Governor Walz makes unprecedented move and issues unconstitutional order quarantining Minnesotans to their homes. The order was announced at a 2 pm press conference and is not currently available to be read by the public. Walz' order would force people to stay in their homes unless they meet the criteria of the approved activities or are part of essential services.
How does one man issue an order that eradicates our rights protected by the Minnesota Bill of Rights? Simple answer is: he can't!
Walz has made a clear violation of the separation of powers in our state constitution and has abused the powers of his office. The blowback of this step is yet to be seen since the order provides vague exceptions to the mandate for activities like:
- Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies
- Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing
- Necessary Supplies and Services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out
- Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state
- Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household
- Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home
- Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or essential operations reasons
- Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation
Although this order seems relatively minimal in its impact, it moves Minnesota in a dangerous direction towards authoritarianism. Eventually law enforcement and government regulators will take the vagueness in the order to infringe on our rights. Our travel may be questioned by traffic stops. Firearms and ammunition sales might be halted because they are not considered "essential". Independent journalism, an important key to combatting the unified messaging of corporate media, may be barred from receiving media exemptions.