New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy acknowledged that he ignored citizens’ constitutional rights when signing an executive order closing places of worship in response to COVID-19.
During his interview with gov. Murphy, Tucker Carlson asked the Governor a question:
The Bill of Rights, as you well know, protects Americans, enshrines their right to their religion as they see fit, to congregate together, to assemble peacefully. By what authority did you nullify the Bill of Rights in issuing this order? How do you have the power, as the Governor of New Jersey — of any state — to simply, with a wave of your hand, nullify people’s constitutional rights as enumerated in the Bill of Rights?Tucker Carlson
And received a rather unexpected answer…,
That’s above my pay grade Tucker. I wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this… People have to stay away from each other.Gov. Phil Murphy
It wasn’t the only question of that interview, but because of the Governor’s response, this short exchange becomes the only thing people are talking about now.
That’s above my pay grade.
Published by Fox News on Apr 15, 2020
Tucker Carlson looks stunned when gov. Murphy dropped “that’s above my pay grade” comment during Wednesday interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
The end justifies the means.
above my paygrade (definition)
Involving a higher level of responsibility than I have, and therefore something that should be dealt with by someone more senior than me. This expression is often used figuratively to say that you do not have the knowledge or authority to decide about something.
So, Governor Murphy admitted to not having either expertise or authority to make the decision (nullify people’s constitutional rights as enumerated in the Bill of Rights). Still, he made that decision anyway, and then, to make it worse, he added that he wasn’t even thinking of the Bill of Rights when he did this.
It appears that many members of our government believe that for our own good, we the
People have to stay away from each other,
or otherwise, we’re going to face mass extinction.
But, should the government forced people to stay away from each other at any cost? Sitting at home all day trying to register for unemployment benefits using the overloaded internet portal could be severely taxing on one’s mental state.
So far, the lockdown has caused multiple problems:
- Domestic violence is up.
- Suicides are soaring.
- Job-loss mortality is going up.
- Mental health issues triggered by the nationwide lockdown are rising.
but, we the people, should shut up and take it because…,
All of this is just a small price to pay for being saved from deadly pandemic which, if not kept in check, will wipe out most of the world’s population and the best way to prevent it from happening is to surrender our rights and, you’ve guessed it, let the government save us.
But, there’s a small problem.
Government bureaucracies are not that good in crisis management. Usually, it cost a tone of money and involves extensive collateral damage. It’s similar to chemo-therapy, where doctors treat a cancer patient with a deadly cocktail of meds and hope that it will kill cancer before it kills the patient.
So, the question is: Should we the people unconditionally submit ourselves to brutal cancer treatment and pray to God for a positive outcome, or maybe we should search for other options?
I’m an optimist, and for me saying:
… seek, and ye shall find…,
sounds much better than:
The end justifies the means.
Of course, how you react to this insane mess is up to you. Like me, you have to make your own choices. Hopefully, you’ll pick the right ones. Keep safe.
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