Freedom is a peculiar thing, folks. It cannot exist as a wavering, fair-weather characteristic of the American experience. It is either woven directly into the tapestry of your everyday life, or it sits idly to the side, as if it were on display as a conversation piece.
In other words, you can’t have freedom without exercising it. You can’t be free unless you are allowed to be free.
America is designed to be a place where freedom is is inherent, but 240+ years of mankind’s flaws and laws have made this a difficult proposition.
This week, in California, it appears as though the local government has taken a fairly heavy step in the wrong direction, and it has perked up the ears of constitutionalists everywhere.
Following Monday’s protest at the state Capitol where demonstrators defied Gov. Gavin Newsom’s orders banning large gatherings, the California Highway Patrol says it will no longer issue permits for events at any state properties, including the Capitol.
“Permits are issued to provide safe environments for demonstrators to express their views,” the CHP said in a statement. “In this case, the permit for the convoy was issued with the understanding that the protest would be conducted in a manner consistent with the state’s public health guidance.
“That is not what occurred, and CHP will take this experience into account when considering permits for this or any other group.”
Nothing says “tyranny” like being told when and where you are allowed to complain about your treatment at the hands of the government, and Americans from around the country are sure to be infuriated by this development.