Elected mayors and governors across the country have simultaneously demanded obeisance to their burdensome orders constraining American rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness while showcasing their belief that they are above the obligation to live by their own rules.
I’m grateful for this disgusting phenomenon. It vividly exposes a political class that thinks Americans are marks and fools, or perhaps some kind of human-sheep hybrid. These elected dictators’ not-so-secret desire is to dominate and rule. They have but a faint concept of what a representative democracy means, and have contempt for it and us. Members of the public who can’t see the unethical double standards these nascent totalitarians would inflict on the nation, or worse, those who accept and tolerate the double standards, are the intended victims. Fortunately, there are still a critical number of citizens who recall this nation’s origins as a rebellion against tyrants.
The open contempt these leaders have for us is staggering. Perhaps they expected their allied propagandists among news media to hide the hypocrisy, which so far it has been unwilling to do. Actually, considering the embargo on stories that might reflect positively on President Trump during the run-up to this months election, it is surprising our aspiring dictators haven’t been provided with more cover. This is something else to be thankful for.
From the Thanksgiving section of the Dead Ethics Alarms files:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spent the days before Thanksgiving week predicting that the holiday would lead to an uptick in Wuhan virus cases in New York and the nation as people travel to visit with family and friends.
On a conference call with reporters a week ago, Cuomo warned that our homes were not “safe zones” during the pandemic, particularly if someone visits from states where the virus is surging. “Your safe zone is dangerous this year,” Cuomo said. “Please — love is sometimes doing what’s hard. This year, if you love someone, it is smarter and better to stay away. As hard as that is to say and hear, because if I had to predict, you’re going to see a significant spike post-Thanksgiving.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—you know: Experts! Science!—was declaring hat the “safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.”
Then, as if there was nothing inconsistent with what he had been saying, in a radio interview this Monday, Cuomo blithely announced his “current plan” for the holiday was to have his 89-year-old mother and two of his three daughters to join him in Albany for festivities.
What an insult to the intelligence, character and ethics alarms of the state’s residents, although, to be fair, they did vote overwhelmingly for the governor’s political party, the source of most (though not all) of the recent abuses of power.
It took approximately an hour and 45 minutes for some alert advisors to metaphorically slap Cuomo across the face (maybe twice!) …
…force him to to do a full Emily Litella…
…and to retract what he had just said, with senior adviser Rich Azzopardi announcing,
“(G)iven the current circumstances with COVID, he will have to work through Thanksgiving and will not be seeing them. Don’t tell his mom — she doesn’t know yet.”
Wasn’t that last part cute? Help us deceive an 89-year-old mother! Ha ha!
It wouldn’t matter if Cuomo had taken just 5 minutes to reverse what he had said. That the governor would say it or think it is signature significance. No elected official would openly defy his own directives who doesn’t instinctively believe laws, rules and standards are for the riff-raff, not entitled rulers like him.
Nonetheless, Cuomo is a piker compared to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. (Guess his party. Come on, guess. Don’t be afraid, you have a 50-50 chance of being right. Just for fun. Guess.) He tweeted out this unequivocal advice…
…and no more than thirty minutes later, Hancock boarded a flight to Houston on the way to visit his daughter in Mississippi. The mayor’s spokeswoman confirmed this, noting that Hancock’s wife was already there.
There are still enough Americans who resent this kind of open contempt from our elected leaders to guarantee that the upcoming attempts to use the pandemic as a means of training the public to submit to incursions on their liberty “for the greater good” will fail. So thank-you, Governor Cuomo, Mayor Hancock, Mayor Lightfoot, Mayor DiBlasio, Governor Newsom, Speaker Pelosi and the rest of you.
Your arrogance, incompetence, dishonesty and stupidity are, in their own way, keeping the United States of America strong.
Oh..and bite me, you assholes.