I Did Not Speak Out, Because I Was Not Saje

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At the very least, Rhode Islanders should take note of the treatment of Saje Kitchen, if only so we can trace our fate back to its beginning, when there is no one left to speak for us.

First, Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo took to issuing proclamations that floated ambiguously in status between hard rules and unenforceable guidance.  Then, she imposed daily fines trying to force a business to follow her proclamations, which received a rubber stamp from a Superior Court judge whom Raimondo elevated to the Supreme Court days later.  Now, Providence police and licensing board appear to be imposing a punitive closure, perhaps indefinitely, on a business for defying the governor’s imposed New Years Eve curfew.

Recall that her executive orders are now being issued some 11 months after she grabbed enhanced power through an emergency provision of state law that is supposed to have a 30-day limit.

One can agree or disagree with the governor’s strategy for handling COVID-19, just as one could agree or disagree with socialists and trade unionists when the Nazis came for them, but we shouldn’t give over our civil rights in the bargain.

 

Featured image: Saje Kitchen during COVID-19 from the restaurant’s Instagram.



  • Rhett Hardwick

    There has been so much fake news surrounding Covid, I find conclusions difficult. However, I do fear this. As Americans become more accustomed to “emergency powers”, they will become more complacent. One also wonders whether the definition of “emergency” will be expanded. “Never let a good crisis go to waste”.

    • Justin Katz

      One must wonder. The ordinary flu is much more deadly to children than COVID-19. Why do we ever open schools fully ever?

      • Lou

        Are you providing this as an example of “fake news surrounding Covid”?

        It’s interesting you are quoting an anti-facist/anti-Nazi and and their support for “socialists and trade unionists”. You are aware of what Antifa stands for, right? And yet you continue to promote your fallacy that they are fascist. Gaslighting at its finest, Justin.

        • Rhett Hardwick

          “fake news surrounding Covid” No N95 masks, then millions found in a warehouse, first masks are necessary, then not useful, now useful again. New York hospitals to be overwhelmed, so a field hospital in Central Park, then a Navy Hospital ship, neither ever used. Deaths in motorcycle accidents attributed to Covid. The mind boggles.

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          • Lou

            Congratulations! The first step in acknowledging you are believer in fake news is finding a source that is transparent about it… “THE MOST RELIABLE SOURCE OF FAKE NEWS ON THE PLANET”. That’s a huge upgrade from the other sites you frequent that are more covert about it.

          • ShannonEntropy

            If I ever get sick I won’t be going to the hospital, that’s for sure. Wouldn’t want to get in the way of all the nurses doing their tik-tok dancing videos:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbapuhCq1nk

          • Lou

            Relax, it’s all a hoax designed to infringe on your “freedoms”. I recommend all “patriots” carry on as usual and leave precautions to the snowflakes.

          • Rhett Hardwick

            Listen to news with an open mind. We shut down the economy. We caused terrific damage. Now we need more authority to fix it.

          • Lou

            “We shut down the economy. We caused terrific damage”…Are you referring to the destructive, treasonous, seditious clowns that were on full display in the nation’s capital today?

          • Rhett Hardwick

            You must mean the “mostly peaceful” protestors in Washington. No, that is not who I had in mind.

          • Lou

            Yes, “mostly peaceful”…I’m sure that’s what they will be remembered as.