The most recent examples of hypocrisy and the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ mindset of lawmakers:
Hypocrisy in San Francisco
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was back in her home in San Francisco, after she declared a recess/vacation for the House. In California, the Governor has issued rules that including requiring barbershops and hair salons to remain closed.
Leaked security camera video from a San Francisco salon shows Nancy Pelosi getting her hair done and, as she does, she is walking around the salon without wearing a mask.
This morning, when asked about it, Pelosi said that she didn’t know the salon was supposed to be closed. Which is surprising that anyone wouldn’t know that, given how much it’s in the news and that she has publicly advocated for strong steps against the pandemic. Oh, and the fact that the Governor of California is also a relative.
Don’t insult our intelligence by lying about it, too, Nancy.
UPDATE: After the controversy that ensued from Pelosi being called out, and after she changed her story a couple of times today, she said that she wouldn’t say more but that she took “…full responsibility for falling for a set up.”
Asked how she was set up, Pelosi bristled, asking reporters, “Do you have any questions about how people are dying?” Well, Nancy, from what you said before it was because people weren’t following guidelines and weren’t wearing masks.
NY Gov. Cuomo’s Hypocrisy (again-this is becoming habit)
After having the highest number of deaths in the nation, and a death rate more than double the national average, New York’s Governor and New York City’s Mayor have issued executive orders to try to stem the tide of the pandemic that have been issues of controversy because of their wide reach. Among the orders, both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have required any traveler from most of the country outside the state to quarantine for 14 days and to not leave their residence or hotel. De Blasio has asked the police to enforce it, and requires travelers to carry papers on their quarantine status and penalties ranging up to $10,000 and jail time.
But if you are rich and famous, they are willing to make an exception.
That requirement, however, will not apply to celebrities traveling to New York City for the Video Music Awards later this week. Both Cuomo and de Blasio have agreed to exempt everyone involved in the VMA production from the rules that would result in fines and jail time for anyone else who violated the strict guidelines.
So, you see, the guidelines aren’t really applicable for those that make them or for any of their friends. They only apply to the ‘peasants’ who can’t be trusted to know what’s good for them. When it’s inconvenient for the rich and famous, they can just be ignored.
Besides, we can be confident that many of the people involved in the VMA’s will be sure to show their appreciation with a campaign contribution come next election time.
Just More Examples
Much like the case of the Governor of Michigan, who announced at a press conference days before the Memorial Day weekend that people should not travel and should abide by the lock down restrictions, at the same time her husband was calling to get their boat ready so they could travel to a resort four hours away, these two recent cases show the hypocrisy of those that are making the rules.
And really this is not new. We often see people who make rules ‘for our own good’ (because we can’t be trusted to know our own good) believe that the rules are for everyone but themselves. They don’t want to be bound by the rules they make. They want you to. And, to be honest, we let them do it and continue in their arrogance by letting them stay in office.