In an 4 August Open Forum, Richard Davis repeatedly asserted that governor's orders to combat the spread of coronavirus "clearly violate the Constitution," and that the Founding Fathers neither supported nor issued similar edicts. We have all heard these arguments lately, but they are simply factually wrong.
While the Constitution nowhere addresses these issues, the Supreme Court has repeatedly and consistently upheld the state's power to make and enforce such laws. (for example, Gibbons v Ogden, 1824). They have also upheld federal authority on this under the Commerce Clause. These powers include quarantine, forced isolation, restriction of travel, preventing congregation, including places of worship, and even mandatory vaccinations, (to say nothing of masks). The Court has ruled that these laws do not infringe people's liberties.
Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin, among others, all supported government power to quarantine and isolate. John Adams signed such a law in 1799, and Washington ordered his troops inoculated against smallpox.
Finally, Mr. Davis urges us to support law enforcement officer's decisions to not enforce those orders, and cites their oath to uphold the Constitution. Based on history and clear legal precedent, it is actually a violation of those officer's oaths to not enforce coronavirus orders.
Orders to wear a mask, socially distance, and avoid congregation are not political or "rights issues" (the Constitution and the Court agree). They are simply the hard science of infection control.
Mr. Davis, you are entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts.