(LFC Comments: We received the following email from a very concerned citizen. Governor DeWine’s and Dr. Amy Acton’s decisions to shut down the State’s economy are being questioned.)
Questions for Governor DeWine
Written by a Concerned Citizen
The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to peaceably assemble. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that citizens shall not be deprived of their liberty or property without due process of law. Your Executive Orders clearly violate our First Amendment right to assemble. Your Executive Orders restricting our freedom of movement and the ability to operate a business and or the ability to earn a living could very reasonably be argued to violate our Fifth Amendment rights as well. Given that there is no “Public Health Emergency” exception to these rights in the Constitution, how do you justify actions that have deprived citizens of this State of their Constitutional rights?
What other Constitutional rights do you believe you can deprive citizens of during a “Public Health Emergency”?
In your Oath of Office, you swore to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States. Given that your actions have deprived law abiding citizens of this State their Constitutional rights, can you explain why you shouldn’t be immediately removed from office?
On, Thursday, March 12, 2020, Dr. Amy Acton, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health stated that over 100,000 people in Ohio had the Coronavirus at that time. As of April 3, 2020, twenty-two days later, there were 3,312 confirmed cases in the State of Ohio. Clearly, Dr. Acton’s statement on March 12th was wildly inaccurate. Why wasn’t Dr. Acton immediately removed from office after making such a reckless and irresponsible statement? Could it be that her March 12th statement was part of a deliberate plan to panic and terrorize the citizens of Ohio into accepting your subsequent actions depriving them of their Constitutional rights and the economic destruction those actions have brought upon them?
For the sake of discussion, let’s say Dr. Acton’s March 12th claim was accurate. That would mean over 96% of the people who had the virus didn’t know they had it or didn’t bother to seek to treatment. Given that statistic, wouldn’t it have or make more sense to focus on treating those individuals who exhibit severe symptoms rather than depriving everyone of their rights and shutting the State down?
Again for the sake of discussion, let’s say Dr. Acton’s March 12th claim was accurate. As of April 3, 2020, twenty-two days later, there were 91 deaths attributed to the Coronavirus in Ohio. So, if there were over 100,000 people in Ohio who had the Coronavirus on March 12th those cases, twenty-two days later, resulted in 91 deaths which would equate to a Mortality Rate of about 0.09% (or 0.00091 less than one-tenth of one percent). This again would indicate that the figure stated by Dr. Acton on March 12th was wildly inaccurate and or the severity of the Coronavirus has been grossly overstated. How do you justify allowing Dr. Acton to remain in her position in light of this?
As of April 3, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health published a Mortality Rate of 2.75% for the Coronavirus in Ohio (91 deaths divided by 3,312 reported cases). However, it is widely believed that many, many people may have or have had the Coronavirus and exhibit no symptoms or don’t have symptoms that cause them to seek treatment (which would cause the case to be reported). Given this, isn’t fair to say that Morality Rates published by the Ohio Department of Health could be (and most probably are) wildly exaggerated? In fact, referring back to Dr. Acton’s 100,000 persons infected figure from March 12th which twenty-two days later had only resulted in 91 deaths (which would equate to a Morality Rate of 0.09%, isn’t it possible to argue that the Morality Rate published by the Ohio Department of Health could be as much as thirty (30) times overstated? How do you justify the continued publication of a Morality Rate that you know is overstated (perhaps even wildly exaggerated) because you do not know the true number of cases?
According to new guidance from Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, either “Coronavirus Disease 2019” or “COVID-19” should be reported on death certificates for all decedents for whom the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to the person’s death. Can’t it be argued that this new “guidance” is an invitation or direction to pump up the number of deaths attributed the Coronavirus in order to justify your unconstitutional and disastrous actions?
If Ohioans once again begin exercising the Constitutional rights your orders have deprived them of, will you resort to force to ensure continued compliance or, will you use what now will almost certainly be inflated death counts (from the Coronavirus) in order to terrorize the population into continued compliance?
As result of some your recent orders, we are now seeing Ohioans being forced to stand in line in order to purchase basic necessities which is very reminiscent of the failed old Soviet Union. Are you proud of the fact that your actions have brought Ohioans to this level of degradation?
You have consistently referenced the use of computer models in your decision-making, are you aware that computer models are mostly used in situations where historical data (facts) are unavailable and that virtually every computer model therefore reflects the “best guesses” of those who produced the model? Are you further aware that these models may (and most probably do) reflect the biases (or opinions) and or the agendas of those producing the models?
Under Ohio’s Public Records laws, citizens have to right to examine documents and records used by public officials in the formulation of public policies. Why haven’t the computer models used by public officials in formulating public policies concerning the Coronavirus been made public as required by law?