Some of these politicians have become way too intoxicated with this sudden power they’re brandishing like a club over the heads of their fellow citizens — I’m talking about you, Charlie Baker, and Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island makes two.
Check out the stories from around the country — two (Democrat) governors have taken to threatening physicians and pharmacists who dispense legal anti-malarial drugs to coronavirus victims.
In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen “Half” Whitmer is openly calling for “professional consequences” for any health care professionals who defy her edict, a directive the Detroit News said “deviates into open threats.”
Other Democrats are setting up snitch lines to report “non-essential” businesses.
On Friday night, the mayor of Los Angeles admitted to one of his comrades on CNN that they’re tracking cellphone data to keep tabs on the movements of citizens.
This Democrat has also threatened to cut off electricity and water to any businesses that won’t obey. All of this is going on in a jurisdiction where 1,700 prisoners have been cut loose … and the gun stores have been threatened with shut downs (as in Delaware, by yet another Democrat).
In Laguna Beach, where drones are outlawed for private use, law enforcement are using their drones to enforce “social distancing” on public beaches. In Lakewood, N.J., on Thursday, cops broke up a wedding — per orders of the governor, they claimed.
Closer to home, Tall Deval — or, if you prefer his newer nickname, Charlie Parker — wants to “ramp up” tracking those of us who will not obey his high-handed orders.
Yardbird now demands that everyone coming into the state “self-quarantine” for two weeks. Really? As one of my listeners asked Friday:
“I work in Massachusetts — you know, I pay taxes — and I live in New Hampshire. So do I have to ‘self-quarantine’ every morning for two weeks when I cross the border into Mass?”
Then there’s Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.
“In a move without precedent in state history,” as the Providence Journal described it, she ordered that “anyone entering Rhode Island from New York state by any means of grounds transportation — passenger vehicle, bus or train — must provide personal information to authorities and self-quarantine for 14 days.”
So … being in an automobile with NY license plates is now considered “probable cause” for a police stop? I have a question: surely this doesn’t apply to illegal immigrants? I mean, after all, Rhode Island is for all intents and purposes a sanctuary state for criminal illegals.
According to the RI state police, New Yorkers who are stopped — citizens, anyway — will be asked their plans.
“If the response is ‘passing through,’ we will send them on their way.”
The paper continued, “Those responding that their destination is somewhere in Rhode Island will be asked for their information and will be ordered to self-quarantine.”
Asked for information? Sounds like something out of an old World War II movie, in which the Nazi guards were always demanding to see “your papers.”
The Rhode Island ACLU pointed out the existence of something called the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits illegal search and seizure, even of taxpaying citizens.
If that’s not enough, let us turn to Article 4, Section 2 of the Constitution:
“The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.”
In other words, a New Yorker has as much right to be in Rhode Island as a Rhode Islander.
You may notice that the two New England governors who seem most eager to stomp on their fellow citizens’ rights are the same two who have been desperately trying to impose an unconstitutional gasoline tax on motorists under the guise of “climate change.”
Down in Virginia, Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam is one of many who has banned gatherings of more than 10 people. In the Old Dominion, some deplorables are asking the obvious follow-up question: in addition to proscribing Christian services, will the newly woke Gov. Blackface also be breaking up religious gatherings at, say, mosques?
That’s about as likely, of course, as a Muslim baker being sued for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake.
Just a month ago, most of these same hacks were wringing their hands and calling President Trump a “fascist” or a “dictator.” Now the mayor of LA is organizing vigilante groups in the city’s neighborhoods, calling them, in his best Orwellian speak, “the Safer at Home Business Ambassadors Program.”
Meanwhile, not a single shiftless hack on the Massachusetts state payroll has been laid off, not even at UMass or Massport or at the deserted courthouses. That’s coming next, right, Tall Deval? We’re all in this together, aren’t we? Right? Right?
Much of what you read there — statewide gathering bans, businesses arbitrarily classified as “essential” and “nonessential,” and threats of jail for such horrible activities as going to church — have taken place in Wisconsin with Gov. Tony Evers (or his handlers, such as his chief of staff and chief legal counsel) and his Safer at Home order. (George Orwell would appreciate that doublespeak.)
Once this ends, the Legislature should immediately change the law to require legislative approval of governor-proclaimed states of emergency. And the Legislature should vote on Safer at Home and all his other edicts.
There used to be such a thing as separation of powers, checks and balances, and constitutional rights.