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Governors’ holiday menus include coronavirus stress test for the Constitution

John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

During the pandemic, what are some of America’s governors serving up for the Thanksgiving through Christmas season?

A stress test for the Constitution and a crackdown on individual liberty.

That’s how U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito aptly characterized the situation in a recent, stirring keynote virtual address at the conservative Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention.

Alito’s remarks came days before several governors imposed their latest, newest shutdown edicts and their Thanksgiving gathering rules. The pandemic had already put great stress on individual liberties, and now, governors are adding even more.

Some governors don’t want you to hug or sing in your home with others. Some want neighbors to call the police if they see more than six people at your home for Thanksgiving. Some, like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are upset that law enforcement won’t enforce their edicts. He says police can’t pick and choose what rules to enforce. (He forgets about sanctuary cities.)

The nose of the camel comes to mind. Once that big-government camel gets its nose under the tent, the next thing you know the camel is sitting next to you, demanding snacks.

 

Some of the governors, like California’s Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, belong to the “rules for thee but not for me” school of public policy.

Newsom was caught dining maskless in a large group of Democratic politicos at the exclusive Michelin-star restaurant The French Laundry.

Yes, it makes him a hypocrite, but then, he’s a politician.

What all this does is anger and confuse people and encourage them not to follow precautions.

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