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Unconstitutionally Calling Businesses Illegal

In Business, Economics, Front Page, US Constitution by Allen WestLeave a Comment

If you have not noticed, things are crazy here in Texas. Yes, I am really pissed off about the situation with salon owner Shelley Luther. Then I read this headline from the Texas Tribune, a media outlet funded by George Soros, “GOP Lawmakers get illegal haircuts before Texas announces salons to reopen.”

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“On Tuesday, state Reps. Steve Toth and Briscoe Cain sat wearing barbers’ gowns in a Houston-area salon, ready for their haircuts. Both Republicans were breaking state law by doing so, but to them, it mattered no less — one was there to send a message to Gov. Greg Abbott, and the other was there as an act of civil disobedience.

“A little less on the sides,” Toth, from The Woodlands, told the hairstylist while on the phone with a Texas Tribune reporter, noting that “there’s absolutely no reason” why such businesses couldn’t reopen their doors under proper health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think these businesses need to be open,” Cain, from Deer Park, told Fox 26 while getting his haircut. Hours later, their wish was granted: Abbott announced that hair salons and barbershops were among the businesses that could begin to reopen Friday — several days earlier than he had previously signaled.

The news, made during a press conference at the Texas Capitol, added on to an announcement the governor made last week that allowed businesses such as movie theaters and malls to reopen under certain restrictions. And it alleviated pressure that Abbott had been fielding in recent days from mainly Republicans, who argued their constituents needed the businesses they either worked at or owned to reopen because their livelihoods depended on it.

“When you’re Greg Abbott and you have people screaming in your ear, you have to find a creative way to communicate with him; he’s going 24/7 right now,” Toth told the Tribune on Tuesday evening. “We wanted to get a message to the governor — everyone has to take a different tack trying to make sure the governor knows what our constituents are thinking.”

Hailey Lankford, a stylist at Tune Up: The Manly Salon in Montgomery County, where Toth and Cain got haircuts, said before Abbott’s announcement Tuesday that it’s “essential” for her to go back to work. “If I do not go back to work, my car will be [repossessed], I will be evicted, I have no choice,” Lankford told the Tribune. “I’m not getting the money from the government along with a lot of other hairdressers I know.” 

Now here is something for ya to ponder. State Reps. Toth and Cain are part of the Texas legislature. The legislature is where laws are made. As far as we know, the Texas legislature did not pass a law to shut down businesses in the Lone Star State. So why does this partisan leftist media outlet refer to getting a haircut as an “illegal” act? I mean c’mon, these are the same progressive socialists who back sanctuary states and cities harboring individuals who are in the United States “illegally.” Oops, I forgot, if something aligns with the leftist ideological agenda it is perfectly fine, acceptable, and right.

As I stated yesterday, we live in a Constitutional Republic, based upon the rule of law, and individual rights, freedoms, and liberties. Government is established and operates under the consent of the governed. Sure, business owners consented to closing their privately owned businesses, but not to the extent of their own ruin. It is not the place of government to deem who or what is “essential” in our America, certainly not in our Texas. What’s next? It is deemed “essential” for me to own a freaking Prius? All other vehicles are deemed non-essential, and ergo, illegal?

I send a special hat tip to Texas State Reps. Toth and Cain for reminding us that in a Republic, which is what Texas first was, laws are made by duly elected representatives of the people. We call them legislators. Governors are part of the executive branch and their enumerated duty is to enforce the laws passed by the legislature, not rule by decree, order, mandate, or edict. The judicial branch is to interpret the laws, not edicts, orders, mandates, and decrees. As to this idiot Judge Moye in Dallas County, he should be removed from the bench for his gross and heinous violation of the civil liberties of Shelley Luther.

The real bottom line, folks?

This is what happens when we do not study, understand, or comprehend American civics, or our US or state constitutions.

Ain’t nothing illegal about getting a haircut, however, it’s doggone is illegal to enter our country without our consent.

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