As the chaos seems to spread daily in the Fifty States – even to locations in Wyoming, the West River of South Dakota, and the Eastern Plains of Colorado, is it time to worry about what tomorrow will bring?
Probably not – IF you are prepared to deal with the daily challenges that are common to us all. (And if you are in the right place – but that is a separate point to discuss.)
Events in the first half of 2020 demonstrate that millions of Americans have some mental disorders that are far more serious than we might have ever imagined.
Rational, sane, and observant people have always noted that many people are somehow able to believe in two conflicting ideas or “facts” at the same time. Politically, we see examples of this all the time. For example, people that are deathly afraid of guns (hoplophobes) but still immediately call police (with guns) when they need help. Or people that are fearful of government power, yet constantly demand either “the government must do something about this,” or “there oughta be a law!” People can believe in the God of the Bible and still believe in macro-evolution.
MOST people are able to figure out, hopefully sooner or later, that they cannot hold two contradictory beliefs at the same time – and pick one. Often, they pick the right one: the one that is objectively true. But many people sadly do NOT. And herein is one of the bigger problems in the Fifty States (and the world) today.
The news the last couple of days has been filled with alarm about new peaks of COVID-19 positive testing, whether the “second wave” or still the original surge. The social media is filled with nannies and Karens and busybodies screaming, more or less, “we’re all gonna die.”
And too many states are rolling up the sidewalks again – or even for the first time. Cities and counties are even worse.
Having explained the problems with rest areas and their closure in Wyoming, what can we learn from that, and what can we do to provide an essential service AND expand liberty?
Last week, the State of Wyoming suddenly closed a quarter of its rest areas on Interstates and other highways. Traveling through Wyoming on Friday the 19th, we saw some immediate results as my family passed three of the closed rest areas. All still “proudly” flying federal and state flags behind their flashing red lights and barricade gates. In part one, we discussed details of the action and the reasoning and the situation, and began talking about the role of government, government services, and other issues related to liberty.
Let us continue that discussion. Feel free to chime in.
Many of the small towns and frontier communities depend on the rest areas, when there are no businesses left nearby or only open for limited hours. WDOT claims that only 80 truck parking spaces have been eliminated. I don’t think that they are telling the truth: just the closed rest areas (four of the ten) I frequent have an estimated 80 truck parking spaces which are now closed.
A few weeks ago, the State of Wyoming announced that a significant number of rest areas across the State were being closed permanently. The reason given was to save money; fuel excise tax revenues and sales tax revenues had dropped significantly due to the Pandemic Panic and the Lockdown – and the resulting worldwide economic collapse.
As a lover of liberty, my emotions and reasoning are very mixed in this matter. This is a good opportunity to think about and discuss socialism, government services, and the role of private businesses in past and modern societies.