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Oh boy.

That’s about the only response I have to some of the COVID guidelines put in place right around Thanksgiving.

And I’m not talking about just here in Iowa — but across the nation.

In New Mexico, the governor has ordered some grocery stores closed. Food is suddenly non-essential.

New Mexico’s governor ordered any business with four or more rapid responses of COVID-19 cases reported within a 14-day period to close for two weeks. That meant more than 25 essential businesses were shut down earlier this week — including grocery stores and major retailers.

In addition, another order issued by the governor requires capacity limitations at all stores. According to media reports, this has forced New Mexicans to wait outside and stand in line for up to two hours.

In New York, checkpoints are being set up at bridges and cops will be out in force to question Thanksgiving travelers from out of state. There will be checkpoints at curbside drop off bus stops as well. Out-of-state buses entering New York City will be met by sheriff teams.

Los Angeles County has shut down outdoor dining, despite a lack of science that would signal it necessary.

Maryland’s governor ripped residents who do not want to wear a mask.

“It’s sort of like saying, ‘I have a constitutional right to drive drunk. I have a constitutional right to not wear a seatbelt or to yell fire in a crowded movie theater, or to not follow the speed limit,'” he said.

He said there is no constitutional right to walk around without a mask.

And this is a Republican.

Oregon’s governor is urging residents to uninvited family from attending Thanksgiving. She’s also encouraging neighbors to call the police for COVID violators.

Mind you it is Nov. 26, 2020. We are eight months into 15 days to flatten the curve.

America is very much at a crossroads. These sort of oppressive orders are not reflective of our constitutional republic.

Will we keep it?

Author: Jacob Hall