Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito warned Thursday night during an address to the Federalist Society that freedoms and liberty are under “unimaginable restriction” due to recent coronavirus lockdowns, as well as alleged attacks on religious freedom.
“The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on personal liberty,” Alito said, according to the New York Post (NYP). “We have never before seen restrictions as severe, extensive and prolonged as those experienced for most of 2020.”
“The COVID crisis has served as a sort of constitutional stress test and in doing so it has highlighted disturbing trends that were already in evidence before the pandemic struck,” the George W. Bush appointee said, according to Politico.
“Whatever one may think about COVID restrictions, we surely don’t want them to become a recurring feature after the pandemic has passed,” Alito said, per the NYP.
Alito likened the use of executive orders to “early 20th progressives” and “the New Dealers of the 1930s” during which “policymaking would shift from narrow-minded elected legislators to an elite group of appointed experts,” according to USA Today. Alito warned that after the pandemic ends, there’s the possibility that numerous things could