from Daniel Horowitz at the Blaze:
The Constitution is immune to coronavirus power-grabs
What has happened to ‘consent of the governed’?
In a matter of 244 years, we have gone from the understanding that “governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed” to “shut up, mask up, and obey your governors.”
Amid the reams of debate written on the data, science, math, and policies undergirding the unprecedented governmental response to coronavirus, there is shockingly very little discussion about the legality of crushing the most foundational rights imaginable. Can executive officials merely tout “COVID” in a sentence at a press conference and rule over our lives in any way they want for as long as they want? This is the discussion that was needed eight months ago, but there’s no time like the present to embark on it.
Imagine if Joe Biden delivered a prime-time speech at a press conference and announced that because of the emergent times in which we live, allowing Trump to remain president was simply not an option and that for our safety he rigged the election to ensure Trump’s defeat. Obviously, we would all be shocked by such a statement and would all move to counter his hypothetical play.
Well, this has actually happened, but with much more severe consequences than even stealing an election. What is worse than election fraud is governing fraud. What’s worse than someone illegally obtaining office is for someone to use that office to crush civil liberties and life itself, even if legitimately elected. Yet, for eight months, governors and mayors have been able to publicly announce a press conference and rule over our lives via press statements or tweets without any pushback.
The normally mild-mannered Justice Alito warned last month at the Federalist Society convention (which, of course, had to be remote) that “we have never before seen restrictions as severe, extensive and prolonged” and that these executive orders have produced “previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty.”