A Karen Named Patricia


Reason has a post up about what happened in St. Louis when the identities of the tipsters who had reported businesses operating in violation of a shutdown order were posted on Facebook. Their complaints were matters of public record and were obtained under Missouri’s sunshine law by Jared Totsch, who was interviewed by a local TV station.

“I’d call it poetic justice, instant Karma, a dose of their own medicine,” he responded. “What goes around, comes around. They are now experiencing the same pain that they themselves helped to inflict on those they filed complaints against.”

The station also interviewed one of the tipsters, a woman named Patricia.

“I saw a lot of businesses that were non-essential that were open and had lines outside, parking lots filled as if the order didn’t matter to them,” she explained to the station. “And that was kinda frustrating.”

Patricia says she has lupus and is particularly at risk during the Wuhan virus pandemic. She may be, but lots of other people are also especially at risk, including me. I’m elderly and have heart problems. However, I need to weigh my risks against the risks of the people around me; I need to take reasonable precautions for my own health while imposing the least possible bother on others.

People like me may have special risks, but everyone has general risks caused by curtailing “non-essential” activities for too long.

People are being impoverished by layoffs and business shutdowns, and that artificially induced poverty is stealing away resources required for healthy living. Children are missing well-child medical visits, delaying vaccinations and increasing their risk of childhood diseases. Taxes needed to finance the operation of public health infrastructure won’t be paid on income that isn’t generated. The list goes on.

The time has come to begin moving to more targeted responses to the pandemic. There are probably communities and activities that still should remain locked down, but most of the country is ready for less heavy-handed measures.

The Karens have had a nice run for the past couple of months. It’s time for them to let go.

4 thoughts on “A Karen Named Patricia

  1. Who decides what is and isn’t essential, some zipperhead in a state capital or town hall? If I’m running a small business that will feed, house, and clothe my family, isn’t my business essential?

  2. Essential to whom? Essential for what purpose? What they really mean is important or favored by some faceless, nameless bureaucrat in an office somewhere.

    No one gave governors and mayors these powers. Yet, they somehow assumed such power and are now exercising their tyrannical whims and crippling the people they were elected to serve.

    Covid-19 was never a threat in most of Virginia. And yet they have suffered under the same tyrannical diktats as the very few counties where Corona is a problem.

    We need to purge the executive, legislative and judicial as well as the state bureaucracies of these people and simply make it clear that government may not intrude into lives at anything remotely resembling what they have done in the last several months.

    • Unfortunately, these governors and mayors WERE given these powers by the Legislatures – here in MA it was the Emergency Powers Act of 1950 that they rely on. Fitting that “laws” they passed based on fears of Russian attack/aggression allows them the authority to act like the Soviet rulers that they supposedly feared. It is starting to look more like jealousy to me.

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