SANTA CLARA, California. A city in Northern California declared itself a constitutional republic in November after disagreeing with COVID-19 requirements. The declaration symbolically reaffirms the inalienable rights of citizens as the state renews urgent medical orders and issues a new round of nationwide mask regulations.
Scott Thomson, deputy mayor of Oroville, was a major proponent of this proposal. He said California’s COVID-19 sanctions violate human rights.
“This is a public statement that … we disagree … with how this pandemic is being addressed. I put it on, we voted for it and it went 6-1, ”Thomson told NTD TV.
Many of the 20,000 residents – Democrats, Republicans and Independent Representatives – supported the move at the November 2 rally.
“It always seemed to me like a carrot dangling in front of our face…“ Just do it now, and we’ll give you back your freedom… we’ll get everything back to normal, ”Thomson said. “It seems to me that the end is not in sight.”
Being a constitutional republic is only symbolic for now, but the goal is to make a public statement in support of individual rights in the face of current public health directives.
On November 10, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom extended part of his declaration of emergency from March 4, 2020 to March 31, 2022, thereby retaining emergency powers.
“We have… the inalienable rights vested in our Creator, as well as a republic, which essentially means a separation of powers,” Thomson said. “And that’s not what we have with this emergency declaration that we made. The next extension, by the time it ends, will have two years of emergency powers. That’s not what it was designed for. “
Beginning December 15, California enacted another nationwide ban on the use of masks in all public areas, regardless of vaccination status. Cases have been on the rise since Thanksgiving, according to Dr. Mark Ghali, California’s secretary of health and human services. The mask mandate will run until January 15th.
Ironically, Thomson said the announcement was inspired by the governor and later mayor of Newsom, who declared San Francisco a city of refuge for illegal immigrants in 2007, and more recently by plans by state legislators to declare California an abortion haven in response to potential decision of the Supreme Council. Roe v. Wade’s legal action was both aimed at countering alleged federal government abuses.
“The point is … it’s a viable option when you feel the government is too far away from power,” Thomson said.
Thomson said there was no contact from the state or federal government, and no funds were withheld, even though this is an impending threat.
In July 2020, two cities located in Central California were denied state funding for COVID-19 after individuals said businesses must remain open despite state orders.
Since the announcement, Thomson said the city has received comments from across the state and country, 90 percent of which have been approved.
Last year, three counties, also in Northern California, challenged Newsom’s closure orders and decided to reopen their businesses. In May 2020, Modoc, Yuba, and Sutter counties ignored nationwide restrictions due to a lack of confirmed cases of COVID-19 after a month in a shelter.