It so happens we were watching the massive battle between the army of the dead and the living in season eight of Game of Thrones when our phones started beeping. Everyone in the state is ordered to stay home. We are allowed out to walk our pets, buy groceries, gasoline, liquor (they debated that one but thought better of it), but otherwise, stay home.
I am only vaguely aware of Colorado politics … my last memories of Governor Polis are when we lived in Boulder in 2009. My own mindset was still liberal, and I had come from lightly populated Montana to more populated Colorado. I was phasing out. He was in the US House of Representatives, but along with Senator Michael Bennet and Obama in office, I was clueless but … unimpressed. Republicans in our two-party system are allowed to be stupid but likable. Democrats, smug, aggressively stupid, are hard to take.
Honestly, I only recently tuned in to realize this Polis character was governor! I surely didn’t vote for him. Or anyone. A supposed “liberal” imposing draconian violations of civil liberties to protect us from a nonexistent bug? I gotcha, Polis. You’re a player. You’re as sincere as Cersie Lannister. Just a little less visually appealing.
We’re weighing our options. Obviously, they don’t want people talking to one another. Police have the power to jail people of free mind. My only thought tonight, a sign at the base of our driveway: Sorry Polis. Still Not Afraid.
We are among the living.