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Opening the 117th Congress today, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver ended the opening prayer with the traditional “Amen” and then, so as to be inclusive added the nonsensical word “Awomen” as if “Amen” is somehow a gendered term. While my etymology is rusty, “Amen” comes from Hebrew, and passed through Greek and Latin before English usage and it means “so be it” or “as it is.” It has nothing to do with male or female, and “awomen” is a made-up word meant to placate the unthinking woke among us.
It is one such example, and there are countless more, of how utterly foolish and incompetent politicians are. The year 2020, henceforth “The Year That Shall Not Be Named”, was rife with examples of why we need to stop believing politicians are in any way suited to tell us how to run our lives. Here are just a few, both from this infant year and The Year That Shall Not Be Named”:
- On December 28, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) tested positive for COVID-19. Today, a week later, she was in DC to vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. CDC guidelines are pretty clear: you can quarantine for 10 days without testing, or seven days (with a negative test on or after day five). Gwen Moore tweeted she was “medically cleared” to travel. By whom? If she’d taken a subsequent test and it was negative, you’d think she’d tweet about it, no? Not only is this hypocritical, after 10 months of being told you’re a serial killer for trying to regain some sense of normalcy, they think you are too stupid to notice or care.
- In New York, which, were it a country, would have the second-highest per-capita COVID-19 death toll, has decided to penalize people who “knowingly administer” a COVID-19 vaccine to persons who don’t have the proper “eligibility certification” with fines of up to $1 million and revocation of state licenses.
- This is, undoubtedly, in response to this story from The New York Times about urgent care clinics with large numbers of Orthodox Jewish patients getting the vaccine. You know, the Orthodox Jewish communities who Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill DeBlasio have spent an inordinate amount of time targeting for special enforcement of COVID-19 regulations (but their blatant anti-Semitism is a topic for another column). Meanwhile, after criticizing the Trump administration for its vaccine distribution plan, New York state has only administered about 1/3 of its allotted doses, and NYC only 1/4. It also doesn’t help that New York’s vaccination hours are more suited to a bank than a city in the midst of a pandemic — one where our political betters, mind you, said the vaccine is the only way back to normal.
- Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the White House COVID team, was caught traveling to a vacation house in Delaware. After telling average Americans to scale back or cancel their Thanksgiving plans. Birx said she wasn’t violating COVID guidelines as she was “winterizing” her vacation home for a potential sale, but reportedly had three generations of her family from two households accompanying her. Her home must need a lot of winterizing. She’s not alone; multiple politicians have been caught traveling to vacation destinations while telling you, the average American to stay locked down in your home. To shutter your business. To figure out how to educate your children while the teachers stay home. Or their union reps go to Puerto Rico.
We’re now in the 10th month of “15 days to flatten the curve” and there’s no end in sight to the draconian, ineffective lockdowns or the mask mandates that magically worked in the fall when they wouldn’t work in the spring of last year.
There has been a shift to deify politicians from people on both sides of the aisle. They are not gods, they are not superheroes, they are not the best and brightest this nation has to offer. They will not save you; they will make your life demonstrably more difficult and, if given the chance, impoverished. They will lie to your face and, if caught, make phony apologies about their “poor judgment” before doing the same thing over and over again. They’ll continue to dine at the French Laundry with their well-heeled friends while you wait anxiously for a $600 check that has to cover ten-plus months of lockdown-induced debt and back rent.
It’s time to stop pretending the men and women in Washington D.C. know how to run our lives better than we do. And it’s time to take that power back from them.Published in