What Georgia Governor Is Doing To Combat Atlanta Mask Order Is Going To Make Him A Legend
(Tea Party 247) – Georgia governor Brian Kemp is proving himself to be a legendary man in the conservative movement during one of the most trying times our nation has faced in recent memory. What’s he doing that’s making him standout as a hero?
Kemp is standing on his principles and opting to fight against Atlanta’s Democrat Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottom’s mandatory mask order by filing a lawsuit in an effort to block the order.
Look, we’re not saying “don’t wear masks.” What conservatives are saying is that it should be left up to the individual to decide for themselves whether or not masks are a good step and measure for them to take during the pandemic. It’s the encroachment of the right to decide for oneself that’s at the heart of the issue.
Here’s more from The Epoch Times:
The lawsuit, filed in Fulton County Superior Court, argues that Kemp “leads the State of Georgia in its fight against the worldwide novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic” and has the power “to suspend municipal orders that are contradictory to any state law or to his executive orders.”
“As the Mayor of the City of Atlanta, Mayor Bottoms does not have the legal authority to modify, change or ignore Governor Kemp’s executive orders,” the document says.
The lawsuit comes just one day after Kemp issued an executive order banning cities and counties from making face masks mandatory in public, voiding such mandates that have been implemented in at least a dozen local governments.
In the new executive order, the Republican governor said that any laws, orders, rules, or regulations requiring people to wear face coverings in public “are suspended.” Georgia residents are “strongly encouraged,” but not required, to wear face coverings while outside their homes.
“This lawsuit is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times,” Kemp wrote on Twitter Thursday. “These men and women are doing their very best to put food on the table for their families while local elected officials shutter businesses and undermine economic growth,” he continued.
“Just like sending in the @GeorgiaGuard to protect those living in our capital city from crime and violence, I refuse to sit back and watch as disastrous policies threaten the lives and livelihoods of our citizens. We will fight to stop these reckless actions and put people over pandemic politics,” the governor added.
Bottoms, who has tested positive for coronavirus, decided to respond to the governor’s lawsuit on Twitter. She cited some stats related to the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia along with a copy of the lawsuit itself.
“3,104 Georgians have died and I and my family are amongst the 106k who have tested positive for COVID-19,” she wrote. “Meanwhile, I have been sued by @GovKemp for a mask mandate.”
She added, “A better use of taxpayer money would be to expand testing and contact tracing. #ATLStrong,” in reference to the website that serves as a COVID-19 resource hub for Atlanta residents.
Again, masks themselves are not necessarily the issue. It’s the order that strips away the right people have to decide for themselves whether or not the data being presented by scientists and medical professionals — which is conflicting at the moment and far from a consensus — is convincing enough to justify the use of these masks for themselves.
If an individual is convinced they should be wearing a mask, they can feel free to do so. They can also feel free to try and persuade others through civil discourse and the sharing of information. Where the local governments are erring right now is encroaching on liberty and attempting to force people to obey the order.
Worse, they are creating division in communities by having taddle-tale hotlines for people to rat each other out. This is not conducive to acts of kindness, but causes bitterness and strife. It’s simply a wrong-headed approach from top to bottom.