As reported by the Louisville Courier Journal, judges have ordered a pair of coronavirus patients and a family member to wear tracking devices for the near-term after local health officials claim they had been out in public against medical advice.
The paper added:
Issuing health-related civil orders is new territory for the courts, according to Judge Charles Cunningham, who issued two Friday. The third was issued earlier this month when a South End resident who tested positive for coronavirus refused to self-isolate.
But the orders are essential for keeping the community safe when infected patients refuse to self-quarantine, officials said during Mayor Greg Fischer's Facebook Live briefing …
“The home incarceration program is well-suited for this,” Amy Hess, Louisville’s chief of public services, told the paper. “It provides us with the proper amount of distancing. We can monitor activity after (the monitoring device) gets affixed to them … to make sure they’re not further affecting the community.
“We would prefer not to have to do it at all,” she added.
Right. But then, you did it anyway.
Sorry, but there is no authority conveyed to the federal government or states to enact this kind of measure, ’emergency health situation’ aside.
But there are several constitutional provisions that prohibit it, and since the Supreme Court has ruled that our founding document’s “Supremacy clause” overrides any state and local ordinances, that should settle the matter. These people who were ordered monitored like common criminals should seek legal counsel.
Because here’s the thing: Coronavirus is not an automatic death sentence. Yes, it’s serious, no question about it, and our readers know how seriously we have taken the pandemic.
But is it worth the destruction of our Constitution? Is it worth the permanent loss of our freedom and liberty?
Consider this: If forcing Americans to be tracked over a virus is permissible, what isn’t?
Should we firebomb New York City, New Orleans and Chicago because the pandemic is worse in these cities? Of course not.
William Sullivan, writing at American Thinker, asks:
If the mayor of the most notable metropolis in the country can openly suggest that the government has the right to permanently shutter the doors of a church if it refuses to comply with “social distancing” guidelines, or any other edict the government finds necessary in a given moment, then what can’t the government do?
If a judge in Anytown, USA can order Americans to wear a tracking device even if all they have are mild symptoms of a virus that only affects most people with mild symptoms, then what can’t they order?
Most Americans are well aware of the pandemic, but unless they are reading certain news sites like this one, they aren’t getting the full story. Far too many “mainstream” media outlets are more interested in having their reporters engage in “gotcha” questions with President Trump during his daily coronavirus press briefings than they are reporting the truth, or helping the public.
So yes, there certainly is danger out there. But the question must be asked: When have authorities gone too far with their power? If these kinds of actions can be justified under ‘emergency’ health orders, then any actions can similarly be justified. And from there, it gets really ugly in terms of loss of freedom.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that things will never ‘get back to normal.’ He said that thanks to coronavirus, we will all have to live in a “new normal.”
What does that mean, exactly? Because if it means we have to permanently surrender our constitutional rights to tyrants, count us out.
We need to pull together to fight against this virus and save lives. But we can’t allow sycophants drunk with power to steal our liberty.