(Right Country) – Pennsylvania has been one of the toughest places to live during the coronavirus crisis. Small businesses and locally owned restaurants have fallen victim to the tyrannical rule of the Emperor, Governor Tom Wolf, and his lap dog Health Secretary Dr. Levine, being forced to close their doors for good. Residents have been forced to wear masks everywhere since April and the indoor and outdoor gathering restrictions have been overbearing to say the least.
Pennsylvanians have had enough and luckily one federal judge agrees. Wolf was put in check when U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV ruled against him Monday striking down many of his pandemic measures and restrictions such as requiring people to stay home, limiting gathering sizes and capacity limits, and ordering “non-life-sustaining” businesses to stay closed. Judge Stickman called these Draconian measures “unconstitutional,” something PA residents have been saying for months.
Naturally, Wolf’s office has stated they are “reviewing” the decision and residents know this is far from over. It is, nonetheless, most definitely a victory and a step in the right direction.
Breitbart has the details:
U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV sided with plaintiffs that included hair salons, drive-in movie theaters, a farmer’s market vendor, a horse trainer and several Republican officeholders who sued as individuals.
Stickman, an appointee of President Donald Trump, wrote in his ruling that the Wolf administration’s pandemic policies have been overreaching, arbitrary and violated citizens’ constitutional rights.
The governor’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus “were undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency,” Stickman wrote. “But even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered.”
Courts had consistently rejected challenges to Wolf’s power to order businesses to close during the pandemic, and many other governors, Republican and Democrat, undertook similar measures as the virus spread across the country.
Wolf has lifted many of the restrictions since the lawsuit was filed in May, allowing businesses to reopen and canceling a statewide stay-at-home order. But his administration has maintained capacity restrictions and limitations on alcohol sales at bars and restaurants. The state has also imposed a gathering limit of more than 25 people for events held indoors and more than 250 people for those held outside.
A spokesperson for Wolf said the administration was reviewing the decision.
Pennsylvania has reported that more than 145,000 people statewide have contracted the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 7,800 people have died.
Of course, it’s imperative to note that over 60% of the 7,800 deaths were from nursing home residents who were intentionally exposed to the virus via deadly policies by Wolf and Levine that called for sick and contagious COVID patients to be funneled into these residences. Levine removed his own mother from a Pennsylvania nursing home and put her safely in a hotel, in case there was any doubt of the duo’s intent.
That being said, Pennsylvanians have been living under these absurd restrictions that have been handed down by a team of unknown people who advise Wolf for over half of 2020. While Governor Wolf has remained in his ivory tower since the beginning of the pandemic, Pennsylvanians have been crushed by his administration’s nonsensical restrictions and rules and small businesses and local restaurants have been utterly destroyed.
Take comfort Pennsylvanians, there is light at the end of this tunnel.
Featured image credit: Gov. Tom Wolf – flickr.com/photos/governortomwolf/49667117406/