The traffic from Denver to Colorado Springs was extremely heavy. It was stop and go almost all of the way from Castle Rock to Colorado Springs. The impatient part of me grew quite agitated with that aspect of the drive. The side of me that has been against the overzealous restrictions in society because of a virus was celebrating the fact that people were getting out and living their lives.
Many people in our nation's history have paid the ultimate price for freedom. They died in the attempt to keep us free. I sometimes wonder what these patriots would be thinking if they could see us now. Are we squandering the gift that was given to us? Are we allowing the government and the media to manipulate things so much that we slowly and quietly give away our freedom one piece at a time until it is too late?
The marketing campaign was quite effective in shutting down society. Even the churches got on board immediately because it was the "right thing to do for the safety of the people." We are now more than 14 months into "two weeks to flatten the curve." Who could have imagined the power that would be exerted to make citizens comply with numerous mandates?
The fight to require people to have vaccine passports to participate in commerce will be an interesting spectacle to watch. It has already started on both sides. A cafe was pictured on social media that charged an extra $5.00 to your order if you are wearing a mask while ordering. In Florida, a concert will sell tickets for $18.00 to vaccinated patrons, but they will charge $1,000.00 per ticket to the unvaccinated. I am watching the cruise industry to see what happens in that arena. Finally, I am still trying to figure out where HIPAA laws fit into all of this.
Radio Frequency Identification Chips, Vaccine Passports, and numerous other "conspiracy theories" would be entertaining if they did not have an actual impact on the lives of our citizens. The sad reality is that we are losing our freedom and our privacy at an alarming rate. (I am typing this quietly so Siri and Alexa can't hear.) Although I sometimes question the algorithms being used on social media to possibly "censor" some of my posts, I still have the freedom to publish my blog. For this, I am grateful.
To all of the families who mourn the loss of a loved one because they paid the ultimate price in the pursuit of our country's freedom, please know of my prayers for your family this weekend.