Empower Wisconsin | May 12, 2020.
By Terrence Wall
MIDDLETON, Wis. — Local police and health departments recently started issuing citations and letters threatening business owners with jail time and fines, at the behest of the Evers administration. I’ve seen it first hand.
Last Friday evening a Bible study group was holding a class in my building when a neighbor snitched on them. A police officer responded faster than they do for a report of a stolen car and ordered the group — which was meeting on private property in a private building — to disband immediately under the threat of citation. Police officers did drive by again later, but didn’t stop. Maybe my earlier letter ordering law enforcement to stay off my property without a warrant did the job? It’s time for all of us to stand our ground.
Local health department agent Clint Marshall ordered my car wash to close. No due process, no asking questions, no investigations. He went right to “you’re guilty” and ordered closure under various threats. I told him that if he wanted to take me on, go ahead, that I was prepared to take him to the Supreme Court for violating my rights.
Our fitness center, an independent operator, was also ordered closed, even though it was already closed to the public and only two residents were using it.
Why is it that I can interact with hundreds of people at Target, Walmart, and the grocery store, but I can’t shop at a local retailer where I might run into one other person? Why is it that small businesses have to remain closed but mass transit, which has proven to be a transmitter of the virus, remains open?
Attention Evers: We sacrificed; we flattened the curve. So stop moving the goal posts. The governor now says that even if one area of the state doesn’t meet his new minimum criteria, the whole state will remain closed.
Sorry buddy, but your super powers have run out. At least they should have run out. As of Monday, May 11th, the governor has NO statutory power to act without the Legislature’s involvement, That is why he had his Department of Health Services secretary-designee sign his second order extending the lockdown until at least May 26. To do so, Evers used a different statute, a law never intended to give the DHS blanket statewide power greater than the governor or legislature. That’s why the order is being challenged in the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
As U.S. Attorney General William Barr said, there’s no pandemic exception in the constitution. The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,…”
And attention police officers: You took an oath to uphold the constitution, not the governor’s executive orders, which are not legislated through the democratic process. In the police department’s letter to the Bible study group, the officer stated that the right to assemble was subordinate to the Governor’s orders. Really?
It’s time to stand up for our rights — the right to survive.
Terrence Wall is a developer & owner of the T. Wall companies. He previously ran for the U.S. Senate