Sunday, November 20, 2022

Government Overreach in the Time of COVID-19

Since early 2020, it has become apparent that governments around the world, particularly those of English-speaking nations, have used the COVID-19 "emergency" as an excuse to solidify their power over those that elected them. Apparently, even the invocation of a coronavirus emergency is no longer the "only game in town" when it comes to government overreach, at least for those who live in Colorado.


Here is a recent announcement from the Democratic Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis:


Here is the Executive Order in full with my highlights on the pertinent sections:


This Executive Order gives the Governor the power to take whatever actions he deems necessary "in prevention of, preparation for, response to and recovery from disasters", which, in this case have been expanded to include not only COVID-19 but Respiratory syncytial virus (which the EO admits is common), influenza (which is also common) and other respiratory illnesses.  The Executive Order will expire 30 days from November 11, 2022 (highly unlikely) but can be continued indefinitely with further Executive Orders (highly likely).


Coincidentally and somewhat ironically, despite being fully vaccinated, Polis has now tested positive for COVID-19 as shown here:

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. 

Edmund Burke

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