Politico reports a number of lawsuits have been filed against federal, state, and local health officials is causing them to panic resulting from the numerous rules and restrictions they placed on people during the coronavirus pandemic. On many occasions municipal health agencies and politicians (like California Gavin Newsom) enacted COVID-19 rules by executive fiat or would use existing laws to assume new or more authority while even ignoring the very requirements people were expected to follow. From Politico:
“The constant threat of being dragged into court is having a chilling effect on local health officials that may last well beyond the Covid-19 crisis, leading health commissioners or board of health members to think twice about enacting public safety measures.
“It’s a tsunami,” says James Hodge, a law professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. “Anything that limits you as an American from doing something you don’t want to do … It all got a challenge.”
The flood of legal challenges is part of a profound antagonism many in the U.S. have felt toward public health officials since the early days of the pandemic, when the rapid spread of Covid-19 put government authority and America’s fierce defense of individual freedoms on a collision course.”
With this in mind, what did these people expect? Did they really think the average citizen was going to sit down, be quiet, and take the continuous barrage of mandates and other requirements (like social distancing or lockdowns) while they had the audacity to ridicule, berate, or even scold people because they didn’t do as they were told? But, Politico‘s article gets better:
“Political meddling in the CDC’s Covid-19 response and the agency’s own unforced errors in testing and communication stiffened many Americans’ resistance to the government’s involvement in their personal health, even as nearly one million Americans have died. In addition to lawsuits, bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the nation to limit public health authorities’ power, and scores of public health officials have left their jobs in frustration.”
Lord Acton once famously said: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It is abundantly clear that the real reason for their leaving is that the ex-health officials will have a harder time trying to run the lives of the people they’re supposed to serve.
That includes even trying to hide coronavirus data in order to continue your shinanegans like the CDC did (see video below). People’s lives have been ruined due to ridiculous health policies (many of whom didn’t work) related to coronavirus and, at the very least, those who suffered deserve some semblance of justice after what they and many others had to endure since the virus outbreak.