The crushing lockdowns that have been imposed on citizens by dictatorial Democrat governors have been denounced by many as being unconstitutional and now a federal judge agrees.
In a ruling that has serious implications for the future of the nation, a Trump-appointed judge smacked down Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s coronavirus restrictions were in violation of both the first and fourteenth amendments and therefore unconstitutional.
It is the first serious rebuke of officials in Democrat-controlled state who have used a national health crisis to rule by decree by invoking emergency powers and a message to Cuomo, Newsom, Whitmer, Pritzker, Murphy and other tyrants that their day in court is coming.
The ruling which came down on Monday will be appealed by Wolf who is clearly addicted to exercising tyranny over his state.
Via The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “Federal judge rules closures ordered by Wolf, Levine unconstitutional: They ‘crossed those lines’”:
A federal judge in Pittsburgh ruled Monday that the non-life-sustaining business closures, restrictions on outdoor gatherings and stay-at-home orders mandated by Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine to mitigate COVID-19 are unconstitutional.
Liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution cannot be subordinated even during times of an emergency, United States District Judge William S. Stickman IV wrote in his opinion, and the Constitution cannot accept the concept of a “new normal.”
“The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms — in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble. There is no question that this Country has faced, and will face, emergencies of every sort,” Judge Stickman wrote. “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.”
Rather, Judge Stickman wrote, “the Constitution sets certain lines that may not be crossed, even in an emergency,” and actions taken by Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, and Dr. Levine “crossed those lines” and are unconstitutional.
Specifically, their outdoor gathering limits violated the First Amendment’s right of assembly, their stay-at-home orders and components of the business closure orders violated due process of the 14th Amendment and their business closure components violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, the court ruled.
The Wolf administration, “disappointed” with the result, will seek a stay of the ruling and file an appeal, said Lyndsay Kensinger, spokeswoman for the governor.
President Trump who has been a defender of the rights of all Americans was quick to weigh in on the landmark ruling.
States with Dem governors that appear to be colluding with each other to extend the lockdowns for as long as possible in order to keep the economy from recovering before the election have faced little opposition to their tyranny which has only emboldened them.
The Pennsylvania ruling could inspire others to sue power-abusing Democrats over the stripping of their constitutional rights with courts serving as a check on the mini-dictatorships that have been put in place until future elections when these scoundrels can be thrown out of office.
Look for Wolf and the Democrats to fight this ruling ferociously and it could be headed to the Supreme Court.