Contributor Post Created with Sketch. NH Governor Sununu: Lockdown Could Last “a Couple More Months”

 
Gov. Chris Sununu (RINO-NH)

We’ve been under a Stay-at-Home order in New Hampshire (ironically named the “Live Free or Die” state) since March 26. The original rationale for the order was to “flatten the curve” so that the hospitals did not become overwhelmed. We never came anywhere close to being overwhelmed. The highest number of hospitalizations at one time was about 115, and there are more than a thousand beds set aside for COVID treatment. In fact, hospitals across the state have been furloughing staff, including nurses and doctors, and cutting hours due to severe revenue shortfalls. The hospitals are underwhelmed.

But on May 1, Governor Chris Sununu, a nominal Republican, extended his Stay-at-Home Order to the end of the month, and yesterday he said he may extend the state’s lockdown again for “a couple more months.”

Friend of Ricochet Michael Graham of NH Journal has the details:

At Friday’s COVID-19 presser, Gov. Chris Sununu told NHJournal the New Hampshire lockdown that’s left nearly 200,000 Granite Staters out of work might last “a couple more months.”

NHJournal asked the Republican governor what the rationale was for continuing the current business shutdown into the summer now that Sununu’s original benchmark — “flattening the curve” — has been met. (“Flattening the curve” refers to keeping the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations below the state’s healthcare systems capacity to treat them.)

“I guess if you’re asking for the rationale for keeping the order in place, I would challenge you to tell me what’s the rationale for undoing the order?” Sununu responded.

“We have to talk about the economics of six months, and a year, and two years down the road,” Sununu said. “And you do that by having discipline, by knowing that if you wait a couple more days, or a couple more weeks, or maybe even a couple more months, and you are smart about what you do, you put the entire state in a much healthier position economically in the long run.”

Seems to me it’s not my responsibility to provide a rationale for liberty. It’s the governor’s responsibility to explain why he’s restricting my liberty. Sununu’s standard is no different from “presumed guilty until proven innocent.” It’s a perversion of the American understanding of justice. Our Rights are given to us by God (or Nature, if you prefer). We do not have to justify them to the government.

In an interview at the end of April, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr described Stay-at-Home orders issued by governors as being “disturbingly akin to house arrest.”

In many municipalities across the country, law enforcement departments have overstepped their bounds to an alarming degree. We have all seen videos of people being arrested for various absurd reasons, such as paddle-boarding alone in the ocean; opening their hair salon for business; letting their children play on nearly empty playgrounds; playing catch with their daughter in a park; and rabbis and ministers have even been arrested and fined for leading religious services. The mayor of Chicago, who broke her own lockdown order to get a hair cut, recently threatened to monitor and arrest people if they even discuss house parties on Facebook.

In my small New Hampshire town, we are a little bit more sane. When Sununu issued his first Stay-at-Home Order, I emailed our chief of police directly and told him I believed the governor’s order was unconstitutional and that I would not be complying with it. Since the governor’s order explicitly instructs state and local authorities to enforce the order, I asked our police chief what he was prepared to do. Would he arrest me if I left my house for a reason that the governor did not approve of? The chief wrote back to me and said he had no intention of arresting anyone for violating the Stay-at-Home order. This is encouraging so long as I don’t leave town.

However, the state’s attorney general issued a memorandum to law enforcement in April, giving individual officers the discretion to arrest people for violating the governor’s Stay-at-Home order. So my freedom is dependent on the whim of random police officers.

Recent polls show Sununu is riding high on public opinion, with more than 80% approving of his handling of the COVID-19 crisis. So he is unlikely to change his current course, which appears to be headed toward an easy reelection in November. Besides, he is enjoying being able to buy ice cream anonymously.

Perhaps Sununu’s high approval rating is not for long, though. New Hampshire has had one of the highest per capital loses of employment in the country with 175,000+ people filing for unemployment benefits in the past six weeks. Prior to that, New Hampshire had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

About 6,000 people have signed a “Reopen New Hampshire” petition, and a recent rally in Concord drew around 500 protesters, and impressive showing in a small state.

NH Journal, again:

Jana, who works at a drug store in Derry, NH, and didn’t give her last name, was visibly upset by the news of Sununu’s comments. “When did he say that? Why would he say that?” she asked. “People aren’t going to put up with this. This is going to get bad,” she told InsideSources.

This is going to get bad, and not because of COVID-19 but because of the overreaction from our various governments at all levels. Will Americans put up with this for “a couple more months” or even longer?

Remember “14 days to slow the spread”? Yeah, that ended more than 40 days ago. Yet here we are. Welcome to the Hotel Stay-at-Home. You can check in but you can never leave.

 

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  1. Jon1979 Lincoln

    If New Hampshire had a neighboring state that was doing targeted reopenings and voters could do a close-by contrast-and-compare, Sununu would be under more pressure to speed up his timetable, if the reopening state wasn’t hit by a surge in COVID cases and deaths. But given where he is, that’s not likely to happen at least this month, though as we really get into summer temperatures the grumbling’s likely to grow (where this weekend people were still talking snow in the northeast).

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    • May 9, 2020, at 10:43 AM PDT
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  2. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    That tweet alone should result in him being dragged from office and thrown in the ocean.

    What kind of smug chowderhead self-congratulates while simultaneously assuming he has command and control of over a half million people?

    Who are these people? Did they think this way before the virus?

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    • May 9, 2020, at 11:10 AM PDT
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  3. David March Thatcher

    I would suggest organizing a protest like Michigan.

    I would also get some lawyers involved to sue him to provide evidence.

    Finally where is the local RNC committee call your chairman and see how he likes the Governors Job. It might be time to try and start a primary challenge.

    Governor Ledoux has a certain ring to it.

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    • May 9, 2020, at 11:38 AM PDT
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  4. Ron Selander Member

    He doesn’t sound like a Republican at all. Wait and see if he lifts the order on November 4. :-)

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    • May 9, 2020, at 11:40 AM PDT
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  5. The_Admin() Admin
    The_Admin()

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    as we really get into summer temperatures the grumbling’s likely to grow (where this weekend people were still talking snow in the northeast).

    This was my backyard this morning

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    • May 9, 2020, at 12:00 PM PDT
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  6. The_Admin() Admin
    The_Admin()

    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    That tweet alone should result in him being dragged from office and thrown in the ocean.

    What kind of smug chowderhead self-congratulates while simultaneously assuming he has command and control of over a half million people?

     

    1.36 million people. 

     

    It has been his pinned tweet for over a month. 

    • #6
    • May 9, 2020, at 12:01 PM PDT
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  7. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    No. Just NO. 

    Defy tyranny. Break the lockdown. 

     

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    • May 9, 2020, at 12:36 PM PDT
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  8. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Max Ledoux: Remember “14 days to slow the spread”? Yeah, that ended more than 40 days ago. Yet here we are. Welcome to the Hotel Stay-at-Home. You can check in but you can never leave.

    Max,

    This guy is stuck on lockdown. Somebody may need to give him a little rap on his noggin to get him out of it. Attorney General Barr may need to be called. You know if he took everybody’s driver’s license away then there would be zero traffic fatalities. Continuing the lockdown at this point makes about as much sense.

    Apparently, he hasn’t read what is written on his sweatshirt.

    Regards.

    Jim

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    • May 9, 2020, at 6:50 PM PDT
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  9. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    as we really get into summer temperatures the grumbling’s likely to grow (where this weekend people were still talking snow in the northeast).

    This was my backyard this morning:

    Dude! It’s covered in virus! Run to shelter in place!

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    • May 10, 2020, at 4:27 AM PDT
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  10. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Gazpacho Grande’ (View Comment):

    That tweet alone should result in him being dragged from office and thrown in the ocean.

    What kind of smug chowderhead self-congratulates while simultaneously assuming he has command and control of over a half million people?

     

    1.36 million people.

     

    It has been his pinned tweet for over a month.

    My bad. Vermont has 600K and I’ve always used NH as a comparison state for all the idiotic socialism in one place vs. another, and they have fairly similar demographics (absent most of the southern part of NH, which is a bleedover from MA).

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    • May 10, 2020, at 4:28 AM PDT
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  11. David March Thatcher

    Meanwhile my girlfriend lives in New Brunswick a 4 hour drive away from you, and can free go to the bars, because her Premier isnt a self righteous jerk.

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    • May 10, 2020, at 10:35 AM PDT
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  12. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    as we really get into summer temperatures the grumbling’s likely to grow (where this weekend people were still talking snow in the northeast).

    This was my backyard this morning:

    Max,

    Just as high temperature kills Covid-19, so does sub-zero temperature. The snow has not melted so I assume that you are below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. You are safer out there than inside your house. It’s about 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside where I am. The South Florida sun is very high in the sky, thus the greater amount of UV that isn’t being filtered out by the atmosphere. UV kills the virus as does the high temperature. I’ve never been to our nearby public beach when people plopped there blankets down closer than 20 feet from a stranger. I can’t imagine them doing it now. The sand gets really hot too. Probably would cook the Covid-19 in about 3 seconds. There is salt in the air, it’s the ocean damn it, that can’t be something that will help Covid-19 survive. I suspect the healthiest place is the beach rather than inside my apartment. DeSantis opened up the whole state except for 3 counties.

    Guess which county I’m in. Nothing like a hysteria mongering news media to harass a politician into wrong behavior. Actually, DeSantis has done a really good job even though the media has been out to screw him. I’m hoping he’ll lighten-up on my county soon. I don’t know about your guy. He may be the problem, not the media.

    Regards,

    Jim

     

     

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    • May 10, 2020, at 10:58 AM PDT
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  13. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Max Ledoux: Seems to me it’s not my responsibility to provide a rationale for liberty. It’s the governor’s responsibility to explain why he’s restricting my liberty. Sununu’s standard is no different from “presumed guilty until proven innocent.” It’s a perversion of the American understanding of justice. Our Rights are given to us by God (or Nature, if you prefer). We do not have to justify them to the government.

    Preach it, Brother.

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    • May 10, 2020, at 12:55 PM PDT
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  14. The_Admin() Admin
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    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    Meanwhile my girlfriend lives in New Brunswick a 4 hour drive away from you, and can free go to the bars, because her Premier isnt a self righteous jerk.

    It’s more like 8 hours, but I take your point. My sister’s in Quebec province and it sounds like New Brunswick is not as strict as where she lives.

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    • May 10, 2020, at 4:18 PM PDT
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