Prison Fantasy Camp - Shawn Loughlin editorial
The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn a lot out of society, both good and bad. One thing I’ve noticed as of late is the rapid increase in the unironic use of hyperbole that is absolutely ravaging the landscape.
After a walk or two around my home village of Blyth with my wife and new daughter, I’ve had the opportunity to see a few people with “No More Lockdowns” signs on their front lawns, directing you to nomorelockdowns.org for more information. That the website doesn’t work is amazing (it seems the address has changed, but our friends haven’t updated their signs), but the best part is the logo, which is the maple leaf of a Canadian flag with a stick figure behind bars emblazoned in the middle. It got me thinking how far people have gone to prove their moronic, selfish points as we’ve all struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, I’m no fan of lockdowns and Premier Doug Ford’s half-hearted approach has done little to actually curb COVID-19 infections, but I can’t say that I’ve felt imprisoned.
It’s unlikely that those with these signs on their lawns have ever been incarcerated, though I suppose it is possible. This is where the hyperbole comes in. If they had faced jail time, they might be a bit more reticent about comparing not being able to go to the local gym to being imprisoned against your will.
These people should do a little research on actual prison before making the comparison.
And now Premier Doug Ford has called for another lockdown (calling it the “emergency brake” and allowing just about everything to stay open), which is sure to fire up the anti-lockdown crowd, causing it to swell and count new members among its ranks.
Another common refrain is that the effort to control the spread of COVID-19 has somehow infringed on people’s human rights. By asking people to wear masks, stay home if possible and maintain a distance of two metres from those outside your household, you’d think the government was asking for first-born children.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden have both been accused of overreaching by the anti-government crowd. Comparisons are often made between pandemic life and living in Nazi Germany.
Again, and I can’t believe I have to say this, perhaps some research would benefit those working so very hard to make their point.
Being asked to wear a piece of cloth on your face to contain the spread of a deadly virus can hardly be compared to the racially-motivated killing of millions of people, with everything from torture to medical experimentation thrown in for good measure.
But this is the “live free or die” crowd for you. They have a perverted, almost infantile idea of what “freedom” means. It’s like they’re children who need to grow up and learn a bit more about the world around them and heed the advice of Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park, speaking of the movie’s scientists, saying, “[they] were too preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” Our anti-lockdown people live in their own form of a bubble, never considering those outside of it; instead of having some sort of moral compass or social responsibility, it’s all about them.
For a few generations, life has been pretty stable and devoid of major disruptions like a World War or Great Depression, so for some maybe it’s fun to play the role of the persecuted. And unfortunately, the cast keeps growing. However, for the rest of us, we’re growing tired of the hyperbole and persecution make-believe from our privileged neighbours.