November 9, 2021
A city in California is rejecting federal and state vaccine and mask mandates by declaring itself a “constitutional republic” that doesn’t abide by unconstitutional orders.
Last week, members of the Oroville City Council in a 6-1 vote declared the city’s “Covid independence” with a resolution rejecting enforcement of the ever-evolving litany of coronavirus rules and orders.
Under the resolution passed last Tuesday, the city will reject the “barrage” of arbitrary Covid mandates issued at the state and federal level that shuttered businesses, shut down schools and have ultimately led to restrictive vaccine and mask requirements.
“Be it further resolved by the Oroville City Council that any executive orders issued by the State of California or by the United States federal government that are overreaching or clearly violate our constitutionally protected rights will not be enforced by the City of Oroville against its citizens,” the resolution states.
At the meeting, the city’s vice mayor explained the ordinance basically reaffirms the “constitutional republic” designation, since America technically already falls under that label, and “is just basically a statement for ourselves and for the higher ups.”
“This mandate is not saying we are against laws or for anarchy,” said Oroville Vice Mayor Scott Thomson.
“It’s just basically drawing a line. It’s not necessarily against one specific mandate. We’re not talking about one mandate that’s been pushed on us recently, it’s a barrage of mandates.”
Thomson opined that with each new restrictive mandate “that does mean a forfeit of some sense of freedom.”
“I think if our Founding Fathers were even to see the amount of laws and depression that we put on ourselves right now they’d be blushed to their sacrifice that they had for us to be free,” the vice mayor said.
“I think it’s time for us to draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough.”
The vice mayor added, “I’d love to see it go across California you know for California to push back.”
Speaking to CBS Sacramento, UC Davis law professor Lisa Pruitt claimed the city’s resolution doesn’t carry the weight of the law.
“My sense is the strong presumption would be that the city of Oroville does not have the power to do this,” Pruitt said. ” I see this primarily as a gesture.”
Here’s the Oroville City Council meeting where they discussed the new resolution: