Tennessee Stands, based out of Williamson County, on Monday said Tennessee residents “didn’t elect Bill Lee to have him cancel Christmas and stomp the Constitution.”
Tennessee Stands spokesman Gary Humble said this in an emailed newsletter, addressing Gov. Bill Lee’s Sunday announcement that the state will ban indoor public gatherings of more than 10 people in response to COVID-19.
“While the governor makes the rounds on national news claiming that Tennessee was the last to lock down and the first to open, local economies are being crippled and education in Tennessee is almost non-existent due to the tyrannical leadership of leftist mayors, county commissioners, local school boards, and local boards of health,” Humble wrote.
“Lee claims that allowing liberty-abusing decisions to be made at the local level is responsible leadership. Tennessee Stands asserts Lee is displaying a complete lack of leadership. On one hand, the governor claims absolute authority to issue a stay-at-home order and declare workers nonessential, yet declines to use the same authority to then open the state.”
As reported, Lee asked Tennessee residents to abstain from large gatherings at Christmas. Lee also announced that the state will limit attendance at indoor sporting events, and he implored business owners to let employees work from home for the next month.
Tennessee is one of the few remaining states in America that has not implemented a statewide mask mandate or mandatory stay-at-home orders. Until Sunday, it had not limited indoor gatherings. But during his evening remarks, Lee lauded local governments that had implemented mask mandates, and he encouraged residents to wear them.
Humble, in his Monday newsletter, said that “this governor was supposed to be different.”
“This governor was elected with the support of grassroots conservatives in Tennessee who believe in strict adherence to our Constitution and the security of God-given rights. Yet Tennesseans ended up with another statist who believes that government’s first priority is making public officials feel comfortable and that the Constitution may be canceled when bureaucrats believe it’s necessary,” Humble wrote.
“We play ball with the GOP. We do what the feds tell us regardless of whether it is in the best interest of Tennessee. And we spend millions of taxpayer dollars spreading the Anthony Fauci gospel and Pfizer’s ‘safe and effective’ propaganda.’”
Humble went on to say that “blurred lines are getting us nowhere.”
“And with pending disaster looming over the White House, it has never been more important that state leadership is strong and can stand up to the test of tyranny that is sure to come our way,” Humble said.
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