Covid’s Lesson in Hypocrisy : Some People Are More Equal Than Others

Posted by freedomforall 2 weeks, 4 days ago to Philosophy
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"It’s evident in politicians’ “do as I say, not as I do” approach to the Covid-19 pandemic. You shouldn’t go to restaurants or get together with family to celebrate a holiday, but it’s okay to join a big group at one of the world’s elite restaurants if you’re California governor Gavin Newsom. In the Wall Street Journal shortly before Thanksgiving, Jason L. Riley pointed to some of the politicians who showed through their actions that they are more equal than the rest of us. Lockdown orders, social distancing, and travel restrictions? Those are only for peasants like you and me. They don’t bind aristocrats like Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx, who joined a lot of family members in Delaware the day after Thanksgiving “to deal with the winterization of [a] property before a potential sale.”

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t begrudge anyone a haircut, a nice dinner out, or a weekend with family. I question the rank hypocrisy of getting a haircut, going out for a nice meal, and retreating with your family while threatening the rest of us with dire consequences should we do so.

Would they flout the rules if they really believed their rhetoric? Probably not. Do they really believe their alarmist rhetoric? At Cafe Hayek, Donald Boudreaux doesn’t think so.

Whether they really believe themselves or not, I think their attitude about rules and to whom they apply is what really matters here. The aristocrats really, honestly, genuinely think they are our betters. They see themselves as our keepers the way one might keep animals on a farm or at a zoo.

They pay lip service to lofty ideas like liberty, responsibility, and equality but they genuinely believe that they are more equal than the rest of us."

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  • Posted by 25n56il4 2 weeks, 4 days ago
    It's obvious people like Newsom are not Christians. If they were, they would know they are not 'better' than anyone else. True some people are smarter than others. That's good. Helps us all. But to think they are more 'privileged' is ridiculous.
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