Is Mills Governing from a Place of FEAR?

By: Ronda Snyder

This article contains political and other commentary which reflects the author’s opinions

Governor Janet T. Mills of Maine has levied some of the harshest COVID restrictions in the country on the citizens of Maine. People with disabilities who are unable to wear a mask have been turned into 3rd class citizens by Governor Mills and they are no longer allowed to participate in society. These adults (and many children with developmental disabilities) cannot enter any business or public place in Maine. The unintended consequences of Janet Mills’ severe restrictions are many. People who have worked their entire lives to achieve the “American Dream” to own their own businesses have lost everything they’ve worked so hard to attain. Bankruptcies, overdoses, alcohol abuse, mental health crises, isolation, avoidance of critical health care, food insecurity, domestic abuse, child abuse, depression (in both adults AND children) and unemployment rates have all skyrocketed under Mills’ draconian measures.

In an article in The Hill entitled “Is Flattening the Curve Bad for your Health?” (Click here for full article) from March of this year (when 2 million COVID deaths were projected by the “experts”), the authors wrote (for the sake of transparency, one of the authors is related to me and we’ve discussed this issue often):

“Why are government officials taking draconian steps to flatten the curve without taking into account the devastation that will follow? Our survival instincts play a role: when faced with death, humans aspire to do whatever it takes. No elected official wants to oversee chaos at local hospitals or be judged (emphasis mine) as doing too little. In this context, the most aggressive politicians are rewarded and others follow.”

The problem with aggressive politicians like Janet Mills (and Jeanne Lambrew of DHHS) is that they never look down the line or outside of the box to see the unintended consequences of their edicts as described in the above article. Instead they govern from a place of immediate fear. Fear of people dying from COVID on their “watch.” Dying from (or with) COVID is Mills’ narrow-minded tunnel vision and something upon which she is hyper focused. It appears as though Mills only cares about COVID deaths and not the other deaths associated with her mandates. If Mills did care about the other deaths, her mandates and restrictions on the citizens of Maine wouldn’t be so harsh. The deaths from suicides, deaths from overdoses, deaths from people being turned away from receiving critical health care because they can’t wear a mask, deaths because Mills and her CDC director, Dr. Nirav Shah have instilled so much fear in society that people are afraid to get critical healthcare, and deaths in other areas are skyrocketing.  The unintended deaths and economic ruin are because Mills seems to believe she can control a virus with masks and she is willing to allow these unintended consequences to run rampant for the sake of her own political instincts.

Mills’ overly severe Executive Orders placed on Maine citizens are based on the data of deaths in Maine from COVID (or with COVID) though the exact number of deaths classified as ”from” COVID and “with” COVID is somewhat muddy. If someone dies of a heart attack and is later tested as having a positive COVID test can one reasonably presume that COVID was, in fact, the cause of death? This is a discussion for another time and article. As of this writing, Maine has 274 deaths classified as COVID deaths (FROM or WITH COVID) and the breakdown for age group is as follows:

Age <20:       0 deaths

Age 20’s:       1 death

Age 30’s:       1 death

Age 40’s:       4 deaths

Age 50’s:       10 deaths

Age 60’s:       23 deaths

Age 70’s:       80 deaths

Age 80’s:       155 deaths

Before any of the negative Nancies out there jump all over this, let me be clear. I think ALL deaths are tragic. It doesn’t, however, take a rocket scientist to figure out what population needs protection from COVID. It’s clear that there is an issue in elderly population including nursing homes and long-term care facilities as this is where the majority of the deaths have occurred. Janet Mills, Dr. Shah and Jeanne Lambrew have failed this population. In an attempt to mitigate their failures, they have instituted draconian measures on the rest of Maine citizens which have resulted in those pesky unintended consequences mentioned above.

I honestly don’t know whether balancing and rectifying the unintended consequences of Mills’ Executive Orders together with common sense health and safety measures (based on who is truly at risk of dying from COVID) is too difficult for Mills and those in her administration to figure out or whether it’s simply easier for her to destroy thousands and thousands of other lives and livelihoods in Maine by governing through the immediate fear of COVID deaths instead of finding a solution in which she does the least amount of damage to ALL of Maine’s citizens.

11 thoughts on “Is Mills Governing from a Place of FEAR?”

  1. I was literally asked by someone last night: “you haven’t lost anyone yet to this disease have you?” as I’m not living in fear, I’m showing data to show that the death rates do not match what Mills and Shah are implying with their fear-oriented mandates and fear mongering. They are literally leading people to believe that infection is nearly a death sentence.

    I replied: “Wouldn’t change my stance, and it wouldn’t change the data.

    Every person I’ve lost in my life, with one exception, has been due to cancer. Every one.

    The risk that a man will develop cancer of the pancreas during his lifetime is 1.66%. Not much below that of Covid’s average fatality rate. And for my age range, it’s actually HIGHER than my odds of Covid being fatal to me. Odds of dying from colon cancer for me are 1.83%. Exactly the same as the overall average rate of fatality of Covid. And greater than my odds in my age range. And colon cancer claimed several of my family members, which according to doctors means I’m likely at higher risk of it.

    I don’t go living in fear of cancer, though.”

  2. Don’t forget, she blew the budget. Troy Jackson in a PPH article back around May or June admitted they want the state of emergency to stay in place because they are hoping for “relief” or bailout money from the feds.
    I think a few billion dollars and Mills being drunk with power are the real reasons for her vindictiveness and tight fist on the state.

  3. But what will be the breaking point to make Jammit Mills wake up and stop ruining the lives of those that just want to go on living and marking a living.

    1. I am so sorry (I’m really not) that it is difficult for you to hear a differing opinion. Would you like to show me on a doll where reading a dissenting opinion hurt you? Newsflash Jack, nobody is forcing you to read it.

  4. Why in 2014 did mills block lapage on lock down . its was in the papers back then .

    Why are drs alound to lie about they way people die . I know 3 people who died from cv19. One was a od with the neddle still in her arm . other was a man who wraped his car around a tree . and the last was a friend with stage 4 bone and brain cancer . all cv 19 not what they passed away from … Oh wait drs are liers . they get 39k more if they say its cv19.
    So ever one has it now . so my point is people . mills is a crook and she trying to make maine a Communist state with her crazy way … Impeach her befor she sell us to china

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