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Conservative Leaders: Public Health Measures Must Still Protect Constitutional Rights of Americans

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The conservative leaders involved in the Conservative Action Project (CAP) on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the increasingly stringent public health orders being issued in response to the coronavirus panic:

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.

Titles and organizations for identification purposes only.

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
and 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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