DRIVE-IN CHURCHGOERS TICKETED
There’s a meme going around that reads, “How are you enjoying your 30-day free trial of socialism?” But I never thought that would be true in a place like Greenville, Mississippi.
Mississippi’s Governor encouraged churches not to hold services in person to combat the coronavirus, but he refused to ban them from doing so, saying, “Mississippi is not China, and never will be.” But someone needs to get that message to Greenville’s Democrat Mayor Errick Simmons, who not only ordered churches closed, he even banned drive-in services.
Last Sunday, members of Temple Baptist Church gathered in about 25 cars in the church parking lot to listen to pastor Arthur Scott preaching over the radio. Police came and handed $500 tickets to each driver, even though they were all inside separate closed cars. The only time they violated “social distancing” was when they had to roll down their windows to take the tickets from the cops.
Scott said police told him he might go to jail, and he said if that’s what it takes to keep preaching, he’ll gladly go to jail, and he will see them at the church next Sunday.
The religious freedom law firm First Liberty sent a letter to Simmons demanding that the ban be lifted, and stating that “religious liberty is not suspended during a pandemic” and Americans should not “tolerate churchgoers being ticketed by the police for following CDC guidelines at church.”
Once again, it’s very instructive to see how quickly tolerant, compassionate liberals turn into ironfisted authoritarians when given just a little power. It’s yet another reason why you should never believe the claim that socialism would work great, it’s just that the “right people” have never been in charge of it. If you even want to be in charge of a socialist government, then you’re the wrong people to be in charge of the government.
Happy Good Friday to you and your family! I know it may be an unusual Easter weekend, one where you can’t go to church or gather in the park or at other events. But celebrating at home with family will give us all a chance to reflect on and count our greatest blessings. And it’s important to remember that Easter weekend is a celebration of God’s assurance that the current trials and suffering will pass and that the day of Resurrection is at hand.
Here’s full video of Thursday’s daily White House briefing on the coronavirus with no cutaways to victims of other diseases, such as Trump Derangement Syndrome…
The number of confirmed cases in the US has topped 466,000, with 16,686 deaths at this writing. That’s a terrible tragedy, but there are reasons to be hopeful. Social distancing (i.e., simply asking Americans to be responsible) is working to flatten the curve of new cases. The initial predictions of mass deaths have been revised sharply downward, and so far, the field hospital and Navy hospital ship in New York City are using only a fraction of their beds. Meanwhile, a 250-bed field hospital in Seattle that was built to handle an expected crush of cases has been dismantled without treating a single patient.
At the briefing, Trump congratulated the Army Corps of Engineers for building field hospitals that include 17,000 beds in a remarkably short time. He talked about the airlift program that’s delivering medical supplies to where they’re most needed, and about discussions on aid to support the airline industry. He said the US has now surpassed 2 million coronavirus tests, and he sees encouraging signs in the swift development of treatments, with 19 therapies already being tested and 26 more in the planning stages. He also said student loan payments have been waived for six months, and that might be extended, and he talked about the need for Democrats and Republicans to come together to provide more help to workers and businesses.
On that subject, Senate Democrats last night showed where their priorities lay by blocking a bill to provide $250 billion in more funding for emergency small business loans. Party leaders claim they wouldn’t support that unless more funding was also given for the unemployed. But as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pointed out, the money for the unemployed in the first bill hasn’t even been distributed yet (the IRS says it should start appearing as early as this week in the accounts of 50 million taxpayers who have shared their banking information with the IRS.) But the money allocated to small businesses is already nearly depleted because of the crush of applications.
A number of Senate Republicans also blasted the Democrats for blocking the bill, pointing out that the small business loan funding was for part of a bipartisan bill that needs more than originally anticipated right now, and that voting for it would not prevent further funding of aid to the unemployed, if it’s needed. This marks the second time in a month that Democratic Congressional leaders have held up emergency aid to try to force something else that they wanted into the bill. I hope that when you vote in November, you remember this demonstration of their priorities.
Personally, I’m not surprised that many current Congressional “progressive” Democrats are so cavalier about the problems of small business owners, since so few of them have ever owned or run a business.
I understand those problems only too well. While I’m enjoying “sheltering at home” with all my grandkids, it’s no picnic financially. All my personal appearances, which provide much of my income, have been canceled for three months, and I’m digging into my savings and retirement funds to cover the expenses, payrolls and benefits for the small businesses that I own. I don’t expect Democrats to feel sorry for me, but it would be nice if they at least comprehended what it’s like to own a small business that suddenly had its cash flow shut off.
Unfortunately, most of them come out of politics, law or academia and have never had to make a living in the real world. Some of their deep thinkers such as Rep. Ilhan Omar are suggesting that the President just declare that nobody has to pay rent. Leftwing activist Sally Kohn attacked business owners by claiming that nobody is “forcing” them to lay off workers, that it’s a “choice” they make, and they shouldn’t be cast as victims.
Kurt Schichter responded to this in his own special way in his latest article, “Economic Illiterates Are Running Amok”…
“When there is no income, what do you expect a business owner to pay his employees with? IOUs? Monopoly money? Feelings?...Oh, maybe the boss of that local pizza restaurant that the cough police closed down should just go downstairs to the basement vault in his mansion, pop open the door and take out one of those dozens of big sacks with dollar signs on them that are stuffed with $100 bills and use them to meet payroll. And rent. And insurance. And supplies. And maintenance. And so on. And so on. And so on.
Because that whole thing about cash flow? No, it’s not a thing. It’s a myth! It’s just an illusion those tuxedo n’ top hat-sporting fatcats who run the local pet stores and such use to fool the proles into believing that there’s not some bottomless well o’ cash these tycoons can draw upon forever.”
When they block urgently-needed funding to help small businesses stay afloat, claiming they want to help workers instead, they are betraying their utter ignorance of how our economic system works. If you want to help the workers, then make sure they still have a place to work when this is over!
On a side note, I’ve noticed that so-called “progressives” love calling anyone who disagrees with them a racist. Yet they badmouth capitalism while obviously having no clue what capitalism is or how a capitalist economic system works. Isn’t having an irrational fear of something you know nothing about the very definition of “prejudice”?
And speaking of those “cold-hearted” small business owners…
BIDEN IS NOT CAPABLE
Apparently, there is one subject that is so glaringly true that even Tucker Carlson and the former national press secretary for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign agree on it: Joe Biden is not capable of being President of the United States.
Briahna Joy Gray tweeted that Bernie was “too kind” to go after Biden, “but it’s coming,” and either the Democratic establishment would rather see Trump reelected than back a candidate like Bernie or else they’re planning to throw representative Democracy out the window and replace him at the Convention.
I’m not sure which of those scenarios will play out, but it’s telling that, as some wags noted online, Biden is now the only Democrat remaining in the race and Barack Obama still hasn’t endorsed him. In this spirit of bipartisanship, I’ll actually agree with Ms Gray that the brass knuckle political assaults on Biden are coming. In fact, they’re already here.
(Incidentally, it wasn’t easy to find that ad. A Google search for “Trump commercial against Biden” returned nothing but Biden ads against Trump. How odd!)
But the media can’t bury this story for long. Even if they don’t talk about Biden’s personal issues or his history of questionable dealings, there are now new questionable dealings that would destroy the campaign of any Republican. Like pretending to be President and using political cronies to interfere in the distribution of much-needed medical supplies.
There’s way too much to bury here. Besides, it’s already so obvious that even Sean Lennon is pointing it out.
While some people here in America are trying to politicize the coronavirus by pointing fingers of blame at their opponents, it’s nice to see that most Americans are smart enough to realize where the blame really lies.