Feb. 1 is the Danes’ new independence day. On Tuesday, Denmark rid itself of all of its remaining pandemic restrictions. But liberty in America, the nation that pioneered the guarantee of freedom to its people, is still under assault.
Denmark is the first country in Europe to reopen its boxed-in, abused, and drained society. No more indoor mask mandates, or vaccine passports for entry into private establishments. Other European nations have lifted some restrictions, as well, but only Denmark has gone all the way and dropped a self-isolation requirement for those who test positive.
Apparently the Danes learned the lesson that after nearly two years most nations haven’t been able, or willing, to figure out. Finland isn’t far behind.
But not America.
Yes, most U.S. states have freed their residents. Yet much of the country is still under the government boot.
California, the biggest state, with nearly 40 million government subjects, is still ruled by a do-as-I-say (but-never-as-I-do) governor, and local lawmakers and bureaucrats who slip on their jackboots every morning. This same governor called the pandemic an “opportunity for reimagining a progressive era … to reshape the way we do business and how we govern.” Which means “we’re going to further suppress your liberties.”
Politicians in New York are in a legal battle over mask rules, with the governor and attorney general fighting to keep as many faces covered as they possibly can.
Washington, D.C., is under the rule of a mayor who has issued more vaccine mandates and requirements than the average person can hope to keep up with.
Chicago also has a show-us-your-papers vaccine passport regime. So does Boston.
In Utah, Salt Lake County’s mask rule is a heated topic in the capital, where the Senate approved a resolution that would kill local mask mandates.
Oregon still requires everyone 5 and older to mask up indoors, vaccinated or not. Washington has a similar rule that includes outdoor venues when 500 or more are present.
An indoor mask mandate that disregards vaccination status and age is still in effect in New Mexico.
Social gatherings in some Hawaii counties remain subject to limits set by government.
Notice any commonality among these outposts where freedom no longer rings? They are all run by Democrats. If there is any indisputable fact in today’s politics, it’s that Democrats are anti-freedom. Quick, name a single liberty that Democrats support either through legislation or in the abstract.
It can’t be done because the party of the left is the party of central planning, reflexive intervention into private affairs, ever-expanding government, higher tax burdens, suppression of speech, stifling regulatory regimes, political society over civil society, violations of the Second Amendment, the accrual of raw political power, and fealty to its rule.
While that’s an exhausting but not exhaustive list, we know readers will get the point. The Democrats would rather reign than constitutionally govern. It’s a derangement they can no longer cover up.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board