Lincoln Journal Star:
Lincoln police enforce closure order at Madsen’s
When they said “It’s just a mask” they were lying. In the name of some nebulous concept entitled public health the police have been sent to close down a privately owned business in Northeast Lincoln.
Their offense? Patrons of the business are not being forced to wear masks while inside the building. It should be noted that nobody in Lincoln or Lancaster County is being forced to patronize Madsen’s Bowling and Billiards against their will. But I digress.
Let’s put it very plainly. Some mid-level county bureaucrat, in this case the Interim Health Director, has the power to seize your property and prevent you from using it. Because she wants to. Because she says it’s for the “greater good.”
Pay very close attention. The State has a monopoly on violence and they are willing to press it if you will not comply with their whims. They will steal your property from you. If you resist they will kidnap you and put you in a cage, unless they decide to murder you in the process.
If anyone else, even a well organized criminal gang, acted this way we would all be aghast. But because we’ve been led to believe the State is some sort of etherial, special group most people will find this permissible and even defend it.