December 7, 2020
Well, folks, it’s happening again… Or should we say it’s still happening…
Remember back in September when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made headlines for violating San Francisco’s COVID-19 regulations by having her hair done inside a salon even though it was closed to the public for safety reasons?
The Democrats are at it again… pounding the table on COVID mandates that they don’t follow themselves.
How is that showing leadership? It’s not… And their “do what I say, not as I do” attitude toward these restrictions has the Dems showing their true hypocritical colors…
Here today to dig deeper into this important issue is author, radio show host, and American Consequences contributor Jason Rantz.
The Hypocrisy of COVID-19 Mandates
Americans are in a COVID-19 revolt… But can you blame them?
Heading into the holiday season, the rhetoric and COVID mandates feel a lot like they did back in March and April when the country shut down to stave off a deadly pandemic that, according to the best modeling, suggested millions would die if we did nothing.
Back in the spring, Americans for the most part complied.
But then “15 days to slow the spread” turned into months… Spring turned into summer, fall, and now winter… And the very data promoted by Democratic officials were ignored in favor of more mandates to supposedly stop a second or third wave.
Americans made it official… They’ll no longer obey rules that neither make sense nor apply to the very public officials implementing them.
A surprising number of business owners, coast to coast, are standing up to government officials and local agencies in protest of these new mandates. Restaurants, bars, and gyms ordered to close are not only defying the rules and staying open, but publicly announcing their scofflaw status.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered some area restaurants and bars to shut down due to high coronavirus infection rates in the area. It didn’t matter if the venues were the cause of the spike in cases or not… Cuomo hoped to mitigate anyone’s exposure, however minor.
But Keith McAlarney wasn’t going to listen this time.
McAlarney owns Mac’s Public House, a tavern on Staten Island. He deemed his bar an autonomous zone, refused to close his doors in protest, and publicly taunted officials to close him down. So they did… or at least they tried. During a sting operation, law enforcement fined and arrested the bar’s manager, setting off a massive protest of area supporters outside the venue.
In Washington state, restaurants and gym owners are also refusing to comply. Despite less than 0.5% of the third wave of cases tied to restaurants and zero known cases tied to gyms, Governor Jay Inslee shut down restaurants for in-person dining and gyms entirely.
Spiffy’s Restaurant in Chehalis, Washington opened its doors to a community ready to support it. The 80-year-old owner Rod Samuelson explained to local media that when he first reopened, he made 10 times the revenue he expected. And in Snohomish County, Graham Fitness owner Michael Knick said he was keeping his business open to support his family and his staff. He’s willing to go to jail over this battle.
These stories aren’t unique… They’re happening all over the country. From Fresno, California and Scottsdale, Arizona to Loveland, Colorado and Detroit, Michigan, there is a surge of businesses defying mandates.
‘Do as I Say, Not as I Do’
What explains the resistance? It’s not just about making money… Perhaps it’s the stunning hypocrisy and inconsistency from lawmakers. There’s been a series of high-profile incidents of lawmakers and public health officials violating their own orders or advice.
When San Francisco Mayor London Breed warned ahead of Thanksgiving that we’d have to “sacrifice” parties and small get-togethers because they could become super-spreader events, she didn’t tell us we’d be the only one’s sacrificing. She happily attended an eight-person party at the French Laundry restaurant to celebrate the 60th birthday of socialite Gorretti Lo Lui.
Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler warned his constituents that, “We need to stay home if you can. This is not the time to relax.” But he didn’t mean “we”… He meant “you,” of course. When he made those comments, he was in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on vacation, having hosted a wedding and reception with 20 guests for his daughter days earlier.
Wear a mask, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards demands. And he was serious! When the owner of Firehouse BBQ in Livingston Parish violated the mask mandate, Danielle Bunch was slapped with a restraining order. Yet last week, a photo of a mask-less Edwards surfaced as he talked to a group at a restaurant in violation of his own order.
Apparently the COVID-19 surge is so bad it’ll kill us mortals, while our dear leaders possess the immune system of Marvel superheroes…
Now, many of us can get over the hypocrisy. Politicians have a pretty consistent track record of saying one thing while doing another.
But when officials promise to use science and data to inform their COVID response and then completely ignore what their own agency reports, it’s bound to push Americans over the edge.
When Los Angeles County closed restaurants, public health officials didn’t have any local data to back up their COVID fears. They even publicly admitted they had nothing to link the surge to restaurant dining. In Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear closed all schools – including religious, private institutions. Yet, medical experts say there are ample data to support keeping schools open. What’s the point of data if they will just be ignored?
And then there are the inconsistencies… Despite sweeping mandates, gyms can remain open in Michigan. But in Washington, they were forced to close. In New Jersey, professional sports can continue, but in California, the San Francisco 49ers can’t play at their home stadium.
Does the coronavirus discriminate against people participating in the same activities depending on which region they live?
Meanwhile, Congress is weeks delayed in a renewed COVID-19 relief package for the businesses being destroyed by the government mandates.
So you have politicians violating their own rules, data that are being summarily ignored, and no help offered to Americans who are suffering…
This is all too much for folks to handle. So, they’re revolting… Can you honestly blame them?
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Jason Rantz is a Seattle-based talk radio host on KTTH Radio, a frequent guest on Fox News, and a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @JasonRantz.
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December 7, 2020