Who we are
Free Ohio Now is an all-volunteer group of Ohio citizens formed in April 2020 in response to the government's actions during the virus pandemic.
Ohio's Administrative State
During this crisis, it has become evident that the Ohio General Assembly has delegated too much authority to executive departments, agencies, and commissions, laying the foundation for today’s vast administrative state. Unelected bureaucrats in the executive branch now write countless rules with the force of law and arbitrarily punish individuals who disobey those rules. The state and federal constitutions make clear that these powers were granted to state legislature and the U.S. Congress by the people and must, therefore, remain solely with the people’s elected representatives.
We call on the state legislature to begin reclaiming its constitutional powers from the bureaucratic state by requiring that major new health regulations be approved by both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate before they can take effect. In addition the courts should interpret laws as written by the state legislature rather than allowing executive agencies to rewrite those laws to suit administration priorities.
The Declaration of Independence sets forth the fundamental precepts of American government: That God bestows certain inalienable rights on every individual, thus producing human equality; that government exists first and foremost to protect those inalienable rights; that man-made law must be consistent with God-given, natural rights; and that if God-given, natural, inalienable rights come in conflict with the government, court, or human-granted rights, God-given, natural, inalienable rights always prevail; that there is a moral law recognized as “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”; and that American government is to operate with the consent of the governed.
We are also the believers in the U.S. Constitution, the greatest political document ever written. It is the solemn compact built upon principles in the Declaration that enshrines our God-given individual rights and ensures that all Americans stand equal before the law, defines the purposes and limits of government, and is the blueprint for ordered liberty that makes the United States the world’s freest and most prosperous nation.
The Bill of Rights lists religious liberty, with its rights of conscience, as the first freedom to be protected. Religious freedom in the Bill of Rights protects the right of the people to practice their faith in their everyday lives.
As George Washington taught, “religion and morality are indispensable supports” to a free society. Similarly, Thomas Jefferson declared that “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.” Ongoing attempts to compel individuals, businesses, and institutions of faith to transgress their beliefs are part of a misguided effort to undermine religion and drive it from the public square.