Can the Courts Restore Democracy?

This is really great news:

A Pennsylvania Federal Court in Butler County v. Wolf reviewed the indefinite “emergency” restrictions imposed by the executive branch of Pennsylvania government, declaring limitations on gathering size, “stay-at-home orders,” and mandatory business closures unconstitutional. Refusing to accept the alleged need for a “new normal,” the Court stated that an “independent judiciary [is needed] to serve as a check on the exercise of emergency government power.”

We are six months into the longest “two weeks to flatten the curve” known to humanity with no end in sight. Enough is enough. It’s clearly unconstitutional that one person – often somebody who is a billionaire making huge profits off the lockdowns – should have the power to abuse an entire population of a state on a personal whim.

There can’t be an endlessly renewable emergency order that precludes any legislative action. This is undemocratic, unconstitutional, and absolutely wrong. No matter how you feel about the risk of COVID, you have to agree that so much power in the hands of a single person is dangerous.

One thought on “Can the Courts Restore Democracy?”

  1. “We are six months into the longest ‘two weeks to flatten the curve’ known to humanity with no end in sight.”

    You;re exactly right, lady! Way back on March 5th, i posted a comment stating that I’d left my house and accomplished a number of time-urgent things (gone to the Arizona DMV and renewed my five-year AZ driver’s license, gone to my local Air Force base and renewed my annual mandatory prescription medications, stopped off at my local supermarket to buy essential groceries and refill my gas tank, and completed a few other events that couldn’t wait, including doctors’ and dental appointments).

    Today I can’t do any of these everyday actions without following special rules that greatly complicate the process.

    I acknowledge that I’m on old man with several underlying predisposing medical conditions, plus having type O blood and being 6 feet tall (both traits that tend to worsen the COVID19 course).

    I’m not really that upset at my change in routine: I’m retired, live alone, and can afford to have all the goods and services that I need delivered to my house. I have a complete home gym set to keep me in shape, the stock market is doing fine, and really don’t miss the bother of day-to-day human contact all that much, anyway.

    But it would be nice to know which policy is coming in November: more lock-downs to crush the economy, or a general opening to let life ease back to normal.

    And hopefully a heavy dose of law and order that finally clears the riff-raff off the streets, so that decent people like you and me can go about our normal life unmolested.


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