With increasing resistance towards draconian shutdown measures, Democrat mayors and governors are resorting to more drastic ways to keep citizens in line who dare to defy their orders.
In Oregon today Lindsey Graham, owner of Glamour Salon, told of the harassment and bullying directed against her from the Government for daring to open her business while being interviewed by Joel Pollak. This came after Graham said she would not honor Gov. Kate Brown’s (D-OR) statewide “stay-at-home” order, due to the need to keep her people employed.
With the lack of action from the Government, very few businesses have received the aid they need, we are finding this in growing numbers around the nation, but have no seen reaction quite as strong or threatening as what Graham faced.
In reIn response to opening her businesses, the state sent Child Protective Services to harass her with threats and intimidation against her children if she continued defying the governor’s will.
According to Breitbart:
Graham shared the episode during a press conference held last Friday. While holding back tears, Graham shared, “Child protective services showed up my home. They questioned my husband and I. They questioned my child without me present. They searched our home, and I never expected such a violent, aggressive, vindictive thing could ever have been done to my family or me because I’m trying to learn a living [and]. After all, I’m trying to work.”
“They wouldn’t let me in the room while they questioned my child,” Graham noted of C.P.S.’s private questioning of her six-year-old son. “As far as I’m aware, the case is open, and they are still insisting that they talk to my three-year-old daughter privately. So, I don’t know if they’re going to talk to my eight-week-old newborn. We’ll see, but they did check his diaper.”
“This is a false claim that wasted C.P.S.’s valuable time when there are children who are really in need,” determined Graham.
“Everyone’s job is essential, not because of what we do or how we do it, but because it’s the way we make our living,” added Graham. “I’m continually terrified for the surrounding businesses in Marion County that are still deemed non-essential. How many more businesses are going to go bankrupt and have to close because of this order?”
In other states, governors are threatening to pull liqueur licenses or business licenses of people that dare to defy their tyrannical orders.
California is threatening any bar or restaurant that dares to defy them. They will immediately lose their liqueur license. This came after Yuba County, and Sutter County joined Modoc County in completely reopening against Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide lockdown orders on Monday.
They have argued that they should reopen as the coronavirus is not affecting rural counties nearly as much and that all reopening businesses are following state and county public health guidelines, such as the six-foot distancing rule and mandatory masks.
In response last week, California sent California Alcohol Beverage Control (A.B.C.) agents visited numerous Yuba and Sutter County restaurants and threatened to revoke their liquor licenses if they didn’t close.
A.B.C. has said that defying the orders is illegal, but it also ‘endangers public health and safety.’ However, as of Thursday, most remained open despite the looming threat.
“They’ve been really careful,” noted Yuba City resident Robert Douglas, who has dined at two area restaurants since reopening. “Everyone has been super careful. Our waitress came over in a mask and gloves, and all the surrounding tables were empty despite a lot of people showing up.”
“I still haven’t gotten used to it, but it reminded me of when I was at the hospital getting tested. That kind of safety has been implemented.”
In El Paso County, in Colorado, a rural county with no cases, the restaurants defied government orders to shut down, there was no need, and there were no cases. This was instantly met with backlash from the state government.
Karen’s Kafe and Stephanie’s Bar & Grill, along with Western Omelette 3 refused to close their doors, there were no cases, this was met with a rapid response from the state.
Karen Starr, the owner of Karen’s Kafe, said she would go to jail before closing down her dining room. She told KRDO her employees could run her business if she were in prison.
Much of this is because no money to hold these businesses over is coming from the federal government, nor from the states that are shutting them down. With only one stimulus check for $1,200 and two months of no paycheck, this is not enough to cover the cost of food, let alone pay the rent and keep the electricity on.
These employers and their staff are now in desperate straits. Either they shutter their business, thus putting their employees in the unemployment line, or they continue in defiance of a government trying to shut them down.
From Arizona to New York, California to Michigan, we are seeing citizens say enough, we will no longer bow to tyrannical orders and shutter our businesses when the chance of spreading this virus, so long as precautions are taken, is meager.
With the D.O.J. and citizens taking these Democrat governors to court in increasing numbers as people are saying, “Enough, I am tired of these excuses to strip my civil rights away from me!” We have seen the courts in some states start to respond to this overreach. Churches are opening back up after governments have threatened to keep the churches shut down, but to close them forever if they dare defy the governors.
This is not the U.S.A. I grew up where our faith, freedom, and family were the most important part of our lives; our neighbors were next. We have seen increasingly people willing to hand over their rights to a government, stay at home, and demand that they are taken care of.
I do know this much; these governors are not careful, they are going to find while a certain amount of the population is willing to follow like sheep, there are many red-blooded Americans that will not stand for this much longer. Closing with no end in sight is going to be intolerable for many. As time goes on, we will see more and more civil disobedience. This will, over time, turn into outright rebellion if it continues.