TROY — Rep. Warren Davidson made an appearance at the Miami County Veterans Museum’s monthly coffee and breakfast event on Wednesday.
Davidson addressed veterans in attendance and discussed the current state of affairs in America, touching on topics including the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects it has had on daily life and the decisions of government.
“A lot is going on this year and it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to see all of you and to come out and talk,” Davidson began.
The breakfast was held in a 140-by-40-foot pole barn on the site of the Miami County Veterans Museum’s new location on 25-A. The open-air building allowed for adequate socially-distanced seating and Ohio’s recently-implemented mask mandate was recognized by all attendees.
“It’s so good to be among people and to be able to see people not just on a screen but out in person,” Davidson said. “It’s awesome we have this facility where we can have a lot of good safe guards.”
Davidson shared his thoughts regarding the actions taken by both local and national governments in response to the virus, including the decision to temporarily shutdown non-essential businesses, which began in March. Davidson cited decisions made my Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and former director of the Ohio Department of Health Amy Acton, expressing that some were in violation of certain civil rights.
“(When you have) the chief executive or public health official choosing what’s essential and what’s not essential, that’s a violation of the 5th Amendment; there’s no due process in that,” he said.
Davidson referenced the Defending Freedom Act, which he introduced just two weeks ago, that would instruct the Department of Justice to investigate and report on instances of bureaucratic and executive overreach related to forced business closures or stay-at-home orders implemented in response to the virus.
The bill would instruct the Department to pursue civil rights cases against those who inappropriately infringed on the Bill of Rights, according to a press release on the topic from Davidson’s office. Additionally, the bill would give the Department of Justice a year to compile a report on their efforts to combat the unconstitutional actions of state and local governments during this national emergency.
Davidson also recently announced the creation of the Congressional Sound Money Caucus, which aims to promote sound fiscal and monetary policy in the U.S. and to maintain the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency, according to a separate press release on the topic. The leading issue behind this caucus is that monetary policy, especially since the 2008 financial crisis, coupled with the recent federal fiscal response to coronavirus has inflated asset prices, contributed to the wealth gap, and weakened the U.S. dollar as a store of value.
Davidson also took comments and questions from attendees.
The next coffee and breakfast event will be held Sept. 2, during which first responders will be honored. All local first responders are encouraged to stop by.
According to executive director of the Veterans Museum, Karen Purke, the former museum location in downtown Troy is officially closed and items are currently being moved to the new building. A grand opening of the new location will be held on Veterans Day 2020.