(UnitedVoice.com) – While businesses are itching to reopen and workers want to return to their jobs, some states are making it nearly impossible. The proof is in the actions of governors who only offer lip service, and in the economic numbers coming out for May. For the majority of states, the question is: what has changed by moving from one phase to another? If you ask business owners, their employees, and customers, the answer is simple: Nothing.
Of the 24 states with Democratic governors, at least 12 of them are facing protests and rebellions over their strong-arm tactics that appear more political with each passing day. As governors tighten their reign of economic terror while trying to convince people they are reopening, some business owners have caught on and are taking matters into their own hands.
All Talk, No Action
In states like California, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, governors claim they are beginning to open their states. However, a closer look reveals a very different picture. Beaches, restaurants, bars, and the majority of retailers determined to be “non-essential” remain closed until governors deem the pandemic is over and decree that they can open again. The result is 38 million people on unemployment nationally and economists expect it to get worse before it gets better.
So, what’s really open, and what changed? Not much! Just some pleasantries and promises of better days ahead if there is a vaccine that may or may not work.
Which begs another question: what subjective criteria are governors using to determine if a business is essential, or not?
Lawsuits Are Piling Up Against Governors
Across the country, people are insulted at the idea they are “non-essential” when they can’t make their mortgage, rent, or car payment. Some are forced to make difficult choices between buying groceries or paying the electric bill. To them, their businesses and jobs are essential.
Currently, there have been over 1,300 state and federal lawsuits filed as a result of COVID-19.
The results of these lawsuits will go a long way in determining what the balance will be between public health and constitutional rights. The courts have never been presented with this level of overreach by state governments. A lot is riding on their decisions.
In New Jersey, the Atilis Gym is in a showdown with Gov. Phil Murphy (D). After being closed for three months, it opened over a week ago saying they either take a chance or risk losing everything. On Saturday, the “authorities” broke into their privately-owned place of business and changed the locks to prevent them from opening again.
What’s next, will they break the doors of our homes and reverse the locks to keep us in?
The Atilis Gym owners are suing the Governor for what they say is an infringement of their constitutional right to work and provide for themselves, their families, and their community. From Maine to North Carolina, and all the way to California, people are revolting against their governors for their overhanded approach to COVID-19.
Saving Lives or Preserving Rights
While governors say they are trying to save lives, citizens are trying to tell the governors that theirs are being destroyed by these policies. This shouldn’t be a debate about lives over livelihoods. The US Constitution is designed to preserve our rights and a pandemic does not void it until the crisis is over.
If anything, the Constitution is more important than ever. That’s why voting is extremely important and why it’s vital conservatives sit on court benches in local, state, and national courts. They are deciding our future for us.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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