules we can all agree on, not on politicians who use emergency powers to become kings and emperors and can demand compliance even to the most insane regulation. And when it does happen, the gun may be the only thing we have left that represents anything close to law and order.

Rich Hoffman

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The Misery Index: When will the governors give back their emergency power?

It’s a tough act to walk back, but now that they’ve had a taste of the emergency powers granted to them, all these governors and mayors are going to be very reluctant to give it back to the way things are supposed to be. Emergency powers need a time limit, yet none of them can give us one, nor do they want to which at this point is why this “flatten the curve” nonsense keeps getting pushed out into April and May. In the case of Mike DeWine, I don’t think the power has gone to his head as much as he knows that there are going to be serious ramifications coming his way in the wake of this mess in Ohio, where every day businesses are closing forever, people are committing suicide, divorces are happening at an increased rate and the state budget is getting decimated. So his abuse of the power is more out of self-preservation than anything else as he has allowed Amy Acton to dig everyone deeper and deeper into a hole of financial depression by staying closed much longer than was ever deemed necessary for a virus that in the end will turn out to be a pretty standard seasonal thing. They’ve painted themselves into a corner and there’s no way out without tracking through that paint and being accused of many bad things that nobody will forget.

The Covid-19 virus will spike in the coming days, but to date we only have under 20 deaths that are attributed to the virus. Many say that’s too many but if we look at every single life with a misery meter and judge them all the way we have tracked this virus where every person who gets it has their face plastered on television and the department of health steps in to force mass quarantines and further testing of targeted audiences, the numbers are always going to be skewed toward the state’s case for more emergency powers which then allows a governor to behave like a king and sidestep the legislature as long as they can deem the need for an emergency. If every person in Ohio were measured in the same way there would be more than 20 deaths caused by the state shutdown, the fights that wouldn’t have occurred otherwise, the suicides over financial ruin, the misery of weakened immune systems that wouldn’t have otherwise been sick if they had not been forced to hide in their homes and not indulge in the things they enjoy, which then made them sick of other things. Yeah, there is a mess in every state, Ohio is not the only one, and it will be Hell for all state governments for the foreseeable future that they overblew the statistics for Covid-19 to harness the power of emergency powers for their own varied needs. But in the wake of that, they caused a lot more misery and destruction than what the virus would have if they had just trusted the free market to handle the surge in need the way we always have in the past with other viral outbreaks.

What was different with this one is that we allowed ourselves to be dominated by many foreign powers, this time coming at us in the uniform of a scientist building models that overly stated death counts and functioning from all kinds of emotional needs at the World Health Organization. We trusted these people in our government to know better and they screwed up in a massive way and now that we all know it, they are buying time hoping to push off the inevitable. We’ve handled mass virus outbreaks just as bad as Covid-19 in the past, people got sick, they stayed home and when they got better they went back to work. We certainly didn’t try to ruin everyone’s lives over a fear of hospital capacity. And we certainly have not seen where so many places around the United States have used such a minor viral outbreak to acquire so much power for the state and its government in a king-like manner without knowing when they were going to give those powers back. That anxiety is costing even more lives and money by the hour. For instance, there are people who really love baseball season. There are companies who invest lots of money in seasonal tickets and some people get great joy in going to the park on a spring day to eat a hot dog and to watch a baseball game. There are sports teams like the Reds who have spent massive amounts of salary to have a good season for the city they represent, and all that investment and momentum is on hold over the fear of massive deaths that will never come. And those people have no visibility as to when all this might end, and they can plan their lives once again.

One of the themes of this reaction to the viral outbreak shut down plan has been lives matter more than money as if those were separate elements of life. But think of the thousands and thousands of small business restaurant owners who have lost their entire inventory of food because it’s shelf life has expired and they have no idea when they can start to place more orders because they don’t know when they can open. Think of Kings Island and Cedar Point, the big amusement parks in Ohio who have no idea when they can open, hire staff, or even purchase food for their concessions. The government know nothings advocating this shutdown might say, well, those are wealthy companies and they can figure it out. Well, they shouldn’t have to, government should never make itself an impediment to anybody’s success, and if the misery index were to follow each and every person the way they have tracked the Covid-19 virus government would see just how many lives they have ruined with these “safety” actions and that they made everything much, much worse than if they had just stayed out of it.

President Trump and the Senate are certainly guilty too. Taking over General Motors to make health equipment is not acceptable, nor is a 2 trillion-dollar bailout. I get Trump’s strategy and understand the necessity of the moves, but we should never have stuck ourselves into that situation to begin with. Future presidents will abuse their power many times worse because of the precedents set forth by Trump. We have set new standards on encroaching government into everyone’s lives over the overstated concerns of a normal, everyday, virus. For all of us, there are many major decisions that will have to be made as our reaction to this whole event will be scrutinized until the end of time, but at the heart of that is the massive amount of power that was abused during it without any forecast as to when governors, presidents and mayors would give that power back. They’ll show you all these charts showing peak viral infections as if that justifies all that they’ve been doing, but they can’t tell you when they will give that power back to the House and Senate of their states to stop the madness. They are all humans with fallacies, but that is the problem we should all have learned by now from history, we can’t give any one person ever this much power, especially for such an undetermined length of time.

I really think Mike DeWine means well. I think Amy Acton, from her point of view means well. Jon Husted the Lieutenant governor in Ohio I know means well—I’m sure of it. These are not bad people. But through their well-meaning actions they have screwed up just like any CEO might ruin the lives of the people working for their company if they make bad decisions. When people make mistakes, we have to limit the damage and in the wake of this crises, that was entirely a manufactured reality based on bad math and panicky people, many, many more lives have been lost and ruined than this Covid-19 virus will ever take. The amount of cases is not important because the state is seeking to use as much testing as possible to skew the numbers in their favor, but the death toll just isn’t going to be there to justify all the panic. The power grabs from the CDC and WHO cannot continue to use uncertainty to drag out this panic into seasonal awareness that continues to shut down everyone’s lives every couple of months for every little sniffle that we might get. What has been done already far exceeds what might be acceptable, and what is certain at this point is that we can never do it again.

Rich Hoffman

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Cincinnati’s Channel 12 Kicking Kids off a Playground: Lapdogs of the state and the mistakes of Coronavirus

The smoke is clearing, and we can start to see how all this happened, the shutting down of America over a virus. We’ve wondered about it for years, but this is the first time really that the United States surrendered its freedoms and constitutional parameters to join the world in a mass neurosis led by a global institution in the World Health Organization into government imposing itself on the citizens of America all in the name of well-intended safety. It had the stamp of radical socialists all over it from the beginning, but when they (professional scientists) tell you that millions upon millions of people are going to die, and you are a president of the United States, or a governor, you have to listen, and that was the flaw from the beginning. This attack on American life was intended to paralyze logic and it was shocking how quickly normal people were willing to throw out their constitution in the blink of an eye when faced with the possibility of mass death.

I have seen some of the ugliest behavior of the human condition since the start of this thing, particularly the disgusting behavior of the news media in stepping in to be the lap dogs of government. One of the worst things I saw was a Channel 12 reporter in Cincinnati who saw kids playing on a playground during the government ordered lockdown and they contacted police. The police were terrified to do their normal work because of this social distancing mandate that the government released so they weren’t taking normal calls from car accidents or small crimes, but they sure didn’t hold back to come to that playground to make the kids go back to their homes while they put police tape over the entrance. It was one of the lowest cases of human behavior I have ever seen, and it showed me exactly why we need the Second Amendment. It had only been a few weeks of the government essentially throwing away all due process and the human condition resorted to a very petty place of intellect. Our local news stations seeking ratings gold from an audience literally told by their government to stay in doors had a captive audience which they instantly did their part as law enforcers of the state to enforce the governor’s overstepping of his power.

I know what I’m willing to do to preserve my freedom and over this crises it almost came to that several times. Luckily, I have a lot more tools in the toolbox than just to get pissed off, so using those tools I found myself understanding completely the role of Oskar Schindler as depicted in the great movie, Schindler’s List. The Nazis did not just wake up one day and throw everyone into concentration camps, it happened over a period of time where every few days and weeks more compliance was imposed on the Jews until ultimately they were put in camps and killed, except for the people Schindler saved by deeming them necessary for work. I went through that kind of process and while death wasn’t the end result of people not on my list, the process was very similar, and it was stunning how many people followed so blindly. If there had been a train going to a concentration camp, people would have gotten on it to their deaths, for the good of everyone else. It was eerily similar and a real shock to my system to witness. Its one thing to intellectually know something, its quite another to see it in reality and to confirm your worst suspicions.

There was a period in Ohio where Governor DeWine and is health director Amy Acton took more rights away from the people of the state every single day starting with restaurant attendance then collapsing with literal house arrest. In a stunning move the mayor of Cincinnati was encouraging police to question why people were out on the roads, or why businesses might still be open. And the news media fell right in line like the Nazis of Hitler to enforce those laws. If an establishment was found to be open, the police came and boarded it up without question and politicians like that mayor, and several governors around the United States started to feel the power of their position and were clearly abusing it. All over a relatively mind virus that likely wouldn’t kill in the end more than .2%. For everyone else, it would feel just like another case of a mild flu. But for that we were turned literally into zombies of the state driven by a hungry media looking for full compliance driven by interests coming from outside the nation. The rest of the world was behaving just as badly, but for the first time, we followed some unelected bureaucrats at the World Health Organization without questioning their motives and the effects were truly troubling.

I had been warning everyone from the very first hour of this thing that none of it made sense, that we shouldn’t be listening to these health professionals because they were essentially repackaging the desires of their New Green Deal into “health awareness” by issuing out fake model projections that grossly overstated the danger in order to force compliance under which we foolishly gave them control. Amy Acton in Ohio was the best example of how a liberal college professor type suddenly became our ruler in chief with the stroke of a few pens, and suddenly we went from a free people prosperous and with bright futures to hiding in our homes hoping that the police didn’t pull us over or arrest us for trying to play on a playground. People like her believe hype with too much trust on international communities of scientists without the extra scrutiny that a person like me might bring to the table. Instead of being one of the logical leaders, all opinions of legislature was thrown out the window in the blink of an eye, the voters were now irrelevant as we even changed the date on an election, and the most panic driven lunatics were now telling the rest of us how to live and to what extent. It was amazing to watch.

Of course, as of this writing I’m speaking in past tense because most readers of this article won’t see it until its over and well documented into history. But the lessons must be understood. The models that people like Amy Acton used to take away so many rights of Ohio citizens, and eventually of other states from copycat governors afraid to not join the mob of insanity, found that the numbers were grossly inflated. The Trump administration started backing off those numbers this week when the situation became clear to them that this Coronavirus was no more dangerous to people than the common flu. It’s a hard position to walk back after literally scaring everyone to death, but that process started and now everyone has egg on their face from their overreaction. Its not enough to say, “sorry, we cost you several trillion dollars and we added reprehensibly to the national debt, we’ll do better next time.” No, that’s not going to fly. I can say that I won’t forget it. I’ve seen now martial law and it was the ugliest thing I never want to see again. Emergency powers driven by panic, a lack of skill and coming from interests outside of the United States are not acceptable and we all have a lot of work to do to make sure it never happens again—because the next time—-well, lets just not go there.

Rich Hoffman

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