No, Limiting Federal government’s Power Over You Isn’t Tying Their Hands Throughout a Health Crisis

No, Limiting Federal government’s Power Over You Isn’t Tying Their Hands Throughout a Health Crisis

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom goes to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Security’s McClellan Reload Base in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, July 9, 2020, to talk about the state’s new efforts to safeguard emergency situation workers and evacuees from COVID-19 during wildfires. (AP Photo/Hector Amezcua, Swimming Pool)

If this COVID-19 crisis has actually taught us anything, it’s that there are a whole lot of individuals out there who do not know the line between correct governance and full-blown federal government overreach.

Hi, you might acknowledge me as the pro-mask supporter who argued that there was merit in a (short-lived) shutdown in order to combat the infection. These are positions I still hold, and I do think that in lots of locations these actions did assistance. But it is also very clear to see that there is a line that has to be strolled between limiting some activity and being too managing, and many state governments maximized the fear of their citizens to cross that line.

In California, for example, Governor Gavin Newsom has been wielding and abusing power like insane. It’s been definitely crazy, however even presuming regarding risk leaving kids with discovering impairments without correct aid by requiring them to stay away from schools. His shutdown has actually extended far beyond any usefulness and rather of effectively leading, he has shut down services, churches, schools, and anything else individuals routinely go to.

As a result of that, a new initiative has been submitted in the state’s legislature which would limit Newsom’s capability to impose this despotic veil over his people.

Dazzling new initiative just sent.

— Scott Lay (@scottlay) September 15, 2020

Let’s be absolutely fair here: Each state is accountable for its own handling of this. There is no federal power to do any of the things that Newsom or anybody else has declared President Donald Trump must be doing. Each state government does have the flexibility to do what they think is ideal and correct. If those actions cross a Constitutional line OR if they are declined by the citizens, then that power can and need to be restricted.

In this case, it appears as though the state government is going to have a numeration of some sort over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. What is also clear, however, is that some people really do not understand the difference in between efficient governance and authoritarian control.

Cool, an initiative to avoid the federal government from doing anything throughout a public health crisis

— Jeremy B. White (@JeremyBWhite) September 15, 2020

If this POLITICO press reporter really checked out and comprehended the text in the initial tweet, he might understand that his tweet is really just dumb. Stating the federal government will not have the power to impact “personal service, public beaches, state parks, locations of worship or personal freedoms” is not stating the federal government can’t do anything. You could argue that state parks fall under their jurisdiction and I would not grumble, and depending upon how public beaches are run, you may have a case there, as well.

But even giving credence to those arguments, you are still giving federal government far too much power over your individual life if you say they can mandate that your privately-owned business can stay indefinitely closed if you did not dedicate a criminal activity. You are providing too much power if you permit them to dictate what churches can be open and when. There are freedoms that need to be appreciated.

What’s more, there is a great deal more that federal government can and need to do beyond regulating your life in order to fight an enormous pandemic break out within its borders. Its health department can be proactive in going to the most susceptible locations (like assisted living home, as Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida bought his federal government to do) and working to recognize and get rid of those at danger from a possible outbreak. A state government can better supply access to healthcare by working with its health system to make the most of bed space and efficiency.

The very first reaction of a federal government during a crisis should not be identifying what it can restrict you from doing. That’s the idea process of someone who believes more federal government can fix things, when all this crisis has shown us is that more federal government produces a bigger mess.

Joe Cunningham

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