Remember when we were told that the country only needed to be shutdown for 2 weeks in order to flatten the curve?
Well here we are, late August, and most of the country is still shutdown!
And as a result, we have record unemployment rates and have lost tens of thousands of businesses that are now permanently closed.
One man, however, is vigorously fighting back against Ohio’s shutdown orders.
State Representative John Becker has drafted 10 Articles of Impeachment against Governor Mike Dewine over his handling of the COVID pandemic.
Here’s the breaking news from the local Fox News station in Ohio:
State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township, Clermont County) announced Monday that he has drafted ten articles of impeachment against Governor Mike DeWine.
Rep. Becker says the governor has violated the Ohio and United States Constitutions in a press release.
He says the governor’s statewide mask mandate is “offensive, degrading, humiliating, and insulting.”
Becker claims the governor “meddled” in the presidential primary election and takes issue with the essential business order that took place in the spring, as well as mandating masks for school-age children.
“Living in fear, many have turned to drugs and yes, even suicide, to end or tolerate the unbearable pain inflicted by the governor upon their livelihoods, and the damage caused by his unraveling of the fabric of Ohio. It is long past time to put an end to government gone wild,” Becker said in a statement.
Becker says impeachment is the only option.
Becker brings up a great point.
Many politicians are quick to talk about the infections and deaths from COVID, but fail to discuss the ramifications of their shutdown decisions.
They don’t seem to care if people lose their livelihoods!
Take a look at tweets on Becker’s move to impeach Dewine:
Watch the governor's response right here:
Here's more details on the story from the Associated Press:
“With deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 flattened, the Governor continues to press his boot on the throat of Ohio’s economy,” Becker said.
Daily new cases of the coronavirus have fallen below a seven-day average of 1,000, down from much higher tallies earlier in the summer.
In an interview, Becker acknowledged his move was likely “political suicide” but also said as a term-limited lawmaker not on the ballot for another position, his political future was already uncertain. His goal was trying to help the people whose jobs have been lost, wedding plans ruined, and graduations cancelled, he said.
“They’re telling me the cure is far worse than the disease. Everybody I talk to, they take the disease seriously, they know it’s real,” Becker said. “But there’s an appropriate reaction to it that people want to take and the governor’s reaction is way over the top.”
An impeachment website lists Rep. Nino Vitale, a Republican from Urbana and a frequent critic of DeWine and the mask mandate, and Rep. Paul Zeltwanger, a Republican from Mason in southwestern Ohio, as the only other backers of the movement.
Watch the report from the University of Toledo on the move to impeach Dewine: