Monday, April 20, 2020


American Post-Gazette

Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E in Arizona
April 20, 2020


"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty or Safety." These wise words of the great Benjamin Franklin still ring true today -- perhaps even more so.
With the crisis of COVID-19 raging through the world striking fear in the hearts of hundreds of millions, many are looking for safe harbors. Even here in the United States, people are seeking for answers and solutions. Of course, the media never backs down from a challenge: Who can stir up the most fear? Who can be the first to count the millions who are dying? (Oops; not quite the number they expected or hoped for.) How many times can talking heads say "COVID-19" or "corona virus" in one news report? (If you were doing the drinking game, you'd be drunk inside of 90 seconds.)

And not to be outdone by the media, politicians stepped up their game; especially governors. As expected, Democrat governors in New York, Virginia, Michigan, New Jersey and California wrote Executive Orders demanding that citizens give up their Constitutional rights to "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness," and stop working, stay at home, stop buying stuff, and stop breathing.

Coming from these, and other, liberals, that's not too surprising. After all, the Left lives by the mantra: "Never let a good crisis go to waste."

But Arizona citizens don't have to look to the nutty lefties to our west to see socialism rearing it's ugly head. Enter Governor Doug Ducey.

Mr. Ducey didn't waste much time either, issuing Executive Orders almost weekly demanding American citizens in Arizona to stop working, stay at home, stop buying stuff, and stop breathing. Mr. Ducey also added that landlords cannot evict businesses from their rentals just because they're not paying their rent. Can anyone show me in the US or Arizona Constitutions where a governor can unilaterally vacate a legitimate contract between two private parties? Unless Martial Law has been instituted--and it hasn't--not the US nor the Arizona Constitution has been suspended.

Folks, we are seeing--living-- what a socialist state looks like. Government has taken over virtually everything. Government has shut down businesses under the guise of "health and safety." There is no clause in either federal or state constitutions that says our rights are suspended because there's a nasty flu going around.

People are out of work, missing paychecks, having trouble putting food on their tables, paying rent, not being able to travel freely because the governor has taken upon himself the power to decide what is and isn't "essential." Neither the Arizona Constitution nor any statute gives him that authority.

This is what socialism looks like. Government telling everybody what they can and cannot do; what they can and cannot buy; when and where they can travel; who's important and who's not.

Ronald Reagan said it best, "Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem."

Respectfully submitted,
James Madison