Those who object to these restrictions should remember they were imposed by duly elected officials, vested by statute with broad emergency powers, who must make difficult decisions under difficult circumstances. At the same time, all of us—the judiciary, the other branches of government, and our fellow citizens—must insist that every action our governments take complies with the Constitution, especially now. If we tolerate unconstitutional government orders during an emergency, whether out of expediency or fear, we abandon the Constitution at the moment we need it most.
Any government that has made the grave decision to suspend the liberties of a free people during a health emergency should welcome the opportunity to demonstrate—both to its citizens and to the courts—that its chosen measures are absolutely necessary to combat a threat of overwhelming severity. The government should also be expected to demonstrate that less restrictive measures cannot adequately address the threat.
Whether it is strict scrutiny or some other rigorous form of review, courts must identify and apply a legal standard by which to judge the constitutional validity of the government's anti-virus actions. When the present crisis began, perhaps not enough was known about the virus to second-guess the worst-case projections motivating the lockdowns. As more becomes known about the threat and about the less restrictive, more targeted ways to respond to it, continued burdens on constitutional liberties may not survive judicial scrutiny. Ideally, these debates would play out in the public square, not in courtrooms. No court should relish being asked to question the judgment of government officials who were elected to make difficult decisions in times such as these.
However, when constitutional rights are at stake, courts cannot automatically defer to the judgments of other branches of government. When properly called upon, the judicial branch must not shrink from its duty to require the government's antivirus orders to comply with the Constitution and the law, no matter the circumstances. * * * This original petition, which challenges several local officials' coronavirus response measures, should first be presented to the appropriate district courts.
The Supreme Court is generally a court of last resort. Our original jurisdiction to issue the requested relief is doubtful, and the petition is presented without supporting affidavits and with no record on which the Court could base its inquiry. Just as other government officials must not exceed their rightful power in extraordinary circumstances, this Court also must not do so. I therefore concur in the denial of the petition...''
And make sure they take their face mask off so that you can verify their identity!
In South Africa during apartheid, pass books were used to regulate the movement of black citizens and segregate the population. The Pass Laws Act of 1952 stipulated where, when and for how long a black African could remain in certain areas. Any government employee could strike out entries, which cancelled the permission to remain in an area. A pass book that did not have a valid entry resulted in the arrest and imprisonment of the bearer.The whole identification system, with its personal documents, specially assigned names, and conspicuous tagging in public, was a powerful weapon in the hands of the police. First, the system was an auxiliary device that facilitated the enforcement of residence and movement restrictions. Second, it was an independent control measure in that it enabled the police to pick up any Jew, anywhere, anytime. Third, and perhaps most important, identification had a paralyzing effect on its victims.
First let me state, I do believe there is a virus. Second, I don't believe it's as bad as even the normal flu.
That being said, it's an opportunity for certain segments of our society to "Take Control".
I use a delivery service, Pea-Pod, to get groceries. They don't carry all the products the store (Stop & Shop) carries,
so every once in a while I actually go to the store, which I did today.
This is what I found;
No matter where you park, you have to enter the store through 1 entrance, at 1 end of the store, and exit from another door at the other end of the store. The exit door doesn't operate at the entrance, and I assume the entrance door doesn't operate at the exit side.
The aisles now have taped arrows on the floor indicating which way the traffic should flow.
At the "Exit" end of the store, where the frozen foods are, if you're walking to get to the registers, they blocked it so you have to go
all the way to the rear of the store, then come back up another aisle to get to the registers.
If you're wondering, yes, I went around the barrier instead of walking to the rear of the store.
And yes, I exited through the entrance door, 'cause that's where my car was.
They have a kid posted at the entrance telling ppl they have to exit at the other end of the store.
The kid told me I had to exit from the other end of the store.
I suggested he crap in his hat as I went by him.
So if they require masks at Costco will you go or not?Beware The Creeps Who Enjoy Their New Pandemic Power
The problem with people referring to this bizarre pandemic life limbo as “the new normal” is that there are people out there, both in and out of positions of responsibility, who are digging this opportunity to boss us around. And it is troubling to see that there are a number of prominent folks who are in no hurry to curtail their ability to boss us around. We need to note carefully who these people are and ensure that they never get a chance to control anything again.
You are starting to see more of that as this drags out. You have got Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom and others thinking this is a great time to get our socialism on. You also have functionaries – all of whom are still getting paychecks – who are way too eager to start issuing orders instead of relying on citizens to behave rationally. We don’t need to be ordered around, but they can’t resist the ordering. The moron mayor of LA is offering rewards to freedom narcs, and government hacks making stores refuse to sell “non-essential” items – what the hell they are thinking telling us what is and is not “essential” anyway? They are thinking, “Hey, this power stuff is fun!” Which is why you should never give power to someone who enjoys it.
The mainstream media, when it’s not otherwise engaged in covering for the bat-eating ChiComs and ignoring the credible #MeToo allegations against ole Grandpa Badfinger, is cheerleading to shut down the entire country. Of course, just because New Yorkers live on top of each other in a festering urban petri dish does not mean everyone else does, but who cares? If those urban swells have to sit tight in their crappy walk-ups watching Netflix, so do those folks out in Jesusland, damnit. Also, they feel the need to close the gun stores since the manly act of purchasing equipment to defend one’s self, family, community, and Constitution shames the liberal sissies whose low-T lifestyle keeps them from doing their duty.
Even some randos are joining in. We have all seen vids of bossy people on the street screaming at other people who refuse to truss up their pieholes like suburban banditos. The proper response to the Junior G-men (most of whom appear to be hard five chicks named “Karen”) is to invite them to do to themselves what their husbands cannot or will not do.
And there’s that video of mortified deputies waiting on an LA beach for some surfer to come back to the sand, because being alone in the Pacific is basically condemning millions to infection or something. What it really constitutes is defiance, not danger, which our midwit overlords cannot abide. And just imagine that you signed up to be a cop thinking you’d live Heat and instead you’re popping Spicoli for riding some tasty waves.
“We’re gonna have to take him in the water. Wait till he’s all in. Get clean shots. Watch your background.” (BTW, I will be discussing Heat and other stuff you should watch while incarcerated on my next Townhall VIP podcast “Unredacted”).
What is particularly troubling are the medical experts who gleefully demand months of our continued imprisonment. They can’t seem to understand that the medical angle is only one component of this situation. Yes, it’s an important one. So is not creating a depression. Now, there’s nothing shocking that medical people will look at a situation from a purely medical perspective. Back in Kosovo, when my appendix decided to vapor lock, they told me “The surgeon is out doing a MEDCAP (helping locals) and we want to wait until he gets back to see what he wants to do,” to which I replied, “What do you think the surgeon is going to want to do?” They thought about it for a second then prepped me for the OR.
But the medical perspective is not the only perspective. There are other perspectives that need to be considered, like the economy and our liberty, and so we elect people to consider them. See, this is why we are not a technocracy. We are a republic. We normal citizens get the final say in our country’s priorities, and we may not decide that our priorities are exactly the same as Dr. Fauci’s. I, for one, am willing to accept some risk regarding the infection in order to avoid America degenerating into a Road Warrior scenario – unless I can be the Humungous, who really gets a bad rap for his innovative and focused leadership style.
Adults accept risk when balancing various interests. The idea that “It’s not worth one life” is childish and stupid. We have cars. Cars kill 30K people a year. We accept that risk. What’s the proper risk balancing for the Chinese coronavirus? Well, we as citizens need to figure that out. That process is called “politics.” That’s why whenever anyone tells you that “This is no time for politics,” they really mean they don’t want you to have any input into the decision. Without politics, you have a dictatorship, and that seems to be the unspoken theme of a growing number of elected officials and others.
But Americans are not good at being bossed around – well, liberal college grads are, but the rest of us aren’t weak-sauce geebos.
America is really run by consent. When we citizens agree that a policy was duly enacted through the proper processes and makes some semblance of sense, we obey voluntarily. Our tax system is essentially voluntary – it depends on people being generally honest. Sure, there are audits after, but while most people may grumble about the rates, paying our share is legit and so we generally try to figure out what we owe under the law and pay it. Have you ever driven at 3 am and seen people stop at STOP signs at empty intersections? It’s a legit law, so we accept it and obey it instead of having to have a cop right there to force us. Having lived on a couple of other continents, I can assure you that is not how every country works.
That’s why power-hungry jerks can actually harm our collective response. If the actions to ameliorate the pandemic begin to be seen as illegitimate and oppressive, we’ll stop doing them. Moreover, we need to show that these are temporary measures and we are going to lift them as soon as we can. You can see that President Trump is chomping at the bit to throw off the shackles of the pandemic response. Pretty soon, most everyone will be. We are all in when we see the response makes sense, but as this goes on with no light at the end of the tunnel and more power-hungry jerks getting off on getting on our backs, that will change. The fact that the grimmest Bat Soup Disease predictions have not come true will only accelerate this natural backlash. There’s a fuse on America’s patience, especially with the aspiring nanny-staters, and when it burns to the end look out.
In other words, voter fraud, prisoner release, illegal invader released, and abortion. (here)“…protect voting rights, demand that vulnerable people in prisons, jails and immigration detention centers be released, and fight to ensure reproductive health care remains open and accessible to all who need it…”
It is quite apparent by now that even if the most horrific scenario as described above does not unfold, we have already sealed our fate with respect to a disaster of monumental proportions that runs the gamut from increased drug and alcohol addiction, increased domestic violence, suicide, and avoidance of medical care, among other concerns. Tragically, the things that put human beings at risk for many of these dire outcomes are the very things that are being thrust upon us: unemployment and isolation. At the same time, one of the most powerful forces that serves as a protective factor offering comfort and hope has been denied us, as Americans have been barred from attending church. (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here)…Economic disasters rarely remain only economic disasters. To give a particularly dramatic example, the Nazis came to power because of economics more than any other single reason…Nazi success at the polls was almost entirely related to the Weimar economy. Communist parties don’t fare well in robust economies, but they’re very tempting when people are in dire economic straits. Only God knows what economic dislocation the shutting down of American and other Western economies will lead to. I am not predicting a Nazi or communist ascendancy, but economic and political disaster may be as likely, or even more likely, than a health disaster.
Likewise, in Colorado, Governor Jared Polis seized the license from a restaurant that had the temerity to open on Mother's Day, one of the big business days for restaurants across America.A Michigan barber intends to continue defying the state's lockdown order and giving haircuts despite officials revoking his professional license.
Karl Manke, a 77-year-old barber in Owosso, returned to work on May 4 after the state government forced him to close his shop on March 21. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended the state shutdown order through May 28, but Manke has refused close his business again despite citations from the police and the threat of 90 days in jail and a $500 fine for violating the emergency order.
"I'm not closing up; I'm not caving in to this," Manke told The New York Times on Wednesday after the state voided his professional license to be a barber. "I'm not a rabble-rouser and I'm not a scofflaw. I'm a small-town barber. I just want to make my living."
In too many instances, licensing requirements are a costly scam that empowers government and stifles competition. That tyrannical governors are using revoking licenses without due process as a way to punish people who try to earn a living in the face of increasingly arbitrary lockdown rules is a reminder that, if America wants to get back on its feet economically, a lot of these licenses need to go.Lynn Schofield first learned to braid hair as a child in Ivory Coast, where she watched her mother's hands weave her sisters' dark, wiry hair.
She turned a family tradition into a trade, and decades after immigrating to the United States as a 16-year-old, she opened the first of four African hair braiding salons in the New Orleans area in 2000.
But three years later, the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology implemented a rule requiring those who practice African or natural hair braiding to obtain an "alternative hair design permit."
The license requires at least 500 hours of training at a cosmetology school, which can cost between $10,000 and $20,000. With many young braiders unable to afford classes, Schofield found herself unable to retain the staff she trained and struggled to find licensed replacements. She closed three shops and entrusted the fourth to her niece,Ashley-Roxanne N'Dakpri, who also made a living braiding hair after moving to the U.S.
Now Schofield works in real estate. Despite decades of experience, it's still illegal for her to braid hair for profit in Louisiana without a license.
Greta says so. How dare you if you don't listen to her.The elitists who planned this scamdemic from the beginning are now warning us that we are going to face a “dark winter.” This is not about health and hasn’t been from the beginning. This is about control and they are trying to use fear to manufacture your consent to enslavement. DO NOT FALL FOR IT.
Straight from the biggest player in propaganda and fake news, CNN, comes an article designed to terrify. It says Rick Bright has warned Congress of the “darkest winter in modern history” without a ramped up coronavirus response. Meaning, unless you submit to even more tyranny and fully enslave yourselves to the ruling class, it’ll be “dark winter.” The lies coming from CNN it’s contributions are unbelievable at this point. It’s hard to believe anyone tunes in anymore. Do not let these puppets of the tyrannical ruling class scare you anymore.
The elitists who planned this scamdemic from the beginning are now warning us that we are going to face a “dark winter.” This is not about health and hasn’t been from the beginning. This is about control and they are trying to use fear to manufacture your consent to enslavement. DO NOT FALL FOR...www.dcclothesline.com
Next Wednesday, the 20th, They're easing some restrictions, but I don't know exactly what.I went to mine last week, illegally. But if I had to, I'd just use my chargeable battery powered $20 trimmer for the buzz cut. My lady barber uses a #4 on mine, but I could do it maybe just a little closer.