Never let a serious crisis go to waste.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, issued a stay-at-home order yesterday in a purported attempt to lower the infection curve of the Wuhan, China coronavirus outbreak in his state. He made it effective immediately for a period of 72 days, through Wednesday, June 10, "unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order."
Why 72 days? It seems pretty arbitrary on its face.
It isn’t an even number of weeks, and March 30 through June 10 isn’t an even number of months.
It seems pretty odd until you realize that the Virginia Republican primary election is scheduled for June 9 — one day before the end of the say-at-home order. Could that be it? The Virginia Democratic primary was March 3.
As Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Justin Mattingly observed, "A potential thing: Virginia's June primary is scheduled for June 9. Northam's stay-at-home order runs through June 10."
"A potential thing" is right.
"The order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances," Northam’s office said in a statement.
"Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order 53, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements."
The order also allows Virginians to travel to and from school, work, or their place of worship, and even to volunteer "with organizations that provide charitable or social services."
But exercising your right to vote for your favorite candidate would be a no.
Republicans are fighting for the right to face Democrats in at least eight of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts. In addition, eight Republicans are vying for the right to face Democratic Sen. Mark Warner in November, according to Ballotpedia.
Northam warned that, "everyone who is gathering in a crowd is putting themselves and others at risk,"and violators will be subject to a year in jail or a $2,500 fine.
So . . . while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is releasing drug dealers and car thieves out on the street to deal and steal again, Northam wants to throw people who jog in groups in the slammer for a year.
Virginia isn’t the only state to release stay-at-home restrictions. CNN reported that at least 29 other states have done the same. A majority of states have left the ending date open as conditions warrant.
Most states that give a date certain state a time frame in mid-April. Only two states are extending it to May: New Hampshire to May 4, Delaware to May 15.
None of the states have a June end date.
It hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Virginia Republican Party. It tweeted Tuesday, "We hope that this timeline was made outside of the petty partisan lines that often guide decision-making. An explanation from @GovernorVA would help mitigate any concerns."
It’s hard to see it any other way.
In the face of a global health crisis, Democrats’ only response is raw politics.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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