(UnitedVoice.com) – Since the police killing of George Floyd last week, COVID-19 seems to be a thing of the past. Well, at least for the moment. Nationwide protests over Floyd’s death have led to massive riots, destruction of property, and chaos.
Democratic governors and mayors who insisted on strict quarantine measures now are lining up to support the mass demonstrations despite the fact there is no social distancing and few are wearing masks. Yet, they, and the media, painted a very different picture of conservatives who peacefully protested in state capitals in April and May over concerns they were losing their businesses and livelihoods.
The hypocrisy is glaring and blatant. We were told we had to stay home under quarantine and shut down businesses to protect grandma and grandpa. What happened to protecting the vulnerable no matter what? Suddenly, those who most advocated for the quarantines and forced it down America’s throat to protect us against COVID-19, resulting in the destruction of people’s lives and livelihoods, are silent.
People should be able to protest their government. Unfortunately, over the last few months, Democrats have done everything they could to stifle conservative protests under the guise that people, through their irresponsibility and selfishness, could spread COVID-19. Those fears are certainly long gone now as the current protests are significantly more massive in size and with some becoming violent.
Democrats and the media have made it plainly clear: COVID-19 was about politics. It went way beyond flattening the curve. Let’s compare just a few examples of hypocrisy briefly.
Lifting Quarantine Was a Death Sentence Then, Good Politics Now
Last month, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) ended the state lockdown. All businesses were reopened. Many in the media said he didn’t care about human life. The Atlantic said it was “Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice.” They wrote that the governor put people in an impossible situation — go back to work and get sick or ruin yourself financially at home.
Where is The Atlantic now?
In early May, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said of peaceful conservative protestors who wanted their Constitutional rights restored, “you have no right to jeopardize my health … and my children’s health and your children’s health.” On Friday, Cuomo said he “stands” with those who are defying stay-at-home orders to protest.
In Washington DC, Mayor Murie Bowser instituted some of the strictest quarantine orders in the country. She vowed $5,000 fines or 90 days of jail time for anyone who violated the stay-at-home orders last month.
Over the weekend, thousands protested and rioted. The historic St. John’s Episcopal Church and Lafayette Park in front of the White House were set on fire. More than 50 Secret Service agents were wounded.
Yet, the mayor defended the protestors and rioters, saying, “We are grieving hundreds of years of institutional racism… people are tired, sad, angry, and desperate for change.”
So, that justifies it?
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened to cut power and water to businesses that reopened. He said he wanted to punish “irresponsible and selfish” behavior. This weekend, he encouraged mass gatherings and said, “I will always protect Angelenos’ right to make their voices heard.”
Blood on Their Hands
As recently as a week ago, Democrats and the media were telling us that there would be catastrophic consequences if the country reponed too soon, people didn’t practice social distancing, and if Americans didn’t wear masks. The disease would spread and get others killed. By their own logic, even the protestors who are practicing non-violence have a lot of blood on their hands.
Just as bad, these protests are breaking the laws Democrats held to so dearly for months as they violate the quarantine orders. What are Democrats saying about the quarantines and social distancing now during the protests? Virtually nothing.
Are Democrats who are endorsing these protests now admitting that quarantine orders they have been so aggressively enforcing weren’t as necessary as they preached?
Perhaps they should admit social distancing was a mistake?
It looks like selective enforcement is okay so long as it meets their agenda.
The hypocrisy is blatant and silence is deafening.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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