OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
So y’all remember how crowded the John Lewis funeral in GA was, yes? The one that Obama gave a eulogy at and proceeded to tell the THRONGS of people packed together in pews that mail in voting was necessary in order to protect people’s health? ‘Member?
Yeah. Good times.
Now, because GA is considered a “high risk area” for people to travel to and from by Washington DC, the lawmakers who attended that funeral should currently be quarantining. After all, that’s a direct order from the DC mayor, who requires that any resident traveling to high risk areas for non essential reasons must self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms.
In fact, here are some lines straight from that order:
1. All residents and persons traveling to or from “high-risk areas” within the prior fourteen (14) days for non-essential travel must self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days following their return or arrival to the District.
2. Persons who are self-quarantining after non-essential travel must:
a. Stay at their residence or in a hotel room, leaving only for essential medical appointments or treatment or to obtain food and other essential goods when the delivery of food or other essential goods to their residence or hotel is not feasible;
b. Not invite or allow guests, other than caregivers, into their quarantined residence or hotel room; and
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c. Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek appropriate medical advice or testing if COVID-19 symptoms arise.
3. Persons who are traveling through a “high-risk area,” such as through an airport or by vehicle, shall not be subject to this quarantine requirement.
Seems pretty clear, right? And by the way, this order lasts until at least October 9th. GA definitely fits the criteria for being a “high risk area” according to the DC order definition.
But guess what! The politicians who attended Lewis’ funeral are exempt from that order. You know why? Well, according to the mayor’s press secretary, John Lewis’ funeral was “an essential government activity.” OH, and the “Capitol of the United States is exempt from the Mayor’s Order.”
Excuse me but what the actual f*ck.
Say you live in DC, and you suffer the death of a parent who lives in a high risk area. If you want to attend your parent’s funeral and then return to DC? You’re quarantining, because your parent’s funeral is non-essential. Apparently, there is some sort of magical cloak of immunity that politicians have that all of us peons don’t.
And it gets even better. You know what else members of Congress are exempt from in DC? Wearing masks. If you’re a regular person who chooses not to mask up? You face a fine of up to $1000. But not Congress. The DC mayor’s order says:
The enforcement provisions of this Order shall not be applied to persons in the judicial or legislative branches of the District government while those persons are on duty; and shall not apply to any employees of the federal government while they are on duty.
I wanna see a health expert explain this. I wanna see someone from the CDC or WHO or basically ANYONE explain why members of Congress are immune (no pun intended) from following the rules they’ve set forth for everyone else when it comes to preventing Covid spread. Because here’s the deal, y’all. There IS no medical or scientific explanation for this. This is political elitism, and nothing more. It is plain evidence that politicians know full well that these restrictions don’t help anything. It’s a form of control – nothing more and nothing less.
And there shouldn’t be a single American in the country who thinks this is OK.
But at least we now have an answer to this question.