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CA Town Becomes ‘Constitutional Republic’ To Protest Pandemic Mandates

The mayor of Oroville, Calif., Has found a revolutionary way to protest Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D-CA) vaccination mandate for schoolchildren.

Mayor Scott Thomson led the charge, and “Oroville declared itself a constitutional republic” on Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

“Any decrees issued by the State of California or the United States federal government that go too far or clearly violate our constitutionally protected rights will not be enforced by the city of Oroville against its citizens,” the statement said, that the city council spent this month.

Thomson, who is the father of two young boys, said what he really wanted was “dialogue” – the city council stressed at the resolution meeting that this decision “did not begin efforts to that Oroville separates from California and the Union “. The state also continues to regulate local schools.

“Now that the mandates are no longer to just put something outside of your body or change the way you run your business, but now to push something inside your body that no one knows the effects of. in the long run it’s like, OK, now you’re, in my opinion, crossing the line, ”Thomson said.

The mayor, who is also a pastor, said he is not against masks and vaccines, he just believes people should be given freedom of choice.

“There are people who are like, ‘This is all a hoax,'” he said. “We’re not like that, just being reckless.”

The report noted that Oroville, which has a population of around 20,000, is among a “growing number” of California communities “to call themselves a sanctuary city” out of “some liberal ideal,” and specifically highlighted the city. desert area of ​​Needles, which became a “sanctuary town” for the Second Amendment “in a rebuke of California’s strict gun control laws.”

“And in defiance of pandemic closure orders, the towns of Atwater and Coalinga in the Central Valley declared themselves last year, respectively, a ‘sanctuary town for business’ and a town where all businesses are critical – both losing COVID-19 emergency funding in the process, ”according to the report. “Designed to take advantage of the buzz of California’s ‘sanctuary’ designations used in the context of protecting undocumented migrants, the labels reflect tensions between rural towns and the Newsom administration – and the left in general. “

Council members have reportedly received calls and emails from across the country, both “positive and negative”, since the resolution was passed.

“There was a lot of swearing,” Eric Smith, city councilor and president of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce, told the Times.

Smith added that the majority of Oroville business owners are in favor of the resolution, saying “large-scale pandemic shutdowns were a tough pill to swallow.”

City Councilor Krysi Riggs, who cast the only vote against the declaration, said she did so because she preferred city leaders to fight warrants through the judiciary – although she would have “understood the frustration aroused by the mandates”.

“We’ve been in this situation for 20 months, and I think the general feeling is fatigue,” she said. “When does this end?” Yes, there are lights at the end of the tunnel, but these also come with uncertainties and risks. “

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