For politicians with unfettered lockdown power, we are the new Kulaks
The Holodomor of the early 1930s happened when Stalin deliberately starved small, independent Ukrainian farmers who wanted to retain their independence and private ownership rather than become part of the Soviet agricultural collective. Although Democrat governors aren't starving anyone (although some have had a good run at killing nursing home patients), there's an eerie historic parallel here when one looks at how Democrat politicians have used the excuse of the Wuhan virus to bankrupt the working and middle classes.
In the 1920s through the mid-1930s, the Soviet government under Stalin declared war on the independent Ukrainian farmers known as Kulaks. Only with the Kulaks erased could the USSR collectivize agriculture. So it was that, through government-engineered starvation (the government impounded the farmers' grain, including the grain they needed for subsequent harvests), deportation, and execution, the Soviets killed approximately 7 million Kulaks.
This famous photo of starving peasants lying in the streets while well fed urban dwellers assiduously ignore them (it was dangerous to notice or, God forbid, feed them) perfectly illustrates that Stalin was engaged in a targeted political genocide:
Democrat politicians are not engaging in a mass genocide here in America. Nevertheless, it's hard to miss the fact that they are targeting working Americans who refuse to get with the completely irrational lockdown mandates that are destroying the working and middle classes. That is, not only are the Democrats barring people from working, but when people try to work, the Democrats unleash the government on them, instantly destroying their businesses and even attacking their families.
To enforce these lockdown rules, Democrat politicians all over America have been engaged in uncompensated takings from small business people desperately trying to salvage their life's work or feed their families.
You've heard about Shelley Luther, the Dallas hairstylist, who was jailed for trying to work; Karl Manke, the 77-year-old Michigan barber who lost his license; and Colorado's Castle Rock restaurant, which lost its license. There are many more stories like that.
Shortly after 5pm the Garfield County Health Department suspended my food license at @ShootersGrill. My restaurant can't serve food until further notice. A virtual hearing is scheduled for Monday...— Lauren Boebert for Congress (R-CO3) (@laurenboebert) May 16, 2020
...@GovofCO, your policies are literally bankrupting small businesses like mine that are trying their very best to responsibly stay afloat. This has to stop. 13 employees depend on @ShootersGrill for a living - why does their well-being not matter to you?— Lauren Boebert for Congress (R-CO3) (@laurenboebert) May 16, 2020
Lindsey Graham opened her Salem salon last week, in defiance of state lockdown orders. In response, Democrat Governor Kate Brown arranged a $14,000 fine through Occupational Safety and Health (Oregon OSHA) and sent Child Protective Services (CPS) to visit her kids at home while Graham was at work.
Los Angeles authorities could shut down water and power to nonessential businesses that refuse to close amid the coronavirus outbreak there, according to local reports.
"We won't tolerate the selfish behavior of a few who unnecessarily put our community at risk," Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a press release on his website.
He also said his "Safer at Home" emergency shelter-in-place order would be strictly enforced.
The order requires LA residents to stay at home except for in a number of situations, including to get food, health or medical necessities — as well as to care for children or adult relatives, friends and people with disabilities, according to the mayor's office.
Nonessential businesses include bars, restaurants, movie theaters, bowling alleys, salons and gyms.
These reactions are out of all proportion to the risks. Oregon, for example, has had 137 deaths from the Wuhan virus or 0.0032% of the state's total population of 4,217,737. Despite these low numbers, Oregon's Democrat governor announced that Oregon will be locked down until July 6. In Colorado, 1,150 people, or 0.019% of the state's population of 5,758,736 people, have died, but that doesn't stop the government's vindictive responses.
California's situation also doesn't justify punitive measures:
California is our most populous state with 39 million residents but it ranks fifth in overall cases according to Statista and is in the green according to the Guardian, way behind New York. But it remains locked down with the contradictory and nonsensical rules that have come to typify some of the blue states.
Democrat-driven policies have also ensured that small businesses will not be able to get back on their feet. A study has shown that two thirds of the workers who lost their jobs because of the lockdowns are getting more in unemployment insurance than they did from their salaries.
Add to all this the fact that Nancy Pelosi's $3-trillion "stimulus" would hand taxpayer money over to illegal aliens, release most ICE detainees, and effectively declare amnesty for illegal aliens. You can't help but suspect that the Democrats want to wipe out independent Americans, making them vassals of the state and clearing the way for an entirely new, more amenable batch of "citizens."