“The People’s House?” Not so much.
That was so old-school, so yesterday, so in keeping with the spirit and intent
of the Founders.
United States Capitol Police Chief
Thomas Manger recently announced that Capitol Police will start potentially arresting
congressional aides and visitors to the House side of the Capitol if they have
the audacity to appear there unmasked.
Manger’s letter trumpeting the
threat stated, "If a visitor or staff member fails to wear a
mask after a request is made to do so, the visitor or staff shall be denied
entry to the House Office Buildings or House-side of the U.S. Capitol. Any
person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do
so would be subject to an arrest for Unlawful Entry."
Though the same mandate
technically applies to members of Congress, the same strict enforcement will
not. Of course. Capitol Police, at least those who aren’t then giving tearful
testimony about how the January 6th protest was worse than
Armageddon, will simply be asked to report bare-faced lawmakers to supervising
officers "who will, in turn, refer the matter to the House Sergeant at
One almost viscerally
senses the age-spotted hand of Nancy (“Do as I Say, Not as I Do”) Pelosi behind
the new edict.
The Capitol Police tried
to put a rose-colored spin on the draconian new mandate by subsequently issuing
an email statement reading: "Regarding
the House rules about masks, there is no reason it should ever come to someone
being arrested. Anyone who does not follow the rules will be asked to wear a
mask or leave the premises.” The email further noted that the new rule was only
put in place to protect people’s “health and safety." Sure. Now tell me
the one about the three bears.
In a similar vein, New York City Mayor Bill (“A.K.A. ’Warren
de Blasio, speaking of the unvaccinated, told MSNBC: “We’ve got to shake people
at this point and say, ‘Come on now.’ We tried voluntary. We could not have
been more kind and compassionate.” Ominously, he added “The voluntary phase is over.”
Sensing a theme yet?
President Biden recently opined, “If you’re not vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were.” (It was unclear whether he was
talking to his wife, sister, son Hunter, dogs Champ and Major, or Americans in
I would suggest that if you