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Obey the Lockdown, Peasant

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There’s a video that released on Twitter a couple of days ago and it got seared into my mind. According to reports, this video takes place in the United Kingdom and features a man who had lost everything due to the COVID-19 lockdowns.

He once had a business that has gone under and was attending a protest against the lockdowns in London. The video shows the man hitting rock bottom as police arrest him for protesting. He breaks down, screaming and curling up into a ball in emotional agony.

Normally when we see things like that in America we brush them off, because usually, it’s some strange leftist protester trying to overdramatize being arrested for the media who eats it up. This wasn’t the case if the reports are accurate. This was a regular man who lost it all and was at the end of his rope.

This may have taken place in the UK, but it’s not an uncommon story around the world. Here in America, businesses are shutting down left and right. People who relied on them to provide for their families have sunk into despair as they drift further and further into poverty.

That one guy in the UK may have been just one guy in the UK, but he represents a lot of people. A lot of people are desperate and see no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, things just keep getting darker.

Then you see things like this from the Austin American Statemen:

In early November, as health officials warned of a impending COVID-19 spike, Austin Mayor Steve Adler hosted an outdoor wedding and reception with 20 guests for his daughter at a trendy hotel near downtown.

The next morning, Adler and seven other wedding attendees boarded a private jet bound for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where they vacationed for a week at a family timeshare.

One night into the trip, Adler addressed Austin residents in a Facebook video: “We need to stay home if you can. This is not the time to relax. We are going to be looking really closely. … We may have to close things down if we are not careful.”

In hosting the wedding and traveling internationally, Adler said he broke neither his own order or those established by Gov. Greg Abbott.

But at the time, the city was recommending people not gather in groups of more than 10, and the day after Adler’s departure, Austin’s health authority warned that “it’s important that we drive the (COVID-19) numbers down in advance of Thanksgiving.”

In short, the Austin mayor seems to believe you should follow lockdown orders to the letter, but he doesn’t have to do it.

Here’s another from Jennifer Van Laar about California Governor Gavin Newsome flagrantly shrugging off the rules he forces on everyone else by dining at French Landry against his own law.

Here’s one by Scott Hounsell about LA County supervisor Sheila Kuehl doing much the same right after telling everyone they need to stop going out to eat.

Here’s another, and another, and another, and another.

It’s infuriating but it’s an important lesson. These people who are so adamant that you obey these draconian rules to the point of placing you under arrest for leaving your home are the same who will leave their home to enjoy the finer things in life in a heartbeat. This “new normal” isn’t for them, it’s for you.

This also tells us that when it really comes down to it, they too don’t believe in the true danger of the coronavirus. If they did they wouldn’t be out and about doing all the things they condemn others for.

This virus is hardly the problem they make it out to be. The numbers say that the vast majority of us hardly suffer from the virus and yet we’re supposed to stay in any way…but not them. According to them, they can do as they please.

So stay inside.

Peasant.