Petty tyrants had their way during the coronavirus pandemic with arbitrary rules and draconian lockdowns. Now that the pandemic has waned and elections rolled around again, citizens are voting to make sure it never happens again.
Pennsylvanians voted to limit the governor’s emergency powers through two separate ballot questions in the state’s primary elections Tuesday, Breitbart reported. Many see this measure as a referendum on Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) executive overreach during the pandemic.
Last night, Pennsylvanians voted to reject Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s overreach of executive powers after his failed COVID response – a clear sign of accountability coming in 2022.
Congratulations to Republicans for keeping our seats RED!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) May 19, 2021
Republican lawmakers proposed amendments to the state’s constitution in response to Wolf’s overreach with outdoor mask mandates and endless lockdown orders that outraged many citizens. Wolf hesitated on reopening while many were ready to get back to their work and their lives, so much so that he earned the nicknamed “Commie Tommy Tom Wolf.”
The first amendment proposal sought voter approval to allow the General Assembly to “unilaterally terminate or extend a disaster emergency declaration.” The second pertained to automatically sunsetting emergency disaster orders unless the legislature voted to extend them.
Both amendments passed with a similar 54% to 46% majority based on counts Wednesday. Wolf’s current orders were set to expire Thursday, but it was unclear whether his office would seek to renew them.
A similar measure in New York stripped Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his emergency powers in March. Cuomo has been embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal and coverup of nursing home deaths after his failed policy put COVID-19 patients back into care facilities with vulnerable patients, according to NBC News.
Americans were shellshocked in the initial days of the pandemic, and it seemed that many lawmakers took advantage of the fear and uncertainty the novel virus carried. However, even as the fear subsided and infection rates decreased, governors like Wolf didn’t want to let up with their restrictions. They’re all about to pay the price for that now.
The writing is on the wall for these lawmakers as the infection and death rates continue to drop in many places and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased mask rules for vaccinated people. Once the people have caught on to the scheme, there is no more putting that genie back into the bottle.