Carlsbad, CA Says No More to Lockdowns. May It Be A National Model, by John Tamny

Let’s hope we see a lot more of this. From John Tamny at

It’s been said off and on over the decades that California is a bellwether of sorts. What happens there is a preview of what’s going to happen elsewhere in the U.S.

In the late 1970s the passage of Proposition 13 foretold a national tax revolt. Californians used a referendum to limit the tax power of grasping politicians in the Golden State, and the pushback eventually went national.

A different, more local revolt began last weekend in Carlsbad, CA, a town just north of San Diego. Its restaurant and bar owners decided they’re weren’t going to take it anymore. They’re no longer going to allow witless politicians to destroy what they’ve worked so long to build. They’re going to open their businesses to eager customers.

Some will ask what California legislators right up to Governor Gavin Newsom will say. Ideally the mini-revolt will wake these sick people up to the extraordinary damage they’re doing, but if not it’s worth reminding everyone that the very individuals in government who are presently limiting your right to work, operate your business, and live your life as you desire, used to not be in government. Some even used to have regular jobs in the private sector. The main thing is that they’re not experts on medical matters, nor are they abnormally smart. They just happen to be good at politics. They’re in no position to tell us how to live, or operate our businesses, or whether or not we should have a job to go to. They’re just people who want power, prestige and money, only they want it the easy way.

This is worth remembering as businesses, jobs and life as we know it vanish thanks to politicians imposing their force on us. Why allow them to do that? People should be free to do as they wish with their property. Period. This includes Twitter and Facebook if they choose to censor comments and commenters. If Amazon chooses to not do business with certain people or companies, that’s its right. If bakers choose not to bake cakes for events that offend their personal morality, that’s their right. Business owners who want to meet the needs of willing customers while a virus is spreading should be free to open up as they see fit.

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One response to “Carlsbad, CA Says No More to Lockdowns. May It Be A National Model, by John Tamny

  1. It’s a pity this idea was not suggested earlier. If govts’ had said to businesses at the first lockdown – we are closing all businesses indefinitely, for a year or more, businesses could have cut their losses and closed down immediately saving their resources. But first they were told it would only be for a few weeks. This became months then as soon as lockdown lifted mask mandates came in deterring shoppers. Then another lockdown after requiring expensive adaptations. Opening, closing, opening, closing, draining the proprietors savings. Slow strangulation. It is hard not to conclude that the objective was to ruin the small businesses beyond recovery.
    It is like in a fight. An opponent is unlikely to be stopped with one blow. So you arrange a blow, then another, then another. Or let someone get back on their feet to knock them down repeatedly until they can’t get up.
    Good luck to Carlsbad. I hope they succeed.


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