Governor King Roy Cooper’s hissy fit over having his excessive COVID-19 power plays challenged by citizens and owners of the Ace Speedway in Alamance County went to court Thursday, after Cooper sued them because the racetrack operators failed kiss his ring and promise not to hold another race.
A judge backed Cooper up Thursday, reinforcing the governor in picking on this one business venue to make an example out of, and issuing a restraining order to shut the facility down until a full hearing is conducted.
“[…] The decision was made during a hearing Thursday morning after North Carolina health officials ordered Ace Speedway in Alamance County to close, saying the stockcar track’s defiance of limits on mass gatherings during the pandemic make it an “imminent hazard” for spreading coronavirus.
Attorney Chuck Kitchen represents Jason and Robert Turner who he said, run the races at Ace Speedway. Kitchen argued that his clients were never named, never served and were not in violation of the abatement order state health officials issued Tuesday. He believes his clients are being singled out.
“It is very difficult, you are fighting the state and if you are just a person in Alamance County trying to make a living that is tough on you,” said Kitchen.
Kitchen also said that his clients met with the Sheriff, a county commissioner and the local health director and took appropriate steps to keep the races safe. He said other tracks are operating and does not think that the restrictions in place are reasonable.
“What they cannot do is say we are only going to have 25 people in the stands or 25 people altogether. It simply is not reasonable it shuts them down,” said Kitchen.[…]”
But the special counsel appointed by the state apparently did a stellar job of channeling the sense of Pandemic Panic pushed by Cooper and Health Secretary Mandy Cohen, using hyperbole in arguing that the races were an immediate threat to human life.
“[…] “The continued operation of Ace Speedway is an immediate threat to human life and an immediate threat to serious adverse health effects,” said Kasper.
Kasper also said that several features of the raceway increase the risk of COIVD-19 spreading, from people gathering in large crowds to people yelling and cheering close together. He said the races should stop until they comply with the executive order.
“There is a risk of irreparable harm if the races occur this Saturday. There is a high risk of transmission,” said Kasper. […]”
First, the idea that the governor and a few choice public health officials can unilaterally shut your livelihood down, and tell you that you cannot assume your own responsibility and the risks that come with it, is patently absurd and anathema to the American ethos.
Second, and most especially, this special counsel, in admonishing the private citizens for threatening human life by gathering in large crowds and yelling and screaming close one another, is representing Roy Cooper who literally just got tested for the virus as a precaution after he celebrated and joined hordes of people yelling and screaming in the streets.
But that’s okay, because instead of cheering on their favorite local driver, those people were yelling about social justice, and we all know the woke don’t get sick. The hypocrisy is blinding.
The Turners have since announced on the Ace Speedway Facebook page that their June 13 and 19 races have been canceled. However, reports of other racetracks holding races this Saturday, in protest against the unwelcome restrictions from Governor King Cooper are popping up. There’s even a race close to the Crystal Coast, in case you want to split some time between fun on the beach and showing King Cooper just what you think about his authoritarianism.