It’s been clear for months that the statutes pertaining to the governors’ Peacetime Emergency Powers needed reforming. Currently, the authorities get extended if the governor says they’re required and either the House or Senate agrees with the governor.

What’s required is for these authorities to be limited to 30 days initially. If the authorities need to be extended, then both the House and Senate must be required to approve of the extension. In this instance, a Democrat House is protecting a DFL governor. There might be a time when an extension is required. I’m not disputing that. What I’m disputing is the situation that we’re currently in. The current situation includes the governor unilaterally shutting down cafes and restaurants:

Five more Minnesota restaurants have been issued cease-and-desist orders and license suspension notices from the Minnesota Department of Health. A press release from the MDH claims Long Pine Store in Pine River was observed on Dec. 18 serving beverages in person, and Jamieson’s on Main in Oslo was found serving food for in-person dining on Dec. 21.

Investigators determined “that the facilities had violated executive orders designed to protect their employees, customers, and communities from the COVID-19 pandemic.” The governor’s Executive Order 20-99 prohibits restaurants and bars from offering dine-in options. Cease-and-desist orders were issued to both within the last week, as well as notices of “license suspension.” The news release does not specify which licenses MDH plans on suspending.

Gov. Walz unilaterally decided to shut these restaurants down. He didn’t consult with the legislature. He didn’t seek testimony from the restaurateurs or their worker. He just issued EO-99. He didn’t even talk with these owners.

The DFL is complicit in this by extending the not-that-limited DFL lockdown by not ending Gov. Walz’s shutdown. That means that the DFL, from Gov. Walz to Melissa Hortman, own this recession and deficit. This borders on the dictatorial:

The Declaration of Independence emphatically states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Gov. Walz isn’t issuing these executive orders with the consent of the governed. He’s issuing them because he’s trying to look like he’s doing something while the ship sinks. Yes, the ship is sinking under his watch. Life savings have been lost. He’s turned a surplus into a significant deficit. He and the DFL are threatening people with crippling fines for trying to make a living. He’s done these things without listening to the people.

That’s the definition of a tyrant!”

5 Responses to “Peacetime Emergency Powers reform”

  • Chad Q says:

    I agree whole heartedly that the statute needs to change but what is worse than unilateral power by one man/party is the people who are turning these bars and restaurants in for not bowing down to Walz’ edicts. Bunch of brownshirt, jack-booted thugs each and every one of them. What a miserable life those people must lead.

  • J. Ewing says:

    I’m wondering when the government, or the Governor specifically as an individual, will be sued under the “takings” clause of the Constitution? I mean, you tell a man he cannot use his property in a lawful manner, you must compensate him for that.

  • John Palmer says:

    It is clear that the actions of the Governor has taken property rights from the businesses and individuals. It is possible the type of “takings” the Governor has employed is legal under current law. Also, as we have seen from the post election litigation, courts apparently can avoid hearing a case without considering the merits and injuries parties have no recourse.

  • John Palmer says:

    Maybe the quickest solution to Gov. Walz behavior is to recall him. Here is a link to how recall works in MN: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hrd/pubs/ss/ssrecall.pdf

  • eric z says:

    Flies spread disease. Especially unmasked barflies. That, as I see it, is Walz’s point. After closing time they go out and infect the remainder of the non-barfly world. If they kept it among themselves natural selection would cull them, but, not so, hence demand better behavior. This Repubican pissing and moaning is all aimed at ginning up dislike for Walz, who is too conservative for my liking, and my guess is Erin would have been much better, especially on the environmental issues. But Walz vs. the My Pillow guy; get real.

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