Dangerous New Territory

As long time subscribers know full well: I don’t do politics. I only breach the topic when it relates directly to business. e.g., taxes, regulation et. al.

I don’t do, nor ever did, the now totally incendiary rhetoric for which side is correct in the debates of the Right, Left and/or everything in-between.

When it comes to political affiliation, holding an office or seeking one, immaterial of its hierarchy, I only discuss the what-or-how their (politicians or agencies) stance to enact legislation will effect businesses and the possible ramification via their relationship to them. i.e., It doesn’t matter if you like paying taxes or not. If a new code is added or repealed – you’re going to have to adjust or pay, regardless. Same with regulations, etc., etc., etc.

Now, with that made clear for those that may be reading here for the first time, let me just say, I am at a near, complete, loss for words regarding what the current administration has not only just enacted, but also, its reasoning and responses to it. Never-mind the outright hostile threatening contained within it for compliance. It’s absolutely as frightening as it is breath-taking.

The eviction moratorium enacted via the CDC over the last year was decided, by the U.S. Supreme Court (SC), to be unconstitutional and a gross overstep of the CDC’s authority. And, with that decision months ago, the date of July 31st was the final day the court said it would allow the moratorium to stand.

It (SC) also made clear: any further attempts at any such moratorium may be possible, but only, if enacted via congressional legislation. e.g., House, Senate, approved and signed by the president.

So, what did the administration via the CDC do? It enacted another moratorium and threatened any landlord daring to go against (as in not heeding a clearly, decidedly unlawful mandate as per the U.S. Supreme Court) with six figure fines and jail time.

And, if you think I’m making this up or over-inflating it? Read it for yourself. To wit:

(Screenshot source: CDC website)

As if this wasn’t as alarming in-and-of itself, the President stated, on camera, he knew it was unconstitutional – but that didn’t matter because it would provide time while it was tied up in the court.

Folks, if you’re a person (such as I am) that believes the only thing that separates us from despot tyrannical overreach and any semblance of freedom is the Constitution? To have the president of the United States state openly, that he knows something violates his , supposedly, sacrosanct oath of office (To protect and defend the U.S. Constitution…) and then proceeds on doing just that. Is something I never dreamed I would ever witness. Ever. (Here’s a link to constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley’s outrage for context.)

And here we are.

As bad as the above is, I was left speechless, once again, when the WH press secretary gave the following rebuttal to a direct question regarding both the court’s decision and the administration’s view of it. Again, to wit:

Facing questions from reporters on the legality of the CDC’s new order, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the Biden administration doesn’t believe most Americans care whether the order is legal or not. 

“I’m not sure there are Americans evaluating it to that degree, maybe there are some you’ve talked to,” Psaki told a reporter who asked about the constitutionality of the order. “[Biden]’s gonna do everything in his power to make sure they can stay in their homes as long as possible.”

“Judge orders Biden administration to respond…”

One can have all the compassion in the world for those negatively affected and impacted by the virus, indeed I do. However, with that said, we’re now going to throw out not only the rule of law, but the entire founding of private property rights, business law going back centuries, cavalierly?

When I stated a few days ago my reasoning for why I now needed to “rethink” some things concerning the site and broadcast, because everything had changed on a dime just the week prior – many might have thought I was making a mountain-out-of-a-molehill for the reasons I laid out.

With this?

Right now, I don’t know what to think. For this is so far off the charts it makes a statement for ridicule like “turning it up to 11” look pitifully inadequate to describe just how far off the rails of anything once thought of as “solid” pertaining to business constructs we now are.

All I will say, for now, is this…

This is dangerous (And that’s not hyperbole.) new territory for the entire United States. We are traveling down a path many thought impossible just weeks ago, let alone years or decades back to our founding.

And here we are.

© 2021 Mark St.Cyr