The Honorable Governor Ron DeSantis : End the Emergency
All government decisions and policies should be subject to and consistent with the U.S. Constitution. Creating extended emergencies to implement broad, sweeping policies, which violate civil rights, may be well-intended but go against the spirit and intent of the law, and our Supreme Law is the U.S. Constitution. For life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness I submit this petition.
To The Honorable Governor Ron DeSantis:
Respectfully... AG Barr said it himself, emergencies are intended to be brief periods. During those brief, emergency periods, extraordinary circumstances arise but we work together to get through it. Hurricane Andrew is a great example, or any other hurricane in Florida that causes a few days of people coming together for the safety and welfare of, each other. What has happened with COVID is something else. Our government, and I'll focus on the State and local, not the Federal, has EXTENDED the concept of an emergency, with COVID-19 as the premise, to a multi-month emergency. That my fellow Americans, is NOT the intent of declaring a state of emergency, as AG Barr has STATED. That said, I am openly declaring that we the citizens demand a new paradigm, a new look at this situation. Extending a state of emergency in this fashion is strangling our economy, which I saw coming and raised the alarm on in the first weeks (to no avail). It is also causing more psychological and health damage (including suicides, of which I am now hearing direct reports of). To reiterate, I am openly declaring, and demanding that our local and state officials revisit the current state of emergency and consider a new approach, one that is Constitutionally consistent. My recommendation - Governor DeSantis should NOT renew the State of Emergency, the Hillsborough EPG should limit it's "reach" to hurricanes and other emergencies for which the policy was intended, and we should REOPEN our State and in my case Hillsborough County where I reside. Action by our leaders will then trickle down (yes I said it) to businesses and residents who follow the lead and tone set by those in elected positions of authority.
Cooperation, not force.