The Lockdown Backlash May Be the New Tea Party Movement - 2020-04-16
At first it was just random resistance from rural or Mountain West areas hardly affected initially by the coronavirus pandemic. But now it's spreading to places near COVID-19 hot spots where some people think restrictive measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus have gone too far, or are willing to take their chances (and force others to do the same) with deadly infection in order to keep their businesses, their jobs, or their "freedom" as they understand it.
By now it's clear that there is an organized national effort to fight extended lockdown orders. It has already helped generate loud public protests in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. And it's probably going to spread nearly as rapidly as the coronavirus itself in the rich soil of anti-government subcultures where it's widely accepted that "tyrants" are exploiting the emergency to impose their godless socialist views on freedom-loving but fearful Americans.
The protests often look spontaneous, as my colleague Adam K. Raymond noted: