In recent times, we’ve seen our nation or at least specific states make some rather poor decisions. You know, ones like passing Obamacare, or the state of California and New York essentially do away with cash bonds. They’re decisions that, along with not being wholly constitutional, have dragged our nation in an ever-leftward direction – and one that will eventually destroy us.
However, a new law introduced in the state of New York just might take the cake when it comes to denying Americans of their freedoms.
It’s being called New York State Assembly Bill A416 and, if passed, would allow the governor of the state to order the “removal or detention” of all persons suspected of carrying a contagious disease.
According to the Daily Wire, “A bill introduced by a member of the New York State Assembly would amend the public health law, permitting the governor of the state to order the removal and/or detention of a person deemed to be a ‘suspected case, contact or carrier of a contagious disease’ who would ‘pose an imminent and significant threat to the public health.’ The person in question then would be ‘detained in a medical facility or other appropriate facility or premises designated by the governor.'”
I’m sorry, but did I just wake up in Communist China? No? Well, then maybe we are in North Korea or somewhere equally devoid of human rights.
I mean, we must be if someone is proposing laws that could allow one man, currently the worst governor the state of New York has ever seen, to throw people in some “facility” because they are sick.
Just in case you are one of those glass half full kind of people and are trying to give the bill’s creator, Democrat Noah Nicholas Perry, the benefit of the doubt on just how dictator like this would be, let’s look at the proposed legislation a little closer.
Firstly, let’s look at the phrase “removal and detention.” They are alone are rather ominous sounding. But then add that to what the bill later states, that the governor can issue such orders whenever a “state of health emergency to due to an epidemic of any communicable disease.”
True, epidemics and definitely pandemics don’t happen all that often. But when they do, who knows how long they will last – take COVID-19 as proof.
This means the governor essentially has an indefinite amount of time he or she can continue this treatment.
Speaking of treatment, what would that look like?
Well, according to the bill, no mention of due process, attorneys, or any other form of disagreement is even remotely included. This means that the governor can choose to have someone picked up by law enforcement, taken to a ‘facility’ somewhere, and held whether they want to or not. These people would essentially be stripped of all rights until they are released.
No phone calls, no lawyers, no ‘what about my kids.’
And if that isn’t bad enough, the bill explains that once someone has been picked up, they can be held up to sixty days before a court order authorizing the detention even needs to be issued. If the court obtains that order, the governor can hold that same person for up to another sixty days before the court is required to review the case.
So we are talking about being held against their will for possibly up to 120 days, or more depending on the outcome of the review, all for being “suspected” of having a contagious illness.
Now, if you’re anything like me, you’ll note that by this time, anyone with COVID will likely either be fully recovered or dead, according to statistics. So why such a long period of time?
Well, that’s because this really isn’t about COVID. In fact, no mention of the current pandemic or its name is mentioned in the slightest. Instead, the bill says any “contagious disease.”
So if I have the flu (which kills some 60,000 Americans a year) or cough in public and someone suspects me of having it, I can be “removed or detained?” According to the wording of this law, absolutely.
The reality of this law is terrifying, or at least it should be. Then again, given the bill’s current wording, I don’t know anyone in their right mind who would let this pass. And even if it does, one would be blind not to see the Supreme Court coming after it at some point.