We the people of the Great State of Georgia are grateful to our Governor, Brian Kemp, for his wisdom and courage in lifting the executive order so that we can go back to work.
Friday, April 24, many businesses in our state were permitted to reopen; these included hair and nail salons, gyms, tattoo parlors and other businesses, to be followed by restaurants. There are rules of caution in place such as social distancing. No business owner is forced to reopen; nobody is forced to leave their homes. It is voluntary.
Certainly our governor consulted with experts and considered all of the facts before making this decision, yet he is receiving vicious attacks from (mostly Democrat) mayors and other politicians and media within our state as well as from national news media, and even President Trump has questioned Governor Kemp’s bold move, yet the governor has not wavered. At a time when the easy thing would be to capitulate, Gov. Kemp has kept his eye on us, the people of his State of Georgia and what is best for us, and we are proud of him.
When his breathless opponents asked incredulously why he would choose to open salons and gyms (gasp!), the Governor replied that these are the businesses that have been forcibly closed, and many people are on the verge of losing their family businesses altogether. In addition, the rest of us need the services provided by all of the businesses within our state. People are suffering, they have spent their savings, and even our mental health facilities are receiving record calls for help. In addition, our hospitals are losing money in great part because surgeries have been postponed or cancelled because of the Executive Order. Like it or not, medicine is a necessary business, and we all need our hospitals to be open and functioning properly. The “stay at home” orders were for the purpose of slowing the spread of the virus so to prevent overloading our hospitals. Well that never happened; our hospitals are half empty.
All business is essential; for the government to arbitrarily choose which business are worthy of being open is reprehensible and a sure way to failure. That is not the American way.
Governor Kemp, We the People of the Great State of Georgia thank you for standing in the gap for us. We thank you for reopening the businesses of our state and for standing firm.
God bless Gov. Brian Kemp, the State of Georgia, and the United States of America.