In Florida, at least, the “Faucists”’ long reign of error and terror is drawing to a close.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who reintroduced the state to living normally some months ago, recently announced pardons for any Florida residents who had been charged for violating Covid nanny-state orders.
During an interview on Fox News, DeSantis singled out gym owners Mike and Jillian Carnevale, “As soon as I heard that Mike and Jillian Carnevale were facing criminal penalties, like possible jail time, for not requiring masks at their gym I stepped in to shield them from this local government overreach.”
Closing gyms or making it difficult for patrons to exercise was always a monumental exhibition of government stupidity and overreach. When you’re faced with a disease that is particularly hard on the obese and the sedentary, what kind of “public health expert” decides to close gyms?
In this case, DeSantis will initially sign a reprieve that delays the case against the gym owners for 60 days, during which time a clemency board “will meet to issue pardons for them and other Florida residents.”
DeSantis explained, “When our clemency board meets in the coming weeks, we’ll issue pardons not only for Mike and Jillian, but for any Floridian that may have outstanding infractions for things like masks and social distancing. These things with health should be advisory. They should not be punitive.”
This builds on the legislation the governor signed in March that waived fines for those who disobeyed disease decrees.
Compare DeSantis’ humane approach to potentially unconstitutional ‘emergency orders’ with the approach of the mercenaries masquerading as police in Newark, New Jersey. There civil liberties and constitutional rights appear to be purely optional.
Journalist Michael Tracey found the Flustapo there “went on a tear charging people with novel interpretations of crimes.” Between March 21 and May 13, 2020 at least 1,100 summons were issued to residents who fell afoul of disease decrees.
Here is a brief list of some of the creative thinking the Covid Cops used to ticket people:
- Sitting in park
- Sitting and talking to others
- Sitting on milk crate
- Visiting with no legitimate purpose
- Hanging out
- Being in the street in the company of another
- In street in the company of others
- Sitting on bench smoking
Standing outside enjoying the weather
Socializing with another
These “violations” are absurd and an example of power-mad “public health experts” ignoring commonsense — and the Constitution.
The violations are also no laughing matter. The penalty for “enjoying the weather” when the “Flustapo” is on the prowl is potentially six months in jail and a fine of $1,000.
Keep in mind this was an executive order issued by the governor without a vote by the legislature. Essentially a royal decree that New Jersey subjects were expected to obey without question. What’s more, the “violations” took place outside where the chance of passing on the disease is less than1%.
Here you have a tale of two governors and their response to an unprecedented situation. In Florida, DeSantis used common sense and revised flu precautions as more became known about the disease and how it spread.
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy came down hard on his citizens and allowed Faucists to continue a reign of error long past the time when their mistakes were obvious to all. Fortunately, for New Jersey residents, they won’t have to move to Florida to get some relief from authoritarian government.
Murphy is up for re-election this November. New Jersey residents have a chance to make their displeasure known loud and clear at the ballot box.
Let’s hope they take the opportunity.
Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read Michael Reagan’s Reports — More Here.
Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of “Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)” Read Michael Shannon’s Reports — More Here.
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