Democratic politicians have been turning up the heat on lockdowns and restrictions lately, with a claim that they’re following the science.
Don’t believe it.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed a new "temporary" emergency regional stay-at-home order Thursday based on local ICU capacity.
"If we don't act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed," Newsom said.
The governor’s first such "temporary" executive order locking down the economy was signed Match 19, and was replaced by succeeding lockdown orders ever since.
But it can hardly be based on science.
If the lockdowns didn’t work before, what makes Newsom think they’ll work now?
Los Angeles took it a step further.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, also a Democrat, issued an emergency order that bans "all travel, including, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit," with limited exceptions.
"Our city is now close to a devastating tipping point, beyond which the number of hospitalized patients would start to overwhelm our hospital system, in turn risking needless suffering and death," Garcetti’s order said.
"These unfortunate facts about the spread of COVID-19 in our City mean that we must resume some of the more restrictive measures we instituted in the Spring."
As my friend Jennifer remarked, "Now L.A. has a Ministry of Unnecessary Walks?"
But as one Sherman Oaks restauranteur discovered, not only are these orders not based on science --- they’re also cruel.
Angela Marsden, the owner of the Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill had just set up an outdoor dining area in an attempt to keep up with the city's and state’s growing list of pandemic demands.
Even a casual observer could tell she’d put some, time, effort and expense into the project.
She had a wide expanse of tables and chairs placed underneath a large, tent-like awning, bordered tastefully with plants and decorative half-walls.
But it wasn’t enough — Marsden was being shut down.
But what made it all the more heartbreaking and gave proof to the fact that science had nothing to do with the shutdown of the business she’s put so much time, money and effort into saving, a motion picture company built an outdoor commissary for actors and crew adjacent to her own outdoor facility.
And it looked nearly identical to her own: it consisted of a wide expanse of tables and chairs placed underneath a large, tent-like awning — minus the plants and decorative half-walls.
"I’m losing everything. Everything I own is being taken away from me, and they set up a movie company right next to my outdoor patio," she said in a video posted to Twitter,
"Look at this," Marsden tearfully said, pointing to het own outdoor facility. "Tell me this is dangerous, but right next to me as a slap to my face, that’s safe. That’s safe? Fifty feet away?"
Then pivoting to the overall situation she said, "Mayor Garcetti and Gavin Newsom is responsible for every single person that doesn’t have unemployment, that does not have a job, and for all the businesses that are going under, and we need your help!"
Science? Nope, power — power and political pull.
In an around Los Angeles, a motion picture company exercises more political clout than the struggling owner-operator of the Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill.
Making the distinction all the more glaring, a restaurant is obviously more essential than a film company.
People have to eat to survive; they don’t have to watch movies.
On the other side of the country, Mac's Public House on Staten Island, New York, attempted to ward off authorities and remain open by declaring itself an "autonomous zone," much like Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs did in Seattle.
But while authorities left the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" alone for nearly a month, despite widespread property damage, physical attacks --- and even deaths, they almost immediately closed Mac's Public House down, arrested its owner, and fined the business.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, declared Mac’s a public health risk because of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet allowed another restaurant a block away to offer indoor dining.
Science? No, and that fact was really brought home over the weekend when Saturday Night Live regular Pete Davidson mocked the pub’s owners and the the approximate 1,000 supporters who vocally protested its closure.
Davidson called them all "babies" for refusing to follow the "science" and comply with the coronavirus restrictions.
Davidson gave his monologue in front of a live New York studio audience.
The politicians don’t have science on their side; all they have is raw power — power and slogans.
They started out with "15 days to flatten the curve."
And if Joe Biden survives the recounts and court battles, he’s already said his will be "100 days with the mask."
Both the lockdowns and the slogans are arbitrary, capricious, and yes, outrageously cruel.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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