One of the more notable truisms made by President Ronald Reagan was in a 1964 speech: “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

While everyone has the right to be uninformed, or even ignorant, the inherent risk in so many people knowing so much that isn’t so has increased dramatically as Leftists have co-opted the force of government to enforce policies based on so much that isn’t so.

Far too often, we are now being told what government officials will “allow” us to do — like go to work, attend church, shop at the store of our choice, exercise and on the list goes.

Such a concept would be anathema to Americans of generations past.

The response to COVID-19 has starkly illustrated the perils of abdicating our personal liberty and the accountability of government itself to those who would rule over us.

Though the health risks associated with COVID-19 are very serious for the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, the mainstream misleadia-driven hysteria is exponentially out of proportion to the risks for the population as a whole.

Likewise, the advice of “experts” is often in direct contravention to both the data and the science. Examples include:

• Masks — Not only are masks not effective in protecting against viruses, but also numerous studies indicate longer term and inappropriate use increase health risks for the wearer.

(For extensive citations, see “Masks Don’t Work: A review of science relevant to COVID-19 social policy” by Denis G. Rancourt, Ph.D. (researchgate.net), “Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy” by Russell Blaylock, M.D. (technocracy.news) and “RN Danika Bueno gives basic science lesson on why constant mask usage hurts us” (noqreport.com).)

• Social distancing — In his article, “’Social Distancing’ is Snake Oil, Not Science” (americanthinker.com), William Sullivan cites numerous sources, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) itself, revealing that not only is “social distancing” untested and unverified pseudoscience, but also the practice has proven to be destructive.

Meanwhile, social-distancing “violations” continue to be used as justification by government for everything from arresting and fining Americans for attending church and opening small businesses to denying constitutional protections of our God-given rights to freely assemble, to enforcing onerous and expensive “accommodations” across society.

Along the way, an army of frenzied “informers” has leapt to report “violators” in a way that would make the communist and Nazi collaborators of the past proud.

• Lockdown/stay-at-home — Countries like Sweden have been proven correct in rejecting a lockdown of society, even as they encouraged the protection of those most vulnerable, and are now well on their way to achieving herd immunity, the most feasible defense against long-term negative consequences.

Likewise, it is no coincidence that COVID-19 infection and hospitalization numbers are rapidly decreasing in the states that are reopening and for those that never invoked draconian measures. (See “Attention, Citizens! The #COVID19 Emergency Is Over!” (wattsupwiththat.com).)

As Daniel Horowitz documents in “We have been lied to: six facts that change everything we know about SARS-CoV-2” (conservativereview.com), unfortunately, the damage and death engendered from ill-conceived lockdowns of the healthy far outweighs the toll from COVID-19 itself.

(See also “COVID-19 Anxiety Will Destroy At Least Seven Times More Years Of Life Than The Lockdowns Save” (issuesinsights.com).)

The number of lives lost because of the suspension of “nonessential” cancer screenings, cardiac evaluations and myriad other “nonessential” health concerns will continue to increase in the days ahead.

When the increase in suicides (about 10,000 for every 1% increase in unemployment), substance abuse, child abuse, malnutrition and other negative consequences from the lockdown are factored, far more people will die and needlessly suffer from the negative consequences of the lockdown than will die directly from COVID-19.

Quarantine has traditionally been a sound response for the infected and those at risk, not for the healthy.

Additionally, science long ago indisputably verified that not only is sunlight/ultraviolet light lethal to viruses, Vitamin D is an essential component for healthy immune systems, as is fresh air.

In other words, science prescribes getting outdoors in the sun.

• Testing — Even reliable tests only indicate status for a specific point in time. Mandated testing/tracing/digital-tracking also would be a major violation of civil liberties and current medical privacy laws.

As envisioned by Bill Gates & Co., it also bears resemblance to the biblical mark of the beast, especially unsettling given Illinois Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush’s COVID-19 Testing, Reaching And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act happens to be House Res. 6666 (congress.gov).

• Vaccines — Despotic Democratic governors like California’s Gavin Newsom declaring that restrictions must stay in place until a vaccine is developed ignore the fact that we still do not have vaccines for past viruses like H1N1, MERS, SARS, HIV and on the list goes.

In fact, past pandemics like the 1918 Spanish Flu, the Bubonic Plague and the Hong Kong Flu still have no viable vaccine and are still extant, though a combination of herd immunity, exposure to sunlight, weakening of the virus mutations and basic hygiene have greatly reduced the risk from same.

• Essential workers — Since when are persons earning a living for their families not essential?

Why do large companies like Walmart get to sell whatever they want, but small businesses (who cannot afford to buy politicians) are forced to close?

Why are we tolerating politicians and judges going so far as to arrest small business owners they deem “nonessential” for the “crime” of earning a living for their families, even as they release dangerous convicted criminals from jail who then proceed to inflict further harm upon law-abiding citizens, all under the guise of “public safety”?

Perhaps more importantly, why are we accepting tyrannical politicians’ unconstitutional and otherwise illegal decrees as “the law” when no such legislation is in effect?

In our constitutional republic, the making of laws is limited to the legislature.

• Experts — As has repeatedly been documented, “experts” like Anthony Fauci have proven to be wrong time and time again — with no adverse consequences to themselves, even as their bad advice results in deaths and devastation for millions of others.

Not coincidentally, both the Imperial College and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) models — the primary models projecting apocalyptical outcomes that were used to support erroneous draconian measures — are funded and supported in large part by Leftists like de-populationist cultists Bill and Melinda Gates and George Soros.

In 2017 alone, the vaccine-oligarch Gates donated $279 million just to IHME (gatesfoundation.org).

The above is only a partial list. The response to COVID-19 is rife with examples of what not to do (e.g., “Here are 70 reasons why I’m against the COVID-19 lockdowns” at danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com).

Meanwhile, Leftists politicians and their fellow travelers in Big Tech (e.g., Google/YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, et al) and Big Pharma rabidly censor information that conflicts with their Big Lie agenda.

These Leftists essentially created an agenda (Event 201, centerforhealthsecurity.org) in search of a pandemic.

Along the way, they bought a bevy of “experts” to make their panicdemic a reality. COVID-19 just happened to be an “opportunity” for them to implement their broader Leftist agenda.

Make no mistake, the Leftist agenda is not about protecting Americans’ health, wealth and God-given freedoms.

The Leftist agenda is about “redistributing” Americans’ health, wealth and God-given freedoms — and the rest of the world’s, for that matter — to the Leftist elites who lust to rule over us all.

If we are wise, Americans will re-awaken to the principle that Americans do not answer to the government, nor to “experts.”

The government answers to the people, even in times of crisis; in fact, especially in times of crisis.

Should government overstep its role as the protector of our God-given rights and liberties, we are obligated to withdraw our consent from same.

Winston Churchill once observed that, “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else.”

As we move forward from the devastation wreaked by both COVID-19 and the ill-advised responses to same, we must diligently endeavor to do the right thing.

ARTHUR SMITH of Paris is a member of the local Volunteers for Freedom Tea Party. His email address is constitutionalconservative@hotmail.com.

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