Winter is usually brief in our area, no matter what the calendar says. We get more rain than snow. Most years the cold doesn’t start until January and starts to wane by the end of February. This year it decided to blow in with a vengeance, with temps below average and extra strong winds. Which of course makes it seem even colder.
After battling sinus infection, flu, and laryngitis throughout December, I had been enjoying getting out and about more. (Not that we can do a whole lot here.) But it was good to have more energy and freedom.
An ill wind is blowing
Italian democracy destroyed
But then the government decided to blow an ill wind too. Lockdowns, mandates, and a continual diminishing of our freedom and rights. Italian democracy has been all but destroyed. They’ve squashed the constitution under their feet. And with Parliament basically sidelined, the president is in effect an emporer, with the Prime Minister his cohort. Election results get overruled, laws are issued by the elite, and citizens are silenced.
Mandates & Prohibitions
The latest government overreach lies in the outdoor mask mandate, again. And in Italy’s draconian vaccine mandates for all those 50 and over, or those working in schools, hospitals, police, military, and emergency services. Any who refuse the vaccine can no longer work – or do any of the following things.
Forbidden to the Unvaccinated:
|Public transport||Hotels||Gyms, public pools|
|Many stores||Museums||Amusement parks|
|Social centers||Cinema||Eating at restaurants, even outside|
|Team sports||Conferences||Parties after weddings & baptisms|
Places we are allowed to enter with a negative covid test:
|Doctors, clinics & hospitals||Banks & financial offices|
|Food & beverage stores||Government offices|
|Medical, health & hygiene stores||Post offices|
|Hair dressers, beauticians||Utility service offices|
|Gardening stores||Book & stationery stores|
|Electronic stores||Our own & even a friend’s car|
|Hardware & DIY stores||Kids in school |
Because Hubby and I are over 50 and have refused the vaccine, we will each have to pay a one-time fine of €100. And then pay for the Covid tests (valid only 48 hours) each time we need to enter any place on the restricted list. Guess the price of our hair cuts just went up, didn’t it? And I guess the government doesn’t consider shoes and clothing a necessity. We are banned from those shops.
Yes, ill winds are blowing. And they’ve left people reeling. Many abstain from these vaccines because of fear or medical reasons, but medical exemptions are nearly impossible to get. Others like us, because of the constitutional violations and because we believe our freedom and rights are worth fighting for.
I personally believe that these vaccines are still an experimental medicine that does more harm than good. Many vaccines are valid, safe, and effective, but on this one I plan to wait and see.
But what I abhor most is the crisis it sends so many people into. People shouldn’t be forced into the position of violating their conscience or beliefs in order to work, get an education, or enter public spaces. It’s wrong, discriminatory, and a gross misuse of power and authority.
Regular readers know that I don’t often rant on here. But sometimes the issues are too serious, the stakes too great.
What I have noticed since the start of all this is that governments hide behind small measures which they keep expanding. Brief lockdowns turn into lengthy ones. Mandates place a few restrictions, eventually adding more and more. Vaccine requirements for just a few until, like in neighboring Austria, they become mandated for all.
The question is how far will they go? With more and other enforced medical treatments or procedures? Greater restrictions? Ever diminishing rights? A massive survelliance state?
But it’s an ill wind that blows no good
It’s all scary and depressing. We wonder how to navigate such times. We battle decisions and face difficulties, especially since Hubby lost his job. But it’s an ill wind that blows no good. Good can come even from terrible situations, though it can be hard to discern. But with the Lord’s help, I have found rays of hope even behind this dark cloud!
5 positives that an ill wind can blow in
- It pushes us to pray more fervently.
- It creates greater dependency on God.
- It encourages us to form stronger communities.
- It makes us thankful that all things on this earth shall pass.
- It brings us to the healthy realization that we can really control very little.
- It makes us truly grateful that God is in control and knows what he’s doing.
The wind blows, the storms come. But in the Lord we shall rise above them all.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.Isaiah 40:31 KJV