According to the US Declaration of Independence, “Governments are instituted among Men” “to secure (the Natural) Rights (of each citizen)” The Founders then wrote the Constitution of the United States of America as the charter for a government that would achieve that purpose as stated in the Preamble to the Constitution: “to… secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” The West Virginia Constitution echoes that intent in its Preamble, “we, the people of West Virginia... seek diligently to promote, preserve and perpetuate good government... for the common welfare, freedom and security of ourselves and our posterity” and further claims " The constitution of the United States of America, and the laws and treaties made in pursuance thereof shall be the supreme law of the land.” (Emphasis mine)
A cursory inquiry into West Virginia’s government indicates that it no longer is fully committed to these ideals.
I, on the other hand, am fully committed to these ideals and have offered my life in service to them. As your Governor and as the Chief of the Executive Branch of your WV Government, I will uphold and defend them no matter the cost to me.
That commitment compels me to urge the People of West Virginia to send me to champion constitutional principles as the Chief Executive of your government.
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A Different Response to COVID-19 for West Virginia
Recently, a follower sent me a question regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the questions and answers about how I would have handled it differently considering my experience and background in disaster planning and response.
Q: Would you be handling it differently for WV than our present Governor? If so please elaborate.
Marshall: I would have handled the situation very differently.
I would have had a plan. I used to write emergency operations plans for the Army. Pandemic is just one of the many issues for which I wrote plans.
I would not have behaved like a dictator. Whether the actions he proposed were valid to defend against the spread of COVID or not, he has no constitutional authority to order private businesses to shut down nor private individuals to stay home or to cover their faces.
I would have mobilized the Executive Branch of the WV Government to become more helpful rather than less.
Q: How would the vulnerable such as myself have remained safe, in your eyes, if not by staying inside and using a mask out in public? So I assume you do not approve of masks for protection and the vulnerable do not need to "hunker down" as we had been told to do?
Marshall: Can you wear a mask and “hunker down” of your own volition or must the Governor tell you to do so? Could you have been advised rather than ordered? The Governor has no authority to order private citizens to do anything.
I do not approve of the Governor issuing mandates to his employers. The citizens of WV *are* the Governor’s employers. I approve of advice, warnings, and recommendations, certainly, but the Governor has no authority to issue such executive orders.
Q: As Governor, how would you protect the citizens of WV? What steps would you take during this pandemic? How would you advise the vulnerable? What is your biggest concern with the way the pandemic has been handled by the Governor?
Marshall: The Governor has no authority to order his employers, the private citizens of West Virginia, to do anything. He has almost total authority over the Executive Branch of the West Virginia Government. His job is to prepare and direct the Executive Branch to support his employers, the free citizens of West Virginia, by upholding their Natural Rights with services rendered through the Executive Branch.
He may consult with experts, devise appropriate protocols and direct the Executive Branch to follow them while advising his employers, the citizens of West Virginia, of the situation, the threat, and the appropriate protective measures. The government has no authority other than that given it in the Constitution, no matter how much the government or its members purport to "care."