Dear Governor Stitt,
First off, I’d like to thank you for your leadership. I can imagine the difficult decisions you have had to make and would like to think that these decisions have been made in all sincerity. However, I am writing you concerning this crisis which I believe was both induced and unduly exacerbated by the media, creating what I believe to have set a precedent that has raised several concerns which I will explain below. . .
It is my concern that this moment in time and pause in our lives will have lasting consequences. By the grace and blessings of our Heavenly Father, we have been blessed in many ways through this quarantine. The only person in the family that has been greatly affected is my son, Gabriel. He has been prevented from continuing his training in Men’s Gymnastics by the restrictions that are still in place and the fact that the gym has been closed for two months. Last year in his division, he won all-round at the Missouri Winter Games, was Arkansas State Champion and this year won all-round at The Bart Connor Invitational. Because of this lockdown, he was not able to compete in the state championship or regionals. The shutdowns and fear from the health department resulted in the OU Gymnastics camp being canceled for this summer, in which he was registered to attended. He is at the age where he is working toward a college scholarship that would help him pay for an electrical engineering degree. These are the “non-essential” things that are affecting the essentials of life in ways that we will never know. These little things may be the difference of a future that is full of abundance or one where we struggle in poverty. Please consider the consequences of what has taken place. In a free society and Constitutional republic every worker is essential. Closing business will have a ripple effect on everything and everyone.
I would like to state a few facts for your consideration. In a state with a population of 3.9 million, why would 278 deaths create a state of emergency when that makes the death toll of this virus .00296%, with 0 flu deaths from April 16th-May 2nd? This logic simply does not add up. https://off-guardian.org/2020/03/24/12-experts-questioning-the-coronavirus-panic/
Way too much power and authority have been given to the State Health Department. They do not have the right to decide that the Constitution does not matter. It is not their job or any other government official to quarantine healthy people out of fear of a maybe. As Attorney General Barr stated in his memorandum to the States Attorney Generals; “Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public. But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis. We must, therefore, be vigilant to ensure its protections are preserved at the same time that the public is protected”. https://www.justice.gov/opa/page/file/1271456/download
It is the concern to myself and many other people from Oklahoma that the manner in which this situation has been handled sets a future precedent for our State. This is not okay! It is important to acknowledge when we have made a mistake. It is important to learn from our failures, and it is important to have the foresight and humility not to make the same mistakes again. The facts show that this lockdown and closure of businesses was not worth the cost to the economy and attack on our Constitution. It is not within the legal jurisdiction of the Health Department to make laws. It is impossible for the Health Department to prevent outbreaks, and it is certainly not within their legal bounds to police a free people. Furthermore, it is an embarrassment and a disgrace for the health department to “predict” the future based on theoretical models that have already proven false. https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/professor-lockdown-modeler-resigns-in-disgrace/ This ordeal has enabled and empowered the Department of Health to deprive us of our Constitutional rights under the color of law which is illegal according to Title 18, Section 242 of the U.S.C. . Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law
A Concerned Mother