A city council in California made a huge decision this week when it voted in favor of declaring the city a “Constitutional Republic City” to protect its citizens’ rights in light of federal and state mandates.
“What we are doing is protecting our citizens’ rights as much as we can on the local level,” Oroville Vice Mayor Scott Thomson told Fox News . “In a way, we are acting as a sanctuary city for our citizens and their rights and freedoms protected by the U.S. and state constitutions. Gavin Newsom modeled this type of declaration for us when he declared San Francisco a sanctuary city for what he believed to be overreach by the federal government against his citizens.”
Thomson is the person who asked for this measure, which was passed 6-1 by the city council on November 2. It is intended to let the city opt out of enforcing “any executive orders issued by the state of California or by the United States federal government that are overreaching or clearly violate our constitutionally protected rights.”
The resolution is not tied to one specific mandate like President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate on businesses. Instead, Thomson explained to ABC 7  that it’s in response to “the large amount of mandates that are affecting every aspect of our lives and our kids’ lives.”
In the resolution, it is stated that the city of Oroville believes “in the separation of powers, individual rights, and the rule of law outlined in the United States Constitution, including the freedom for local government to have local control over issues related to the citizens who reside within the City’s jurisdictional boundaries.”
“It’s about local government taking care of its citizens period, and that what we’re doing,” said Councilor Dave Pittman, according to the East Bay Times .
Thomson went on to add that each mandate will be handled differently and that the city council would handle any potential legal fights based on a majority vote.
“Each and every mandate will be handled differently. Although we realize this virus is serious, we also believe that protecting the constitutional freedoms our citizens have is also something we take seriously. Our state representatives have been trying to get through to our governor for him to hear that just because something works well for big cities like Sacramento or San Francisco does not mean that the same thing holds true for rural areas like Oroville,” Thomson said. “If he would allow more local control or listen to our representatives, we would not be here.”
City Attorney Scott Huber explained that since the resolution can be modified at any time, it will not be at risk of losing funding.
“I am quite certain that this would not result in any loss of funding for the city,” Huber said. “In the event that it could in the future, you could revise this and do what you will, but this is not going to put it jeopardy any state or federal funding.”
“It’s just basically drawing the line,” Thomson explained earlier this month. “It’s not necessarily against one specific mandate. We’re not talking about one mandate that’s been pushing on us recently. It’s a barrage of mandates.”
Mayor Chuck Reynolds stood by the mandate, saying it was passed to “reaffirm to people what type of government we live under.”
“With all of these emergencies and leaders declaring emergencies, it puts one person in charge, and they can do pretty much what they want even when the emergency is no longer an immediate threat, they were they are reluctant to give up that power,” Reynolds said.
Mandates regarding COVID-19 have gone way too far, and Americans everywhere have had enough of them.
“The American culture and way of life is being challenged at its very core and perverted by radicalized politicians who have forgotten that, as a republic, the power belongs to the people,” Thomson said.