The viral video of a Los Angeles restaurateur protesting that her outdoor dining space was shut down, while city officials allowed a production company to set up a catering tent in an adjoining space, rightly provoked anger across the country.
Owner Angela Marsden called the two-tiered system “a slap in my face.” “They’ve shut us down,” she said. “We cannot survive, my staff cannot survive.”
And yet the most pitiful aspect of the video is that she’s wearing a mask. It shows she’s a good person; she follows the rules. She will keep her customers safe if only she can keep her business open. Partly hiding her anguished expression, the mask muffles her sobs and pleas for justice. And nothing could more satisfy the elected officials determined to destroy her that by covering her face she’s still obeying their arbitrary CCP virus rules.
Elected officials and other political figures are imposing pandemic regulations not to keep American citizens safe but to turn them into subjects.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has again banned indoor dining, delivering what many believe will be a death blow to New York City’s restaurant industry. Perhaps it’s part of the promotional roll-out for his recently released book on leadership, timed to put him on the shortlist for the attorney general job in a Biden administration—and to obscure his responsibility for the deaths of thousands of New Yorkers in nursing homes he flooded with COVID-19 patients.
Don’t be surprised when Cuomo is caught dining out somewhere outside the city and joins the growing parade of governors, mayors, and other political celebrities who publicly raise themselves above the harsh restrictions they impose on others.
Last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom was photographed at an exclusive Napa Valley restaurant dining indoors with more than a dozen guests without masks and failing to observe the social distancing regulations he’d imposed. In October, Gov. Cuomo’s brother Chris was reportedly seen at a private club in New York City without a mask, despite the television personality insistently repeating to his viewers to “wear the mask.”
In late summer, Nancy Pelosi’s assistant called a San Francisco beauty salon closed by CCP virus regulations and asked that it be opened for the House speaker, alone. When video circulated of Pelosi maskless in the salon, the California congresswoman complained that she’d been “set up” by the salon owner whose business has been broken by COVID-19 rules.
In August, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was photographed dining indoors without a mask in a Maryland restaurant, after his own city banned indoor dining.
Perhaps most famously, COVID-19 czar Anthony Fauci attended a July baseball game and sat next to two companions in an otherwise empty stadium with his mask hanging from his chin. He later laughed off charges of hypocrisy, calling his critics “mischievous.” But this isn’t about “hypocrisy”—rather, it’s an accelerated effort to establish an American caste system, separating the serfs from the masters.
Since Fauci’s about-face on masking—in March, he was against it, in April, he was for it—it’s been clear the issue is not about “science,” or competing data over whether preventative COVID-19 measures, such as face coverings and social distancing, lockdowns, and closures, work. When those imposing measures punishable by law make a point of not observing them, it’s not about public health but power politics.
It’s not by accident that public figures who know their movements and actions are closely watched by the press and public have been repeatedly caught on camera violating their own regulations. They want to be seen flaunting the random rules they’ve shoved down the throats of their constituency.
They don’t care if you call them hypocrites, because they want you to know that they’re above both the law and, most importantly, you. And you’re powerless to do anything about it. You don’t own your labor; you don’t own your property or your lease when they’re keen to show you they can take it all from you at any time they like.
COVID-19 is the most successful information operation in history. That’s not to say it’s a “hoax”—it’s extremely contagious, targets various systems in the body, makes people very ill, and is especially deadly to the elderly and infirm. And the seriousness of the CCP virus is what makes it all the more monstrous that America’s political, corporate, and cultural elite have used it as a platform to advance their privileges and preferences without any checks or balances to stand in their way.
Investor and political theorist Adam Townsend asked, “Are we watching the fastest roll-up of power in human history?” It’s not a “reset” but a counter-revolution, targeting the moral and religious foundations of the country and the revolution that gave birth to it—all men, created in the image of God, are created equal. It’s not we who have drawn the battle lines.
Lee Smith is the author of the recently published book “The Permanent Coup: How Enemies Foreign and Domestic Targeted the American President.”
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