Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas didn't issue many mandates during the corona virus crisis. However, he was pressured by the news media, let me say that again - pressured by the news media - and other state governors to issue mandates for restaurants, gyms and health clinics, beauty salons/massage clinics, and hospitals/clinics. Small businesses weren't forced to close in March, they voluntarily closed. Hospitals were shut down to make room for corona virus patients, but that never really materialized since the number of positive cases in Arkansas is only 7% and of that number only 2% required hospitalizations. Now, that the governor has started to open the state, he's making recommendations with the assistance of his Secretary of Health. Restaurants were shut down by the governor, but are now opening up with the recommendations that are completely illogical. Restaurants make 4% profit margin at 100% of capacity. The governor is allowing them to open at 33% of their capacity and if there is no increase in COVID-19 cases, restaurants can open up to 66% of capacity in Phase 2. There is no time element involved with how long restaurants must stay at 33%. According to State Representative Robin Lundstrum, most restaurants in her House district will stay closed until they are allowed to operate at 100% and just continue to provide take out orders. Restaurant owners say they will comply with the "recommendations" because they are afraid of losing their business licenses. Representative Lundstrum along with 43 other state representatives has sent a letter to Governor Hutchinson commending him for his management of the crisis, but stating that since "we are all adults", we can figure out what we must do to stay safe. In light of this, Governor Hutchinson should open the state of Arkansas up for business. Representative Lundstrum goes on to say that "we don't need a bureaucrat to tell us what to do." Governor Hutchinson's Secretary of Health has issued recommendations for the reopening of churches. These recommendations infringe upon the "free exercise" clause in the First Amendment regarding freedom of religion. People attending a worship service must wear face masks and observe social distancing. Children's Sunday School classes as well as adult Sunday School classes are highly recommended to not meet. Pastors and musicians must be 12 feet away from the congregants. Meet and greets should happen outside. Unfortunately, since the recommendations are coming from the governor's office, most churches in Arkansas feel the need to comply. Even though Governor Hutchinson hasn't been excessive in his directives concerning quarantining and the closing of businesses, churches, and hospitals, the fact remains that he has NO CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY to shutdown anything. I was on a webinar last week that Freedom Works hosted featuring economist Stephen Moore and pollster Scot Rasmussen. What appalled me was the Rasmussen poll that asked Americans if they were ready to come out of their homes and 62% stated that they were too afraid to come out. Afraid to come out? What has happened to the American people? How are we going to re-educate the American people to desire freedom more than security?
On Mother's Day I attended a church service where believers weren't afraid to hug each other, sit next to each other, and worship the Creator God of the universe. It was so refreshing to openly worship my Lord after eight weeks of not being allowed to do anything but online worship in the privacy of my own home. Thank God that there are Americans and believers who trusts the Almighty God of the universe to more than the government of the United States or the state of Arkansas.
I think this is what is wrong with the American people - lack of faith in God. What do you think?