Tone Deaf Officials Tightening Lockdown Response As Public Chafes 

By Jefferey Jaxen

The urgency is palpable. Far from an imaginary scenario, America and much of the world is feeling the racing pressure of economic failure and societal trauma created by the coronaries response.

CNN Business writes, “The US economy contracted at a 32.9% annual rate from April through June, its worst drop on record, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Thursday.”

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield came out last week and dropped a bombshell. Speaking on the need to open schools in the coming weeks, Redfield stated,

But there has been another cost that we’ve seen, particularly in high schools…We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID. We’re seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID.”

Far from new information or unpredictable circumstances, the increase in teen suicides flashed ALL the warning lights. But it’s hardly alone. Every step of the coronavirus response, warning lights on numerous fronts have been shining brightly in the faces of officials who chose to ignore them at every turn.

University of Queensland Garrick Professor in Law James Allan recently stated,


In a decade, this will be looked back on as one of the most colossal public policy fiascos of the century…In my view, politicians should be looking at massive pay cuts, now. Ditto civil servants. Ditto the ABC. And the pay cuts should stay until we return to normal unemployment rates and are paying off the debt.”

It was political economist Toby Rogers who first kickoff the public discussion about “deaths of despair,” citing valid science and historical data trends. The corporate media did what they do best. Rather than heed the warnings and follow the science, the Washington Post lead the charge with a hit piece attempting to downplay and obfuscate the national discussion around such topics.

Unfortunately, Rogers’ message, simply pulled from past science chronicling the human suffering caused by economic downturns, has been continually validated.

How have officials responded? Have they changed their course to lift some of the more authoritarian-leaning aspects of their lockdown responses? Scanning across the breaking headlines, the answer appears to be a big, fat…NO.

As the wealthy flee an economically devastated New York City, its Mayor has decided to encircle the city with checkpoints all but guaranteeing further isolation and social destruction. The checkpoints will ‘trace’ travelers entering from what the city has deemed ’35 Covid hotspot states.’ Travelers will be asked to fill out a form asking them to consent to receiving daily text messages from the state and told to quarantine for 14 days. If they can’t be reached by phone, they are told to expect home visits – violators could face a fine of up to $10,000 said Mayer Bill De Blasio. 

Los Angeles Mayer Eric Garcetti, after encouraging residents that ‘Snitches Get Rewards‘ to report businesses violating lockdown orders, has now went a step further. In a recent press conference, he authorized the city to shut off power and water to properties, including houses and businesses, that are in violation of gathering regulations as a means to “shut these places down permanently.”

Not to be outdone, Savannah, Georgia Mayer Van Johnson said during his recent press conference that he is ramping up the city’s enforcement of mask-wearing, but not by putting more officers on the streets.

Employees that are empowered by the city to issue tickets, issue summons, and so all of them won’t have on uniforms. But they’ll be on the streets enforcing our mask mandate,”

Days ago, controversial Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new mandate as well. Any resident in “close contact” with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or with an individual who displays “one or more of the principal symptoms” (the CDC lists 11 of them) of COVID-19 quarantine in their home for 14 days.

The world watched China’s authoritarian response to the onset of their coronavirus. It seemed draconian at the time, but now we’ve found it seamlessly exported to America. Yet these liberty-ending edicts are far from an American problem; several other countries are watching their freedoms evaporate similarly.

Last month in Melbourne, Australia, ‘hard lockdowns’ saw five-hundred police were sent to keep 3,000 tenants in their high-rise units.      

In a recent press conference, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton alarmed citizens when he said,

On at least three or four occasions in the past week, we’ve had to smash the windows of people’s cars and pull them out of there so they could provide their details because they weren’t telling us where they were going. They weren’t adhering to the ‘chief health officer guidelines,’  they weren’t providing their name and address.”

For all the restrictions being imposed, there is an equal amount of sustained pushback. Governments have shown they are unable to counter the explosion of protests when critical mass causes the pendulum to swing in the opposite direction.

Berlin, Germany grabbed headlines last week for a towering display of its people, who took to the streets to protest coronavirus restrictions. The media could only watch from the sidelines and attempt to gaslight the public, claiming only a small fraction turned out for the rallies – yet anyone watching or participating could see through their uncomfortable lies.

The restrictions have shown to produce division, social separation economic deviation and undue human suffering. The protests were proof, and much-needed hope, that people are coming together against a lying corporate media and their Big Pharma benefactors. Ending their narrative will finally topple all the dangerously myopic health officials, still too in the throes of authoritarianism and single-minded scientific fealty to injectable product lines from beyond questionable pharmaceutical corporations.