Oregon officials lecture state residents to stay home as they vacation in Hawaii (op-ed)

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The following article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, WA – Just remember. The rules are for you…not for them. The latest example of abject hypocrisy and tone-deafness of the political class comes to us out of Portland, Oregon.

The governor of that state, Kate Brown, has implemented some of the harshest restrictions on civil liberties in the country with her two-week “freeze.” That, however, has not stopped the political class from giving the peons a giant middle finger.

On November 10, Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten was attending a Zoom meeting of the board of commissioners. He was seen wearing a blue Hawaiian print shirt, sitting on a sunny balcony.

Wait, in Oregon? In November?

Ah, but no…Schouten was enjoying a warm and sunny day in Hawaii.

 

“This is the beginning of day three and we’re having a great time!” Schouten beamed during the meeting. “The weather has been great. The sun has been warm.”

Hey, nobody is saying people do not deserve a little R&R. After all, implementing overreaching and punitive mandates on your subjects is hard work. Poor Dick needed a little break. Just ask him:

“I was taking a vacation and I was doing everything that the law says you can and can’t do.”

This as coronavirus cases surged in his state and nationwide, and government tyrants have implemented travel bans, Thanksgiving mandates, and other restrictions designed to oppress the subjects.

Schouten told KGW that he had returned from Hawaii last week and would be self-quarantining for two weeks:

“We’ve all had to make sacrifices, myself included, but if you have some time to take time off—I think people should take advantage of that.”

Ironically, at that November 10 meeting, county officials told the public they needed to take precautions, advising them that some county services would only be offered by appointment.

Chairperson Kathryn Harrington said:

“We don’t want to overwhelm our health care system and we are close to that. So now is the time for urgent action.”

Schouten’s excursion took place as cases were significantly increasing in Oregon, and just before power-hungry Gov. Kate Brown told state residents they should cease “non-essential” out of state travel.

Oregon officials lecture state residents to stay home as they vacation in Hawaii (op-ed)
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Despite the “urgent action” warning issued by Harrington, another Washington County commissioner also announced he would be traveling.

“As you all know, I am departing for Mexico on Monday morning—very, very early,” said Commissioner Jerry Wiley.

Just days later, Brown issued her mandate warning residents of the state not to travel over state lines. Wiley could not be reached, but a county spokesperson said he would be gracing Oregonians with his presence on December 1.

In Multnomah County, home of riot-central Portland, another county commissioner was facing heat from county employees and the public after spending two weeks in a condo in Hawaii. She also joined a November 10 Multnomah County Commission meeting via Zoom remotely from Hawaii.

“I am working remotely, and I am also having a vacation,” said County Commissioner Sharon Meieran in an interview with KGW last Monday. She said that she had also arrived prior to Brown’s dictate.

Meieran is an emergency room physician and had previously called for restrictions on public gatherings and business operations to “slow the spread” of the coronavirus.

In a true sign of leadership, Meieran also justified her trip to the Big Island, saying:

“Nothing that I’ve done actually contradicts anything I’ve been saying or doing,”

 

Just three days after leaving for Hawaii, she tweeted: “At this point, we need to go back to staying home.”

Where was the tweet sent from? According to the geolocation of the social media post, it was sent from Keauhou, Hawaii. Talk about sheer hypocrisy. “You little people stay home. For me, I am going to do what I want,” the intonation was.

The question becomes-when are people going to have enough of the sheer hypocrisy of these tyrants? Time and again, we have seen them implement rules, calling people’s patriotism or compassion into account, while they themselves do whatever the hell they want.

There was a movie that came out in 1976 called “Network.” In that movie, a character played by Peter Finch named Howard Beale screams out, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

 

It is time for Americans to channel their inner Howard Beale and tell these government tyrants the same thing.  

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PA governor announces new holiday restrictions, including wearing a mask in your house

November 18, 2020

 

PENNSYLVANIA– With COVID cases on the rise, and Thanksgiving a week away, many are concerned that the holiday will cause the numbers to soar even further. 

Many Governors and Mayors are implementing mandates to try to get ahead of the curve. Both Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, and New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo have limited indoor gatherings to less than ten people for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Several Sheriff’s in New York have risen up to state they will not be enforcing Governor Cuomo’s mandate however. 

Philadelphia Mayor, Jim Kenney, has gone to the extreme of banning all gatherings, both in person and outdoor for the remainder of the calendar year. 

Now, the entire state of Pennsylvania, is taking additional steps to try to control the looming spread of the virus, however the mandates that are going to be put in place, resemble the workings of a dictatorship rather than a democracy.  

On Thursday, November 18th, officials have announced that the already in place public mask mandate will extend into individuals own homes. That’s right, according to Governor Tom Wolf, if you are going to be celebrating Thanksgiving in the state of Pennsylvania, you will be required to don a mask while gathered with your family. 

The specifics that were laid out by Pennsylvania Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, state that masks are required outside where individuals are not able to maintain at least six feet of distance, and inside where people from multiple households are gathering, even if they can maintain a social distance. 

Fox News reported that in addition to the in home mask mandate, starting Friday, anyone who enters Pennsylvania must be tested at least 72 hours before arrival, and if they can or do not get a test, they must quarantine for 14 days. 

The order does not apply to people who commute to neighboring states for work or health care, officials said, and will be largely self-enforced.

 

This new mandate comes as Pennsylvania, like most states across the country, are seeing a sudden and rapid rise in the number of positive cases of COVID-19. The state has reported that as of November 17th, Pennsylvania has seen almost 6,000 new positive COVID-19 cases per day, and 9,355 statewide deaths. That spike is up more than 115% in just the last two weeks. 

Although these numbers are eye-opening, and no one wants to see hospitals become inundated again, mandating that individuals wear facemasks in their own homes is an extreme violation of ones rights. 

I am sure that if this is taken to court, it will be deemed unconstitutional, just like Wolf’s September pandemic restrictions were ruled.  

 

As stated above, Philadelphia has banned all indoor gatherings until 20201, in addition to banning indoor dining and closing casinos, gyms, museums, and libraries.

Everyone is on pins and needles awaiting the looming shutdowns in every state. President Trump has vowed not to do a mass shut down of the country, so it is up to each Governor or Mayor to pull the trigger so to speak. 

Should Joe Biden become the next President, we can all assume a mass shutdown is all but certain, as he has already taken to calling Governors asking them to require a mask mandate. 

While many Governors and Mayors are beginning to scale things back, the city of Philadelphia has been one of the first to make a drastic decision, banning all indoor gatherings, public or private, for the remainder of 2020, in order to try to combat the surging spread of COVID-19.

In addition to indoor gatherings, on Monday, November 16th it was announced that the city of love has also banned the opening of restaurants, gyms, casinos, museums, and libraries. Additionally, all college and high school in-person instruction will be prohibited until further notice.

 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the new mandate will go into effect Friday, November 20th. 

According to The Keystone News, U.S. Rep. Joe Ciresi from Pennsylvania reported a record 5,531 new positive COVID-19 cases via a press release on Friday. This capped last week’s total at 28,290 new cases and added to the statewide total of 254,287.

It is being reported that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has seen a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds. 

Mayor Kenney is claiming these shutdowns are necessary, as he believes that without this dramatic action, hospitals will become overrun by the end of the year, as they did when the pandemic first began in March.

Mayor Kenney said:

“The bottom line is that if people don’t follow it and it doesn’t work, we’re going to be in the situation longer than we need to be,” 

He continued:

“So it will be a self-fulfilling problem if people won’t cooperate and refuse to follow what we’re asking them to do and the case count goes up.”

Pennsylvania is not the only state that is seeing soaring numbers, and tightening its restrictions because of it. New Jersey has also seen record high numbers, and has limited indoor gatherings to less than 10 people and outdoor gatherings to no more than 100.

These lockdowns come as many health officials are concerned family gatherings for Thanksgiving, and traveling between states for the holiday, will also cause the numbers to increase even further. 

School districts in Philadelphia’s neighboring counties, like Montgomery and Chester, are also switching to online classes effective November 17th, the Keystone News reported.

Although Governor Wolf has not followed Mayor Kenney’s steps for the rest of the state, it is likely more restrictions or a full lockdown is in the near future.

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