The subsequent graph shows percentages, by selected demographics, who view governmental stay-at-home orders to be violations of Americans’ constitutional rights. “Not sure” responses are excluded, so residual values represent those who see no civil rights violations in the orders:
It may be deemed necessary, but good luck getting it to square with the first amendment. Did you expect a piece of paper to protect–or constrain, opinions vary–you? Ask who killed the constitution and you’re bound to get answers predating Lincoln.
Parenthetically, the question of whether or not there are any prominent leftists critical of the lockdowns must be answered in the affirmative. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the greats:
Blue-staters have gone from dismissing constitutional concerns as Trumpian ruse to sneering at them, in the manner of French aristocrats, as evidence of proletarian mental defect.
Nowhere has this been more evident than in the response to the Covid-19 crisis, where the almost mandatory take of pundits is that any protest of lockdown measures is troglodyte death wish. The aftereffects of years of Russiagate/Trump coverage are seen everywhere: press outlets reflexively associate complaints of government overreach with Trump, treason, and racism, and conversely radiate a creepily gleeful tone when describing aggressive emergency measures and the problems some “dumb” Americans have had accepting them.
On the campaign trail in 2016, I watched Democrats hand Trump the economic populism argument by dismissing all complaints about the failures of neoliberal economics. This mistake was later compounded by years of propaganda arguing that “economic insecurity” was just a Trojan Horse term for racism. These takes, along with the absurd kneecapping of the Bernie Sanders movement, have allowed Trump to position himself as a working-class hero, the sole voice of a squeezed underclass.
The same mistake is now being made with civil liberties. Millions have lost their jobs and businesses by government fiat, there’s a clamor for censorship and contact tracing programs that could have serious long-term consequences, yet voters only hear Trump making occasional remarks about freedom; Democrats treat it like it’s a word that should be banned by Facebook (a recent Washington Post headline put the term in quotation marks, as if one should be gloved to touch it). Has the Trump era really damaged our thinking to this degree?
A rolling stone gathers no moss.