In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the Gov. Tony Evers’ administration’s stay-at-home order.
In the first state to bring the challenge of the governor’s order to the States Supreme Court, the court did away with the complete order, thus opening the right for shuttered businesses to reopen, this does include bars and restaurants, the Associated Press reported this.
Being that I live in Wisconsin, I must admit, this was rather good news for me. While I agree that the people at the highest risk should stay at home, never have healthy people been told to quarantine themselves, that is, until these overreaching reactions to this outbreak started.
Health secretary Andrea Palm had issued the order, and the court found she didn’t have the authority to do so.
“Rule-making exists precisely to ensure that kind of controlling, subjective judgement asserted by one unelected official, Palm, is not imposed in Wisconsin,” Chief Justice Patience Roggensack wrote in the majority opinion.
Former Gov. Scott Walker praised the court’s decision in a statement to Breitbart News.
“The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the law,” he said.
“The rule of law must be upheld – even in emergencies. I am honored to have appointed two of the Justices in the majority on the 4 – 3 decision.”
Governor Tony Evers and his administration will be severely limited in their power to issue further mandates, since any future orders will need to be approved by the conservative majority state legislature.
The Republican lawmakers who filed the legal challenge asked the court for a six-day stay, which would have allowed for negotiations on the stay-at-home orders, but the court struck that request down.
Reactions to the ruling Wednesday night varied.
The Tavern League of Wisconsin, a bar and tavern trade association, told its members they could open immediately.
Naturally, the reaction from the liberal activist was instant to this order. Many refused to read all the findings, said that the bars and restaurants could not open for six days, this was struck down by the court as well, all can open now.
This seems to be the standard operating order from the left; if one acts outside of what they like, they attack. We have seen this with companies that have opened their doors due to the country has not given most businesses aid yet, many are seeing employees unable to survive, so they tell them to come back. This is met with threats by liberals, screaming at the employees, some have shuttered their businesses again due to the need to protect their employees.
This needs to be met with common sense. I have a wife in hospice, she is one of the most at risk, to go to bars or restaurants would put her at risk, something I would not do, but this is my choice, freely done, not at the order of some dictator sitting in the governor’s seat.
Most people will weigh the risk with the benefits, decide if the risk is worth the reward, some will stay home, that is their right, others will say they have had enough of this and go out. We are a free people; with every act comes risk, but is it the states right to wrap us in bubble wrap to prevent us from coming into any harm? That is tyranny in the name of protecting the people, something that has been done by tyrants throughout history.