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Authoritarian Governor promoting fear and control

Authoritarian Governor promoting fear and control 

Hello, this is State Representative Shelley Rudnicki from Fairfield with the Republican Weekly Radio Address. 

Back in March, Maine people faced an uncertain coronavirus threat. Some projections had 2.2 million people dying, meaning thousands in Maine.

Maine’s Chief Executive was able to act quickly to lock down Maine and bend what we thought was going to be a COVID-19 curve. Republicans supported the steps taken in the first few weeks when America prepared for the worst and our President took quick action.

Early on, the decades old emergency powers statute, along with modifications to the June Primary date, and scheduling of town meetings, was working as intended.

Mainers did what they needed to do, learned how to minimize risk and adjusted to COVID-19. 

The wisdom of continuing to impose a lockdown of Maine life and our economy, in the absence of scientific data to support it, is increasingly questionable. 

Consider these facts:

In the face of these facts and other data, the Governor continues to make irrational, unilateral decisions that will affect us all for years to come.

The Governor is oblivious to the cries of people who have lost, or are about to lose, everything. She is unaware of increasing substance and domestic abuse, depression, suicide and rising anti-social behaviors affecting Mainers who need to work in order to pay bills.

Don’t expect most Maine news organizations to provide much context or question the Governor’s decisions.

With the exception of television stations, over and over, mainstream media decline to cover news of regular Maine citizens harmed by the Governor’s prolonged shutdown. 

Many listeners are no doubt familiar with George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984.’ The book warns of the dangers of absolute political authority and how fear and hate are used as a means of control.

In the book, government control is attained by:

This is happening in Maine. State government now has us under surveillance and is encouraging Maine citizens and businesses to police and inform on each other.

Thankfully, our state is among those lightly impacted by coronavirus and we need to credit Maine citizens for knowing what to do and acting responsibly. 

Governor Mills should trust Maine people to do the right thing going forward, not pit neighbor against neighbor in order to promote fear and control. 

This has been State Representative Shelley Rudnicki with the Weekly Republican Radio Address.

Thank you for listening and sharing.

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