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State and Local Representatives’ Time to Choose Shame or Honor

“Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” Esther 4:14 (CSB) [1]

James Anthony
January 28, 2022

State and local representatives didn’t criminalize the return of fugitive slaves, so slavery—which violated the Fifth Amendment [2]—didn’t collapse [3], and the national government fought the Civil War.

State and local representatives didn’t criminalize employer collusion or unions, so under these national-government initiatives that violated people’s property rights, employee’s real wages skyrocketed, employment cratered, and a temporary crisis became the Great Depression [4].

State and local representatives have not yet criminalized restricting early treatments, restricting fast tests, imposing lockdowns, mandating distancing, mandating masks, and mandating harmful gene therapies and boosters, and as a result a typical pandemic [5] has lasted not weeks but years.

State and local executives are still at work, and state and local legislatures are returning. It’s their time to choose [6]: shamefully neglect our freedom, or honorably secure our freedom.

State and Local Executives Always Are Choosing

If you catch a serious bacterial infection, you can expect to get a test and use an antibiotic as soon as possible. Unless you’re at elevated risk, you won’t get a prescription that can make the bacteria develop resistance.

In contrast if you catch a SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, you can’t expect to get a fast home test and use a generic antiviral as soon as possible. And even if you’re not at elevated risk, you will be pressured to use a narrow-action vaccine that can make the virus develop resistance.

All state and local governments accepted FDA’s blocking of sale of the first fast home tests.

Many state medical boards, state pharmacy boards, hospital policymakers, pharmacy policymakers, and pharmacists made rules blocking early outpatient prescribing and dispensing of ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine for SARS-CoV-2. The rules that were made by government organizations amount to law. The rules made by all organizations violate both the Fifth Amendment and statutes.

The fastest actions can be taken under the statutes that control professions. Withholding medical care is practicing medicine. Pressuring people to misuse vaccines is practicing medicine. Most of the bureaucrats who are practicing medicine here are not clinicians, and none are the treating clinicians.

Governors have strong powers and duties to block these actions of state medical boards and state pharmacy boards.

State attorneys general have strong powers and duties to put an end to block these actions of both government and private bureaucrats who in all these instances are practicing medicine [7] criminally—always without clinical knowledge of the specific patients affected, and often without licenses to practice medicine.

Local executives have strong powers and duties to not illegally practice medicine themselves, to not support others who do this, and to propose, sign, and execute local legislation blocking interference by other governments and their cronies with our freedom.

State and Local Legislators Always Can Act

In pandemics, it saves lives when each person makes maximum use of his own knowledge [5].

People can strengthen their immune systems by sleeping well, and using supplements. People can minimize their net inbreathing of virus by not wearing masks. People can augment their immune systems by using existing antivirals off-label. People can reverse or slow the sequelae mechanisms that cause death by reducing clotting using the supplement NAC, and reducing lung inflammation using dexamethasone. People can protect themselves and others by using fast, inexpensive in-home tests for infectiousness.

For maximum resiliency, people must keep adding value by working. Also, people must keep living normal lives that provide normal social interactions.

Deprivations of any of these necessities cost lives, liberty, and property, and therefore, like with slavery, violate the Fifth Amendment, the Constitution’s bedrock rule that all government officers are on oath to support or protect [8].

State and local legislators therefore have the power and duty to make laws to formally protect the people in their jurisdictions from other government people and their cronies who would stop people from putting their own knowledge to maximum use to protect their lives, liberty, and property [9].

Further, state and local legislators have the duty to formally protect the people in their jurisdictions from their own jurisdictions’ government people, by repealing emergency powers [10]. Emergency powers are an unconstitutional mechanism to deprive persons of their due republican form of government [11].

Reuse Proven Solutions

The USA’s states and localities are sufficiently diverse that state and local representatives can get far even without themselves innovating.

Legislators and governors can start by copying the statutes pioneered by Florida’s state legislators and governor [12]; this can be the functional equivalent of not even sponsoring legislation [13], but instead simply waiting for others to step up as sponsors and then just signing on as co-sponsors.

Attorneys general can start by copying the actions of Louisiana’s attorney general [14].

There’s no shame in using what works; quite the opposite. Making use of what others have already developed and proven is smart and fast [15].

State and local jurisdictions are added layers of government.

Multiple layers of bureaucracy—such as unconstitutional national police [16] competing with constitutional state police and local police [17]—diffuse responsibility, leaving no one accountable.

Multiple layers of protection, on the other hand, do the exact opposite: each is accountable, and each does its part when it’s called to do so [18]. Multiple independent layers of protection secure freedom [8].

For state and local representatives, now is their time to choose [19] shame or honor.


  1. The Bible. Christian Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, 2017, Esther 4:14.
  2. USA Constitution. Amend. V.
  3. Hummel, Jeffrey Rogers. Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War. 2nd ed., Open Court, 2014, Epilogue.
  4. Ohanian, Lee E. “What – Or Who – Started the Great Depression?” Journal of Economic Theory, vol. 144, no. 6, Nov. 2009, pp. 2310-35.
  5. Anthony, James. “The Use of Knowledge in Pandemics.” rConstitution.us, 19 Feb. 2021, rconstitution.us/the-use-of-knowledge-in-pandemics/. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.
  6. Rush. “Freewill.” Permanent Waves, Anthem Records, 1980.
  7. Anthony, James. “Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine, Fast Tests Suppressed. Attorneys General Can Fight Back.” rConstitution.us, 22 Oct. 2021, rconstitution.us/ivermectin-hydroxychloroquine-fast-tests-suppressed-attorneys-general-can-fight-back/. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.
  8. Anthony, James. “On the Reading of Old Constitutions.” rConstitution.us, 9 Oct. 2021, rconstitution.us/on-the-reading-of-old-constitutions/. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.
  9. Anthony, James. “COVID Tyranny Should Be Overpowered Using Laws.” rConstitution.us, 15 Jan. 2021, rconstitution.us/covid-tyranny-should-be-overpowered-using-laws/. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.
  10. Anthony, James. “If You Won’t Repeal Emergency Powers, You Might Be a RINO.” rConstitution.us, 5 Mar. 2021, rconstitution.us/if-you-wont-repeal-emergency-powers-you-might-be-a-rino/. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.
  11. Anthony, James. “rSecession: County-Region Secessions to Form Small-r republican State Governments.” rConstitution.us, 9 Jul. 2021, rconstitution.us/rsecession-county-region-secessions-to-form-small-r-republican-state-governments/. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.
  12. Anthony, James. “Why DeSantis Matters.” rConstitution.us, 30 July 2021, rconstitution.us/why-desantis-matters/. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.
  13. Anthony, James. “Do You Support the Constitution? Take This Quiz and See.” rConstitution.us, 10 Dec. 2021, rconstitution.us/do-you-support-the-constitution-take-this-quiz-and-see/. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.
  14. Horowitz, Daniel. “Louisiana AG Jeff Landry Warns Pharmacies against Blocking COVID Treatment.” Blaze Media, 27 Sep. 2021, www.theblaze.com/op-ed/horowitz-louisiana-ag-jeff-landry-warns-pharmacies-against-blocking-covid-treatment. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.
  15. Hargadon, Andrew B. “Firms as Knowledge Brokers: Lessons in Pursuing Continuous Innovation.” California Management Review, vol. 40, no. 3, Spring 1998, pp. 209-27.
  16. Anthony, James. “Inward-Facing Standing Army Must Be Closed and Repealed.” rConstitution.us, 19 Nov. 2021, rconstitution.us/inward-facing-standing-army-must-be-closed-and-repealed/. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.
  17. Natelson, Robert. “The Enumerated Powers of States.” Nevada Law Journal, vol. 3, no. 3, Spring 2003, pp. 469-94.
  18. Willey, Ronald J. “Layer of Protection Analysis.” Procedia Engineering, vol. 84, 2014, pp. 12-22.
  19. Reagan, Ronald. “A Time for Choosing.” Rendezvous with Destiny, national television broadcast, 27 Oct. 1964. 

James Anthony is the author of The Constitution Needs a Good Party and rConstitution Papers, has written in The Federalist, American Thinker, Foundation for Economic Education, and American Greatness, and publishes rConstitution.us. Mr. Anthony is an experienced chemical engineer with a master’s in mechanical engineering.


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