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Working Lives Matter! Pennsylvanians Want to Go Back to Work, Not Cower from a Virus

Working Lives Matter! Pennsylvanians Want to Go Back to Work, Not Cower from a Virus

Enough is enough
By Trey 113 comments

Pressure is building in Pennsylvania to defy Governor Tom Wolf’s draconian COVID-19 lockdown, and it’s about time.

Even as mandatory stay-at-home restrictions have been lifted in some Pennsylvania counties, too many counties and most business remain in lockdown, and Pennsylvanians are tired of it.

The U.S. unemployment rate skyrocketed to 14.7% in April, a level last seen during the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs disappeared in the worst monthly loss on record.

In Lancaster County, it’s now estimated that the unemployment rate is a whopping 21%.

It’s stark evidence of how the overreaction to the coronavirus has brought the economy to a grinding halt.

A record number of Pennsylvanians have filed for unemployment because of the coronavirus panic, and there is concern about whether the state can replenish its unemployment compensation fund when all this is said and done.

Pennsylvanians have had enough. They want to go back to work and are perfectly capable of practicing safety without government forcing them to go on welfare.

The anger is growing. Just a few weeks ago on April 20, hundreds of angry Pennsylvanians including several Lancaster County residents gathered outside the state capitol in Harrisburg demanding that Wolf reopen the Keystone State.

On Friday, dozens of people drove their vehicles repeatedly around Philadelphia City Hall to protest government-mandated business closures.

According to reports, the caravan was led by a pickup truck with a flag promoting President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign in the bed. Other cars had American flags poking out the windows and signs reading “Reopen PA now!” and “Working Lives Matter.”

A group called “ReOpen Philadelphia” organized the event to call on city leaders to lay out a timeline for reopening businesses, houses of worship and other establishments that were shuttered by Wolf’s executive orders.

The fire is rising.

This week, two Lancaster County municipalities passed symbolic resolutions imploring the state to reopen Lancaster County, which remains in Wolf’s red category, which is the most drastic level of lockdown.

The resolutions by East Donegal and West Hempfield townships implore Wolf to reconsider his order and take a more targeted approach, allowing businesses and individuals to return to their normal lives.

“These draconian measures by Gov. Tom Wolf must end,” East Donegal Township Supervisor Tom Jones said. “If enough people and business owners simply go back to work and open up their businesses, his orders lose their power and we regain ours.”

It’s time to take back power from the government over our lives. Neither the US Constitution nor the Pennsylvania Constitution have clauses that read “*except if there’s a virus.”