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COVID-19, the Boston Marathon bombing, and Martial Law

March 21, 2020

  With the American people in a frenzy and shrinking in the face of some “invisible menace” I thought now would be a great time to look back at a couple of excerpts from a post I wrote in 2013 after the Boston Marathon bombing.

  We are now seeing whole States shut down (as of this writing there are four) and ordering the residents to stay in their houses, and it  was after the Boston Marathon bombing that I remember hearing the term “shelter in place” for the first time. And it was also the first time that I saw Americans willingly neglecting the infamous words Ben Franklin said about liberty and security.

  And the irony of it happening in what was once called the cradle of liberty was not lost on me…

  Most of the original post is not relevant to today’s topic, but then again maybe it is, you can check it out here if for no other reason than to verify the date of my prediction. Here goes:

We need look no further than earlier this year in Boston. After the marathon bombing we saw defacto Martial Law declared and a militarized police force roaming the streets and forcibly (in some cases) violating the Constitutional rights of American citizens by illegally entering their homes without a warrant.

 Boston was a test run and the government must be more than pleased with the results, after all, there was nary a negative word about the Constitutional violations during the manhunt even though it was an average American citizen who found the bomber and not the militarized police.

  Boston allowed these violations to take place and now we are going to see more and more of this type police action in the future for our own good. Boston Strong? 

    Flash forward seven years and look at what is happening around you. Even if your state is not under lock down–yet–can you live your daily life normally and uninterrupted with the exception of going to and from work?  Slowly but surely we are again seeing defacto Martial Law creeping across the nation and I see very few people standing up and questioning what is happening.

  Personally what I find far more frightening than this virus is to learn how easy it is for the government  to step in and halt daily life and take away its citizen’s means of earning a living, and I find it equally troubling how many Americans are just laying down and taking it without question.

  And this is still mostly being done on the state level, what happens when the Federal government decides to step in and put us under a national lock down? There is already talk Donald Trump is considering it and it will include the National Guard on the streets of America patrolling to keep Americans in line.

  These colors don’t run? Well, only because the government will not let us out to run…

  As always, I end my post with the Latin phrase malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium and it seems more relevant to this post than any other.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. MaddMedic permalink
    March 21, 2020 7:03 pm

    Lots to think about..

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Bruce permalink
    March 21, 2020 9:01 pm

    You saw it coming Steve, and I agree it might be here. Dennis Prager just said this week that after this “first try”, it won’t be hard to do it again, for who knows what reason. Global warming next time? He often talks about changing the words of the national anthem to “the land of the controlled and the home of the safe”

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    • March 22, 2020 6:53 am

      I fear that as well, if this happens and they see how easy it is and now the people just accepted it this will not be the last time. When the Democrats are in control they are going to come after guns and they have already said they will declare a national emergency to enact new gun laws. This is a scary precedent.


  3. Don't hit me up permalink
    December 19, 2020 9:23 pm

    I must ask: When was Martial Law ever utilized in March of 2020? There was no type of military involvement to enforce domestic laws regarding the pandemic. The only enforcement used was civil one, such as fines. Also, the “martial law” utilized during the Boston Marathon Bombing was not called unconstitutional as it actually protected citizens from radicalized terrorists. People, especially those in Boston, were more than happy to give up some of their rights to stay safe. However, now that the “enemy” is invisible, people are not afraid to argue. People like you keep promulgating the most inappropriate analogies, like the one you made with the pandemic and the Boston Bombings. Being forced to wear a mask to keep others safe from biological diseases is rightful; honestly, there should be a law that gives the federal and state governments the right to enforce this.


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