Lockdowns Do Not Keep You Safe – Letter to the Denver Post

By Doug Newman – please email me.
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Published in the Denver Post.
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If Denver and the surrounding area were ever subject to a Boston-style lockdown, I would not feel safe or secure. That is because I would not be safe or secure. None of us would be.

Imagine if a terrorist armed with explosives were holed up in the house next to yours. Would you want to be forced to remain in your house? Or would you like the option of being able to leave your house – and your neighborhood altogether – for your own safety without asking permission or risking arrest? I don’t know about you, but I would certainly choose the latter.

If you cannot freely flee from danger, what rights do you truly have?

Locking people down and forcing them to remain in dangerous situations does not protect them. This is not just a philosophical matter of rights. It is a profoundly practical matter of personal safety as well.

Douglas F. Newman

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My name is Doug Newman. I live in Aurora, Colorado, just outside Denver. Food for the Thinkers is mostly about the connection between Christianity and libertarianism. Most Christians do not understand libertarianism. And most libertarians do not understand Christianity. Hopefully, this blog helps clear up those misunderstanding. Check out my old page at www.thefot.us And remember: When you let people do whatever they want, you get Woodstock. But when you let governments do whatever they want, you get Auschwitz.
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8 Responses to Lockdowns Do Not Keep You Safe – Letter to the Denver Post

  1. Note: The term “lockdown” is not quite accurate, as some mobility was permitted. (And I had already submitted the letter before a friend in Boston informed me of the difference between a lockdown and a “shelter-in-place” order.)

    Also, numerous schools in the Aurora-Denver area have been locked down in recent years … a police-state tactic totally unheard of in times past. If it is “necessary” to lock down a school, what is the next “necessary” step?

    The fact that so many Bostonians gladly embraced such a grotesque show of force tells me that something bigger and uglier – such as an actual full-on lockdown – is on its way to some American city sometime in the not-too-distant future.

    Brace for some heavy rolls, America……Jeremiah 8:20

  2. Ben Korsmo says:

    Doug, you make entirely too much simple sense. And I agree with you completely. When I became a man, I put away childish thoughts. I learned that it is wiser to trust the evidence rather than the theory. The evidence is clear. What happened in Boston was a test of the police state. Martial law will be accepted in any major metropolis countrywide because the sheople are too stupid, complacent, misinformed, self-absorbed and apathetic to even comprehend what’s going on. They WANT to be told what to do as opposed to thinking for themselves what would be the best thing to do. I am convinced at this point in history that Amerika is truly the dumbest country in the world.

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