IMHO: To concerned county residents the Chatham government offers no transparency

By Douglas Sedlak

Pittsboro, NC – In a budding police state, local government begins exercising power through edicts and police enforcement. Inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility. And their expression of political, health, and other views may be monitored or censored. Data is gathered. Implicit “social scoring” occurs.

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The Chatham County Board of Health (BoH) recently declared a second Heath Crisis – a Structural Racism Health Crisis. Commissioners participated, and support it. Let’s call it the Racist Manifesto.

As reference, COVID-19 is the 1st Heath Crisis. Health crises give local governments extraordinary powers. For example, police have made arrests in Chapel Hill for COVID-19 violations. Up to $1000 for the first violation and 60 days in jail for the second. The third? Who knows, punishments are at the whim of police state governments.

In the future Chathamites could be fined or jailed for Racist Manifesto violations too – whatever those might be.

A collaboration of private citizens and “public servants”, 25-50 in all (let’s call them the Cadre) crafted the Racist Manifesto. Chatham County citizens had no idea this was “going down” due to the borderline secretive proceedings; that’s how police states begin – secretively. Unless you personally attended the June 22 BoH meeting, a single line item on BoH meeting agendas was the ONLY public information:

“Board of Health Statement”

That’s it:

“Board of Health Statement”

As a result, we have a 2nd, likely permanent Health Crisis that gives the Commissioners and BoH virtually unlimited power to issue and enforce “health-related” or “racism-related” edicts. That could result in police knocking on your door and handcuffing you. While the current Commissioners will say, “not on my watch”, the Racism Manifesto is likely permanent, because we know “Antiracism”, by definition, is a never-ending struggle session.

What if radical Republicans win next, and cower to alt-right skinheads with AK47s and Nazi flags? Or radical Democrats win, bowing to violent Antifa militants and Marxist/Communist BLM leaders? Chatham County citizens will suffer if either radical group usurps power with a permanent Health Crisis in play.

The Cadre also used misleading numbers to justify the Manifesto. They cite the “disproportionally high COVID-19 case percentage of Chatham County Latino community members.” Well guess what. Be they Progressive Liberal Democrats or Conservative Republicans, many wealthy white Chatham County citizens are Latino. White Cadre members, including Commissioners, BoH members, county staff, and private individuals may be Latino. You might look at me and your mind screams “white Privilege”, but guess what, I’m Latino. Don’t believe me? Ask the US Census Bureau. It’s a federal crime to lie to them.

While the Cadre dangles mesmerizing “bling” about this new County Manifesto, know that:

  1. It enables police-state power
  2. Radicals far Right or far Left could obtain that power
  3. Unlike COVID-19, this Crisis is “indefinite”, potentially forever
  4. Wealthy Cchatham County citizens could cash in, alienating friends and neighbors over money
  5. A politicized police force can scrutinize your actions in the name of “safety”

George Orwell said:

· “Within any important issue, there are always aspects no one wishes to discuss”

· “The object of power is power”

· “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them”

· “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history”

· “Big Brother is Watching You”

· And … “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever”

Reject this Manifesto. Tell the Cadre you want it shredded and tossed. And that you don’t want it back – ever. If they refuse, kick ’em out. Nominate and elect different Commissioners. Maybe the next lot will hear us. We can hope – and vote.

I have in hand the facts and concrete information on the cloaked mechanisms by which this occurred. As do the Commissioners and BoH. The next Commissioners meeting is Monday Sep 21.