The following article contains editorial content written by a retired police officer and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
SALEM, OR- The competition for worst governor in the country has been heating up recently, with a stiff competition emerging between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.
We believe Brown may have just taken the lead. Brown announced on Friday that she is implementing a new “freeze” order. No, that’s not a kid’s game. More on this in a bit.
Governors across the U.S. have been on an unadulterated power trip since March, when the coronavirus first burst into the lives of American citizens. It seems like there is some type of bizarre competition between the governors to see who can come up with the most arbitrary, capricious, draconian executive order.
These orders usually involve the very governors who impose them on their subjects then going about circumventing those very orders themselves. Cuomo and Newsom seem to be experts on doing that, although they have competition from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Brown’s “freeze” order, which is so important to stop the deadly spread of coronavirus, will not be put into effect until Wednesday, Nov 18 and run through Dec. 2.
Clearly the four days between the time the order was announced until the time it is put into effect will give Oregonians time to socially interact, go out to restaurants, and basically carry on as normal. Once Dec. 2 comes around, coronavirus, the smartest virus in U.S. history, will become a problem.
This is kind of like restrictions put into effect in states such as New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, where COVID-19 behaves itself until 10:00 p.m. Once the witching hour comes around however, it becomes deadly. Restaurants can no longer serve food after 10:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. People are supposed to shelter in place during those hours.
Of course, coronavirus also only attacks conservative-leaning Republicans who attend Trump rallies, completely avoiding left-wing loons who attend Biden so-called “victory” celebrations, typically attended by Democratic politicians like Chuck Schumer, Lori Lightfoot, and Bill de Blasio. Clearly, coronavirus discriminates against conservative Republicans. And apparently minorities, we hear.
Brown’s “freeze order” is actually expected to be extended in some counties, such as Multnomah County, home of Portland. Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters are exempt from the freeze order we guess. They are free to burn, loot and destroy at will.
Brown said during a Friday news conference, “I want to be honest. We are trying to stop this ferocious virus from spreading even more quickly and far and wide and to save lives,” while noting that the restrictions would be hard for everyone.
Except rioters in Portland apparently.
Brown’s restrictions came on the heel of a difficult week in Oregon, where the state set a single day record for positive COVID-19 cases, while also breaking records for the number of hospitalizations. The state’s overall cases also seemed to zero in toward the Portland metropolitan area, not surprising because that has been ground zero for riots in the state.
Only a week ago, Brown announced that certain Oregon counties would be in a two week “pause” for social activity; after the increase in cases, Brown decided to step up on the restrictions.
Brown joined Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Newsom of California in imposing a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone traveling to any of the three states.
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The order is likely to have a devastating effect on Oregon businesses, still struggling from over six months of restrictions on their businesses.
That fact wasn’t lost on Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state’s epidemiologist and health officer, noting the freeze was “a difficult decision.” He encouraged people with the ability to order takeout or otherwise support businesses affected by the freeze.
“They need our help more now than ever,” he said.
It isn’t known what effect the freeze will have on companies that sell bricks, hammers, and fireworks, which have all been thriving over the past six months as Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other anarchist groups have been hard at work turning Portland into a third-world hell hole.
Health officials blamed social gatherings such as Halloween and house parties for driving cases upward, while disregarding riots and Biden “celebrations” on the streets of Portland.
Health officials admitted that dining in bars or restaurants was not necessarily tied into the state’s spike in cases, while noting that people who are more likely to hang out with people outside of their households are also more likely to go to bars and restaurants.
Brown is working with State Police Superintendent Terri Davie to work with local law enforcement agencies to work on how to actually enforce the social gathering restrictions.
In other words, Brown is going to have police cite and/or arrest “freeze” scofflaws, while district attorneys such as Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt have refused to prosecute all but the most egregious crimes emanating out of nightly riots in Portland. Priorities, we guess.
Up until now, Brown has been hesitant to insist on prosecuting people for felony failure to wear a mask, however that time is over.
“At this point in time, unfortunately, we have no other option,” Brown said.
She warned that any violations are misdemeanors punishable by citation or arrest.
“For the last eight months I have been asking Oregonians to follow the letter and the spirit of the law (actually they’re not laws, they’re executive orders) and we have chosen not to engage law enforcement,” Brown said.
Her office cited so-called emergency authority granted to her by Oregon law. Violators could face up to 30 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,250 or both. Our suggestion would be to break a few windows or throw bricks at people or burn an American flag or two while you’re failing to social distance and you’ll probably be all set in Eric Schmidt’s Portland.
Brown’s order of course comes just under two weeks before Thanksgiving. Brown spokesman Charles Boyle said in an email Saturday that “the Oregon State Police will be working with local law enforcement to enforce the Governor’s orders, in the same way local law enforcement officers respond to noise complaints for loud parties, for example and issue citations.
The state police said they would not have details on any enforcement plans before Monday.
Aside from restrictions on restaurants and bars and limiting indoor gatherings to six people from no more than two households, it allows retailers and most businesses to remain open but closes gyms.
Oregon Republicans slammed Brown’s restrictions, saying some were unconstitutional and others were arbitrarily applied.
One, Sen. Brian Boquist wrote to the Oregon State Police and complained that Brown’s order “appeared to have created new laws,” while noting that enforcement of her order amounted to “extrajudicial armed raids against private citizens.”
Perhaps if Brown and the mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler applied some consistency to enforcement people wouldn’t have such a problem with these orders.
However, when you see nightly riots, celebrations of an anticipated election win by Biden, and other politically correct events go unenforced, it is no wonder people are starting to question the legitimacy of such orders.
The words arbitrary and capricious come to mind.
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