Issues & Insights

What Will The Petty Tyrants Resort To Once They Lose Their Virus Leverage?

Though the Centers for Disease Control recommends that vaccinated adults remove their masks in most settings, a number of Blue State governors, clearly ignoring the “science” they’ve said they’re so devoted to, have refused to free their citizens. The pandemic has allowed them to sate their authoritarian urges, setting us up for a grim future – unless we fight back.

Refusing to follow the science and keeping mask mandates in place are California Gov. Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Democrats all. No surprise. The Democratic Party is a refuge for closeted, and even open, authoritarians.

Last fall, we said that up until that point it seemed absurd to think the government pandemic orders that were restricting our freedom to move were a dry run for future attempts to use global warming as a pretext to devour liberty. But we reconsidered. We saw “observant and cunning politicians” watching Americans’ sheepish reactions to their lockdowns and mask rules, and came away convinced they were filing away what they learned for a later day.

Of course they’re not going to let a crisis go to waste.

The pandemic had hardly begun last year when House Majority Whip James Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat, said the coronavirus outbreak was “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” At roughly the same time, several media outlets were capitalizing “on the coronavirus outbreak to push climate change propaganda,” the Media Research Center reported.

Permanently closing city streets, thereby handicapping the unprecedented freedom that automobiles have given us, became a priority in some quarters. So did shutting down the freedom to worship, which is both God-given and constitutionally protected.

There’s a natural progression from the pandemic lockdowns to restrictions on freedom in the name of saving the sky from global warming. But the tyrants among us won’t stop there. We find it useful here to quote the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s international affairs analyst, who realized more than six months ago that “the virus of tyranny has already found itself in the bloodstream of liberal democracies.”

For instance:

  • President Joe Biden and his party hope to saddle Americans, through undisciplined spending, with debt and a de facto tax (inflation) that can be repaid only by mortgaging the future and bondage to the federal monster.
  • There is a core on the left, not even the hard left, that is resisting a return to normal. It wants liberty-shackling rules in place in perpetuity.
  • Our freedom to speak will continue to be abridged.
  • Our ability to make independent and individual health care decisions will be curtailed further.
  • Second Amendment rights will be in danger of being rolled back because of “public health” needs.
  • Expect to be forced out of our fossil-fuel-burning automobiles and herded into mass transit.
  • Protests and rallies will be put down as insurrections – unless they are in service of the “right” groups, such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

Once lost, freedom is difficult to regain. “Be warned,” says author Michael Walsh. “If you think the petty tyrants currently making your lives miserable are going to willingly relinquish their illicit powers, think again. They’ve got a taste for it now.”

So intoxicated from their deep swig of power are they that they no longer see boundaries, just opportunities to subjugate. Fight back, or lose in a few years what has made America unique and great for more than two centuries

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

We Could Use Your Help

Issues & Insights was founded by seasoned journalists of the IBD Editorials page. Our mission is to provide timely, fact-based reporting and deeply informed analysis on the news of the day -- without fear or favor.

We’re doing this on a voluntary basis because we believe in a free press, and because we aren't afraid to tell the truth, even if it means being targeted by the left. Revenue from ads on the site help, but your support will truly make a difference in keeping our mission going. If you like what you see, feel free to visit our Donations Page by clicking here. And be sure to tell your friends!

You can also subscribe to I&I: It's free!

Just enter your email address below to get started.


I & I Editorial Board

The Issues and Insights Editorial Board has decades of experience in journalism, commentary and public policy.


  • The fundamental differences between the major political parties are that Democrats use high taxes and oppressive regulations to impose as much government as the people will bear, while Republicans want the opposite on all counts. It follows that the GOP trusts Americans to make their own decisions with respect to those issues that do not require top-down governance, while Democrats trust no one. Even normative liberal Democrats cannot be trusted on a slew of issues if the progressive wing of the party differs. The House Democratic conference led by Speaker Pelosi is beyond the pale with respect to elements of personal freedom, while only a few center-left Democratic senators stand in the way of a functional Democratic dictatorship of the dilettantes. We are a powerful country with a flimsy fulcrum distinguishing between ways of life.

  • Rules for comments – so you perpetuate exactly that which you are imploring us to fight. Dear lord…
    And worse, what exactly does ‘fight’ mean to you? Who is doing anything about these power-hungry mongrels? NO ONE I tell you, is doing anything about it.
    One more stupid editorial piece. What a loser.

      • I didn’t really think they would let it post. LOL
        I am really sick and tired of all the conservative whiners and complainers, with great comments on how the other half is ruining society, which they surely are, but not much is being done about it. Sure, some push back here and there, perhaps some rallying of support for mid-terms, but any defense to this communist social push is mostly insignificant. No, the USofA is already down the tubes.

  • Good article. The standard fallback positions for tyrants are racism (read: White supremacy) and climate change. And free stuff for everyone.

  • Now that the mask and isolation are being done away with, they will attack our gas pipelines….just like what they blamed the Russians for.

    • Laura Ingraham says it’s gonna be ‘climate emergency lock downs’. We’ll see. Lefties are loonies.

  • Easy answer. They will declare racism a public health emergency and keep emergency powers in States.

  • The answer to the question is almost embarrassingly obvious: climate change, of course. When that fizzles, they might go back to the old tried and failed “racism” canard.

  • Not only will the majority of Oregonians comply they will vote these jackwads back into office at the next election. The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has it’s limits.

  • There are several things up next. Green new deal is one.
    Another is a manufactured food shortage. The World Economic Forum announce they are working with the Biden* administration to ensure that vaccinated people survive the coming food shortage. I a totally unrelated event, the Bureau of Reclamation that controls the A Canal, which irrigates 150,000 acres of farmland, have shut down the canal for the first time in history.

  • Whom the Lord loveth, he chastens. So, if certain people are never “chastened” for what they do, what does that tell you? It tells you that their punishment is coming. But it is shaped by what they do. But first, they must be allowed, of their own free will, to fully complete the shape of their punishment.

About Issues & Insights

Issues & Insights is run by the seasoned journalists behind the legendary IBD Editorials page. Our goal is to bring our decades of combined journalism experience to help readers understand the top issues of the day. We’re doing this on a voluntary basis, because we believe the nation needs the kind of cogent, rational, data-driven, fact-based commentary that we can provide. 

We Could Use Your Help

Help us fight for honesty in journalism and against the tyranny of the left. Issues & Insights is published by the editors of what once was Investor's Business Daily's award-winning opinion pages. If you like what you see, leave a donation by clicking on donate button above. You can also set up regular donations if you like. Ad revenue helps, but your support will truly make a difference. (Please note that we are not set up as a charitable organization, so donations aren't tax deductible.) Thank you!
%d bloggers like this: