That’s just what Massachusetts King Clover (er, governor) Deval Patrick has done. With a big snowstorm on the way, he has issued an order that none may drive after 4 p.m. (yesterday) or face a $500 fine and up to a year in jail (yes, really) as a violator of the Civil Defense Act. See here.
Well, not quite everyone must stay off the roads. Naturally, government workers are exempt.
Just as they are exempt from the edicts criminalizing the possession of “high capacity” ammunition magazines and “assault” rifles.
Just as government officials exempt themselves from Obamacare – and countless other codes, orders, restrictions, mandates and regulations rained like confetti upon the heads of us Mundanes.
As with the recent felony arrest of a man (a troop, no less) in NY for the faux crime (because no harm is even alleged to have been done) caught in possession of ammo magazines exceeding the arbitrary threshold of one-too-many (see here) King Clover Patrick threatens anyone who isn’t a government drone with serious time merely for driving in the snow. The actual competence of the driving being done is, apparently, immaterial and no defense. You might be perfectly capable of dealing with snow driving. You’ve got the skill – you’ve got a vehicle set up to handle it. You’re not causing a problem for anyone. But you’re a criminal, nonetheless.
That’s America now.
Still feel like pledging allegiance?