Yes, we've all heard our betters tell us this, over and over. And they seem to believe what they are telling us.
"We are all in this together." And in the next breath, our betters tell us to stay at home, no beach outings, no haircuts, just sit. And in the breath after that, they instruct their chauffeur to warm up the Bentley because they have an appointment at the hair salon, just for them ((Lori Lightfoot (D), Mayor of Chicago)).
When asked why she can get her hair done, but nobody else can, she replied "I'm on national TV every day, I need to look good and I take my personal hygiene very seriously." Next question. In other words, I'm special and you are not. It's OK for me, but not for thee. So shut up.
About that same time, our corpulent Illinois governor, J.B. Pritzker (D), is telling us the same thing: 'we are all in this together. Accordingly, I am asking you to stay at home and save lives.' Even as these words are escaping his meaty jowls, his sister is jetting off to Florida on her private plane to see relatives. When asked about this double standard, he replied that he is insulted that this reprehensible question was even brought up, next question. In other words, shut up. I'm important and you are not. It's OK for me, but not for thee. Or words to that effect.
And what about our betters shutting down businesses left and right, telling us all to stay home and save lives. Subsequently, all revenue for these businesses comes to a screeching halt, and all of these small businesses are suddenly insolvent, dead broke. Our betters in government, however, are getting paid direct deposit on time and in the manner in which they have become accustomed. "We're all in this together," as they cash their paychecks and we proletariates declare bankruptcy because these well paid government types tell us to stay at home, save lives. We're all in this together, remember.
We voted for this? Unfortunately, we did indeed vote for this. I am using the Royal 'We', because I did not vote for this. I voted for Republicans, and yet my Republican candidates did not prevail at the ballot box, at least not here in The Land of Lincoln (Illinois). The Democrats in power now did, and they seem to truly believe that whatever they think is good for their constituents is what they will enforce with the ham-fisted power of their offices. Just for the record, whatever Democrats think is good for all is almost never good for anybody except themselves and their cronies.
Notice in Red states that want to open up commerce sooner rather than later, things are getting better. Also notice in Blue states with Democrat governors (Michigan, New Jersey, New York and California leading the charge), draconian state mandates of lock downs continue until, well, forever (until a vaccine is found and available for all). In other words, years.
But above all else, just remember 'we are all in this together.'
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