The Governor held a press conference last Friday that I can only describe as highly, highly ironic. The topic was mental health. He trotted out a number of mental health professionals to ensure we knew there were resources available. I am flabbergasted to say the least. I believe chutzpah will henceforth be known as Walzing. This is equivalent to shooting someone and then saying, don’t worry, I have a bandaid for you. He loves to blame “the virus” for what he does, but all these issues are on you Governor–you took these actions that had these very predictable consequences. We learned in the press conference that the inability of people to get in-person mental health care may impact outcomes and access, especially for children. Really, and why is it so hard to get in-person care, do the Governor’s orders have anything to do with that? A reporter asked about gyms and we got the usual hash of gibberish about asymptomatic spread and extrapolating, while not mentioning that the actual contact tracing shows very little spread at gyms. And giving people that outlet for stress and helping them maintain a strong immune system is important. An interesting exchange on the number of undetected infections, which was deflected. And of course no press conference would be complete without some outright lies. In regard to reinfection risk, it is absolutely clear now that people develop very strong immune responses and there is no suggestion that there is any likelihood that a person becomes reinfected and contagious. And of course we heard again that we are all in this together, but we aren’t. The general population and certain segments of the population are being asked to endure enormous harm to their lives.
Things must be really bad. The state never gives us data on suicide attempts or suicides, mental health visits, drug and alcohol overdoses and deaths, domestic and child abuse or any of the other myriad health problems caused and exacerbated by the IB’s actions. Holding a press conference on mental health is an indication of the reality they won’t share and they know the new orders will only make it worse. Holidays are a time when many people struggle with mental health issues in any event, and the constant terrorization by the Governor and his staff and the orders cutting off normal pursuits which might relief some of the stress caused by that terror campaign make those issues far worse.
The Governor has attempted to hide this from Minnesotans, but his latest executive order actually purports to ban any social gatherings, including those in your home. No more than one household can get together under this order, disobeyment of which carries a stiff fine. There is also a snitch line which people can call to rat out their non-compliant neighbors. We now live in Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia or Communist China. This means no Thanksgiving with family or friends, no visits with children or grandchildren, no nothing. And he is concerned about our mental health?
I am going to strongly encourage all of you to give this order the finger it deserves. You might also want to call the snitch line and suggest that perhaps the security police, SS, the Red Guards, or whatever they refer to themselves as, should check up on Keith Ellison and the Governor himself to be sure they aren’t engaging in Pelosi/Newsome/Pritzker-style hypocrisy.
And I strongly encourage you to do whatever Thanksgiving gathering you believe appropriate to help you find relief and solace in this incredibly difficult year. And that especially applies to the many, many of you who I know are struggling with the anxiety, depression and fear engendered by not only the epidemic, but more so by the government’s excessive reaction to it. Human companionship and contact is what keeps us all sane and gives meaning to all our lives. If you are stressed, don’t forego the salvation of that contact because some goofball, power-crazed tinpot dictator thinks he or she has the right to tell people what they can do in their own homes.
You need to look after your own mental health; the IB certainly isn’t going to do it for you or make it easy.