Dear Editors of all the newspapers in Wyoming. This subject pertains to the whole state.
I see on the front page of the Jackson Hole News and Guide Weekly, March 31, that we “residents are now required” to limit our interactions to household only. This “is a stay-at-home order.”
Are government officials aware that they are breaking the law with this order? They can actually be prosecuted for violating the Constitution.
The Constitution for the United States of America is the supreme law of the land. Elected and appointed officials are sworn to uphold the Constitution. The First Amendment guarantees “the right of the people peaceably to assemble”.
The Miranda Decision: United States Supreme Court, 1966. 384 US 436, page 491 says; “Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rulemaking or legislation which would abrogate them.”
“But it’s for the good of the people,” you say. Every dictatorship which has ever existed came to being because some people were convinced that Draconian measures were needed “for the good of the people.”
We are all for encouraging people to follow certain guidelines to deal with this virus. But when you make a rule or regulation requiring us to “stay at home”, you have overstepped the bounds of your authority and you have broken the law.
“All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.” Supreme Court, Marbury v. Madison, 1803.
So, based on the Constitution and the Supreme Court, your rule or regulation requiring us to stay home is “null and void” and is violating the Constitution.
If you ask us nicely we will comply. But don’t command us to obey.
Please rescind this “order” and replace it with a nicely worded request.