(Chuck Muth) – The pure genius of our Founding Fathers is a true marvel of civilization little appreciated by far too many of our fellow citizens today.
For example, consider this quote from James Madison, one of the authors of our Constitution, way back in 1787…
“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood … or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow.”
How in the heck did he know about Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak back then?
Case in point: Sisolak’s “emergency directives” dealing with the CHINA-19 virus.
The Emperor’s basic recommendations, regurgitated ad nauseum, are fairly simple and straight-forward: wash your hands, keep 6 feet away from others and wear a face diaper.
But what’s not widely known, let alone understood, is the voluminous, incoherent and incessantly-changed nitpicking that Sisolak and his government nannies have drafted and forced upon the people for eleven months now.
For example, get a load of (and this is just an excerpt of the full 16-page Directive) the government-mandated requirements issued by Gov. Sisolak on October 2, 2020 in order for kids to begin playing youth soccer, baseball, etc., again…
NEVADA GUIDANCE FOR ADULT & YOUTH SPORTS COVID-19 Reopening Guidance. Provide hand sanitizer stations and encourage all participants and adults to wash and sanitize hands regularly. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are visibly soiled, soap and water should be used before using alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Leagues, coaches, managers and trainers MUST have supplies for event staff and participants available, including hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, tissues, trash baskets, disposable facemasks, and disinfecting products. Participants should pick up their own trash at the conclusion of all games, practices and activities. Extra trash bins should be provided, and more frequent disposal should occur. Where applicable, departing teams or league representative must sanitize the team/player area.Ensure restrooms are cleaned and disinfected prior to and after any league activity. SIGNAGE. Post signage at gathering venue entrances outlining established protocols. Consider utilizing signage with easy to interpret graphics in commonly used languages reminding everyone to maintain 6 feet of distance, wear masks, wash hands, etc. Post instructions for individuals throughout the gathering venue at entrances, and inform individuals of: Capacity limits (see above); Prohibitions on entering a gathering if they are experiencing symptoms; Hygiene and social distancing instructions, signage, and markings; and Face covering requirements. ENCOURAGED BEST PRACTICES. Teams/ groups should be static, with no mixing of employees or participants between groups for the duration of the season, if practical. Teams/ groups should not add new participants once the season has started. If practical, assign participants from the same household to the same team or group . Limit spectators to immediate household members or guardians of participants. If practical, assign shared equipment to one household for duration of sports season. Limit spectators to immediate household members or guardians of participants. Provide reasonable accommodation for COVID-19-vulnerable employees, including but not limited to work from home (if feasible), reduced contact with others, use of barriers to ensure minimum distance between others whenever feasible or other accommodations that reduce chances of exposure.
Voluminous? Yes. Incoherent? Yes. Cannot be understood? Yes. Incessantly changed? Yes.
I had first-hand experience with this crap last fall.
Went to my son’s Little League game. OUTSIDE. Sat in folding chairs with only my wife and daughter who live in the same household. Wasn’t within 20 feet of the field or any other spectators.
Yet some government pinhead enforcement agent from the City of Henderson showed up and demanded that we put on masks. If we failed to comply, he said he would stop the game and send the kids home.
Did I mention we were OUTDOORS and WAY more than 6 feet distanced from any living soul?
Wait, it gets worse…
A week later we were advised by the coach that due to changes in enhanced enforcement on capacity limits, only ONE parent, and no one else, would be allowed to attend and watch the game…even though we were OUTDOORS, wearing masks and sitting far more than 6 feet from the field or anyone else.
This is stuck on stupid writ large.
Now, it’s one thing that our dictatorial governor has foisted these diaper biscuits on the citizens of Nevada. But the Legislature met TWICE in special session last summer and simply looked the other way. As such, they are guilty of complicity in this ongoing insanity.
Well, the 2021 regular session of the Legislature convenes today. And it’s first order of business SHOULD be to immediately rescind Emperor Sisolak’s “Declaration of Emergency” and repeal ALL of his authoritarian, voluminous, incoherent and incessantly-changed Directives.
Yes, CHINA-19 is still with us…and will be for the foreseeable future, even with the vaccine. And no, none of the Emperor’s authoritarian Directives have or will stop it.
But the fact is, the “emergency” ended LONG ago. So should the governor’s unbridled power.
Instead, the Legislature should pass a simple joint resolution along the following lines…
WHEREAS, the CHINA-19 virus is still with us and poses ongoing health risks that can’t be legislated or ordered away, the Nevada Legislature issues the following recommendations…
1.) If you’re afraid of catching the CHINA-19 virus, especially if you are in a high-risk category, you should consider staying home.
2.) If you’re afraid of catching the CHINA-19 virus, especially if you are in a high-risk category, you should consider wearing an N95 surgical mask.
3.) If you’re afraid of catching the CHINA-19 virus, especially if you are in a high-risk category, you should consider maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from other people.
4.) If you’re afraid of catching the CHINA-19 virus, especially if you are in a high-risk category, you should consider washing your hands thoroughly more often.
5.) For everyone else, consider the above recommendations but get back to your lives, businesses, families and schools.
So let it be written; so let it be done.
Now, about those tax hikes…
The Carnival Panorama is tentatively scheduled to start sailing again on April 3, 2021. But restarts have been announced and delayed in the past. So I’m still waiting to see cruises actually begin again before re-scheduling the next Citizen Outreach Cruise to Mexico. Will keep you posted.
I’m ready to go NOW!
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. … A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation…are of a higher obligation.” – Thomas Jefferson
“I don’t understand much about politics…” – Blubber-blogger Jon Ralston, 1/2/20
Mr. Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, publisher of Nevada News & Views and blogs at MuthsTruths.com