The tyranny we’ve seen inflicted in the name of COVID on citizens around the world has been both widespread and disturbing. In China, where the pandemic originated, the communist government set the bar for authoritarianism by welding shut the doors of apartment buildings. We’ve seen vaccine passports in countries as varied as Switzerland and Thailand. And of course, vaccine and mask mandates in the US, Canada, and elsewhere have stirred outrage among the populace.
But when it comes to prolonged and persistent autocracy, Australia has been a global leader. And wouldn’t you know it? We found out yesterday that Australia’s Prime Minister, the Honorable Scott Morrison, has tested positive for COVID.
Before examining the poetic justice of this moment, let’s consider a few of the more outrageous examples of the draconian measures that the Australian government has imposed:
- In Australia, leaving your home when COVID positive isn’t just impolite or inconsiderate, it’s a crime, and one for which Australians can be arrested and jailed.
- Vaccine mandates in Australia are in place of course, and they’re no joke, as we saw with the Australian Open tennis tournament in January. Tournament favorite and tennis legend Novak Djokovic was unvaccinated and refused the jab. Not only did the Australian government refuse to allow Djokovic to participate, they deported him.
- While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s crackdown on his own anti-authoritarianism protests garnered much attention here in the US, Australia was equally forceful with their own protesters.
- And for those who are wondering, the insanity Down Under continues, with one town in Western Australia being locked down just last week.
This is not how a democracy is supposed to treat its citizens. But Australia, like so many other so-called civilized democracies, has tried to justify their totalitarianism by pointing the finger at the boogieman-of-choice for today’s leftists: COVID. The dangers of COVID never validated these actions, because these actions were never about the dangers of COVID. They were about power and control.
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We’ve known for months now that the COVID vaccines don’t prevent the virus’ spread, though there is some protection against severity. Social distancing rules were never based on legitimate scientific data, and neither were mask mandates. And the notion of criminalizing walking down the street – regardless of one’s contagiousness with a virus that’s comparable to the flu – is something we would expect to read in a George Orwell novel.
And all for what? What did these crackdowns and seizures of liberties accomplish, if the man who implemented them has been stricken with the virus despite those absurd efforts?
While we wear our smirks proudly when reflecting on Mr. Morrison’s outlandish overreaches and the just desserts he’s now been served, let’s not gloat like those on the left.
Whenever a conservative gets COVID, leftists imply it’s because of their lack of fealty to leftist COVID solutions. When Herman Cain and Meatloaf died of the disease, they took the approach of “I told you so,” focusing on their stances on masks and vaccines. And, not surprisingly, when Donald Trump tested COVID-positive, leftists around the world were openly rooting for his death, so much so that social media platforms had to actively remove such posts.
So, let’s show some class like conservatives should. We wish you Godspeed, Prime Minister Morrison. We hope you get well soon. And we hope that when you recover, you’ll reconsider your ridiculous positions on COVID fixes and recognize the need to prioritize the basic rights of Australians over your own, ill-advised ambitions.
By Jess Lawson
Jess Lawson is a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative and a passionate, conservative millennial who loves America.
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