Public Health Measures Must Still Protect Constitutional Rights of Americans

Conservative Action Project — Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Washington, DC

Conservatives are troubled by reports that the Department of Justice is seeking additional authorities during the coronavirus pandemic, including the right to detain individuals without trial.

The public health crisis facing the country is unprecedented, and a whole of government approach is underway. However, using this crisis as a justification to violate the basic civil liberties of Americans is unconscionable, and in no way justified.

This is also true at the state level, where unprecedented shelter-in-place orders threaten civil liberties as well. We urge governors to make any movement limitations temporary and tailored. A federal shelter-in-place order should be avoided at all costs. Public health must be protected, but so, too, should the rights of Americans under the Constitution.

Americans have mobilized with extraordinary speed and cooperation. The Trump administration has lifted regulations and expedited actions to begin vaccine testing, facilitate production of necessary medical equipment, and restricted foreign access to the country as appropriate.

These actions are justified. A dramatic expansion of the police state is not, and we emphatically oppose it.


Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
The Honorable David McIntosh
President
Club for Growth
Tom McClusky
President
March for Life Action
Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
Adam Brandon
President
FreedomWorks
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy
FreedomWorks
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
The Honorable Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council
Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
American Legislative Exchange Council
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Executive Director, Conservative Partnership Institute
Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
Scott T. Parkinson
VP for Government Affairs
Club for Growth
David Bozell
President
ForAmerica
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
William L. Walton
President
Council for National Policy
Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
Michael Farris
President, CEO & General Counsel
Alliance Defending Freedom
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values
David N. Bossie
President
Citizens United
The Honorable Penny Pullen
Former Commissioner
Pres. Reagan’s Commission on the HIV Epidemic
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian
Jim Backlin
Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Christian Coalition of America
Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Haley E. Martin
President
The Martin Foundation
Christina Murphy Lusk
Campaign for the American Future
Guillermo J. Aragon
Chief Financial Officer
Martin Imaging, Inc.
Benjamin Nieuwsma
Founder and CEO
Navigo
Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA)
Eunie Smith
President
Eagle Forum
Susan Carleson
Chairman/CEO
Carleson Center for Welfare Reform
Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company
Amy Kremer
Chairman
Women for America First
Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Jake Hoffman
President & CEO
Rally Forge
Trent England
Executive Director
Save Our States
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Paul Gessing
President
Rio Grande Foundation
Kielle Horton
President
The Lindsey Foundation
Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
Anne Schlafly Cori
Chairman
Eagle Forum
Khadine Ritter
President
Eagle Forum of Ohio
Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express
Charlie Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Kevin Freeman
Founder
NSIC Institute
Matthew Tyrmand
Principal
Matthew Tyrmand LLC
Bob Carlstrom
President
AMAC Action
Elise Neff
Executive Assistant to President
Students for Life of America
Rob Chambers
Vice President
AFA Action
Eric Georgatos
Executive Producer
America Can We Talk?
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com
Dean Nelson
Chairman
Frederick Douglass Foundation
J. Christian Adams
President
Public Interest Legal Foundation
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association
Bill Shaker
CEO
Washington Marketing Group
Karen England
Executive Director
Nevada Family Alliance & Capitol Resource Institute
Dr. Paige Patterson
President
Sandy Creek Foundation
Jim Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association
Floyd Brown
Publisher
Western Journal
Seton Motley
President
Less Government
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
Ronald Reagan’s Chief Defense and Space Negotiator
Former SDI Director
Martha Boneta
President
Vote America First
Joseph A. Morris
Attorney and Partner, Morris & De La Rosa
Assistant U.S. Attorney General, Reagan Administration
Lisa Calvert
Christian and Faith Speaker
Rabon & Calvert Int
George Landrith
President
Frontiers of Freedom
Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
E.C. Sykes
General Partner
Aslan Ventures
Eli Lehrer
President
The R Street Institute
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
Cindy Honcoop
State Director
Washington Eagle Forum
Amapola Hansberger
President
Legal Immigrants for America
Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group
Dr. Carolyn McLarty
Secretary
Eagle Forum
Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Barry Meguiar
President
Ignite America
Joan Holt Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
Media Research Center
Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
Melvin Adams
President
Noah Webster Educational Foundation
The Honorable Mike Hill
Representative
Florida State House
Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee
Mario H. Lopez
President
Hispanic Leadership Fund
Lori Roman
President
American Constitutional Rights Union Action

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