Let Lockdown Protesters Protest, but Let Law Enforcement Enforce the Law

A police officer walks near demonstrators in vehicles protesting against lockdown measures during a demonstration calling for the reopening of the state of Virginia in Richmond, Va., April 22, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
We want to enjoy the pleasures and benefits of civil disobedience without paying the price for them.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Republican political power of the state of Texas has deployed itself in the cause of protecting from legal sanction a hairdresser who repeatedly and willfully violated the law, in this case a Dallas County order that had required businesses such as hers to suspend operations as part of the social-distancing regime.

Salon owner Shelly Luther refused to comply and was given a seven-day sentence for her violations. Senator Ted Cruz called the sentence “nuts.” Governor Greg Abbott called the sentence “excessive,” and Attorney General Ken Paxton, denouncing the move as “outrageous,” demanded Luther’s immediate release — an extraordinary thing for

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