by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor, John Locke Foundation
Image source: Screenshot of June 13, 2020, WRAL report worrying about mask-free crowds in Raleigh’s Glenwood South district (pre-mandate).
Here is the NC Threat-Free Index for the week ending May 17:
In recent weeks, I have included the following note here:
It’s been over a year. It’s well, well, well past time for the governor to end this open-ended “emergency” rule.
Even though Gov. Roy Cooper suddenly, as of May 14, lifted nearly all of his personal and business restrictions, he still keeps North Carolina under a “State of Emergency.” Judging by the end of his “Frequently Asked Questions” to explain his May 14 order, however, Cooper feels a need to justify keeping North Carolina under a state of emergency — which itself is a clear sign he knows it’s not a state of emergency. This “state of emergency” is the source of his illegitimately seized authority, as he also well knows (for more on that, see Jon Guze’s four-part series on the need to amend the Emergency Management Act).
A true state of emergency would be blatantly obvious, not something that needs five belabored bullet points to explain it as if you’re giving a presentation for widening a city street.