Anyone would think Salem, Oregon hairdresser Lindsey Graham must have been using arsenic in the hair dye and sulphuric acid for facial treatments at her salon to have the authorities send child protective services to her home to interrogate her 6-year-old stepson and check bathroom sanitation was up to scratch.
This is the police state gone mad. How vile can governments be to take such actions to force compliance in a completely unrelated matter? The state fined her $14,000 for reopening and as the owner of the building (technically Graham is too) is threatening to terminate her lease.
The state’s draconian stay-at-home laws are forcing some to take drastic measures to feed their families and prevent self-made businesses from folding. As a self-employed organization, we too know how hard it is to build and sustain a client base.
How bad are things in Oregon? It ranks 45th out of 50 states for COVID infections at 20% the national average per head of population and deaths at 85% below the rest of the country. Some will argue the measures are working. Others, like Graham, would argue that the lockdown laws are inappropriate given the salon staff wear masks and latex gloves.
While we never advocate people to break laws, the question is whether locking up normally obedient citizens when they can do the maths and work out 99.997% of the state’s population hasn’t died from coronavirus.
Forget that the number of people with COVID19 hospitalized in Oregon has fallen 63% in the last month to May 12th to 57 people. Fifty-seven. In a state of 4.3 million. So 99.999% of Oregon’s residents aren’t in hospital for this virus yet the state thinks it is justified to interrogate toddlers, threaten to rip up leases and fine citizens $14,000.
Graham has a Go Fund Me page which has raised $59,000 to help her business and legal costs. Seems like 1,200 donors want to send a “Go F**k You” message to the state’s Democratic Party Governor Kate Brown. They’re sick of the despotic behaviours of tyrants exercising powers based on hysteric assumptions and punishing normally law-abiding citizens who only have good intentions to provide for themselves rather than wait for the state to hand down morsels.
This is the point. Citizens are fast learning that politicians are only too happy to exercise these newfound powers based on junk science. It is truly amateur hour. Naturally, when politicians on fat taxpayer-funded salaries say they are “in this together” their words don’t resonate with those that actually work in the real world.