Not only is Gov. Kate Brown (D-OR) instituting an utterly pointless six-person limit on at-home get-togethers during Thanksgiving week, she’s calling on Oregon residents to snitch on one another if the six-person limit is violated.
“Look, this is no different than what happens if there’s a party down the street and it’s keeping everyone awake. What do neighbors do? They call law enforcement because it’s too noisy,” Governor Stalin told local media on Friday. “This is just like that. It’s like a violation of a noise ordinance.”
It’s nothing like someone hosting a noisy party late into the night.
It’s not even close to someone hosting a noisy party late into the night.
You might as well compare hand grenades to jelly beans.
Allow me to explain the difference for the America-impaired…
If your neighbor’s party, if their loud music and revelry, is keeping you awake after midnight or whatever, your neighbor is guilty of violating your rights. Their party is intruding on your right to enjoy some peace in your own home, especially late at night.
Now, I would hope before you call the police, you would ask your neighbor to tone it down and maybe give them a little leeway on a Friday or Saturday night (I lived next door for years to a house rented to college kids, so I’m familiar with the nuances of trying not to be a dick), but the moment your neighbor’s noise or beer cans or foot crosses over to your property line, they are violating your rights.
Seven people gathered next door for Thanksgiving is not a violation of your rights. A hundred people gathered next door (as long as they don’t park like assholes) for Thanksgiving are not violating your rights.
No one is bothering you. No one is interfering with the way you live your life. Therefore, if you call the police on them, you are not being a good citizen, you are being a rat, a snitch, a tattletale, a jerk, and un-American.
Shame on you forever.
People have the right to do whatever they want in their own homes, and the Constitution declaratively goes out of its way to protect the right to peaceably assemble, and that includes over turkey and dressing.
We all know the risks of the Coronavirus. We are all educated on the risks of the Coronavirus, which means that just like it was with the gay community and AIDS thirty years ago, it is now with the China Virus — we can choose to alter our lives to avoid the risks of a virus, or we can choose to hold on to our traditions and way of life while understanding the risks involved.
That is our choice.