Raleigh, N.C. – Across the country, people everywhere are asking questions about what is essential. It seems the definition is left up to who is writing the laws. A few weeks ago, we had an article about how gun stores were targeted as non-essential in various states. It doesn’t just apply to gun stores.
In North Carolina, the ban has taken on new meaning thanks to Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. His executive orders have left many wondering what is essential. According to the order, specific retail stores and other businesses are allowed exemption. For example, it is essential to be able to go to the liquor store, the vape shop or even the abortion clinic. Are these items really essential?
According to Cooper, yes they are. But basic constitutional rights are not essential. It started just over one week ago when protestors were arrested outside a Charlotte abortion clinic. Texas Senator Ted Cruz spoke out against the arrests, calling them unconstitutional. Initially, protesters were cited. After refusing to leave and expressing their right to assemble and protest, they were then arrested.
It continued into Tuesday when a protester was arrested in Raleigh at a rally against the stay home order. A social media movement called “Reopen NC” took to the state capital in protest. Raleigh police were quick to call out how the protests were in violation of the order. Raleigh Police issued a statement online that said that protesting was a non essential activity.
But the Constitution of the United States grants US citizens the rights to peacefully assemble. Would that not mean it’s essential? It is, unless you are going against something that the Democrats value. This is the Democrats way of life, however.
Throughout the entire process, Gov. Cooper has demonstrated that essential has a totally different meaning to Democrats. Basic constitutional rights, such as the freedom of religion, are under fire. Our founding fathers recognized that these were basic fundamental rights, but the NC Governor has determined that these rights do not matter.
The NC Faith and Freedom Coalition shared a post on social media from a local vape shop where a special provision was made for the shop. While provisions for these unnecessary businesses are being made, constitutional rights are being taken away. Jason Williams, the executive director of NC Faith and Freedom Coalition had this to say when asked for comments.
As Houses of Worship are being forced to close their doors and thousands of small businesses are having to shut down, it’s appalling that Governor Cooper’s administration has granted a special carve-out for vape shops while churchgoing citizens face the threat of fines and arrest if they even choose to meet in their vehicles.
This is unacceptable for big government to continue to decide whose businesses are important enough to remain open and who must shut down. – Jason Williams, NC Faith and Freedom Coalition
Freedom in houses of worship became a big topic in Kentucky over the weekend. Democratic Governor Andy Beshear said that all those who were in attendance will receive a letter asking them to self quarantine. Freedom of religion is a guaranteed constitutional right, but the stay orders and threats against churchgoers make it seem otherwise.
Some religious leaders, like Franklin Graham, have called on Christians to obey the stay orders. In a recent episode of The Ben Shapiro Sunday Special, Graham urged religious leaders to obey authority. He made mention that this is what the teachings of the Bible would have Christians to do.
I would agree with Graham that we should obey authority. I’m not saying that we should go out and have large church services right now. The issue I have is when that authority above us disproportionately applies the law. How is a vape shop or abortion clinic more important than a place of worship or a peaceful protest? An abortion clinic is never essential, except when it’s political.
What makes a business essential? Essential is obviously not a constitutional right. It’s also not a necessity to life, or else abortion clinics and vape shops would not make the list. Essential is only what these big government Democrats want it to be. Democrats, like Cooper, are not concerned with freedom. They are concerned with dependence.
The consistent phrase from Democrats around the country is free. Except their version of free comes in the form of dependence. Under their plan, you depend on the government for everything like housing, food, education and basic income. Now, they also want you to also depend on the government to tell you what is essential.
Around the country, there is a restlessness growing with these government overreaches. Americans, who have taken their freedom for granted for years, are a waking up. Basic things like shopping have become more challenging. People are waiting in lines for hours around stores just for the “chance” to buy things like groceries and home supplies. This is far from the America that we all know.
President Trump sounded like he was ready for a battle when he announced he was in control of when to open the economy. Whether you agree with him or not, someone needs to step up and force the hands of these big government Democrats. If something is not done, the sun may set on American freedoms forever.
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