Editor’s note: This commentary is by Lynn James Edmunds, of Wallingford.
Has Gov. Phil Scott created a model that will be used for controlling viruses in the future? Some think so, but at what cost to Vermonters?
Some might think a prolonged shutdown of our economy is necessary to contain the coronavirus. However, manipulating a crisis for political gain and power is nothing new. Our governor’s policies are establishing a precedent for future economic shutdowns based in fear, whether real or imagined. To compound these concerns, the governor is also flirting with the idea of allowing a blanket mail-in voting campaign for this years elections, which would weaken the integrity of our elections.
Elected officials from all political parties in Montpelier have become facilitators for lobbyists and nonprofit coalitions seeking control over our state. These groups set the narrative that establishes our legislative agendas each year, and these agendas are the priorities of global elitists, not the people of Vermont. They monopolize the direction of our governance and manipulate legislation to the point that it prevents Vermonters from controlling their own destiny.
There are no black helicopters; this conspiracy is simply a coalition of wealthy elites, perhaps bored with acquiring more wealth than they could ever spend. Now they dedicate their lives and recourses to transforming humanity into a utopia of their design. However, we must remember these are powerful people accustomed to controlling the world in which they live, as well as the people they employ.
The corporate structure they preside over is one that dictates what shareholders demand, and is contrary to the individual protections provided for each of us by our republic. We are considered an obstacle by these would-be gods aspiring to control and shape the world in their image. If we complain, our elected officials mutter “trust the experts, saving the world is complicated,” then go about the business of facilitating the global mandates that steal our prosperity and increase our dependency.
Notice how politicians scurried to take credit for getting $400 million in aid to alleviate damage incurred by the economic shutdown they facilitated. It is notable that this aid will be administered by the very same bureaucracy put in place to confiscate our liberties.
If Scott’s economic shutdown is a model for anyone, it is for those seeking to remove our republic. Indeed we are substituting the needs of Vermonters with the narrative of global elites, such as the World Health Organization, as well as other coalition partners.
Our governor has chosen to shut down most of our economy. Some businesses are allowed to remain open, while others are forced to close or go out of business because they have been deemed “non-essential.” What Scott has done is arbitrary; however, he took an oath to do equal rights and justice to all persons.
To be sure, this attack on our republic was not confined to Vermont, but it is big trouble when our government can shut down our entire economy overnight based only on fear, then keep it closed.
Liberty is precious, but paralysis rooted in fear will destroy it. If our leaders continue to ignore the principles upon which it was established, it will soon be lost.