We used to call ‘em ‘panics.’
That’s what we’re in right now - a massive, nationwide panic.
Haven’t had one of those in over a hundred years. Now we pretty much call them recessions.
One of the earliest came about a few years after the War of 1812 ended. The Panic of 1819 lasted a couple of years and had a disastrous effect on the fur trade, which was the only economy that existed in this neck of the woods at the time.
A few years before the Civil War we had the Panic of 1857. I’m sure the economic conditions that came about during that panic helped elect Lincoln, which helped usher in a massive war.
We had the Panic of 1873, which was largely brought about by railroads. The Panic of 1893 decimated Montana’s silver producers.
Then we stopped having panics...though I think we’re in one now.
I’m simply amazed by how much Americans have lost their heads. I’m also surprised that so many have just laid down, allowing their civil rights and liberties to be stripped from them.
Suddenly we don’t have the right to assemble. In some states they’re forcing you to stay in your home for months.
The government is telling individuals that they can’t open their private business to make money that helps them feed their family and the families of their employees.
All because of a sickness that has hit relatively few. We know that about 200 have died in America. Over 22,000 have been taken by the flu.
People are afraid. Most are so spiritually-bereft that they have nothing but an overwhelming fear of death. That fear has infected the country.
We crashed our economy and stole the civil liberties from millions of Americans before the virus had even killed 100.
No one is questioning this massive power grab by a few liberal, coastal elite Democratic governors, which is now spreading to the rest of the country.
Here in Montana, Bullock will take his cue from the idiotic Newsom in California and the imbecilic Cuomo in New York. He’s just looking at polling data these days, and if he thinks keeping people locked-down in their homes will give him a few more points over Daines, he’ll do it.
And that’ll of course backfire.
People have laid down and allowed the government to take their rights for a few days or a week now.
What happens when we reach two weeks, or even three?
How long are people going to put up with this...crammed in a small house or apartment with kids bored out of their mind and acting out, their spouse on their nerves, no sports to watch, money running out, and their business going down the drain?
And that’s when we’ll see the ‘American’ come out in us again, that spirit that says I won’t be beaten down by this or anything, and especially not my overreaching government.
I am so saddened that so few are speaking out against this.
We’ve destroyed our economy. We’ve destroyed millions of small businesses. Corporations are going to file for bankruptcy. Families are on the verge of falling apart.
I cannot believe that we have lost our minds so completely and so quickly, but we have.
I can only hope that we regain our senses quickly, before it’s too late to save this country.