CORONAVIRUS HAS CREATED
SOME VERY ODD SITUATIONS
Now, don’t give me any crap about sexism. You can be sure Whitmer understands that her physical attractiveness is a political asset. There’s no doubt it was a factor in her becoming governor.
Of course, the Republicans ran a lousy campaign, with an uninspiring candidate. And our former governor, Rick Snyder, did little to protect his legacy from Democrat depredations.
At any rate, we’ve now got Gretchen — who still hasn’t fixed “the damn roads” (her big campaign promise). Under her executive order, we can buy food at Walmart, but not seeds.
In planting season.
My wife, Kathy, is a dedicated gardener. She grows all kinds of comestibles. We eat out of the freezer year-round.
Get it, Gretchen?
How quickly things change. It was only a couple of weeks ago that Gretchen was being touted as the beautiful face on this fall’s Democrat ticket.
But that’s politics.
Alas, Governor Whitmer’s actions aren’t unique among the oddities of the quarantine. Strange things are happening all over.
For instance, police have raided churches and ticketed people for attending services. That’s here in America, mind you, land of the First-Amendment-Freedom-of-Religion stuff.
Now, I get the intention to keep people from gathering in confined areas where germs can be readily spread — just like I get that Gretchen wanted to discourage trips to the store for less than urgent purposes.
And indeed, a pastor who held services in defiance of the lock-down in Virginia later died of coronavirus. Nature has a very keen sense of irony.
That was underscored when 45 members of a Washington State choir came down with coronavirus after attending a rehearsal. Two subsequently died.
According to the Los Angeles Times, this development was all the more striking in that…
“…eight people who were at the rehearsal said that nobody there was coughing or sneezing or appeared ill.” Furthermore, “Everybody came with their own sheet music and avoided direct physical contact.”
There’s no denying that the coronavirus is insidious. But how do you account for California’s Mendocino County, which imposed some rather strict limits even on religious services that are live-streamed? Writing on PJ Media, author Tyler O’Neil noted that…
“…only four individuals may be present for the live event.”
And Mendocino’s restrictions go even farther…
“The county dared to ban specific forms of expression.
“No singing or use of wind instruments, harmonicas, or other instruments that could spread COVID-19 through projected droplets shall be permitted unless the recording of the event is done at one’s residence, and involving only the members of one’s household or living unit, because of the increased risk of transmission of COVID-19.”
So much for singing “Gather Us In.” Tell the worship band to stay home.
There must be a way to strike some kind of reasonable balance between infection control and civil liberties.
Of course, in these days of pandemic fear, civil liberties is a hard concept to get your hands on. In Raleigh, North Carolina, the police arrested a woman taking part in a protest against that state’s lock-down regulations. The department defended its action in a tweet that claimed protest is a non-essential activity.
On the other hand, in New York City LGBT activists are protesting the erection of a tent hospital in Central Park because it was funded by Samaritan’s Purse, a charitable ministry whose CEO is Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist, Billy Graham.
Why would anyone object to such Christian benevolence, you ask? Because Samaritan’s Purse adheres to the traditional definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
So, is protesting on behalf of sexual progressivism an essential activity? I guess so, since it appears that no arrests have been made, and the city’s attorney general has issued a news release promising to “remain vigilant to ensure discrimination does not occur.”
Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, a teenager was threatened with arrest for disorderly conduct after notifying her school that she believed she’d contracted coronavirus, and then alerting her friends with an Instagram post. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has taken up her defense on First Amendment grounds.
Some of the strange things happening are strangely uplifting. Back in Michigan, Democrat State Rep. Karen Whitsett contracted the virus but then struck a bipartisan note, thanking The Donald for his advocacy of the malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine. According to The Western Journal, Whitsett, who represents parts of Detroit, insisted that…
“without Trump touting hydroxychloroquine at the daily briefings of the coronavirus task force, it could not have been an option for her.
“‘If President Trump had not talked about this, it would not be something that’s accessible for anyone to be able to get that right now,’ she said.
“‘He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority,’ she told the Detroit Free Press, further saying: ‘I do’ believe Trump may have saved her life by pushing for the drug.”
Meanwhile, Michael Savage, one of the nation’s top conservative talk radio personalities and an early Trump supporter, has come out against hydroxychloroquine. According to The New York Times, Savage, who holds a Ph.D. and has done studies in epidemiology, has…
“sharply attacked the federal government’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, dismissing him as ‘a grandstander’ and ‘a showman’….
“‘I’ve been warning people about the dangers of this drug.’ He said he was appalled after hearing that Trump boosters like [Sean] Hannity and Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, were citing the unverified findings of a doctor outside New York City. ‘That’s not a controlled study,’ he said….”
Is hydroxychloroquine dangerous? I don’t know.
But then, if there’s one thing this crisis has demonstrated it’s the indomitable nature of American entrepreneurism. As reported by the website, Inside Hook…
“Las Vegas strip club Little Darlings began hosting drive-through strip shows and nude hand-sanitizer wrestling. Now, a strip club in Portland, Oregon is putting its dancers to work in an entirely different capacity: topless food delivery.
“Lucky Devil Lounge owner Shon Boulden initially pitched the idea, aptly dubbed “Boober Eats,” as a joke on Twitter, Rolling Stone reported. But after receiving legitimate requests from customers, Boulden decided to put the service into action.
“For a $30 delivery fee, customers can order food from the club and have it delivered by topless dancers in masks, gloves and pasties. After leaving the food on the doorstep, the dancers then remove their sweaters and ‘bounce around’ at a six-foot distance, according to Boulden.”
Well, it’s often been said that a crisis makes you focus on what’s really important.
As we move into the next phase of our shared national agony, when the country begins to reopen for business — what might be termed Pandemic 2.0 — the principal challenge is going to be figuring out how to strike that balance between public health and individual rights. The effort gets complicated in a political season, when everyone is jockeying for advantage and the competition for blame heats up.
A perfect example is the claim by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who charged Donald Trump with “fomenting domestic rebellion” in a series of tweets urging people to “liberate” their home states. As reported by The Hill…
“Inslee issued a statement asserting that Trump both encouraged ‘illegal and dangerous acts’ and put millions in danger of being infected with the novel coronavirus by issuing tweets earlier Friday that seemed to back the protests [that have occurred around the country].”
I read them as typical Trump hyperbole, encouraging folks to start living their lives again, once restrictions are lifted.
Is Inlee playing politics with the coronavirus pandemic? If so, he wouldn’t be alone. I suspect a certain pretty governor might have entertained the thought that a minimum level of economic pain could be helpful in bringing Michigan back into the Democrat column. Not that I wish to plunge too deeply into conspiracy theorizing.
Things are strange enough these days.
Meanwhile, where’s that Burpee catalogue? It’s time to buy some seeds.
This graphic currently in circulation draws a parallel between our present circumstances and an earlier time…
…while this one highlights the effect of quarantine on self-image…
Having the kids home from school has been very revealing…
And of course, we’re all learning how to get along on limited resources…
In fact, lock-down has taught us a lot about ourselves…
…and even provided opportunities for new experiences.
Gretchen Whitmer isn’t the only Michigan official stretching the limits of constitutional authority. According to Life Site News, Kent County Chief Circuit Judge Mark Trusock has issued an order declaring that…
“any citizen deemed to be a ‘carrier and health threat’ can be ‘involuntarily detained by a peace officer, transported to and detained in an Involuntary Isolation Facility selected by the Health Officer for observation, testing, and/or treatment.’”
Don’t have a fever in Grand Rapids…
The strange happenings of this quarantine period put me in mind of the novelty song, “Strange Things Are Happening,” which was a hit for actor/comedian Red Buttons in 1953. It was a silly little thing, but one stanza evokes an era when you could get a laugh with a gentle quip about gender confusion. Give it a listen; you’ll see what I mean…