A California State of Emergency

By Olivia Murray

Published: February 15, 2022 Noon EST

(2 minute read)

On Sunday afternoon, millions tuned in to watch one of America’s oldest traditions, Super Bowl Sunday.

Despite being held in the heart of Los Angeles, where some of the country’s strictest Covid-19 ordinances and mandates remain in effect, for the Hollywood celebrities and political elites who gathered in person, something was missing: The mask.

In a crowd of over 70,000 attendees, members of the ruling class were caught flouting the rules they force upon others. Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles mayor, has been a combative voice in policy making regarding coerced masking. Pictured below, he once again violated his own standards.

However, that isn’t even the most alarming part. Members of the self-styled American aristocracy aren’t suppressing their disdain for working-class citizens, they make it obvious. What is most disturbing is the reluctance of millions of Americans to stand and fight for children.

The same parents who watched the maskless crowd at the Super Bowl on Sunday night, sent their children to school Monday morning with the government muzzle. Compliance is what allows the abuse to continue, but seemingly so few can bear the inconvenience of holding the despots accountable.

We find ourselves in a dystopian reality, becoming more Orwellian by the day. But the magnitude of the burden lies on us, not the tyrants. We are to blame for allowing the nightmare to progress, and the longer we sit idly by, the worse it will become. We have been derelict in our duty as the safeguards of freedom.

In 1868, James Garfield spoke at Arlington, addressing the cost of freedom. “For the love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and virtue.” Freedom isn’t free, it has been paid for by the ultimate sacrifice of others before us. It is now our turn to carry the torch for our children and all generations yet to be born.