• Martin 'Iceman' Wheeler

1st AMENDMENT


“As of April 3rd, 2020 24% of American small businesses say they are two months or less from closing permanently and 1 in 10 that say they are less than one month away from permanently shutting down. ” https://www.uschamber.com/series/above-the-fold/new-poll-says-1-4-small-businesses-brink-of-permanent-closure

As of April 7th, 2020 95% of Americans were in lockdown. https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america

How many people in Washington will small business closures kill, from family members to employees and how much more homelessness further endangering lives of families with children due to exposure?

Then there is the issue of choosing some businesses that are allowed to remain partly open providing window service to people driving up in their cars. While that is a welcome convenience for some, the writer sees this as a case of discrimination. While this is not racial discrimination, and the writer does not wish to make them equal in nature, yet it is nonetheless unjust discrimination toward those businesses which serve our communities in a broader capacity.

And why are construction projects shut down? Many construction workers work outside where there is less likelihood of exposure to a virus. And trades people such as plumbers, electricians and drywall people can work inside six or more feet from each other. It is not good to bring an entire economy to a halt. Unlike government employees who will still receive their salaries there are some very important people depending on their wages.

Shouldn’t we be asking the question, who is choosing some businesses or employees as more essential than others? That is like saying that some men are more equal than others. Governor Jay Inslee has made some businesses more essential than others and, has caused employers to make themselves the judges of who among their trusted employees are more essential than others. This is egregious, Mr. Governor. On the following page you can see a Covid-19 graph and a Washington county-by-county count of cases vs. deaths.

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHZL_enUS728US729&sxsrf=ALeKk039fS4GBHdM_GqTY3_-ecMrAzXSpQ:1587450467303&q=coronavirus+map&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjPxc7p8fjoAhWpIDQIHR6ADdkQ1QIoAXoECAsQAg&biw=1163&bih=481

Are US farmers destroying crops to limit supply? Here’s one take on this, “US farmers have destroyed millions of pounds of perishable food like tomatoes, lettuce and green beans because growers lost a vast number of customers after the coronavirus pandemic struck.”’

“It’s a catastrophe, it really is,” said Tony DiMare, a long-time tomato grower based in Palm Beach County, Florida. DiMare said he let 10 million pounds of tomatoes rot on the farm in a region south of Miami because no market existed for them. https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/04/06/Farmers-destroy-crops-grown-for-restaurants-hotels/2211585843469/

While shoppers at the present time are less likely to buy produce that is not packaged to protect the contents and their own health, is this a precursor of worse things to come for Washington crops? Why can’t current food laws be relaxed to allow this produce to be trucked to food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters in order to feed those in the most need? What have we come to as a society?

“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the edges of your field, nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the poor and for the stranger. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 23:22

One only need make a cursory search as to what happened to family owned farms in Russia or the average citizen when the new ruling class took over and the name changed to United Soviet Socialist Republic, the USSR. This resulted in land owned by family farmers being stolen by the government elite while making promises that the farmer and his family could still enjoy the produce thereof. These good farmers soon realized that their crops were stolen by the elites and sold overseas leaving the farmer and his family starving to death, being gunned down or if they were astute enough to see what was coming beforehand, fled for their lives.

For a peek on life in a socialist country, “The party elite determined the goals of the state and the means of achieving them in almost complete isolation from the people.” (Lawmakers passing laws they have not read.) “They believed that the interests of the individual were to be sacrificed to those of the state, which was advancing a sacred social task. Stalin’s “revolution from above” sought to build socialism by means of forced collectivization and industrialization, programs that entailed tremendous human suffering and loss of life.”’

4 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” …40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 24:34-35 & 40

The USSR and the Third Reich are the templates by which modern socialist nations, such as those in South America, were born. The apple rarely falls far from the tree.

If you would like to read more about socialist society itself, go here: https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/archives/intn.html

And why is it Governor Inslee, that it is just fine with you for several people at a time to shop in a store, six feet apart, but people of faith could be arrested if they continue to attend services in their church or temple? These smart people, in most cases, can seat their families six feet away from other families. Why must you “rulers” take on tactics not previously practiced in free nations?

Is this what we should get used to experiencing in our once great nation? But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles have absolute power and lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them [tyrannizing them]. Matthew 20:25

Yes, Governor Inslee, this is discrimination at its worst. Please see the First Amendment to the US Constitution, “…or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”’ Then Section Four of The Constitution of the State of Washington, which says, “The right of petition and of the people peaceably to assemble for the common good shall never be abridged.”’

Again, the Constitution of the State of Washington, SECTION 2 of SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND. The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land.

Governor Inslee, if you need to review our state constitution, you can find it here: http://leg.wa.gov/CodeReviser/Pages/WAConstitution.aspx

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