Sheriff Robert Snaza of Lewis County, Washington, told the masses not to behave like "sheep" given government orders on face masks.
Washington State Orders Mandatory Face Masks – Sheriff Fires Back
On Tuesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee ordered mandatory face masks to be worn in public places to stop the spread of the corona virus.
"As the necessary economic activity increases and more people are out and about in their communities, it is imperative that we take further measures to protect all of us," Inslee said at a press conference. "Until a vaccine or cure is developed, it will be one of our best defense mechanisms."
As former Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview, if he were now President, he would use federal powers if required to require face masks to be worn across the country, regardless of what individual states were up to.
This rhetoric was not well received by Sheriff Snaza of Lewis County, Washington, who told a crowd Wednesday that they shouldn't just act like sheep when they obey orders without question.
"If you haven't heard it, Governor Inslee in his infinite wisdom decides that after over a hundred and a few strange days, we should all wear a mask inside and out. Here's what I say," Don't be a sheep, "said Snaza, and the crowd burst into enthusiastic applause.
Did you see that? @LCSheriff Robert Snaza said to a crowd in Lewis County, "Don't be a sheep," in response to @ GovInslee's order to require facewear.
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Snaza: "Don't always be a follower"
Sheriff Snaza later commented on his comments in an interview with Q13 Fox.
"I'm not saying" defy the command ". I never said that. But I said" don't be a sheep ", which means you're not always a follower. It's okay to ask questions. It's okay, Having concerns, it's okay to speak to your elected officials and say, "I don't think that's right," said Snaza.
He added that he also supported "educating people about the importance of wearing a mask and why they should", but that dissent is an important American value.
I couldn't agree more with the sheriff. There is nothing wrong with doing everything to stop the coronavirus outbreak, but we always have to question our leaders and their decisions. Not doing this means slipping into tyranny.