The state of California has felt like a minimum-security prison for eight months.
In the name of fighting the pandemic and preventing our hospitals from being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, the politicians and public health experts have told us “non-essential” Americans where we could go, where we could eat and where and how we could gather with our friends, strangers or fellow worshippers.
They’ve slowly managed to outlaw any social activity and fun that brings ordinary people happiness.
And now, thanks to Mayor Eric Garcetti and something called the “L.A. County Public Health Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Order,” everyday life in Los Angeles has become even more miserable and less free.
Reacting to the rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in Los Angeles, this week Garcetti laid down a 14-page list of “guidelines” that a dictator of a banana republic could envy.
Telling us we had to “hunker down,” he kept the city’s outdoor mask mandate in place and issued a strict new stay-in-your-basement order.
From now until almost Christmas, the mayor decreed, public and private gatherings of people from more than one household are prohibited.
Unless you are on your way to doing something essential, like going to work at a grocery store, gas station or health care facility, even walking is prohibited.
So is driving a car or riding a bike, motorcycle or scooter. So is traveling on a public bus. Violators can be fined or put in jail, or both.
Religious services are OK – outside only – and the homeless get exemptions, but not gyms.
By some miracle, golfing at one of the city’s ten public courses is still permitted – if you follow the insane new rule.
If you want to play at a city course you have to cancel all existing reservations, re-book tee times and prove that your group includes only members of the same household.
Who wrote that guideline? Whoever it was, I guarantee he or she is no golfer.
Golf is the last activity that needs to be subjected to the rules of public health bureaucrats.
It’s outside. In the sun. Plus, it’s perfectly safe for social distancing.
Everyone has their own golf cart. You can leave the flag stick in so no one touches it. And they already make you wear a mask – while playing.
The public health people who write dumb guidelines like these supposedly follow the science, but they don’t even have any data to prove that restaurants are dangerous virus spreaders.
Do you think they have any data on the risks of playing golf? Of course they don’t.
They just issue their idiotic and arbitrary rules about indoor dining, schools and golfing because they’re bureaucrats who’ve been given the power to write them. We’re lucky they didn’t mandate that golfers prove they’ve had the vaccine before they teed off.
The good news, I guess, is that Los Angeles’ same-household rule applies only to city owned-and-operated golf courses.
If you want to play with your buddies, business clients or strangers, you can still go to a country club. Of course, you have to have a spare $100,000 to pay for a membership.
So, as usual, in their all-out war on the virus the politicians and their virus experts have again managed to screw the little guy – the average duffer who plays the public courses.
It’s just like when their unscientific rules put restaurants out of business. It’s not just the owner who gets hurt, it’s also dozens of wait staff, cooks and parking lot guys.
I realize COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are going up, but lockdowns, social distancing and masks don’t seem to be having much success here or anywhere else in the world.
I know a vaccine is coming.
But I’m beginning to think they could lock the whole country down for a year and three months after they let us out of our basements we’d be back in the same condition. Because no matter what we do, it’s a virus and it’s going to behave like one.
Copyright 2020 Michael Reagan. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of “Lessons My Father Taught Me: The Strength, Integrity, and Faith of Ronald Reagan.” He is the founder of the email service reagan.com and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his websites at www.reagan.com and www.michaelereagan.com. Send comments to [email protected] Follow @reaganworld on Twitter.
Welcome to communism 101, a new course taught by Eric Garcetti. Hey voters, keep your heads buried in your phones all day and vote in communists. Erase history. Welcome to North Korea!!!!!
This is the biggest side effect of socialized medicine. When the fiscally irresponsible bankrupt socialist Democrat city state governments are already about to go broke in over borrowing, and their dominion over social medical costs unexpectedly rise in unprepared for COVID costs, THE PEOPLE still have to pay the price of their foolishness, and this time it is not only the currency of Trillions of more dollars in national debt, but the currency of lost freedoms, ability to support your families and live normal lives, all the while the National Socialist Democrat party rulers and their protected government establishment base minions continue to receive paychecks and pass the pain on to others who are forced to give up their ability to SELF-govern, hoping to make them so miserable they will voluntarily surrender what remaining freedoms they have, for total dominion of THE STATE over the sanctity of individual rights and freedoms. This is right out of the Stalin Communist and Hitlerian Fascist playbook of Capitalist conquest. History repeats itself. The war began decades ago in skirmishes, and has not been unleashed upon the American people in outright war and election fraud. Can bullets and bombing be far behind?
Correction,,,,has NOW been unleashed upon the American people in outright war and election fraud.
TIME TO put a wall up, AROUND THE ENTIRE bloody state.. AND DO NOT LET ANYONE ELSE FLEE!
How can we know deaths from covid are increasing when almost all deaths are now listed as covid ? Have people completely stopped getting pneumonia, flu and heart attacks ? There’s a lot of things about this that smell really rotten.
OR dying from overdoses, suicides etc.. NOTE< in 2019, we didn't go a single week, wtihout SOME NEWS NETWORK updating us on the # of 'opiod overdoses'.. YET, all deaths this year so far, seem to either be "COVID DEATHS or gun violence"…
Guess we eliminated opioid addiction.
If Joe Biden’s election steal is allowed to stand and he is sworn in as president, I would not be surprised if COVID-19 deaths start suddenly declining, especially in Democrat-controlled states, and our illegitimate president is given credit for saving so many lives. The dishonest, divisive Democrats had so thoroughly politicized this pandemic in an attempt damage President Trump’s re-election bid that the COVID-19 death count was inflated with obvious non-COVID-19 deaths to support their claim that the president had failed to respond effectively to the deadly pandemic. Under the oppressive rule of a Biden administration, look for the Democrats’ propagandists in the mainstream media to constantly tells us how wonderful life has become now that Donald Trump is no longer president in order to divert our attention from the left’s plan to diminish our Constitutional rights and implement its socialist agenda.
Where as i see them increasing, as patients get TAKEN OFF medication, and left to die.