In the latest episode of the soap opera that is The State of Illinois, we find the state somehow further devolving into a shitshow -
Chicago Sun Times - Point by point, the judge in downstate Clay County on Friday ticked off the many ways he found Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order had devolved into “insanity” and become “completely devoid of anything approaching common sense.”
Clay County Judge Michael McHaney complained that recently legalized pot shops had been deemed essential over generations-old family businesses. People had been led to believe they could avoid COVID-19 at Walmart but not at church.
And to top it off, McHaney complained that Pritzker’s family members had traveled between Illinois and Florida and Wisconsin during the coronavirus pandemic, contrary to Pritzker’s own stay-at-home order. The judge said, “when laws do not apply to those who make them, people are not being governed, they are being ruled.”
“Americans don’t get ruled,” McHaney said.
I first came across this Judge's ruling on the facebook Monday. At first glance it seemed like a copy and paste job lifted from one of those emails your uncle that lives in Florida forwarded you from his @aol.com account. You know the kind. It'd been forwarded to him and hundreds of others, claiming to be from a news site, written by somebody with a pretty good grasp on the English language to seem professional. But untraceable anywhere factual.
Saw it again yesterday so I googled the The Honorable Michael McHaney's name and wouldn't you know. He really did say the following-
“Since the inception of this insanity, the following regulations, rules or consequences have occurred: I won't get COVID if I get an abortion, but I will get COVID if I get a colonoscopy. Selling pot is essential, but selling goods and services at a family owned business is not. Pot wasn't even legal and pot dispensaries didn't even exist in this state until five months ago and, in that five months, they have become essential, but a family-owned business in existence for five generations is not.
A family of six can pile in their car and drive to Carlyle Lake without contracting COVID but, if they all get in the same boat, they will. We are told that kids rarely contract the virus and sunlight kills it, but summer youth programs, sports programs are cancelled. Four people can drive to the golf course and not get COVID but, if they play in a foursome, they will. If I go to Walmart, I won't get COVID but, if I go to church, I will. Murderers are released from custody while small business owners are threatened with arrest if they have the audacity to attempt to feed their families.
These are just a few of examples of rules, regulations and consequences that are arbitrary, capricious, and completely devoid of anything even remotely approaching common sense.
State's attorneys in this state, county sheriffs, mayors, city councils and county boards have openly and publicly defied these orders followed by threats to withhold funding and revocation of necessary licenses and certifications unless you obey. Our economy is shut down because of a flu virus with a 98 percent plus survival rate. Doctors and experts say different things weekly. The defendant cites models in his opposition. The only thing experts will agree on is that all models are wrong and some are useful.
The Centers for Disease Control now says the virus is not easily spread on surfaces. The defendant in this case orders you to stay home and pronounces that, if you leave the state, you are putting people in danger, but his family members traveled to Florida and Wisconsin because he deems such travel essential. One initial rationale why the rules don't apply to him is that his family farm had animals that needed fed. Try selling that argument to farmers who have had to slaughter their herds because of disruption in the supply chain.
When laws do not apply to those who make them, people are not being governed, they are being ruled. Make no mistake, these executive orders are not laws. They are royal decrees. Illinois citizens are not being governed, they are being ruled. The last time I checked, Illinois citizens are also Americans and Americans don't get ruled. The last time a monarch tried to rule Americans, a shot was fired that was heard around the world. That day led to the birth of a nation consensually governed based upon a document which ensures that on this day in this, any American courtroom tyrannical despotism will always lose and liberty, freedom and the constitution will always win."
—Judge Michael D. McHaney, Clay County court, Mainer v. Pritzker, argued May 22, 2020.
Touch em all Judge McHaney. You will never hit a bigger home run in your life.
Professionals like to say there's "just business", and there's "getting too personal". Then there's this ruling.
Judge McHaney didn't just get personal, pointing out Priztker's double standards in regards to his wife traveling to and from Florida, and the hired Illinois workers traveling to Wisconsin to work on one of the four homes he owns during stay at home orders that HE mandated. He went nuclear. Calling out yet another gross example of "do as I say, not as I do" by our country's ruling class. Referencing the "shot heard 'round the world" is fighting words. In one of the Original Thirteen or in the 21st State in the Union.
Chief did a great job covering the saga last year when the state of Illinois literally attempted to secede the city of Chicago. That's how extreme the polarity is between the city and the rest of the state. You see it and feel it anytime you drive an hour plus outside city limits. Judge McHaney just guaranteed himself his seat for life by going on record blasting a guy born on third base who acts like he hit a triple.