Entering the week of one of the finest American traditions, politicians, under the guise of public health, have once again massively overstepped their power by enacting lockdowns specifically designed to stifle Thanksgiving. Rather than allowing individual families to make their own decisions regarding their health, politicians have taken that decision upon themselves. Numerous cities and states, as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defined, “Orwellian” guidelines, have all but throttled the holiday for millions of people. However, reminded by law enforcement itself, politicians have all but forgotten the origin of their power, the consent of the governed.
In cities with the most severe lockdowns, the police force has patriotically denied politicians’ orders, as seen
Though democratic Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo passed an executive order limiting all indoor gatherings to ten people, even in private residences, The New York State Sheriffs’ Association released a statement blasting Cuomo and informing him of their civil disobedience by allowing families to celebrate the holiday. In a statement released Tuesday, they told the state that, “Many Sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders have felt compelled to allay those concerns by assuring citizens that officers will not be randomly coming to their homes on Thanksgiving Day to count the number of people inside.”
“That would be neither practical nor Constitutional,” they emphasized
Fulton County, New York, Sheriff Richard Giardino brazenly denied Cuomo’s executive order, even bringing into question the order’s legality, promising, “With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents. And as a Sheriff with a law degree I couldn’t in good faith attempt to defend it Court, so I won’t.”
“Who and how many people you invite in to your home is your business, unlike outdoor gatherings which may receive a police response if disorderly or other violations of public nuisance laws occur,” the sheriff asserted. “[T]o enter your home to see how many Turkey or Tofu eaters are present is not a priority. We won’t be doing that.”
Elsewhere in New York, Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard, and Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo followed suit in criticizing the restrictions and vowing to not enforce them.
In restrictions likely to extend past Christmas, California Governor Gavin Newsom released an incredible set of rules, including no more than 3 households, including your own, may gather together, the host of the gathering must collect all names and addresses of those attending, all gatherings must be held outside, no gatherings longer than two hours, and even went so far as to discourage singing.
Similar to New York, multiple counties will outright refuse to enforce Newsom’s orders. Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones promised the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office “will not be determining—including entering any home or business—compliance with, or enforcing compliance of, any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at home, Thanksgiving, or other social gatherings inside or outside the home, maximum occupancy, or mask mandates.”
Sheriff Jeff Dirkse of Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office continues to refuse arresting those who break lockdown, stating “We will not be arresting anyone as a result of this or any other order. This is a public health crisis and we are not going to solve it by arresting people and making criminals out of the members of our community.”
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea understands how stressful these times can be and how meaningful the celebration of Thanksgiving is to families, explaining, “In these challenging times, there is a great deal of fear, anxiety and uncertainty within the community. I do not wish to compound those concerns by creating distrust and friction between residents and law enforcement.”
Solano County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, “For Thanksgiving, my deputies will not be “policing” the activities and or gatherings as it is up to the community to monitor the safety of their own family.”
Across the state, El Dorado, Sutter, and Placer counties will also not enforce the lockdowns.
Needless to say, law enforcement allowing families to celebrate and make their own decisions is a wonderful sight to see. In spite of their inflated senses of ego, politicians have no right to command private citizens’ celebration, orders that border on tyrannical. Spoken plainly in the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law…abridging…the right of the people peaceably to assemble.”
On a more fundamental level, politicians like Cuomo and Newsom have completely forgotten where they derive their power-the consent of the governed. The very basis of American government is limited and exists only to secure our rights while it is the right of the people to reject government if we so decide our rights become infringed. As Thomas Jefferson said, “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”
So enjoy this holiday. Protect those who may be at risk, however that may be, but don’t let politicians decide that for you. Have a happy Thanksgiving, patriots.