The Bottom Line

by Karl Denninger

All government exists only with the consent of the governed.

That’s always true. You might need to back that up with your life, but it remains true. There are never enough cops to force the issue otherwise and further, not all cops will agree with an order either.

PA is finding this out:

Some local officials don’t agree with the tiered strategy, though. They plan to use their power to proceed with their own reopening plans, despite the fact that Pennsylvania confirmed 1,323 new coronavirus cases in a single day on Friday.

Lebanon County officials and some Republican lawmakers, including state Sen. Dave Arnold and Reps. Russ Diamond, Frank Ryan and Sue Helm, delivered a letter Friday to the Democratic governor informing him of their plans.

“Lebanon County has met the requirement of your original Stay-at-Home Order, which was to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak and allow hospitals the time to gear up for COVID-19 patients being admitted to the ICU and in need of ventilators,” the letter reads.

The original argument for all of these orders was to prevent overwhelming the health care system. That’s a contract, and the people have the absolute right to drag any official who moves the goalposts after obtaining agreement out of office by their hair if necessary, or simply to ignore said order as a violation of that agreement and be willing to enforce that refusal by whatever means are necessary.

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