Today’s paragraphs come to us from John Hinderaker’s latest commentary at powerlineblog.com. They concern what Mr. Hinderaker refers to as “Covid Hypocrisy”, and reference California Governor Gavin Newsom’s maskless, worry-free, gala dinner at the Napa Valley’s tony French Laundry Restaurant – while telling the rest of the state to hove to and obey his stringent Covid-19 dictates.
Here is what Mr. Hinderaker has to say about it:
Is this hypocritical? Of course. But that isn’t the most important point. The real significance of politicians flouting their own rules is that it shows they know those rules are unnecessary or useless. Take the case of Governor Newsom’s ritzy dinner. Newsom’s guests included the CEO of the California Medical Association, as well as that group’s senior vice president and head lobbyist. If these people–privy to all the latest scientific information!–actually believed that COVID is a deadly disease for people in normal health, and wearing masks indoors while social distancing and associating only with one’s immediate family would protect them from contracting it, you can be sure they would not have joined in the scofflaw dinner at the French Laundry. Not to protect you, but to protect themselves.
But they obviously don’t believe those things. Actions speak louder than words. The fact that our political leaders and other members of the alleged elite consistently flout the rules they lay down for the rest of us shows that they know those rules are bullshit. And if those rules don’t protect them, they don’t protect us either. That is the real point, more than the hypocrisy that is so obvious.
I have been reading John Hinderaker for years. While it’s possible I missed other examples, this is the first time I have ever seen him use that kind of language.
I think it would be fair to say he is more than a little bit unhappy with the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do behavior of Governor Newsom and his compatriots.
And while I am not convinced that their hypocrisy means they don’t seriously believe the draconian precautions currently being inflicted on California are beneficial safeguards against the virus, I certainly can understand why it leads him to his conclusion…
…which is why John Hinderaker wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors.