COVID-19 is the New Reichstag Fire

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Following the electoral victories of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei in 1932, and the parliamentary chaos that resulted from no able to form a majority government, General Kurt von Schleicher was replaced as Reichskanzler by Adolf Hitler, appointed by President Paul von Hindenburg on January 30, 1933. Reichskanzler Hitler quickly began accumulating power — the Chancellor’s position was actually rather weak under the Weimar Republic — and then, following the staged Reichstag fire, President von Hindenburg, on the urging of his Chancellor, issued the Verordnung des Reichspräsidenten zum Schutz von Volk und Staat, the Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State, which suspended many of the civil liberties of the German people. Since the positions of power in the government were held by the Nazis, this decree, along with the subsequent Ermächtigungsgesetz, the Enabling Act of 1933, enabled Reichskanzler Hitler to stifle individual liberties and rule by decree.

On the basis of Article 48 paragraph 2 of the Constitution of the German Reich, the following is ordered in defense against Communist state-endangering acts of violence:

§ 1. Articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 and 153 of the Constitution of the German Reich are suspended until further notice. It is therefore permissible to restrict the rights of personal freedom, freedom of expression, including the freedom of the press, the freedom to organize and assemble, the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications. Warrants for House searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.

This is all well known, so surely no free and democratic state would make take such actions again, right?

“Govern me, daddy”: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear a clean-cut sex symbol for the coronavirus age

People are now lusting after Kentucky’s “hot Mr. Rogers” because of his calm and empathetic leadership

by Erin Keane | March 21, 2020 | 6:54 PM EDT

Of all the wild turns 2020 could have taken, I doubt anyone had “Kentucky’s new governor becomes a sex symbol during the coronavirus crisis” on their bingo card, but here we are. Or rather, here we were until Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, 42, delivered a loving yet stern call-out during his press briefing Wednesday to defiant bingo halls that weren’t closing to enforce social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These updates, live-streamed daily at 5 p.m. Eastern time, have become must-see and -listen events for Kentuckians thanks to Beshear’s combo of trustworthy information, empathy, and uplifting we’re all in this together messages. “If you are a bingo parlor in Pike County, you ought to be closed by the end of today,” he said, with unmistakable concern in his eyes. “Those parlors cater to an older and more at-risk crowd.” Forget being brave enough to face the toilet paper-hoarding supermarket crowds, there’s a new benchmark for courage: Andy Beshear’s not scared of angering stir-crazy grandmothers in order to protect his people.

“Govern me, daddy,” cracked Natasha Collier of Lexington on a Reddit thread in response to Beshear’s decisive leadership. When I reached out to ask her about her post, Collier told me that was her response to “a lesbian friend of mine who said that she was starting to develop a crush” on Gov. Beshear too. They’re not alone; just in my social circle I’ve noticed Andy Thirst where before none existed. Turns out competence and empathy, perhaps, are the biggest turn-ons.

Erin Keane is the Editor in Chief for Salon, the very liberal e-zine for which Amanda Marcotte writes, which lets you know just how kooky-left the place is. Mrs Keane grew up in the Bluegrass State, so I suppose it isn’t surprising that she would have paid additional attention to the Commonwealth’s Governor, but her article is truly fawning.

Plenty of the love for Beshear is fatherly or platonic, of course. A Facebook group, “andy beshear memes for social distancing teens,” has become a go-to repository for images comparing Beshear to everything from the Mandalorian (babysitting Kentuckians, represented by Baby Yoda) to Disney’s “The Lion King” father Mufasa (Kentuckians are Simba, of course). He’s cast as Jason Momoa tackling Henry Cavill standing in for a bingo parlor. By decree of the admins, the memes are supposed to be wholesome, and mostly they are. Nevertheless, innuendo persists. In one post, “SNL” star Pete Davidson is cast as Andy Beshear with Kentuckians represented by Ariana Grande, licking a lollipop and looking up at him in unfiltered lust; an image of Jeff Goldblum suggests that while Beshear is focused on keeping Kentuckians safe, some constituents wish he would, um, sexually choke them at the same time.

Yeah, “sexually choke” is probably the right description, because, like so many other Democratic — and sadly, a few Republican — Governors out there are trampling on the civil liberties of the public. As we have previously noted, Mr Beshear has placed a 53-year-old Nelson County man into what amounts to house arrest, forcing a COVID-19 positive individual who refuses to self-isolate to remain in his home, with an armed guard outside to prevent him from leaving. This was done without any due process of law, without any day in court for the man, and the left are cheering this!

What will the armed deputy do if this man decides to leave his home? Will he shoot him?

The Fourteenth Amendment states, in part:

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Yet the Commonwealth of Kentucky, led by Führer und Reichskanzler Beshear, are using existing state law to deny this man his liberty, without any due process of law, ans Salon’s Editor in Chief is apparently getting sexually excited over it. Should we have to remind Americans that the German people were getting very, very excited and happy over Reichskanzler Hitler’s strong and decisive actions during the Depression? Mrs Keane seems to be absolutely gushing about Mr Beshear “sexually chok(ing)” his fans . . . and other Kentuckians as well.

Of course, it’s not only in Kentucky where governors are simply suspending civil rights to fight COVID-19. Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA) is doing similar things, ordering all ‘non-essential’ businesses to close down, including the possibility of imprisonment for failure to comply.

Today’s left just love some strong leadership, and that it tramples upon our civil rights, well they don’t care about that, not as long as the leadership is being shown by a Democrat, and not that evil fascist dictator Donald Trump! Mrs Keane is right there, her right arm raised in salute, shouting “Seig heil!” right along with the rest of the crowd.
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