Throughout the coronavirus lockdowns, conservatives across America have warned against the precedent these measures set – especially the stay at home mandates, government-pushed vaccines, closing of “non-essential” businesses, and similar tactics.
However, we seem to be going down a slippery slope as certain officials are pushing control measures like contact tracing and quarantine requirements. In these instances, the question then becomes: how much freedom do we trade to get safety?
Well, if you ask the state of Kentucky, they would say “all of it.”
Conservatives’ dystopian fears came to life when one Kentucky couple was forced to wear ankle monitors last Thursday after they refused to sign a contract requiring them to self-quarantine.
Elizabeth and Isaiah Linscott of Radcliff, Kentucky, simply disagreed with verbiage in the self-quarantine order the state served them because they did not believe it would accurately defend their safety in the event of an emergency. The couple says the contract would not allow them to “travel” or leave their house without approval from the county health department.
Linscott told local station WAVE News, “My part was if I have to go to the ER, if I have to go to the hospital, I’m not going to wait to get the approval to go,” she said about her refusal to sign the order. However, Linscott clarified that she never said she was declining to “self-quarantine.” She was simply against the travel-restricting verbiage out of concern for the event she may need an emergency hospital visit as a COVID-19 patient.
Nevertheless, the couple said that, despite their legitimate opposition, authorities then showed up at their home on Thursday. Isaiah Linscott described the incident, “I open up the door and there’s like eight different people,” he said. “I’m like what the heck’s going on?” Officials then proceeded to force them into wearing ankle bracelets for 14 days. The bracelets reportedly notify law enforcement if they move further than 200 feet.
The Linscotts felt the authorities unfairly treated them like criminals. Elizabeth said, “We didn’t rob a store. We didn’t steal something,” she continued, “We didn’t hit and run. We didn’t do anything wrong.”
But you know what they did do?
They thought for themselves. They brought up concerns that their personal safety was being dismissed, and they stood up for their personal freedoms as private citizens.
It’s surprising that this happened in a Red area like Kentucky, but the coronavirus pandemic seems to have truly exposed all the mini-tyrants sitting in public office throughout the country. If it can happen in Kentucky, this can happen to anywhere, to any of us.
Regardless of whether you vote Blue or Red, any law-abiding citizen being forced to wear an ankle bracelet because they wouldn’t sign a legal self-quarantine contract should outrage all Americans. Right now, I see virtually no outrage. Ankle bracelets are a terrifying precedent that we cannot allow to take place during a temporary health crisis. What happens when the seasonal flu, which is statistically more deadly than COVID-19, circles back around? Don’t be surprised when similar measures are enacted and we lose more of our freedom every year, because we were too relaxed to fight back.