Millions of Americans are being vaccinated while still others have already had the coronavirus. Still, some government officials are unwilling to let their opportunity for another power grab slip away.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has kept renewing his state’s mask mandate that has persisted since last August, the Daily Caller reported. However, the Democrat’s edict was first struck down by the Wisconsin State Legislature and finally for good by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
“The question in this case is not whether the governor acted wisely; it is whether he acted lawfully,” Justice Brian Hagedorn reportedly wrote in the majority opinion. “We conclude he did not.”
The court ruled against Evers in a 4-3 decision, ruling that the governor’s public health orders were only good for 60 days and would require legislation to extend them further. It was after the fourth attempt to extend the mask mandate Feb. 4 that the legislature struck it down.
The dissenting opinion by Justice Ann Walsh Bradley focused on the result rather than the lawfulness of the decision. “Unfortunately, the ultimate consequence of the majority’s decision is that it places yet another roadblock to an effective governmental response to COVID-19,” Bradley stated.
The statewide mandate does nothing to prevent local municipalities and businesses from implementing their own rules. Rather, it just means that a top-down edict from the governor’s pen is not the lawful way to get it done. Also, citizens who are concerned are always free themselves to mask up and social distance.
At this point in the pandemic, it’s unreasonable that Evers would want to extend the mandate with COVID-19 deaths continuing to drop. According to Bloomberg, nearly 600 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed as the nation moves toward having an immune population.
Americans have been dealing with restrictions and mask mandates for more than a year. While it was a reasonable prospect at the beginning of the pandemic, the scientific data that things are getting better doesn’t seem to impact the amount of power governments wish to exert at this point. That doesn’t mean COVID-19 isn’t real or that measures don’t help, but it does indicate there may be more to their motivations than simply public health concerns.