My Thoughts

Please tell me where is the everlasting emergency? Where is the all-consuming fire, the endless smoking nightmare? One could well suggest California burning and overwhelming evidence supports that hellish state. The wildfires are real and a true emergency, however, at some point, the fires will burn out either from natural fuel exhaustion or through the extraordinary firefighting efforts of first responders; sooner or later the emergency will be over or at least put on pause for a year or two.

There is another emergency however, that appears to be everlasting, or at the very least, not ending in the foreseeable future—meaning until cows jump over the moon or pigs fly, whichever comes soonest—either way, don’t hold your breath. While this everlasting emergency which I mention is specific to the state of Nevada, no doubt most states are under the same unending emergency directives dictated by their not-so-favored dictator-in-charge.

Back at the beginning of this authoritarian nightmare, governor “sitzbath” Sisolak declared a state of emergency which unfortunately for the good citizens of Nevada has now been re-declared and extended multiple times with no foreseeable end in sight. Although the evidence fails to support the unending state of emergency, governor “sitzbath” resists any and all attempts to persuade him to end his overreaching reign of terror. What is doubly troubling is that there is little the good citizens of Nevada can do short of a recall (ongoing) or trying to survive (good luck with that) until his term expires.

I am no lawyer, no legal eagle, but I have an eye for the fine print and can read; and this is what I discovered when reading the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS), specifically, NRS 414.070.

Additional powers of Governor during existence of state of emergency or declaration of disaster.  The provisions of this section are operative only during the existence of a state of emergency or declaration of disaster. The existence of such an emergency or disaster may be proclaimed by the Governor or by resolution of the Legislature if the Governor in his or her proclamation, or the Legislature in its resolution, finds that an attack upon the United States has occurred or is anticipated in the immediate future, or that a natural, technological or man-made emergency or disaster of major proportions has actually occurred within this State, and that the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of this State require an invocation of the provisions of this section. Any such emergency or disaster, whether proclaimed by the Governor or by the Legislature, terminates upon the proclamation of the termination thereof by the Governor, or the passage by the Legislature of a resolution terminating the emergency or disaster.

Please take careful note of what is absent: any defined term limit on a declared emergency. The King speaks, “Do what I tell you, when I tell you, for as long as I tell you. I have the power, this emergency is not over until I say it is over, so shut up, bow down, and kiss my ring (not the one on my finger).” Did we not, that is our ancestors, revolt and fight for independence from such a king and his overbearing tyranny? Reminder to King “Sitzbath”: “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these states.”[1] Change but “Great Britain” for “Nevada” or any other state now residing under such tyranny and the words still ring true.

Give up your throne, King “Sitzbath”, let freedom ring. Wake up America.

Just my thoughts for a Wednesday, for what it is worth.

[1] The Declaration of Independence, In Congress, July 4, 1776.

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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