Why are so many among the political elite engaged in incomprehensible, even suicidal, behavior?
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The Wuhan coronavirus lockdowns and mask orders are purportedly intended to protect people from getting and spreading the virus.
However, the trouble with this is the long (long) list of lawmakers, governors, mayors, and others in power who are issuing these job-killing, soul-destroying orders and then carrying on their own lives as if there is no deadly plague sweeping the planet. Are they suicidal? Homicidal, even potential serial killers? Or do they know something we don’t?
The latest of these was an LA County supervisor, Sheila Kuehl, who voted to ban outdoor dining, only to be seen hours later . . . dining outdoors at a restaurant.
Protesters gathered outside the home of LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on Tuesday after a FOX 11 report revealed hours after she voted to ban outdoor dining she dined outdoors herself.
Just hours after Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl voted to ban outdoor dining at L.A. County’s 31,000 restaurants over COVID-19 safety concerns, she visited a restaurant in Santa Monica, where she dined outdoors, FOX 11 learned on Monday.
During Tuesday’s L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting, Kuehl referred to outside dining as “a most dangerous situation” over what she described as a risk of tables of unmasked patrons potentially exposing their servers to the coronavirus.
“This is a serious health emergency and we must take it seriously,” Kuehl said.
“The servers are not protected from us, and they’re not protected from their other tables that they’re serving at that particular time, plus all the hours in which they’re working.”
Kuehl’s office responded as follows:
A spokesperson for Kuehl provided FOX 11 the following brief statement:
“She did dine al fresco at Il Forno on the very last day it was permissible. She loves Il Forno, has been saddened to see it, like so many restaurants, suffer from a decline in revenue. She ate there, taking appropriate precautions, and sadly will not dine there again until our Public Health Orders permit.”
Watch the report:
In other words, she didn’t defy the order that she’d just voted to impose because outdoor dining is, in her words, “a most dangerous situation” . . . “a serious health emergency” that must be taken “seriously.” After all, it was “permissible” on that day, according to local edicts. Never mind, the dangerous serious health emergency that must be taken seriously, it was permissible at that time.
Setting aside the clear hypocrisy, the obvious question is: if dining outdoors is such a dangerous, health-threatening activity—a health emergency, why would Keuhl want to do it at all? Is it possible that she, and the many other politicians who defy their own lockdown and mask orders, aren’t worried? Not one bit?
What about San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo, who spent Thanksgiving with his parents despite the dire warnings that eating Thanksgiving dinner with your own family if they are not part of your household is a serious health risk? That grandmas the world over would be imperiled by such selfishness?
Mayor Sam Liccardo spent Thanksgiving at his parents’ home, apparently skirting health guidelines that urge the public not to gather with people outside their household. https://t.co/dc4Y6a4bOX
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) December 1, 2020
He wasn’t worried about the WuFlu or his family. Weird, right?
Apparently, the many other political elites involved in such incidents since the lockdown hysteria began were not fearful, either. Here are just a few we’ve covered here at LI:
- Michigan Gov. Whitmer Accused of Hypocrisy After Husband Reportedly Traveled to Have Boat Put In Water for Holiday Weekend
- Denver Mayor Jets Off to Houston After Telling People to Avoid Thanksgiving Travel
- Add Democrat Fundraisers to COVID Lockdown Order Exceptions: NYC Mayoral Candidate Hosts Fundraiser At Restaurant
- California Lawmakers Defy Their Own COVID-19 Travel Warnings With Trip to Hawaii
- Entertainment Industry Exempted From Gavin Newsom’s California COVID Rules
- CA Gov. Newsom ignores his COVID lockdown rules, attending 12-person dinner party at The French Laundry
- Pelosi Caught On Video Breaking San Francisco Hair Salon Ban
There are many more such instances of the political elite actively flouting their own rules, orders, and advice. Even leftwing Newsweek called them out on their hypocrisy regarding riots (archive link).
Gavin Newsom’s infamous dinner with lobbyists at the French Laundry is the latest example of a political leader who prescribes rules for the rest of us, and then flouts them himself. We have seen this over and over again, as Karol Markowicz reminds us (via InstaPundit.) She cites many examples of our supposed betters who hector us to wear masks, social distance, close down our businesses, avoid restaurants, associate with no one outside our immediate families, and so on, but who wouldn’t dream of limiting their own lives in such fashion.
Is this hypocritical? Of course. But that isn’t the most important point. The real significance of politicians flouting their own rules is that it shows they know those rules are unnecessary or useless. Take the case of Governor Newsom’s ritzy dinner. Newsom’s guests included the CEO of the California Medical Association, as well as that group’s senior vice president and head lobbyist. If these people–privy to all the latest scientific information!–actually believed that COVID is a deadly disease for people in normal health, and wearing masks indoors while social distancing and associating only with one’s immediate family would protect them from contracting it, you can be sure they would not have joined in the scofflaw dinner at the French Laundry. Not to protect you, but to protect themselves.
But they obviously don’t believe those things. Actions speak louder than words. The fact that our political leaders and other members of the alleged elite consistently flout the rules they lay down for the rest of us shows that they know those rules are bullshit. And if those rules don’t protect them, they don’t protect us either. That is the real point, more than the hypocrisy that is so obvious.
This seems far more likely than all of these self-absorbed politicos believing that they are putting themselves—and their families—at serious risk for a meal, haircut, or schmoozefest.DONATE
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