DeWack’s Quack: “…Impermissibly Arbitrary, Unreasonable, and Oppressive”

The sun’s shining a little more brightly in Ohio. That’s because “Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci slammed Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton in his Wednesday order, writing that she ‘has acted in an impermissibly arbitrary, unreasonable, and oppressive manner’” in locking down the state.

Given Quack’s monstrous tyranny, mere words can’t “slam” her: only a firing squad or lynch mob could mete out what this dictator deserves. In cahoots with Gov. DeWack, she’s savaged Ohio’s economy, deprived people far more essential than she of their livelihoods, and condemned Ohioans to a dismal, frustrating future as they recover from her despotism.

So while Lucci’s condemnation is welcome, it’s too little, too late.

It’s also too limited:

The nine-page ruling … applies only to gyms in that northeastern Ohio county. Meanwhile, gyms are set to reopen May 26 under an updated order announced last week by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine.”

Coincidence? Or did DeWack know this comeuppance was coming?

Gov. Mike DeWine and Acton ordered that all non-essential businesses close by March 24. The state is beginning to roll back some of those restrictions; gyms have been allowed to reopen Tuesday.”

Wrong: neither DeWack nor Quack owned the authority to close those enterprises in the first place, so they certainly have no power to “allow” them to re-open, as Lucci emphasized:

Lucci said Ohio law allows Acton to isolate sick people and quarantine people exposed to an illness during the period of incubation for a given disease, about 14 days in the case of the novel coronavirus. But the judge argues her powers stop there.

The director has quarantined the entire people of the state of Ohio, for much more than 14 days,” Lucci wrote. “The director has no statutory authority to close all businesses…which she deems non-essential for a period of two months.”

Dang tootin’.

Meanwhile, even after gyms re-open, patrons may balk at frequenting them:

The ruling affirms that facilities must follow Ohio Department of Health safety protocols to keep patrons and all Ohioans safe and healthy,” said Dan Tierney, spokesman for the governor. 

But not employed.


4:23 pm on May 21, 2020