America cannot be lulled to sleep. Americans should be paying attention to everything our government is doing, even if it seems meaningless. The irony is that if we do pay enough attention, things like this will be meaningless.
And that’s a good thing for every American citizen.
The headline at Fox 8 reads “New Orleans orders police checkpoints to help ensure COVID-19 ‘safety and public awareness’”
Safety and public awareness. Kind of like peace and security. Or generosity.
All similar words that could be used in the Saul Alinsky playbook. What a fantastic community organizer he was!
In the meantime he was writing a book in which he praised Lucifer himself for being the first radical to overthrow the establishment.
I don’t want to go overboard with the Alinsky thing here, but look, any well-meaning American should take pause at a lot of the things going on in this country right now. Arrests for going to church while practicing social distancing? Harassment of peaceful protestors outside an abortion clinic while those very filthy, unhealthy abortions go on inside?
Many outlets are raising similar questions. Even the Washington Times writes an article titled “Coronavirus and the smell of Saul Alinsky.”
Conspiracy theories are only that if they are wrong. And some of this point of view could be, most certainly. But really, think about it: why exactly are these checkpoints being implemented?
City officials claim that they will be there to “verbally provide information regarding the current stay-at-home order.”
What information? What do people need reminding of that not everybody on the planet doesn’t already know?
Per the article:
[The police] will be conducting vehicle checkpoints within Orleans Parish to monitor seat belt usage by all occupants of automobiles. Louisiana law additionally requires all drivers to be properly licensed and to have proof of insurance and registration within the vehicle.
So the driver in New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s world needs information on seat belt usage.
And driver’s licenses.
And proof of insurance and registration.
On March 16, 2020, Cantrell did what mayors were doing across the country, issuing a proclamation limiting gatherings and closing certain establishments. It was recently extended through May 16.
“Personal recreation is allowed, but not in groups,” a statement said. “Citizens are urged to avoid close contact with others when leaving home for essential activities.”
The plan is for these checkpoints to cease when the stay-at-home order ceases. And that would be fine.
But if this lockdown continues as some people are suspecting it will, every citizen in Louisiana and across the nation should be very concerned about police checkpoints that claim to be in place to educate you on the proper use of the seat belt.
Writer Jeff LeJeune has an M.A. in English, is a high school and college instructor, and is a former college athlete. In addition to his writing work for The Hayride, he is a ghostwriter, editor, and novelist.