September 10, 2020
Dear SVH, this letter is in response to your unfair "Hit Piece" article that was published in your newspaper September 8 regarding our SCRP Aug 29th event. Just an FYI, the governor's edicts are not laws and there are pending lawsuits saying Inslee's mandates are unconstitutional (violating the State Constitution Article 1 Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 11 and the U.S. Constitution 1st, 5th and 14th amendments).
Of Note: Our event was a “Peaceful Protest” and began with a several minute long prayer. Many of the speakers spoke against governor Inslee and his covid mandates. It was an open air event during the day. Everyone had to have a mandatory temperature check before they were allowed to register. There were masks available to everyone that needed one or requested one. There were two large airplane hangers (with hanger doors open) that encompassed 23,000 sq feet of covered space for the approximate 410 people (better ratio than any Walmart or Costco). The caterer's servers wore masks and gloves and served all the food from behind a glass partition (just like in restaurants). We had social distancing tables of 6 (just like restaurants).
Also of Importance: We could have easily sold another 100 tickets, but capped the event and officially "Sold Out" the event three days early to keep the size of the crowd down to about 410 (most of the complaints were people who wanted a ticket but could not buy one because they waited too long). Everyone who attended had a great time and we have received many, many thanks for having the event.
It is also important to note that the Republican Governor Candidate Loren Culp, for several months now, has been consistently having rallies all across Washington state, attended by several hundred and in many cases over 1,000 attendees per event. And there have not been any covid related issues.
With all due respect to the liberal narrative regarding Covid-19, there are literally thousands of doctors around the country and around the world that are saying wearing masks, sheltering in place, etc. is the exact opposite of what we should be doing as a society to eliminate Covid-19. The science, data and doctors are telling us that this is an influenza type of virus and we need to build up a herd immunity to the disease to eradicate it, and mandating healthy people to wear masks and social distancing is not necessarily the best approach. Also it is time to get the children back in school. Kids under 18 YO are 3 - 17 times less likely getting Covid-19 than they are of getting a normal flu. The members of our county party wholeheartedly agree with this point of view and side with thousands of doctors and the true data and science about Covid-19.
Since April I have been tracking and writing about the coronavirus on a consistent basis in my weekly Chairman’s Corner newsletter which your readers can find at skagitrepubicans.com. The people need all of the facts regarding Covid-19, i.e. most all the covid related deaths are people over age 70 who had pre-existing health conditions. It is very interesting to note that in March the Washington State Department of Health took away the 70 - 79 year old category on their website and replaced the category with a 60 - 79 year old category to further their narrative.
Also the death rates are very skewed as people are not necessarily dying from covid, they are dying “with covid,” which is what is being put on death certificates. In Skagit county and overall in Washington state the majority of covid related deaths have occurred in long term care and assisted living facilities (In Skagit 17 of 22 covid related deaths and statewide over 60%), and many covid cases are people who are asymptomatic.
The collateral impacts of shutting down the economy with our governors proclamations is far worse than the virus itself, as suicide rates have increased over 600%, drug and alcohol abuse and cases of depression are on the rise, etc. We need to have a healthy respect for the virus and need to be smart and use common sense as with any serious flu. But we need to also have a healthy respect for families and businesses that have suffered way too much under governor Inslee's edicts.
It is time for Inslee to end the emergency and lift the mandates, now. Not after the election. But most unfortunately we now know Inslee’ s agenda is to “use this crisis to peddle a solution to climate change that will allow us to rebuild our economy and jump start it in a more green manner”, which is what exactly Inslee said in an interview with Bernie Sanders on May 13..
Perhaps this is one of the many reasons why Jay Inslee is refusing to debate Loren Culp.
Bill Bruch, SCRP Chairman
P.S. The day before our event on August 28th, at the Al Sharpton "Get Off Our Necks Rally", an estimated 50,000 people marched and gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., many wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts, as speakers demanded racial equality. But you won't hear any Democrat bias media upset about no social distancing or people not having to be subject to contract tracing. After all, this event was essential...