Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Stan asks: I’ve read (ad agree with) your articles about this Corona thing being exaggerated and the fear being used to cow people into accepting things that just a month ago would have been inconceivable. But what is your advice as far as not obeying things like “shelter in place” orders?
My reply: Well, first of all, let’s get straight about these orders – and whether they’re legitimate, or even legal. As far as I know, martial law has not yet been formally declared – and, accordingly, the same laws that protected us a month ago still protect us now. Armed government workers are still obliged to have probable cause to stop you, such as a moving violation. In which case, you give them your license and registration – your required “papers” – and that’s it. They are free to ask as many questions as they like. But you are under no obligation to tell them a blessed thing.
I’m assuming that after haranguing you for awhile, they’ll give up and let you go – with, of course, a piece of payin’ paper for the traffic violation that gave them the probable cause to pull you over.
I have heard that in some states, they are threatening people with exorbitant fines for not “sheltering in place” – and maintaining “social distance.” I recommend refusing to pay these and let’s see how it hashes out in court. Or in another court.
The bottom line, I think, is that if we don’t want to be utterly enslaved we have to be willing to risk at least being fined. If not, we’re unworthy of the freedom they’ve taken away from us.
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