(PoliticalLookout.com)- Some good news in Wisconsin this week, after the state’s Supreme Court struck down the excessive lockdown order put in place by Governor Tony Evans. In a 4-3 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that the order went above and beyond the powers of the governor and means that businesses can start reopening in the state.
According to the Associated Press, the ruling means that there are no longer any restrictions on how many people can gather in public, people will be able to travel wherever they like when they like, and businesses can start opening. That includes the hospitality industry, too, meaning bars and restaurants could soon be opening up – presumably with social distancing measures in place too.
The order was issued by state Health Secretary Andrea Palm, and the Supreme Court found she, along with the governor, didn’t have the authority to restrict peoples liberties in the way they did.
“Rule-making exists precisely to ensure that kind of controlling, subjective judgement asserted by one unelected official, Palm, is not imposed in Wisconsin,” the Chief Justice Patience Roggensack wrote in favor of the majority opinion.
Former Republican Governor Rick Scott also praised the decision of the court, speaking to the media, saying “The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the law.”
“The rule of law must be upheld – even in emergencies. I am honored to have appointed two of the Justices in the majority of the 4-3 decision,” he added.
There’s a common theme, here. Republicans are in favor of letting people be responsible, while Democrats want to infringe on peoples’ liberties. To be fair, the Democratic governor of Colorado has worked extensively with President Trump to reopen the state’s economy, but there are always exceptions to the rule.
In a conference call on Wednesday, Governor Tony Evers reacted in anger at how the Republicans won the battle.
“Today, Republican legislators convinced four members of the state Supreme Court to throw the state into chaos,” he said. “They have provided no plan. There’s no question among anybody that people are going to get sick. Republicans own that chaos.”
Only time will tell, however. Colorado and a host of southern Republican states are already opening businesses and even allowing restaurants and bars to open with restricted maximum capacities. Business owners are likely to take clever measures to work around the dangers of the virus, allowing businesses to function as safely as possible without destroying local economies.
Democrats may be angry now, but they’ll be even angrier when they’re proven wrong. Now we just need to wait and see what other courts do across the country. Could California be next?