RALEIGH – What does a tyrant do when a court dares to restrict his authority over individual business owners? Why, he kicks and screams and then threatens to tighten his tyrannical grip even further if he doesn’t get his way.
That’s essentially what Governor Roy Cooper did when a judge ruled that bowling alleys, one of the businesses Cooper has selectively kept closed and who sued the governor for relief, could reopen across the state.
In addition to petulantly promising to appeal the ruling, King Cooper even hints that if he doesn’t get his way — if the three branches of government, and the People, don’t bend to his unilateral will — he might roll back our freedoms once again with more coronavirus restrictions. The statement from Cooper’s office reads:
“Hospitalizations and positive cases are reaching record highs while the Governor works to get schools open and prevent the state from going backward on restrictions. The Governor will immediately appeal this ruling that harms both of these efforts.”
First of all, wouldn’t ANY new positive cases be a new record? As in yesterday we had X number of cases, and today we have X+1 cases; a RECORD HIGH!
Hospitalizations are up, and so is the awareness that patients hospitalized for elective surgeries testing positive are curiously counted in this figure. ICU utilization is steady and not near capacity at all. Deaths are down significantly.
Yet, any attempt to hold Cooper accountable to the Constitution and our common understanding of basic core liberties draws a bitter, falsely sanctimonious, and transparently power-hungry response such as that statement above.
The statement below, from House Speaker Tim More, however, is more respectful of the fact that Cooper has violated the rights of citizens by picking winners and losers while forcing each one of us into sacrificing liberty in some amorphous collective struggle with him calling the shots.
“This court decision reflects the difficult reality that the Governor has chosen winners and losers in North Carolina’s economy without any justification or consistency, devastating some family businesses while helping others. The Governor’s inconsistent approach to closing businesses has been unfair, inequitable, and thus illegal from the start. I continue to urge the Governor to produce a plan for all North Carolina companies, to communicate that plan, and to help businesses comply with consistent protocols so they may safely operate.”
Roy Cooper was elected governor (barely); not King. We should all start acting like it, and live as the free men we are.
‘Free men don’t ask permission,’ the phrase resounds. After a night of strikes or gutter balls, these bowlers sure could use a bar to patronize…