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Petition to Idaho House of Representatives

Impeach Idaho Governor Brad Little

We, the people of Idaho, want to be safe and use safe practices to keep our most vulnerable safe from any harm that might come.  We believe the framers of the US Constitution and the Idaho Constitutions were well aware of the danger of viruses when they drafted our Constitutions. They did not include exceptions to the limits on government when writing them in case something like a virus came along. They understood that the people had to be responsible for the health of the people and the government could never carry out this task.  Governor Brad Little, and by proxy, his Health and Welfare Director David Jeppesen, has violated his oath of office to uphold the United States and Idaho Constitutions. We, the people of Idaho, ask you, our duly elected representatives, to convene and to begin proceedings to impeach Governor Little immediately on the following counts: Count 1 -  Violations of Article I Section 1 of the Idaho Constitution: "All men are by nature free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing and protecting property; pursuing happiness and securing safety." It is our inalienable right to enjoy liberty and to pursue our own safety. Governor Little has taken both of these without cause. Count 2 - Violations of Article I Section 4 of the Idaho Constitution: "The exercise and enjoyment of religious faith and worship shall forever be guaranteed..nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship."Governor Little has removed our exercise and enjoyment of religious worship without cause. Additionally, he has, in practice, given preference to one mode of worship (Facebook, Drive-In, etc) over another (In-person worship). Count 3 - Violations of Article I Section 10 of the Idaho Constitution: "The people shall have the right to assemble in a peaceable manner, to consult for their common good; to instruct their representatives, and to petition the legislature for the redress of grievances." Governor Little has removed our right to assemble in a peaceable manner without cause. Count 4 - Violations of Article I Section 17 of the Idaho Constitution: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated." Governor Little has removed our right against unreasonable seizure of our persons without due process. Count 5 - Violations of Article IV Section 5 of the Idaho Constitution: "The supreme executive power of the state is vested in the governor, who shall see that the laws are faithfully executed." Governor Little has not faithfully executed the laws of Idaho. Instead, he, and his appointees have superseded them with his own dictatorial edict wherein he describes who may move, who may do business, and who may worship as he sees fit. Count 6 - Violation of the Article I Section 10 of the US Constitution: "No State shall pass any . . . Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts." Governor Little and his appointees have impaired innumerable obligation of contracts in locking down the people and businesses who entered them whom they did not deem "essential."  Count 7 - Violation of the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." This count restates count 2, but as a violation of the US Constitutional rights reserved for its citizens. Count 8 - Violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated." This count restates count 4, but as a violation of the US Constitutional rights reserved for its citizens. Count 9 - Violation of the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution: "No person shall .... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." Governor Little has bypassed all state and federal laws and case-law which call for due process to be granted, even in the event of quarantine, before the right of life, liberty, and the use of property be removed.  Count 10 - Violations of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution: "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Governor Little and his designees have made a law which removes our privileges and immunities without due process. We have been deprived of life, liberty, and the use of our property without due process of law. We have seen an unequal protection of the law as some, as the Governor sees fit, have been given a pass to live their life as usual if deemed "essential."

Josh Hurley
6,219 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Governor Newsom, Sonia Y. Angell, MD, MPH, Dr. Christopher Fornitano, Randy Sawyer, Jake Hanson, Brandon Nunes, Wilma Wooten, Dr. Mark Ghaly

Open Pools for Regulated Lap Swimming in California

The pools in California should open for lap swimming by the beginning of June.  Organized swimming is an integral part of our state, and swimming in general provides physical and mental health benefits that are critical for many of our members, especially during the summer. School is out shortly for most counties, and there will be many children who need outlets for safe exercise and participation in a sport that keeps them busy, grounded, and engaged with like-minded athletes and supervised by coaches.  There are also many people, including those with disabilities, for whom swimming is their only safe form of exercise. It has been well established by the CDC that “there is no evidence that Covid-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs.”  Further, the effect of the chlorine does not stop at the water surface.  Swimmers inhale above the water and exhale below, and any breathing that a swimmer does is through the nose or mouth, which have been effectively washed with chlorine.  The majority of swim teams and pools have already planned for the safety of swimmers and coaches by following the CDC, OSHA, and USA Swimming guidelines, including the closure of locker rooms and mandatory social distancing.  There is no shared equipment.  Coaches are available on-site to monitor for compliance.  The risk of transmission is improbable and less so than on a golf course, skate park, or tennis court.  Pools on high school or university properties should be open even if schools are closed for classes.  There is an enormous difference between many students in classrooms in close proximity and fewer kids or adults exercising in an outdoor environment with safety measures in place and supervision.  This petition does not apply to public pools used by families for picnics and water play.  It does not apply to teams that cannot accommodate appropriate distance and safety modifications for various reasons.  It is limited to pools devoted exclusively toward regulated swimming until the health crisis abates.

Madison Blackwell
20,809 supporters