COVID Pushback: Courts Partially Cancel Executive Overreach in Several US States
AT A GLANCE...
- THE STORY:
COVID lockdown restrictions have been extreme in the US and worldwide, however several lawsuits have now been heard on the matter.
- THE IMPLICATIONS:
There are good signs that courts have ruled in favor of freedom and individual rights, but ultimately, we cannot expect courts to save us or deliver us freedom. Freedom comes from within; we must peacefully and powerfully demonstrate that.
COVID pushback has been happening around the world
in various forms. That is symptomatic of people seeing the truth, finding their sense of self-respect and finding the courage to stand up for their rights. Protests continue in many places, notably London (England) and Berlin (Germany) with David Icke and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. respectively giving speeches (in Icke’s case several speeches at several protests) to crowds of tens of thousands of people. In other places such as Melbourne (Australia), which has strangely for a Western democracy descended into the depths of tyranny, not enough COVID pushback is happening; Melbournians are still hampered by severe restrictions and are even forbidden from protesting, with the Victorian State Government classifying it as “incitement.” Australia and New Zealand are hampered by the fact they don’t possess a Bill of Rights; in my eyes that is a far more pressing concern to rectify than any other political topic; however human rights are inherent and come from within, so that need be no deterrent for Aussies to get out on the street in massive numbers to show the authorities who really has the power. Meanwhile in the US, people in many states have now taken action. Below is a brief update of the situation in some states (note: this is not a comprehensive list).
Pennsylvania Governor’s Closing of Businesses and Restrictions on Gatherings Found to Have Been Unconstitutional
A pro-freedom ruling recently emerged from Pennsylvania. Federal Judge William Stickman IV ruled that the state-imposed restrictions on gatherings violated the 1st Amendment (which includes freedom of assembly) and the stay-at-home and business-closing orders violated the 14th Amendment (which includes due process and equal protection clauses). This article reports:
“Lyndsay Kensinger, the governor’s press secretary, says the Wolf administration is disappointed and will seek a stay of the decision and file an appeal. Kensinger said the court ruling is limited to the business closure order and the stay at home orders issued in March and were later suspended, as well as the indoor and outdoor gathering limitations. “This ruling does not impact any of the other mitigation orders currently in place including, but not limited to the targeted mitigation orders announced in July, mandatory telework, mandatory mask order, worker safety order, and the building safety order,” she said.”
The judge wrote:
“There is no question that this Country has faced, and will face, emergencies of every sort. But the solution to a national crisis can never be permitted to supersede the commitment to individual liberty that stands as the foundation of the American experiment.”
So overall, it is good news, despite being limited in scope. However in the overall scheme of the plandemic, it’s small potatoes, since it didn’t challenge other aspects of the unconstitutional orders, nor did it challenge the root of the problem: the very existence of a virus or pandemic at all. The report continues:
“This by no means doesn’t recognize that we have a virus and a pandemic and that have a public health issue that needs to be addressed,” Leslie Osche, Butler County Commissioner and commission chair, told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4. “We need to be self accountable, to continue to wear masks and take the necessary precautions that we’ve already been taking to mitigate the pandemic, the virus,” said Butler County Commissioner Kimberly Geyer, who serves as vice-chair of the commission.“
So, a limited hangout for sure. Meanwhile in Wisconsin …
Wisconsin County Ordered to Re-Open Schools
This Epoch Times article Wisconsin Supreme Court Overrules County’s Order Allows Private Schools to Open reports that the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 against local health officials in Dane County (which includes the state capital Madison). Health officials were using Dane County Emergency Order #9 issued on August 21st 2020 to shut down schools. The court concluded that “local health officers do not appear to have statutory authority to do what the Order commands” i.e. to carry out the “broad closure of schools.”
Illinois Judge Limits Governor Power to 30 Days
An Illinois judge Mike McHaney from Clay County delivered from some great COVID pushback against the State Executive Branch months ago when he ruled that the governor couldn’t extend disaster proclamations beyond 30 days. In fact, the judge stated that any emergency powers stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak lapsed on April 8th 2020. Governor JB Pritzker ignored McHaney’s rulings and appealed them, however on August 14th, McHaney ordered Pritzker to appear in court to explain why he should not be held in contempt of court!
Michigan Supreme Court Declares Governor Had no Authority for COVID Restrictions After April 30th 2020
Just last week Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman wrote in the majority opinion that Governor Gretchen Whitmer had no authority after April 30th 2020 for COVID lockdown restrictions. Whitmer had been trying to argue she had authority under 2 laws (the Emergency Management Act from 1976 and the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act from 1945) but the courts rejected that claim:
“We conclude that the Governor lacked the authority to declare a ‘state of emergency’ or a ‘state of disaster’ under the EMA after April 30, 2020, on the basis of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, we conclude that the EPGA is in violation of the Constitution of our state because it purports to delegate to the executive branch the legislative powers of state government– including its plenary police powers– and to allow the exercise of such powers indefinitely.”
California County Votes to End COVID State of Emergency
In Placer County, California, a board of supervisors recently declared that they do no consider that there is a state of emergency due to COVID in their county. ActivistPost reports:
“Our case numbers are so low, it doesn’t warrant a shutdown,” said Placer County Board chairwoman Bonnie Gore. Placer county, located in the Sacramento area, has acquired a running tally of 3,325 Covid-19 cases since February, with a total of exactly 39 deaths. The United States Census Bureau counted the Placer population at 398,329 as of July 1, 2019, placing the overall infection rate around 0.008%. The World Health Organization believes that it is safe to reopen in areas with a testing positivity rate of less than 5%, positioning Placer county just under the mark at 4.5% as of August 29th. However, the move to end the most restrictive lockdown orders spurred public health officer Dr. Aimee Sisson to resign in protest.”
Ohio: COVID Lawsuit with the Biggest Implications
Hands down the most comprehensive and interesting lawsuit currently filed in the US relating to COVID pushback is this one from Ohio. It was filed on Sept. 2nd 2020 by attorney Thomas Renz on behalf on citizen rights group Ohio Stands Up! It is yet to be heard, however it will go into discovery. The suit goes for the throat so to speak when it comes to challenging the government’s illegal lockdown and unfounded proclamations of emergency. Here are some quotes from Renz and Robert Gargasz (another attorney also involved), who have promised they will release the extensive evidence that chronicles the case to the public to offer transparency and insight:
“We believe that the response to COVID-19 has been the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the American public … The objective of this legal action is to force the state to honor the Constitution and to stop the lies, manipulation and fear-mongering intentionally being promoted by public health officials and elected officials … The State of Ohio has consistently lied to and manipulated its citizens from the earliest stages of this pandemic. We insist that this nonsense end, our rights be restored, and that the actual truth be shared … The entire U.S. economy was shut down based on fraudulent models that predicted 2.2 million American deaths. The State of Ohio violated the U.S. Constitution with an emergency declaration that ignores the fundamental rights of all Ohioans. As a result, millions of Ohioans are suffering financially, physically, and mentally.”
Canadian Vaccine Choice Group Launches Comprehensive COVID Lawsuit
Meanwhile other countries are either preparing or launching lawsuits too. Of particular interest is this one in Canada, filed by a group called Vaccine Choice Canada who hired lawyer Rooco Galati. The suit is 190 pages long and challenges the Canadian government’s entire reaction to COVID. Here is a summary of the case:
“[Vaccine Choice Canada] claims that the COVID-19 regulations violate Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. According to the Vaccine Choice Canada lawsuit, the government-imposed shutdown of businesses to prevent the spread of COVID-19 was “extreme, unwarranted and unjustified.” Further, the group argues that the social distancing and self-isolation measures were “not scientific, nor medically based nor proven.” Vaccine Choice Canada also reportedly argues that requiring individuals to wear masks in some public spaces can cause “physical and psychological harm.” According to the Vaccine Choice Canada lawsuit, these measures violate various rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Charter, including the right of association; the right to life, liberty and security of the person; certain measures constitute unlawful search and seizure, and arbitrary detention by enforcement officers; and some COVID-19 measures violate the right to equality before and under the law. “The ‘pandemic’ is false, and the measures phony, designed and implemented for improper and ulterior purposes, at the behest of the [World Health Organization], controlled and directed by billionaire, corporate oligarchs,” the Vaccine Choice Canada lawsuit reportedly alleges.”
Other States and Countries Engaging in COVID Pushback
The Idaho legislature took some COVID pushback steps in August when the State House passed a resolution to end the coronavirus emergency declaration. It was a measure intended to end restrictions across the state that would also strip Idaho of eligibility for $117 million in emergency federal funds. Unfortunately it was not passed by the Idaho State Senate. Interestingly, some State politicians seemed to get the point while others did not:
“Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian and the sponsor of the resolution, said Little’s original declaration of emergency was intended to ensure that COVID-19 cases did not outstrip Idaho hospitals’ ability to care for patients. Hospital capacity has remained more than adequate since the pandemic began, Harris said, but the governor’s declaration and stay-home order caused “extensive collateral damage” to citizens. Rep. Christy Zito, R-Hammett, agreed during the debate that restrictions should be lifted, saying she was disturbed by some of the precautions related to the pandemic. “We are putting our children in plexiglass cages,” she said. “We are masking faces so those that are hearing-impaired feel lost and cannot function. We are masking faces so that children like my grandson, who is borderline autistic, is traumatized often by faces that he can’t see and relate to.” “It is time to return to normal. Not a new normal, to normal,” she added.”
However other lawmakers didn’t want to give up federal money:
“I’m very reluctant, given the economic straits we’re in now, to turn our noses up at $117 million that could be pivotal in pulling us out of this,” she said. Others disagreed. House Majority Leader Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, said that Idaho should not be relying on those federal funds anyway. “I refuse, when we talk about money, I refuse to sell my liberties for money,” he said. “I refuse to be blackmailed for money. And I refuse to sell my state and my blessings of my family and everything else for some federal freaking check.”
This highlights how Operation Coronavirus was pulled off around the world. Part of it was done with flat out bribery – with the NWO (new World Order) controllers using institutions that can print money out of thin air (World Bank, IMF, Federal Reserve, etc.) to pay nations and states to lockdown their populations and follow the program in exchange for funding. Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko stated via Belarusian Telegraph Agency, BelTA, that the World Bank and IMF offered him a bribe of USD$940 million as ‘COVID Relief Aid.’ The proposed deal was that in exhcange for the money he would:
- impose an “extreme lockdown on his people”
- force them to wear face masks
- impose very strict curfews
- impose a police state
- crash the economy
Lukashenko showed intestinal fortitude by refusing the offer however his comments are very revealing; they show one aspect of how this agenda is being rolled out worldwide. The theme of ‘paying for the COVID scamdemic’ is large, and extends also to the doctors and hospitals who were bribed to falsely inflate COVID cases, unnecessarily put patients on ventilators and fraudulently ascribe death to COVID on death certificates. It should be noted however that hospitals were put in this position because they were prevented from doing ‘normal business’ (like elective procedures) and had little choice; some have been on the verge of bankruptcy.
Final Thoughts on COVID Pushback
There was always going to be this kind of COVID pushback once people awoke to the agenda, however the wheels of the legal process grind slowly. If you know of any other cases, please post updates in the comments below. Although the above cases are mostly good news, there have been rulings which have upheld the Executive Branch power. Overall we must ask: are these and other lawsuits enough, given that the Northern Hemisphere is heading into winter, and the NWO conspirators have been programming people since the start of this scamdemic for a 2nd wave, a 2nd lockdown and even in Bill Gates’ own words “a Pandemic II“? The tyranny that has been happening in Melbourne is undoubtedly a trial run for what they want too attempt to pull off in the next few months in the Northern Hemisphere. Are enough people mentally prepared for an increase in the fear and propaganda?
There are many avenues to stand for freedom, and although the legal avenue can be effective, sometimes the courts are rigged and judges don’t want to rock the boat. The most powerful solution is when a critical mass of people in a certain area or region engage in peaceful mass non-compliance. That is what we must ultimately aim at, for then it becomes clear that the few cannot control the many unless the many willingly acquiesce, cooperate and obey.
Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative media / independent news site The Freedom Articles, author of the book Cancer: The Lies, the Truth and the Solutions and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com. Makia is on Steemit and Parler.