Written By: Ishton W. Morton – Wednesday 2nd, 2020
Apparently, the Ohio legislature are being overwhelmed with a barrage of Republican Lawmakers who are desperately seeking to impeach Governor Mike DeWine who is doing an immeasurable job dealing with Covid-19.
They are contending that he has violated state and federal laws by mandating the wearing of masks and ordering the closing businesses an effort designed to slow the spread of Covid-19.
On Tuesday December 1st, 2020 State Representative John Becker a Republican from Union Township, Clermont County, Ohio declaring that DeWine has “assumed dictatorial powers by putting practically 12 million people under house arrest.”
Accordingly, Becker told NBC News; “We can debate whether these moves have been effective at stopping the spread of the virus. I don’t know if they have.” He continued to say, “What I do know is, he’s done it outside the law.”
Subsequently, CDC’s Considerations for Wearing Masks, provide Wearing masks can help communities slow the spread of COVID-19 when worn consistently and correctly by a majority of people in public settings and when masks are used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent hand washing, and cleaning and disinfecting.
Quite frankly, State Representative John Becker is on a rampage to secure some type self gratification while he is clearly not representing the best interest of the people whom has elected him to serve. This is shameful!
Nonetheless, DeWine, who defied President Donald Trump by imposing sweeping restrictions early on in the pandemic that succeeded for a time in flattening the coronavirus curve, dismissed the renewed effort to oust him, after a similar move over the summer failed.
Also, on Tuesday in an interview with CBS News DeWine said; “I guess they have a right to go and file anything they want to, but you know, we’re going to stay focused on what we have to do.”
Moreover, DeWine said, “The lawmakers want to criticize measures like wearing mask and basic things that we know, absolutely know work.”
DeWine continued to say; “You know, they should go talk to those front-line health people because I think when they listen to them, it’s pretty clear, we have to do whatever we can to slow this virus down.”
Regardless to his resistance, dissent(s) expressed in action(s) or argument DeWine re-imposed a statewide mask mandate and other restrictions following the presidential election last month after the number of new Covid-19 cases skyrocketed in Ohio.
Again research provides that wearing masks can help communities slow the spread of COVID-19 when worn consistently and correctly by a majority of people in public settings and when masks are used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and cleaning and disinfecting.
Ironically, Becker, is not alone in this madness against DeWine. On Monday 30th, 2020 State Representative Candice Keller, Nino Vitale and Paul Zeltwanger have joined with Becker, and filed a dozen articles of impeachment against DeWine.
Additionally, amongst other things, they accused DeWine of “weaponizing” the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to “bully and harass businesses and the people” into wearing masks in public.
Meanwhile, Studies have found that the median incubation period for the virus is five days. But symptoms do not develop in a few patients until nearly two weeks after exposure.
Notwithstanding, there is an enormous disconnect amidst the Republican Party and it is being manifested in a mammoth fragmentation all across the country.
Accordingly, Becker said in his statement, “Rather than hearing the cries of Ohioans, Governor DeWine continues to stifle those cries by finding more inventive ways to use masks to muffle the voices of the people.”
John Becker couldn’t be further away from the truth. Actually, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and academia. Also, various other organizations are supporting this critical effort by providing training and other resources: American College of Emergency Physicians COVID-19 Field guideexternal icon, American Academy of Pediatrics Telehealth Payer Policy in Response to COVID-19external icon, Society for Critical Care Medicine – COVID-19 Resource Centerexternal icon which includes literature and training. COVID-19 Resource Pageexternal icon. Source: Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Hospital Epi Trainingexternal icon. Source: Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All these organizations and more cannot be wrong.
Furthermore, according to NBC News, Christopher Devine, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Dayton and an expert on Ohio politics had this to say, “This is not a serious attempt to impeach Governor DeWine.”
Devine added, “It will almost certainly fail, as did a similar effort by some of the same lawmakers in August. The four lawmakers leading this effort are fringe members of the Ohio Legislature who have little credibility with their colleagues and seem more focused on attracting attention on social media than making any constructive contribution to the pandemic response.”
Seemingly, Becker is still in an enormous state of lamentation stemming from not being able to stop or disrupt DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton early efforts to deal with issues as pertained to Covid-19.
As of Tuesday December 1st, 2020, Ohio reported 421,063 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 6,429 deaths since the start of the pandemic.