Chicago Meet With Deanna Marie Kempel
As a father of five, I am concerned about the direction our state is heading. We have the highest taxes and the worst debt of any state in the US! Democrats control every facet of state government and they’re back to doing what they do best…raising taxes and wasting money…. AGAIN.
I was a United States Marine Corps for 20 years and retired as a Major. While serving my country I was responsible for developing budgets and ensuring every taxpayer dollar was spent responsibly and as planned. As a retired Marine and political science professor, I also understand government is the servant of the people.
I will bring this same dedication with me to Springfield and will fight to ensure our children have a brighter future. I will fight for our freedoms, for our students, and for a fair map amendment that will allow Illinois residents to have a real choice in their elected officials.
More about me: B.S degree – U.S. Naval Academy 1994; M.A. Government (Law and Public Policy) and M. Education – Regent University 2012; 2 deployments to Afghanistan and 1 to Iraq. Professor of Political Science at Joliet Junior College and Richard J. Daley College.
After a over a month of supporting government action for the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s time we start pushing back against unreasonable and unconstitutional orders passed down by our governor and the mayor of Chicago! “I Will not comply” is a statement of civil disobedience that we are done blindly following unreasonable government mandates that needlessly impinge on our liberties as human beings and as citizens of Illinois! We care about remaining safe, but we also care about our freedom!
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“I will not comply” also points to the hypocrisy of the governor and the mayor in ordering us to follow rules they have no intention of abiding by themselves! Mayor Lightfoot had her hair stylist give her a haircut while telling us we can’t.
Governor Pritzker is a little more aggressive with his hypocrisy. He allowed his own family to travel to Florida while simultaneously trying to deny us our Constitutional right to freedom of movement. Except for the 30-day authorization under a declared emergency, the governor has NO authority to tell us to stay home, or wear masks, or anything else. After the open Illinois Rally held on May 1st, the governor also labeled the protesters a hate group because of one (ill-advised) sign that clearly referred to him as a fascist.
“I will not comply” means I refuse to abide by a vaccine mandate just to live my life. Neither will I comply with the contact trace program, as it violates our right to privacy without a compelling and strictly limited reason to do so.
Neither am I alone in this sentiment! People across party lines are concerned about the current threat to our liberties, the loss of income, and all the side-effects from being trapped in our houses when we could safely return to work and our daily lives if only the governor would do his job rightly! In order to restore liberty and economic stability, the governor must take the following 12 actions:
- Rescind the no-travel order immediately. You have no authority to override the Constitution of the United States to order an indefinite travel ban within Illinois or with the bordering states. This is a Civil Right recognized and upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States. You also have gained the ire of the people by ordering our own self-incarceration while you allow your own family to violate your order. If you won’t follow your own order, don’t expect us to!
- Call an immediate emergency session of the legislature to establish policy for handling the epidemic response. Governor Pritzker, your authority to act and command the people to do anything ran out 30 days after you initially declared an emergency.
- Follow the state’s own Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan. Stop making stuff up as you go, governor!
- Stop calling some businesses unessential. ALL are essential to the people who run them or are employed by them!
- All retail stores open immediately. We have already proven we can handle this safely.
- Allow medical and dental venues to determine what they can do safely. Too many procedures have already been delayed when they would have had no bearing on care for COVID-19 patients. Methods for ensuring the safety of these procedures are already in place.
- Allow outdoor activities, parks and waterways. Some restrictions on concerts are reasonable (but even then, we can mitigate risk enough to gather in open environments) but forbidding a picnic on the beach or in a park is not.
- Allow small businesses, especially ‘gig’ workers to return to their jobs immediately! They can do their jobs in a safe manner, just as easily or easier than a Walmart cashier. Your refusal to allow this to happen continues to cause an untold damage to our livelihoods and ability to provide for our families.
- Don’t keep childcare indefinitely closed, but established guidelines for their safe operation. Consider allowing more home childcare businesses to maintain lower numbers in close proximity until Phase 5.
- Allow barbershops, salons, and health and fitness clubs to reopen on an appointment basis. This common-sense stuff to help people get back to a normal routine safely.
- Provide relief to farms hit by the state’s emergency measures. We are possibly facing a food shortage caused by different aspects of the reaction to the pandemic. Farmers are losing revenue from lost sales during this time. We can work together to find a solution – perhaps buying excess produce and turning it into long-storage products for future resale. (I don’t know a lot about this particular problem – just that it’s a growing concern that should probably be addressed immediately.)
- Lastly, contact tracing is a violation of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Permitted Use and Disclosers subparagraph (5) Public Interest and Benefit Activities does not include a use to ban travel or for general purpose (i.e. general public) use.