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Tossing Freedoms Leaves People Out

we the people of the united states of america

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Ben Stein's DREEMZ By Thursday, 09 April 2020 02:02 PM Current | Bio | Archive

It’s a magnificent day here in Beverly Hills. There are a few clouds and we expect rain later, but for now, the sky is blue and the flowers all over our yard are in bloom.

The gardeners are working on the roses.

The maids are cleaning the house and my wife is in bed reading a mystery.

Her nurse, who is a Filipina, is sad because her 90 year old mother passed away Sunday in the Philippines. Our nurse cannot fly back for the funeral because 1.) There are no flights and 2.) Their whole country is on a very strict lockdown and even if she got to Manila, she couldn’t get to her remote province.

Sad indeed.

Here at home, the whole country has changed.

No traffic  (which I love); no restaurant life (which I hate); a constant transfusion of fear and loathing into the national mindstream done by the media; no more freedom of worship, which I truly loathe.

Basically, no right to assemble to air our grievances, which is really the end of our America. In my beloved Los Angeles, our mayor, for whom, no words can express my dislike, has just ordered that anyone who sees his neighbor out without a face mask should call the police and report him or her.

These are purely Gestapo tactics.

This last two months have seen a large scale collapse of the America we all grew up with and love. All over a virus manufactured — so they say — in China.

I really have to wonder if it’s worth it.

Yes, I hate illness and death as much as the next guy.

Yes, I hate the idea of mass deaths. And of course I am willing to do whatever I can to help "flatten the curve" as Dr Fauci says.

But shouldn’t we be having a national debate about the lockdowns? The only person in our great country who seems to realize how seriously this affects our nation and our economy and our guiding principles is our miraculous President.

He "gets it."

He gets it that people are going crazy with fear, that we might well have a genuine Great Depression, and that would lead to suicides. It’s no joke to be terrified about money.

I’ve been there and it’s horrible. To me, it’s just a gift from on high that we have such a man, with such empathy, as our President in these frightening times.

It’s Passover today, my least favorite Jewish holiday.

If G-d had in mind saving the children of Israel, what happened in Europe from 1933 to 1945? Where was G-d at Treblinka and Dachau and Gunstkirchen Lager ( the horrible charnel house my father-in-law, Col. Dale Denman, Jr. helped liberate in Germany in 1945 )? I guess it’s not up to me to ask such questions.

I answer to G-d. He doesn’t answer to me.

It’s also the onset of Easter. My wife is a devout Presbyterian (southern orientation ).

She loves the Easter celebration we attend in Rancho Mirage, which–of course–is off for now. She’s terrified about the virus. Just terrified. She doesn’t watch the news or read the newspapers but somehow the terror just seeps into the house.
Yesterday, some "expert" medical man in New York said that the lock downs and closures might last 18 months or maybe indefinitely.

At this point, I think some drastic rethinking of the whole situation is in order.

It took humankind centuries to reach the working free country with government of, for, and by the people. Now, we’re seriously talking about taking it away. Instead we would have a police state run by "experts" and politicians.

Where are "the people" in all of this?

There has to be a better way. We can’t just toss away freedom and yet we’re doing it. Thank God we have Trump as President.

With him at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., I have some hope.

With Biden in there, it would be hopeless.

Ben Stein is a writer, an actor, and a lawyer who served as a speechwriter in the Nixon administration as the Watergate scandal unfolded. He began his unlikely road to stardom when director John Hughes as the numbingly dull economics teacher in the urban comedy, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Read more more reports from Ben Stein — Click Here Now.

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There has to be a better way. We can’t just toss away freedom and yet we’re doing it. Thank God we have Trump as President.
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Thursday, 09 April 2020 02:02 PM
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