As states continue to increase their infringements on the rights of the people using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse, individuals are speaking out more frequently against the overreach.
Close to 100 protesters showed up at the state capitol in Ohio on Thursday to demonstrate their freedom against edicts from Gov. Mike DeWine, who has ordered all Ohio residents to stay in their homes.
“We have not faced an enemy like we are facing today in 102 years,” DeWine said as he announced his stay-at-home edict last month. “You have to go back to the 1918 influenza epidemic. We are certainly at war. I don’t know any other way to describe it other than to say we are at war.”
“In the time of war, we must make sacrifices, and I thank all of our Ohio citizens for what they are doing and what they aren’t doing. You are making a huge difference, and this difference will save lives,” he added.
But not every Ohio resident is willing to bend the knee and surrender their rights at DeWine’s behest. The protesters showed up enraged that their freedom of assembly and religion with Easter Sunday right around the corner.
Zenger News captured the footage from the controversial rally, with Carter Adams videoing and Ford Fischer reporting on the protest:
One particularly bold protester carried a semi-automatic rifle to send the message that his rights will not be tread upon.
“The Democrats have come out saying the boogeyman is out to get you and, ‘If you give us your freedom we’ll protect you,’” activist Ben Shuler said.
Shuler dawned a blue Trump 2020 campaign hat and a flag with a Spartan helmet and the words “Molon Labe,” which roughly translates to come and take it.
Inside the capitol, the Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton taunted the protesters by claiming that the administration would move on with their plans despite their objections.
“I don’t know if you can hear on television, but there are people protesting right outside the statehouse,” said Acton. “And people are worried, they’re afraid. They’re worried about things like their jobs. But we have to keep pushing forward with Ohio’s plan for getting through the crisis. It’s working.”
The protesters were defiant in response, yelling: “O-H-I-O! Acton’s got to go!”
“No paycheck for us, no paycheck for you,” the crowd shouted at the state capitol.
“Business is shutting down, the economy’s doing horrible, it’s not good for anybody in Ohio and it’s going to take decades to get back,” said activist Scott Shoemaker, who wore the fabric of an American flag as a mask to demonstrate his patriotism.
“I’m out here today because I’m tired of it,” Shoemaker said.
Protesters complained that government officials continued to collect their paychecks while the people of Ohio were laid off and struggling economically.
“You are the virus!” they chanted.
As the coronavirus pandemic slows down, the public is growing increasingly angry with government overreach. If society isn’t turned back on soon, the likelihood of civil unrest will increase drastically.
California’s Liberal Political Elite Live in Overwhelmingly White Affluent Suburbs
Does their support for diversity stop at the front door?
As California’s major political and business leaders tout their supposed support for diversity, it appears that their commitment may end at their own front doors.
California is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse states in the country, with its population of over 39 million containing no majority demographic and containing a Hispanic plurality.
However, many of California’s major business and political leaders live in affluent, overwhelmingly white communities wholly unrepresentative of the state’s considerable diversity, which largely appear inaccessible to the state’s poor, working and middle-class through sky-high price barriers to entry and costs of living.
California Governor Gavin Newsom eschewed living in the historic Governor’s Mansion at the state capitol in Sacramento, instead opting to move into a luxurious mansion in Fair Oaks, California. Fair Oaks was gauged to have a whopping 85% majority of white residents in the 2010 survey, whereas the city containing the Governor’s Mansion Newsom declined to move into has demographics similar to that of the state of California as a whole.
Notably, the ultra-affluent gated community in which Nancy Pelosi lives was the only neighborhood in San Francisco historically restricted to whites only. Presidio Terrace, which consists of 36 large lots located on a single privately owned street, utilized a segregation-style racial covenant in its zoning code from its inception in 1906. It wasn’t until the 1948 Supreme Court case of Shelley v. Kramer that Presidio Terrace’s whites-only zoning laws were ruled unconstitutional.
Google oligarch Eric Schmidt, one of the wealthiest people in California with a net worth of over 14 billion dollars, counts a luxurious mansion in Atherton, California as one of his primary properties. Atherton is a San Mateo community known for having the highest per capita income for any city its size in America. Schmidt, who ran Google for ten years, is a corporate Democrat currently under consideration to run a technology task force in Joe Biden’s tentative administration. Atherton recorded an 80.5% majority white demographic in the 2010 census.
Schmidt is currently in the process of obtaining citizenship of the Republic of Cyprus, in a tax avoidance scheme that could alleviate him of the inconvenience of his American citizenship entirely.
Kamala Harris’s residential neighborhood of Brentwood contrasts sharply with the composition of Los Angeles, the city in which it’s located. Brentwood possesses a distinctly white majority demographic of 84%, perhaps most strikingly having only a 6.5% demographic of Latinos in one of the most heavily Hispanic cities in the United States. 2010 Census data indicated that Los Angeles had a white demographic of 49%, a figure that is likely to have decreased over the past ten years as longtime middle-class residents exit California.
There are some notable examples of Californian Big Tech oligarchs who live in communities that are inhabited nearly exclusively by Whites and Asians, a common phenomenon in high-tech Silicon Valley ‘company towns’ such as Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Mark Zuckerberg lives in Palo Alto, which is 64% White and 27% Asian, with Blacks forming a mere 2% and Hispanics 6% of the city’s residents respectively.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai lives in ultra-affluent Los Altos Hills, California, which contains the third wealthiest ZIP code in the United States. Los Altos Hills has a White population of 68% and an Asian demographic of 27%. A mere .5% of Los Altos Hills residents are Black, and 2.7% are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
As elite corporate progressives situated in California- which has tragically become one of the most economically unequal states in the country, and arguably the most economically disparate major jurisdictions in the entire western world- lecture the rest of the country on diversity and equality, it appears many of them are wholly unwilling to take on the challenge of living in an actual diverse community.
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