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Fox News senior judicial expert Judge Andrew Napolitano cautioned Monday that governors imposing extreme constraints amid the coronavirus pandemic are at threat of breaking the Constitution and rejecting Americans fundamental flexibilities.
Napolitano signed up with “ Tucker Carlson Tonight” after host Tucker Carlson ripped Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for expanding her state’s “stay-at-home” order to restrict citizens from going to family or holding private events with pals.
” Your analysis of Guv Whitmer could apply to almost all the staying 49 governors who assume that they have the power to crush specific liberties, breach the Constitution, and compose laws,” Napolitano told Carlson.
” We are seeing the slow death, the death in sluggish motion of civil liberties.”
— Judge Andrew Napolitano, ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’
” They don’t,” Napolitano continued. “Laws in this nation are composed by legal branches after public hearings and debates, so there’s a transparency, so we know why she does not desire you to purchase garden hoses,” a referral to Whitmer’s new policies banning the sale of paint and outside gardening tools among other products.
” There would have to be a logical basis to articulate it, however when the executive branch takes upon itself the function of not just imposing the law, however of comprising brand-new ones and in the process squashes basic fundamental liberties like the right to take a trip and the right to praise– never mind on Easter Sunday however– any time you wish to worship– we are experiencing the sluggish death, the death in sluggish motion of civil liberties,” Napolitano cautioned.
” These guvs, these petty tyrants, will use this power again and again up until some brave federal court or an annoyed public stops them,” he included.
In a Fox News op-ed recently, Napolitano implicated some state and regional leaders, “especially in the Northeast and the West Coast,” of handing down “decrees that are as exceptionally unconstitutional as Lincoln’s efforts to silence dissent [during the Civil War].”
Napolitano stated he hoped more individuals would understand that “basic human liberties” can’t be revoked “by the command of governor or mayor” and be outraged by what is going on.
” Ideally, it will be outrage stirred up by the type of reporting that you and a few of our associates have actually started to be doing,” he told Carlson. ” Standard human liberties are ensured in the Constitution. They can’t even be taken away by the vote of the legislature, much less the command of a governor or a mayor.”
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” These executive orders look like orders and sound like orders. They are simply guidelines,” Napolitano included. ” … There can not be a criminal sanction due to the fact that they are at their root simply the impulse of those in power intended to improve their power, however they are not legitimate expressions of constitutional documents.”
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