The Governor of Pennsylvania and other states have eschewed logic and science to deny your freedom. For years, no decades, the political left has pushed us further and further toward socialism. As evidence I submit that Barack Obama would not have been able to participate in the last Democrat primary. He wouldn't have been left enough. That's how fast the left has moved away from middle America.
The Wuhan Virus took us by surprise. The Chinese Government lied to the world and the WHO supported their lies. Millions of infected Chinese were allowed to travel around the globe before anyone knew about how contagious the virus was. Even then some of our more intelligent Mayors and Governors ignored the warning and encouraged us to go out and enjoy ourselves. When it became clear the virus was contagious they began to call for different measures. Infected citizens would need to be quarantined.
The Scientists determined that social distancing and the wearing of masks was imperative to, "flattening the curve." That was the goal. For at least two months Americans followed these edicts. These aren't laws. But law abiding citizens followed the rules. In a month or two the curve flatted out. The protocol was working even if the logic was flawed. You see, the bureaucrats decided which businesses could stay open, "essential", and which would stay closed, "non-essential". At first the logic seemed understandable. But very quickly it made no sense. If the PROTOCOL was working at Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Acme, Target, liquor stores, bakeries, the post office, etc. WHY WOULDN'T IT WORK EVERYWHERE? Why couldn't other businesses apply the protocol and resume working? Sure it would need to be tweaked here and there for different businesses, but the protocol works. It flattened the curve in spite of the warnings.
The economy was shut down! We went from being the best US economy ever to a depression in two months. But in those two months we learned that the protocol works. We also learned that there were essential and non-essential businesses. And that those businesses that were deemed non-essential were failing. They were doomed if they didn't re-open quickly. Peoples livelihood and their families futures were on the line. So if the science works why not let them re-open? The logic dictates that if the protocol works for a whole host of businesses that were deemed essential, why wouldn't it work for other businesses? Indeed it would. With the absents of applied logic you have to ask yourself why?
Why squander a perfect opportunity? The Democrats failed at impeaching President Trump and failed to prove Russia collusion. They were facing an incumbent president in the 2020 election with an unprecedented booming economy. Now they have an opportunity to keep the economy shut down or at least suppressed. It's a gift from the Chinese. And, in the name of safety, they can easily keep the economy from returning to it's recent glory. Thus keeping President Trump from anchoring his campaign with a booming economy.
Also, in the name of safety, they can test the public tolerance for government control. In direct opposition to the constitution of the united states governors issued orders for citizens of their state to follow, close your business and stay home. And almost all did. Don't confuse orders for laws. Their edicts are not laws. And while most people don't want to go to court over their rights under the constitution, some will. More should. I look forward to the outcome. Either way, this was a test to see how we would react. I'd say we were very compliant. So it's clear to me that if and when the time comes again to shut down the economy, we'll just acquiesce without a word.
Also on a constitutional level, state government is sworn to uphold it's citizens right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." That doesn't translate in to providing everything for everybody all the time, as in cradle to grave. And this doctrine is certainly in direct opposition to state government decree to choose which businesses will remain open and which will not, is arguably illogical, unscientific and unconstitutional. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness is messy. People get hurt and die. It's not the governments job, and never has been, to protect us from that pursuit, but provide access to it. And we all accept that. Otherwise we wouldn't get out of bed in the morning to go to work. Just take a moment to think about that. Look around at all the rules / laws that protect us from everything. It's not their job. Governments job is to provide the opportunity and clean up the mess if and when we fail. Restricted access to freedom is not freedom.
Edmund Burke said, "all that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing."
Taking away our freedom is evil!