Mayors Live By Their Own Rules, Not Yours
Mayors Live By Their Own Rules, Not Yours
One of the most infuriating things about the current lockdown is the obvious reveal by local mayors all across America that they make the rules for YOU, not for THEM.
We all have been witness to the absolute idiocy of New York mayor (and failed presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio, who would like everyone to forget that he completely ignored all the warning signs and promoted social gatherings and civic events in New York City – for which he was rightly slapped around for by Jake Tapper.
Playing a series of video clips of the Democratic mayor telling city residents to “go about your lives” over the past couple of months, Tapper noted that de Blasio delivered that message to the city as recent as March 13.”
“In retrospect, is that message, at least in part, to blame for how rapidly the virus has spread across the city?” Tapper wondered aloud.”
“Jake, we should not be focusing, in my view, on anything looking back on any level of government right now,” de Blasio deflected. “This is just about how we save lives going forward.”
Shorter de Blasio: “Please look somewhere else, preferably at the Bad Orange Man. ‘Let’s not bicker and argue about who killed who.'”
Among mayors, de Blasio is not covering himself with much glory right now. Not only is he continuing to leave his walled-off mansion every day for a daily walk in a park 11 miles away – with the explanation that the statewide “stay at home” order doesn’t mean HIM, because he’s THE MAYOR…
— Sally Goldenberg (@SallyGold) April 6, 2020
… but we are now learning that former Mayor Mike Bloomberg had a preliminary pandemic plan written up in 2006, noting that a stockpile of extra ventilators and N95 masks should be in place for that purpose. However, the ventilators that had been purchased at the time (only about 500 in the face of city budgetary cuts) fell into disrepair and were eventually auctioned off… by the de Blasio administration.
Fourteen years ago, Mayor Bloomberg released a pandemic plan for New York City and began stockpiling ventilators and N95 masks.
Mayor de Blasio later auctioned off the ventilators and disposed of the masks. https://t.co/eyAkzaRZPe
— Michael Hendrix (@michael_hendrix) April 7, 2020
Yes, a lot of time has passed since 2006, but for de Blasio to be continuing to point the finger anywhere else but at himself is particularly galling. Now excuse him as he leaves his fortress for his daily walk at a park not within walking distance of his house so he can be “most effective.” At what, no one really knows.
But de Blasio is not alone among mayors who are busy dictating rules to the masses that they cannot be expected to live by. Say hello to Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot, who put out public service announcements telling people that getting their hair done was “not essential.”
Mayor Lightfoot defended getting a haircut amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying she’s the face of the city and the woman who cut her hair wore a mask. https://t.co/Tfhk959N8F
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) April 6, 2020
Apparently, the mayor was “visibly annoyed” when questioned about this supposed “non-essential” haircut by local media. I guess it’s okay to shut down barbers and hairstylists for “regular” people and tell them to sacrifice, but when the mayor needs to look good on national TV, THAT’S ESSENTIAL, YOU PEASANTS.
However, the best mayoral moment came from Alton, Illinois, where Mayor Brant Walker got an unexpected surprise when sending the local police to break up gatherings.
“These are very serious times and I’m begging you to please stay at home,” Alton Mayor Brant Walker said on Saturday. “Parents, please keep your kids at home, doing so is vital to our health.”
On Monday, Walker issued a statement on Facebook saying police had found his wife at a bar in the city that was operating in violation of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home orders. Walker said he was embarrassed and apologized to his constituents.”
“My wife is an adult capable of making her own decisions, and in this instance she exhibited a stunning lack of judgement [sic],” he wrote. She will face “the same consequences for her ill-advised decision as the other individuals” caught at the event, he added.”
Hmmm, methinks that is going to be a very frosty environment in the Walker home for a while. Now, to his credit, Mayor Walker is insisting that his wife not get special treatment. However, it’s more likely that everyone at that gathering will get a collective pass, thanks to the unexpected company involved.
It should be illustrative how these mayors feel so comfortable passing the buck and preaching for the common good, while making sure that their lifestyles remain as unaffected as possible. After all, they’re still getting paid, and they are IMPORTANT PEOPLE. These mayors can’t possibly be expected to live like YOU, trapped in their houses, shaggy and unkempt, for weeks on end. Some animals are more equal than others, don’t you know.
Featured image: Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City on May 16, 2013, from the NYC Public Advocate/Bill de Blasio Flickr account, cropped, CC BY-SA 2.0