New York City has now gone through weeks of George Floyd protests, riots, and looting. Thousands of people crammed together standing near each other, violating social distancing guidelines. A good amount of the protesters didn’t even wear masks, and chanted protest battle cries, releasing potentially harmful virus respiratory droplets into the air. However, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) does not appear to be too upset with the protests. But he is very upset about too many New Yorkers going to at restaurants, and he wants New Yorkers to rat out any businesses not following the virus pandemic restrictions.
He wants to divide New Yorkers and create havoc amongst them. As if the riots were not enough, Cuomo wants to turn New York City into Cuba where good little government suck-ups rat out their friends and neighbors hoping to get extra food ration cards.
New Yorkers must look at other states that have already opened up and feel like the hungry homeless man staring through the window of a 5-star restaurant watching the patrons stuff themselves. Democrats like Cuomo are sick with power.
Tons of people partying it up gathered at St. Marks Place within the East Village on Friday night.
After seeing the viral video of the crowds, Cuomo unleashed fresh threats in opposition to New Yorkers. The Democratic governor vowed to shut down Manhattan and the Hamptons if throngs of individuals frequented bars and restaurants. Cuomo stated the state received 25,000 complaints against businesses not complying with coronavirus restrictions. Of course, they did when the government tells people to be a rat.
“We’re getting reports from all across the state that there are large gatherings. Social distancing is being violated. People are not wearing masks,” Cuomo said. “Manhattan and the Hamptons are the leading areas in this state with violations. They are rampant, and there’s not enough enforcement.”
The governor didn’t care that there were large gatherings of rioters, protesters, and looters. Rioters, protesters, and looters, oh my!
This man was demonstrably responsible for thousands of unnecessary deaths from the Chinese virus based on the stupid decision to cut down the number of trains and buses early on in the pandemic, thus causing riders to be squeezed in like sardines.
Cuomo threatened to place parts of the state back on full lockdown if the behavior continued if the American people didn’t stop having a good time.
“If local governments are not monitoring policing, doing the compliance, yes, there is a very real possibility that we would roll back the reopening of those areas.”
Cuomo additionally threatened to pull a restaurant or bar’s liquor license for not adhering to social distancing and capacity regulations.
I wonder if he’ll be reelected after treating people like this?
“Local government, do your job. If we have to close, then people are going to hold you accountable,” Cuomo said. “Bars and restaurants, do your job. Or you can have an SLA violation and possibly loss of your license.”
I would pay good money to see one New York news person give Cuomo the double-barreled middle finger when he spouts this type of top-down tyrannical rant. Because he’s becoming more and more known for it. There are no laws that allow the governor to force businesses to shut down. Governors just did it. The red states that have reopened are seeing their virus cases go down, and they’re thriving. Democrats are incapable of governing.
Cuomo then asked New Yorkers to rat out businesses that didn’t follow his restrictions. “These are not hard-to-spot violations,” he said. “People send videos of these violations.” He’s asking his citizens to become government agents to inform on their friends and neighbors, and this has to be a violation of the 14th Amendment’s Due Process clause because his orders violate fundamental fairness.
“It’s disrespectful to the health care workers and the essential workers who sacrificed themselves for 100 days. Some of whom died and gave their lives to crush this virus,” Cuomo added. “Show a modicum of respect and wear a mask.”
“We’re not going to go back to that dark place because local governments didn’t do their job,” Cuomo promised. “If you do not [do your job], and this continues, we would have no choice but to take state action, ceasing the behavior.”
While a majority of states are already reopening, Cuomo is battling to keep his residents under house arrest for as long as he can get away with it. Here’s a dirty little secret. Tyrants have no power when they are ignored.
NYC is in phase one of its four-stage reopening plan, and the earliest they can move to the next phase is in July. Can you believe that?
In the meantime, On Sunday, in Brooklyn, thousands of people gathered together for a rally for black trans lives that were packed to the gills…. like sardines.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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