Inslee’s mightily cheesed off at the Snohomish County sheriff for not carrying out his plethora of lockdown mandates and wants him recalled from office. There’s no room for properly legislated laws in Mandateistan. And because he can’t count on the sheriffs lately, he has ordered his state Dept. of Labor and Industry to enforce his mandates, threatening small businesses with $10,000-a-day fines for noncompliance. He ordered this radical change in L&I’s function without any debate or public hearings. Louis XIV couldn’t have done it better.
Another one of his bureaucracies, not too long ago, got snookered for “hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars” by a Nigerian fraud ring. You’d think anybody, by now, wouldn’t fall for one of those scams. Gov. Inslee is angry because this resulted in some of his insubordinate citizens making jokes about him. Ah, well, easy come, easy go.
What strange new mutated kind of America have we become, when governors can rule like 18th-century despots and not only get away with it, but be applauded for it by more than a few of their drunk-on-socialism citizens? Who more resemble subjects than citizens.
I don’t know about Seattle, but here our unionized trash collectors would demand time-and-a-half, or even double-time, for picking through everybody’s yicky garbage so they can tell the mayor who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.
We are privileged to be living, this year, in an ongoing demonstration of the insatiable lust to control other people. Once they get warmed up, don’t expect them to stop just because the pandemic is over. They’ll be declaring all boys are girls and all girls are boys before they even think of stopping.
They never did catch the centaur who got away. He melted effortlessly into the general population. As for the raptor farm, so far all efforts to shut it down have been overturned by a federal judge appointed by President *Batteries Not Included.
Governors’ over-the-top executive orders may be a new thing in America, but the rest of the world, I am sorry to say, is used to it. Here’s a sample from 1971, from the comedy, Bananas. The new El Presidente is New Jersey’s own Jacopo Morales.
See? Just like Blue State governors today! “From now on underwear must be changed every half-hour…”
The “suspect”–is this crazy, or what?–may be “held for at least three days to confirm he or she is without a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 72 consecutive hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)…”
Probable cause? We don’t need no stinking probable cause.
So they not only arrest you and “forcibly isolate” you for three days because some pipsqueak “suspects” you of having the virus; but if you really are sick, they’re not going to give you any medicine!
What’s with Michigan? The governor has been slapped with two federal lawsuits (so far!) for her heavy-handed “orders” imposed upon the populace. And there’s a recall petition against her with a couple hundred thousand signatures already.
Are our state and local governments becoming a more serious threat to our country than any disease? Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has become the poster gal for Mussolini wannabes. When they start forbidding you to plant your garden, as Whitmer has done, you know they’ve gone overboard.
Can Americans’ liberties really be lost so swiftly? Is it really that easy for a mayor or a governor to become a dictator?
(Of course they could always use pre-recorded hymns for the service. But that’s not the point.)
Do you remember voting for any little tinhorn tyrant to give us “orders”? I don’t. I do remember “public servants” before they became the public’s masters. Whose idea was that, anyway?
Leftids always want to silence churches, and now the Chinese Wuhan Communist Death Virus From China has given them the excuse they’ve been looking for. Churchgoers in Mississippi were fined $500 each for attending outdoor worship, in their cars, with the service on the radio. In Louisville a federal judge had to prohibit the city’s church ban.
To me it looks like we now have more to fear from our own governments, especially at the state and local level, than we have from any disease.
Look for Democrats to spin the crisis out for as long as they can, and try to hold the nation hostage until they get mail-in voting or some other vast concession that will murder our republic.
Carlson was asking him about one of his executive orders that resulted in the arrest of 15 worshipers at a synagogue–exercising their First Amendment right of free exercise of religion–and Murphy answered “[I] wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this.”
Even if you believe these executive orders are absolutely necessary to cope with a medical emergency, does it follow that the Bill of Rights is just… a luxury? Well, yeah, freedoms are okay, but it’s not like we need ’em or anything.
I mean, he could have said, “Well, of course I thought of the Bill of Rights and I didn’t take this step lightly: I was responding to an emergency. I felt I had to do it.”
We are talking elementary civics here–the kind of thing everybody used to learn in junior high school. It was not above a governor’s pay grade. The Bill of Rights is foundational to our country’s entire legal system. To ignore it, to trample on it, is to weaken all the laws. As Mr. Pot-Head Governor is duty-bound to know!
Are we going to have to go through this quarantine rigmarole every time there’s a disease on the loose, from now on? Well, that would be always, because there’s always some germ or other looking to infect us.
So that’s another thing this experience has taught us: We need to tighten up and make much more specific the rules defining what powers governors or mayors may invoke and exercise to deal with an emergency. As we have seen in several states, we just can’t trust them to make it up as they go along.
(As I start writing this, our electricity suddenly begins to flutter. Please, Lord, not that.)
The coronavirus panic–I’ve been calling it a “scare,” but it looks like devolving into panic–has given Blue State governors a tantalizing taste of the kind of power they would have if only America would sink down into socialism.
What the “order” says is “in-person instruction for pupils in kindergarten through grade 12… is suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year” and that the order also applies to “all non-public schools in the state.” Michigan law defines homeschooling as “non-public schooling.”
The Great Lakes Justice Center is attributing the governor’s ban on homeschooling to “faulty drafting” of the executive order and calling on her to rewrite it. Otherwise it would, of course, be a mammoth overreach of the governor’s authority.
We’ll have to see if she rewrites it. Meanwhile, consider: Homeschooling was legal in Michigan before the coronavirus panic. What suddenly makes it illegal? And what exactly constitutes “in-person instruction” that must be banned? If I tell my great-grandson about the career and personality of Hannibal, would that land me in jail? (No, it would not be an eyewitness account!)
For the moment we’re not going with the speculation that the teachers’ union asked the governor very nicely to prohibit homeschooling. But I’m putting it on a low shelf, within easy reach should it be needed.
UPDATE: Gov. Whitmer has “clarified” her order to make it clear that her suspension of “in-person instruction” does NOT apply to homeschooling.
But it’s still a good idea to recall any Democrat governor.
Inspired by one of those British nooze stories that makes a big splash and then disappears without a ripple, a new executive order by Manchukuo Gov. Alvin Calvin requires doctors to report it to the state if a patient’s gaining weight. This is getting rather mellifluous, so it must be true.
“Obesity’s a crime!” said the governor. “When the Brits were thinkin’ about doin’ this a few years ago, they never said how much weight you had to gain before your doctor had to report you to the government, and they never said what would happen to you if you gained too much weight.”
“A journey to obesity,” trilled Lt. Gov. Suzie Doozie, “begins with a single step on the scale!”
Therefor, said the governor, “any weight gain is too much weight gain, and must be reported by the doctor–and if he doesn’t report it, he’ll be charged as an accessory to the crime.”
Persons who gain weight will be given a certain amount of time in which to lose it.
“If you put it on and then fail to take it off,” said the governor, “we’ll simply shoot you in the head and have the coroner say you died of the coronavirus.”
Which scares you more–the coronavirus itself, or the government’s response to it? In California they arrested a surfer who was alone on the water, hundreds of feet away from the nearest person, for violating “social distancing” commands. A government that does such things is not in its right mind. And some of us are growing fearful of people who obey crazy orders.
In 2002, eighteen years ago, Timothy Terrell penned this essay for Chalcedon:
In “Legitimacy and Intimidation,” Terrell wrote that “criminal behavior is a declaration of the autonomy of the individual and a rejection of God’s authority over human beings.” As submission to God’s laws goes out the window, a vicious circle comes in: the criminals get wilder and more violent, and the police rely more and more on massive force as a tool of intimidation. So you get the SWAT team smashing down your door at 4 a.m. because you jaywalked.
We worry that the curbs put on our freedom during the current crisis are going to prove too tasty to the government to give up when the crisis passes. “Hey! This is fun, ordering people’s behavior!” We also suspect that Democrats and their lapdogs in the nooze media are purposely trying to stretch out the crisis and scare us all silly in hopes of stampeding us into voting some Democrat psycho into the White House in November. Who honestly doubts they are capable of it?
Pray the Lord will exert His strength on us and bring us back to our senses, back to sanity: back to Him.
If we can learn important lessons from this crisis, we can come out of it a stronger country than we were going in.