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A number of Idaho Republican lawmakers, in addition to the lieutenant governor, appeared in a video denouncing government restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic and pledged to ignore future state or local emergency orders that violate their rights.
The video was produced by the Idaho Freedom Foundation and included a shot of Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin clinging to a Bible and a handgun — as Barack Obama might characterize the scenario.
Citing inalienable rights guaranteed in their state’s constitution, the elected officials reciting the declaration “demand an end to the emergency orders issued by state and local government officials and the restoration of our constitutionally-protected rights.”
“We further resolve that any order issued in the future will be ignored, unless those orders recognize, honor, and uphold, without reservation or equivocation, our God-given rights,” the pledge further states.
Because the “declaration to Idaho residents and officials” states there “may or may not” be a pandemic, the Idaho Statesman reported that those involved “question the existence of the coronavirus pandemic.”
The video was released as Gov. Brad Little, also a Republican, announced this week that the state was moving back to Stage 3 of its coronavirus reopening plan amid a surge in new COVID-19 cases, the newspaper reported.
This means indoor gatherings are once again limited to 50 people or less, and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25% capacity.
“I sincerely hope some people have finally passed the point of thinking the pandemic is not real or not a big deal,” Little said Monday, during a press conference.
The declaration in its entirety is seen here:
We, the people of the state of Idaho, reaffirm our solemn commitment to the foundational principles that have made America the greatest country in the world. As noted in our state constitution and restated here, we remain grateful to Almighty God for our freedom.
We recognize that all of us are “by nature free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, pursuing happiness and securing safety.”
The fact that a pandemic may or may not be occurring changes nothing about the meaning or intent of the state constitution in the preservation of our inalienable rights.
Despite this, in direct contravention of Idaho’s founding principles, state and local public officials have, for months, denied the people of our state basic and fundamental rights by issuing a long procession of emergency orders and edicts that have denied people freedom of movement, assembly, religion, possession and enjoyment of property, and the pursuit of happiness. This has been allowed to go on for too long.
By this letter, we demand an end to the emergency orders issued by state and local government officials and the restoration of our constitutionally-protected rights. We further resolve that any order issued in the future will be ignored, unless those orders recognize, honor, and uphold, without reservation or equivocation, our God-given rights.
Suffice it to say that the pearl-clutch left was appalled over the declaration and the image of Lt. Gov. McGeachin.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
We have a new frontrunner for the 2024 nomination https://t.co/5fW6cnd9ol
— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) October 30, 2020
Every large nation has a few failed civilizations within it. This is one of ours in America. https://t.co/R5naPX428m
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 30, 2020
I’m to the point that I think it would be SO much easier to be one of “them”. They are so incredibly self righteous! It would be great to feel that superior. I’m definitely coming back in my next life as a total right wing ass hole!
— 🌊Lynn🌊 (@LynnMcMonroe) October 30, 2020
A firearm is dangerous but using the Word of God to justify ignorant, rebellious, harmful behavior is far more dangerous. These people worry about disrespect & desecration of the flag. They should be worried about the consequences of their denigration of the Bible & its contents.
— Lindsey Appiah (@LAppiah) October 30, 2020
How do these awful people put guns together with Jesus? I’ll NEVER understand how they square “love thy neighbor” with this. It SICKENS me!
— Kristi (@websitenut) October 30, 2020
Just like Jesus said, ‘if they ask you to wear a mask, bust a cap in their a$$’
— John Jay (@ArmyVetNC) October 30, 2020
Just because one stupid drives around carelessly, with a gun and a Bible just like Jesus and God intended (even considering the fact gunpowder didn’t exist in either the OT or NT) doesn’t mean its a good idea.
— Mr.B for Biden/Harris 🌊 (@TheMichaelBusby) October 30, 2020
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