Put shovels in the hands of the weekend warriors, not handcuffs.
"It's a Free Country."
"They hate us for our Freedoms."
"The troops are protecting your Freedom."
You're not nuts! You're FISHERMEN!!!
My wife is from Taxachusetts; the '78 Blizzard is fresh in her family's minds. I grew up in Virginia, where two inches of snow is enough to cripple the Tidewater for several days. She informed me that 3,000 cars were stranded up and down Route 128 during the storm, and as I checked into what she had to say, she was right - 54 people died in that storm, and many lost their lives while stranded on those roads.
Those deaths were caused not by ignorance, as only one of the three Boston TV news weatherguessers were forecasting anything more than a 6" snowfall. The population of the Northeast simply didn't know it was going to be as bad as it was.
There was no internet. No cell phones. No twitter - and no twitpic. No instagram. No email. No Drudge Report. If a person keeps even a cursory eye on the news, it's impossible to say that those in the Northeast today had no idea it was coming.
I said all that to say this: I learned of this fine/incarceration threat, this declaration of martial law, by way of a WBZ Boston TV news live stream. My reaction? "Christ, they can't take away people's rights to be idiots!" Setting the argument of placing first responders at risk aside for the moment, I'm right. AntiFed is right. I find that he often is.
What really got my wife's dander up was when I started to talk about fear, and how fear is used to control people. This is at the root of this declaration - an executive order of the Massachusetts governor. It's just hard for people to digest mentally that government is in the business of controlling people, and business is good. Considering that in our modern era we have means of communications and methods of informing ourselves that were beyond even the imagination of those who lived through the Blizzard of '78, we also have a level of apathy beyond the comprehension of those people as they were living through it. That moment in time is past, when people were expected to be able to ascertain risks, take precautions, and care for themselves.
We're all the victims of our own success, is what I'm trying to say. End result? Even the woman I love fails to see oppressive government being oppressive, even as she watches it unfold in real time...
“The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other type of arms. The possession of these elements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues and tends to permit uprising, therefore, the heads of the provinces, official agents, and deputies are ordered to collect all weapons mentioned above and turn them over to the government.”
Toyotomi Hideyshi, Shogun, August 29, 1558