If Gov. Cooper refuses to completely reopen the state, drop his draconian restrictions, before August, then I can say with certainty that he kept restrictions in place to force the convention to move to another state
Back in March, Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina announced a statewide stay-at-home lock down order that was supposed to last for only 30 days. According to Cooper, restricting freedom of movement was necessary to curtail the spread of coronavirus and prevent hospitals from being overrun with patients. Cooper ordered people to stay in their homes, and businesses to close, and I reiterate, for only 30 days.
Moreover, Cooper had already ordered all schools to close through mid-May, banned gatherings of more than 10 people, ordered hair salons, gyms and movie theaters to close, and ordered restaurants to stop dine-in service. Cooper shut down all businesses that he didn’t deem essential, and required individuals outdoors to stay 6 feet apart.
I suspect Cooper, a partisan Democrat
Cooper’s stay at home order should have ended before May, and if it had, he could have claimed complete success. As a matter of fact, far too many hospitals and medical facilities had to layoff staff. Hospitals were not overwhelmed with patients. In fact, some hospitals were operating with a skeleton staff, no doctors to speak of, or patients either. But that didn’t ease Cooper’s restrictions on freedom and self determination.
So far, Cooper has only agreed to allow restaurants and other service oriented businesses to open with restrictions on capacity. Bars, nightclubs, gyms and fitness facilities, playgrounds, bowling alleys and entertainment facilities, such as movie theaters, were ordered to remain closed.Cooper placed restrictions on religious services, but they were shot down by a Federal Judge, so there’s no restrictions on religious services.
All other gatherings are restricted to a maximum of 10 people indoors and no more than 25 outdoors, and that’s concerning to the President and Republican Convention planners. Cooper’s restrictions make it impossible to hold the Republican Convention in North Carolina.
Moreover, Cooper knows the convention can not take place in North Carolina with the restrictions he has in place. If he continues to refuse to commit to drop his arbitrary restrictions on gatherings before August, the Republican Convention will have to move to another state, and that seems to be what Cooper really wants. In my opinion, Gov. Cooper is saying to Republicans, ‘Not in my state’.
In fact, if Cooper had kept his word in the beginning, the state would already be open for business. I suspect Cooper, a partisan Democrat, will try to justify extending his arbitrary restrictions on gatherings through August, when the Republican convention is scheduled to take place in Charlotte.
Cooper’s extended shutdown has already caused massive damage to the economy
If the convention has to move to another state, it will be detrimental to the welfare of the people of North Carolina. Cooper’s extended shutdown has already caused massive damage to the economy and the well-being of the people of North Carolina. North Carolina desperately needs the economic boost and return of jobs that the convention will bring to the state.
As a matter of fact, the Republican Convention will bring an infusion of desperately needed cash to hotels, restaurants, airlines and car rental companies that employ North Carolinians. The convention will bring jobs and desperately needed business to North Carolina.
If Gov. Cooper refuses to completely reopen the state, drop his draconian restrictions, before August, then I can say with certainty that he kept restrictions in place to force the convention to move to another state. I say that because we all know that viruses do not spread during the summer months.