Warnings have been issued from the Castle of Smith Hill that we peasants are misbehaving, and the Empress will have none of it.
Eight days ago, this is where Rhode Island stood with hospitalizations, the original and only goal of the lockdown. Now Rhode Island is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Good time to update, especially with a press conference by Governor Raimondo coming up shortly.
At 168 “Currently Hospitalized”, we are still less than half the peak in late April of 377. And Rhode Island hospitalizations were not overwhelmed even at this peak. In fact, the Governor Raimondo herself stated mid-April that the need for hospital beds would peak in late April or early May and that Rhode Island was not going to see a worst case scenario. She was correct on both points. Nor has Rhode Island come close to the peak for hospitalizations
Yet despite achieving this goal, Governor Raimondo, with the express consent by inaction of Speaker Mattiello and Senate President Ruggerio, has inexplicably not lifted the onerous and damaging lockdown of Rhode Island.
Moreover, as we are now seeing in Europe, lockdowns do not work to stop the disease.
Yes, we need to be vigilant. Vulnerable populations must continue to take steps to protect them and we all need to be thoughtful of our interactions with them. But let’s also not overreact.
By continuing to impose what has now been demonstrated to be an ineffectual (yet highly damaging) measure to suppress spread when the singular goal of the measure was achieved six months ago, our state leaders are flexing power in a way that is completely detached from facts, science and data. This is, accordingly, an an abuse of power and an overreaction, the result of which, intended or not, is to punish Rhode Islanders in the short and long term for something that is beyond our control.
The way to get closer to that ideal is not the defeat of Trump, but rather the defeat of those generating the turmoil.
Mark Zaccaria runs through some of the things that need changing in RI and points out the only way to do so.
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for October 26, included talk about:
- Fenton-Fung and Mattiello back in the ring
- The governor comes for Thanksgiving dinner
- Protests settle in in Providence
From a just-issued press release by Gaspee Project Chairman Clay Johnson:
Steve Laffey, the former Mayor of Cranston, has volunteered his time and voice to bolster an ad blitz for The Gaspee Project in the final week of the 2020 campaign season.
Laffey’s has recorded a radio spot and multiple robo-call ads that will run this week in support of 8 General Assembly candidates and the Republican party. In the spots, Laffey stresses how the Democrat party is no longer the party of JFK and has been taken-over by radical-left mobs, while the Republican party is still the party of Lincoln and stands for common-sense, pro-jobs policies.
Also this week, a second round of mailers, social media ads, and print ads by Gaspee are expected to run, which in combination with previous Gaspee election materials, will reach almost one-hundred thousand households, social media accounts, print ad readers, and radio listeners.
Thanks very much to Steve Laffey for doing this. He understands, as many of us do, that Rhode Island would be very poorly served by the election of far left, “progressive” candidates who will push to put on steroids the misguided, leftie policies that have already damaged the state: raising of taxes (often disguised as fees, tolls and budget scooping) even higher; ratcheting up of already burdensome regulations (that often pose as a redundant effort at diversity) on business; more encroachment on private property rights; and the cramming down of effectively non-existent, exorbitantly expensive, politically correct energy sources.
(Seriously, “progressive policies” has to be one of the biggest oxymorons in the history of political branding.)
If you are alarmed at the prospect of the expansion of these non-progressive policies in Rhode Island, please consider pushing back by donating to the Gaspee Project to bolster the reach of these radio ads and mailers.
Mainstream news coverage of the ongoing protests in Providence isn’t serving the community; it’s serving a political cause.
Mark Zaccaria takes a break from the mire of politics to cast viewers’ eyes a little higher, to a somewhat bigger neighborhood.
What does perhaps the most important COVID-19 data point show and say about the case for continuing Rhode Island’s lockdown?
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for October 19, included talk about:
- Raimondo’s new COVID proclamations
- Crime in Providence
- Protesters on the highway
- Who’s to blame in Pawtucket schools
- Who really owns the Apex property
- The legislative grant gravy train rolls one
The extraordinary powers by which Raimondo is governing Rhode Island are floating in this gray area between law and regulation on the one hand and suggestion on the other, and it’s about time lawsuits started.
Mark Zaccaria ponders the motivation of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza for pursuing a potentially illegal gun buyback program at this time.
Are local hospitals withholding life-saving measures and allowing some babies to die?
So far this year, this is what your state government has produced. If you want to talk about business as usual, well here it is.
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for October 13, included talk about:
- The anticlimax of the Jeff Britt trial
- The Bernie connection to local politics
- A name change for the state
- And the highest-profile BLM/Antifa activist, the local media has no interest in
RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity CEO Mike Stenhouse speaks with nationally renowned conservative Stephen Moore about economics, President Trump, and politics.
If we continue to accept the governor’s proclamations passively, or even with support, part of the blame for consequences falls on us for our silence.
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for October 7, included talk about:
- The petty sleaziness behind the Jeff Britt trial
- Taking stock in Congressional races
- A turning point in COVID dictatorship
From the other side of the millennium (and grunge), we’re fortunate that Eddie Van Halen’s era was one with audio and video recording so we can be reminded that it is possible to have moments of sheer enjoyment of our talents and others’.
Mark Zaccaria compares the ways in which RI government has managed the state, up to the possibility of a special election for debt while awaiting a federal bailout, and calls it what it is.
Justin Katz reports the (unfortunately) not Not Real News about “stable pods” at URI, reviews local conservative happenings in Rhode Island, and talks about the metonymic dogmatism of the Left.
It is now a fully settled cliché that the year 2020 is a sort of cosmic beacon for madness and chaos. Maybe yes… and maybe no.
For your “Yes, next question” file, consider the Newport Daily News headline, “Do school bus companies have a monopoly in R.I.?”
The danger of shifting definitions and moral commands will be clearer as the mob expands its circle of erasure, but the number of people remaining to come to each other’s defense shrink.
At each step, the imposition of new rules and technology seems minor and maybe justified, but eventually, the people find themselves tangled in a network of regulation and taxation.
Mark Zaccaria provides five steps you should consider as you figure out when (and how) to cast your vote in the Ocean State.
Putting aside whether we should care about the size of our labor force, it isn’t true that Rhode Island’s has been disproportionately affected by the aging population.
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for September 28, included talk about:
- Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung debates Mattiello
- Noticing which way the police were facing at the Trump rally
- The direction of RI pols on the Supreme Court
- Journalists discover the aggression of the “protesters”