[ExI] you'll never see this again

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Fri Jul 3 17:02:13 UTC 2020



> On Behalf Of SR Ballard via extropy-chat
Subject: Re: [ExI] you'll never see this again


My state, Texas, a “red” state, has just mandated masks outdoors for everyone who lives in a county with more than 20 active cases. So basically everything except for west texas, if we’re not counting El Paso.


With enough pressure, even the most Republican governors will do what it takes to get re-elected. They just have to be pushed. That’s politics as it currently is in the States, like it or not. 

SR Ballard


Hi SR, you as a citizen are not legally obligated to follow the governor’s orders.  See Amendment 10, Bill of Rights.  What the TX governor did is recommend or suggest the wearing of masks.  Business owners may refuse to allow entry to those not wearing masks.  The governor may not demand wearing masks, for the constitution does not reserve that right to state governors.

There is a reason why I am watching these kinds of stories very carefully.  It is astonishing to me when I hear how many Californians ask if there isn’t a law requiring me to wear a mask outdoors.  I must remind them that only the state legislature can pass laws, and ours didn’t, nor did the Texas legislature.

A crisis is not an opportunity for a government to seize powers it does not have.  Orwell pointed out so very well in his classic Nineteen Eighty Four that if government can seize power during a crisis, it will arrange for a crisis and seize power.

I love Texas.  You Texans have the best food in the entire world.  It must be illegal to have a restaurant with bad food there, for I never found one the whole time I was on business trips there.  I discovered there is no need to ask colleagues for good restaurants: that’s the only kind you have there.


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