By Duncan Smith
The longer Democratic governors around the country continue extending their tyrannical coronavirus lockdown orders, the more lawsuits are being filed challenging their authority.
What’s more, there are a variety of plaintiffs including business owners, pastors, citizens, and even state legislators and legislatures, according to Politico.
In all, suits have been filed in more than two dozen states over shutdown orders, and already they are bearing fruit for liberty-minded Americans who refuse to told their constitutional rights only apply when there is no pandemic (and when governors say they apply).
The most recent victory for liberty occurred in Wisconsin after the state Supreme Court rejected Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide lockdown order after being sued by the GOP-controlled legislature.
The only two Republican governors are facing lawsuits, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine — but they’re RINOs who are opponents of President Trump. And in any event, they’ve ended their orders so lawsuits against them are now moot.
Politico noted the states at the top of the lawsuit list:
- Michigan’s GOP-controlled state legislature voted against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extended emergency declaration.
- California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom faces more than a dozen lawsuits from beach to business closures.
- Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills was sued by business owners to end the shutdown.
University of Michigan law professor Richard Primus said “it’s not impossible” Whitmer’s orders will be thrown out by Michigan’s courts.
“The thing about Hail Mary passes is sometimes they work, and sometimes crazy things happen in courts,” he said.
“A lot of people are trying to make the Michigan case into a big constitutional case about the fundamentals of executive authority and freedoms — that’s rhetoric and hyperbole. The case is really just about the right understanding of a statute passed by the legislature,” he continued.
“And the funny thing about the posture of the case is that the legislature now doesn’t like the law that its predecessor legislature enacted.”
Actually, these cases are about constitutionality and freedom. Nowhere in our founding document does that caveat “only in normal times’ appear in relation to when Americans are ‘allowed’ to enjoy their rights.
In fact, the inalienable rights recognized by our Constitution are actually prohibitions against government interference in our lives. Governors have no authority to prevent Americans from gathering to worship or protest, buying a gun, or engaging in commerce to open their businesses.
So while ‘law experts’ at liberal colleges want to characterize these suits as “hail Mary passes” of dubious value, they are really actions aimed at preventing tyrants from getting away with using societal abnormalities like a pandemic to trample our rights.
Thankfully, we have an administration in Washington that is mindful of these state-level threats to our liberties.
“These are very, very burdensome impingements on liberty,” Attorney General William Barr told radio host Hugh Hewitt last month. “We’re looking carefully at a number of these rules that are being put into place, and if we think one goes too far, we initially try to jawbone the governors into rolling them back or adjusting them.
“And if they’re not and people bring lawsuits, we file a statement of interest and side with the plaintiffs,” he added.