Bradley K. Sherman
2020-09-08 12:23:33 UTC
perfectly understand the modern Democrats' belief in
Her recent hypocrisy in going to her hair salon, which was
supposed to be shut down due to San Francisco's stringent (and
Pelosi-supported) COVID-19 rules, is just one more example of
Democratic members of the political aristocracy believing they
are superior to citizens (the opposite of the Founding premise
The American people have long resented the hypocrisy and
arrogance by which a political aristocracy believes one set of
rules applies to the public and a totally different set of rules
applies to its interests and its family members.
We knew that this double standard deeply offended most Americans
in 1994, and that is why the first commitment of the Contract
with America was to "require all laws that apply to the rest of
the country also apply equally to the Congress."
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In a year when the political aristocrats have been imposing
ruthless rules on the rest of us, there have been numerous
examples of these same politicians breaking the rulesor
allowing their family members to break them.
Speaker Pelosi's hair salon visit may be one of those rare
sparks that sets off a huge fire.
The outrage that the salon owner, Erica Kious, felt at being
closed for months and then having Pelosi blatantly break the
rules led to a video ambush that will become one of the major
events of 2020.
Of course, Pelosi is trying to deflect the focus from her
hypocrisy by claiming that she was "set up." Nowin addition to
struggling to keep her business open due to the
restrictionsKious has been receiving death threats from
Pelosi's radical mob. Even CNN's Don Lemon has called out Pelosi
for her "set up" claim.
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The arrogance of Pelosi's rule-breaking is understandable to
every person who gets a haircutand every small business owner
who is facing bankruptcy because of cumbersome, overbearing
rules imposed by the political class.
This same arrogance is being exercised across the country by
other political elites.
In addition to Pelosi, we've seen other Democratic leaders
ignore or exempt themselves from onerous pandemic rules.
Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered 19 Central
Valley counties to disallow indoor operations at restaurants,
wineries and a host of other businesses. Curiously, he did not
include Madera County, where he and his wife own stock in a
winery consortium, despite it bordering several other counties
on the list. His winery only closed after Newsom's hypocrisy and
arrogance were called out.
As most of his constituents in Arizona were quarantined and
advised to stay homeand after Democrats pushed to allow remote
voting in Congress because they said travel was too
dangerousCongressman Greg Stanton traveled with his family to
Utah to vacation. He even called into a House Transportation
Committee hearing while he was on a boat. The message was clear:
Regular Americans are supposed to remain locked down in their
homes, but members of Congress get to go on vacation.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney disallowed indoor dining in the
city he runs, but he was fine traveling to Maryland to have a
meal inside. Americans stay home. Aristocrats dine out.
As millions of Americans have been forced to forego traditional,
in-person funerals for their loved ones, more than 50 members of
the political elite (including Pelosi, numerous members of
Congress and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser) attended the
large indoor funeral for the late Rep. John Lewis of Georgiaand
Bowser exempted attendees from D.C.'s quarantine travel rules
afterward. Again, normal Americans have to limit their grieving
rites. The political elite do not.
Normal New Yorkers are told they must limit social interactions
and public activities, while Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio
goes to the gym.
After lecturing Virginians to wear masks everywhere they go,
Gov. Ralph Northam strolls the Virginia Beach boardwalk taking
unmasked selfies with his supporters. Again, do as we saynot as
But this hypocrisy goes beyond coronavirus rules.
As violence, looting and riots pour through Chicago, Mayor Lori
Lightfoot ordered a police detail to her neighborhood to protect
her home and her family. In addition to this, she banned
protests outside her home. Everyday Chicagoans have to cope with
violence and a gutted police department. Lightfoot does not.
Similarly, Minneapolis Councilmembers Andrea Jenkins, Phillipe
Cunningham and Alondra Cano all started receiving taxpayer-
funded private security ($63,000-worth) after violence broke out
in their city. They all support defunding the city's police
department. The same goes for anti-police Los Angeles City
Council President Nury Martinez. She had two L.A. police
officers as personal security for herself and her home for two
months, while at the same time calling to defund the department.
So, the political class deserves security, while normal citizens
Finally, a host of members of the political aristocracy oppose
school choice for normal Americans but send their own children
to expensive private schools.
Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and many other Senate
Democrats derided and mocked U.S. Education Secretary Betsy
DeVos for supporting school choice programs during her
confirmation hearings. Meanwhile, Whitehouse himself and his
children attended elite private boarding schools. In his own
words, Whitehouse chose to send his kids to private schools to
offer "the best education that I can for them, and I felt that,
in their circumstances, the places that I chose to send them
were the best schools for them." Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) also
opposed DeVos and school choice, yet sent his children to elite
These examples of aristocratic arrogance are exactly what
President Donald Trump was referencing during his nomination
speech at the Republican National Convention:
"[Biden] takes his marching orders from liberal hypocrites who
drive their cities into the ground while fleeing far from the
scene of the wreckage. These same liberals want to eliminate
school choice while they enroll their children in the finest
private schools in the land. They want to open our borders while
living in walled-off compounds and communities in the best
neighborhoods in the world. They want to defund the police while
they have armed guards for themselves."
These double standards should form the basis for a privileged
resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives. It should state
that Pelosi's breaking the rules brought dishonor on the U.S.
Vice President Joe Biden should be challenged to condemn
Pelosi's violation (by the way, his children went to a private
school while he also opposes choice for the rest of us). And
every Democratic House and Senate candidate should be challenged
on whether they approve of Pelosi and others' aristocratic rule-
breaking and arrogance.
This could have a profound impact on federal, state and local
elections across the country this November. It can also force
governments in Democratic-run states to realign and return to
working for the People, not the political class.
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