(RightWing.org) – In predominantly Democratic governor-led states, lockdowns are coming back fast and furious as Thanksgiving nears and coronavirus cases are continuing to grow across the country. Now, Democrats are applying pressure to citizens that, in some ways, are more restrictive than they were in the spring.
While the pandemic has been a political hotbed for months, Democrats are especially vocal as several states ban virtually any socialization during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They implemented face mask orders, even inside homes, and placed strict limits on what people can and cannot do. They have even gone as far as to tell people where they can and cannot go.
In the meantime, some of the governors have flaunted their own orders, and now Republicans and residents are pushing back.
Harsh Orders Implemented
Across the country, orders are inconsistent and perhaps not even Constitutional as governors, and health experts, say Thanksgiving gatherings could turn into superspreader events. At the same time, the CDC says kids shouldn’t be kept from schools and that they are the best place for kids to be.
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) implemented a mask policy last week for anyone who enters a home who is not living there, as well outside regardless of social distancing. The state is also limiting gatherings to 10 people. However, in Philadelphia, local officials have banned all indoor gatherings, and only people living in a home are allowed inside according to the new rules.
That pattern is repeating in one form or another in California, Oregon, Nevada, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, and other Democratic-led states.
Hypocrisy on Display
While governors are placing severe restrictions on their residents, it doesn’t seem their orders apply to themselves. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) was caught dining indoors with nearly a dozen people at a prestigious restaurant to celebrate a friend’s birthday. When pictures emerged of the governor’s personal exemption, he was forced to apologize.
In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) addressed a large crowd with her mask down after Joe Biden was announced the winner of the presidential election by the media. Days later, she issued a stay-at-home advisory and told residents to cancel Thanksgiving gatherings of any size.
Republicans Push Back
GOP leaders sounded off that the Constitution did not end because of a pandemic. They are expressing growing concerns about the harshness of many of the orders while also exposing the hypocrisy. Some are even warning that Thanksgiving restrictions may pale in comparison to what’s coming for Christmas.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said, “This has gotten so ridiculous and we forget this is America.” The Ohio Congressman then referenced a letter from US Attorney General William Barr last spring that read in part, “The Constitution is not suspended during a crisis,” to which Jordan replied, “Amen to that.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said he didn’t want to cancel Thanksgiving or Christmas. “I want to cancel the lockdowns.”
On Twitter, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) even praised sheriffs in New York who refuse to enforce New York’s Thanksgiving rules.
Protests Erupt Nationwide
As Republican officials blasted the restrictions, people across the country participated in protests. Thousands of people in New York took to the streets in demonstrations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) restrictions. They carried signs reading “Stop COVID Tyranny” and “No More Lockdowns.”
In California, demonstrators marched across the Pacific Coast Highway, and others defied Newsom’s curfew. In Minnesota, hundreds of protestors expressed their thoughts at the home of Gov. Tim Walz (D).
While the orders may eventually be challenged in court, the problem is lawsuits move slowly. By the time a court hears a case and decides, the pandemic could be over. Instead of waiting for a court, American’s are expressing how they feel to their elected officials now.
While some governors ignore their own orders, Americans are watching and reacting to the hypocrisy. Will they tolerate a “do I say not as I do” society?
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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