'Get a Warrant!' NY Business Owners Defy Cuomo's COVID Edicts

P. Gardner Goldsmith | November 22, 2020
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Two years ago, I noted that Thanksgiving is a celebration of private property, that Plymouth Governor William Bradford explicitly noted the Pilgrims’ error in trying to institute communal “ownership,” that the error caused starvation and in-fighting, and that they established the first Thanksgiving as a way to thank God for showing them the wisdom of respecting private property rights.

Four hundred years later, it’s energizing to see how many Americans are rising up against collectivist politicians and their tax-stuffed bureaucratic hacksters to remind every person across the planet that the primacy of private property is sacred, and that the God-given attribute of free will is part of the equation.

Maki Becker confirms via Buffalonews.com what many Americans saw on video Friday, November 20: a group of heroic New York business people voluntarily associating on private property in defiance of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tyrannical COVID19 lockdown, mask, “gathering limits,” and curfew diktats, and that same group openly repelling an invasive government bureaucrat and “law enforcement” muscle.

Some might see this as just a video. Just a blip. It’s not. It’s part of a vast tapestry of defiance to government aggression, it’s historic, and its unbreakable threads connect our generations to those who preceded us, all the way back the days of the Old Testament.

Writes Becker:

A gathering of about 50 business owners and their supporters inside an Orchard Park gym shut down by Covid-19 restrictions turned into a confrontation with Erie County authorities Friday night.

“Authorities.” It’s important to note the emptiness of that term. No agent of any political state ever has had legitimate “authority” over any other man.

The owner of the gym, Athletes Unleashed on California Road, described the gathering as a protest of the state's ‘orange zone" regulations that have closed gyms, salons and other businesses deemed nonessential.’

“Nonessential.” Let’s linger on that false, politically-ascribed term and consider Ms. Becker’s (and/or her editor’s) assumed acceptance of it as valid. Their lack of any quotation marks around it has much deeper and darker implications than can be addressed here, but if one understands the importance of private property and market freedom to sustain life, one begins to get a sense of all the things that Andrew Cuomo has, by logical association, deemed “nonessential.”

Becker continues:

…(V)ideo of the incident shows an Erie County health inspector accompanied by three sheriff's deputies arriving about 20 minutes after the gathering began.

But the gym owner, Robby Dinero, and his friends had gotten together to protest, and they were ready to push back. With cameras recording the agents of the state, they repeatedly explained that the invaders were not invited, not welcomed, and they were trespassing on private property.

’I called this meeting together so we could protest the closing of small businesses, the handpicking of winners and losers,’ Dinero said.

After receiving absurd criticism from a law enforcement officer because the folks in the gym weren’t wearing their useless face diapers, the people who’d actually been invited to enter the private property (rather than the government hacks who invading it and could have infected people against their will) informed the invaders that they weren’t welcomed. In fact, Dinero and his friends chanted “GET OUT! GET OUT!”

Dinero, the owner of the California Road gym, told The Buffalo News Saturday that there was nothing illegal about the gathering at his gym on Friday.

Darn right.

And when he and others demanded to see judge-issued warrants from the “law enforcement” officers (really “statute enforcement”, because government statutes have nothing to do with Natural Law) the gang of invaders backed off like frightened dogs – something that likely would have made the Sons of Liberty very happy.

And Dinero and his guests were not done. Since the parking lot is also private property, they followed the deputies and the bureaucrat outside, capping off the video with one of their number shouting this perfectly appropriate and beautiful line:


Are you listening, Andrew?

Dinero informed Becker that he and his friends were on solid ground to push back. In fact, by doing so, he was bringing light to the hypocrisy of many Cuomo pals.

As a protest, Dinero said, the gathering was protected by law.

Dinero pointed out that authorities didn't try to stop Black Lives Matter protests over the summer or celebrations of Joe Biden's victory (sic) after the election. ‘It was no problem for people to come out then,’ he said.

Indeed, the COVID19 pathogen is, as David Icke has said, “the first ‘woke’ virus,” capable of infecting only those who gather for reasons disliked by the state, or those who gather after a certain time of the day.

And capable of avoiding political elites, who, once again, have been caught breaking their Democrat pal Cuomo’s edicts, this time at a huge house party in Brooklyn a few days ago.

As Mary Margaret Olohan reports for The Daily Caller Foundation and WND:

Elite New York Democrats attending a Brooklyn private party did not adhere to the state’s coronavirus restrictions, photographs show.

Hold on now. Where were the “health inspectors?”

The event was a private birthday party for Carl Scissura, who is the head of the New York Building Congress, a trade organization, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. Other attendees included former Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman Frank Seddio and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Ingrid Lewis-Martin, the publication reported.

Where were the Sheriff’s deputies?

Photographs of the event showed that very few people wore masks, though the party attendees stood in close proximity to one another as they chatted. One photograph showed both Seddio and Lewis-Martin chatting maskless.

How nice. Royalty.

“Rules for thee, and not for me.”

As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s time to rise-up and oppose this anti-human, unconstitutional hypocrisy. As I’ve noted previously, not only do Cuomo’s diktats on people like Dinero break most of the Bill of Rights, his closures and commands overtly break the Contract Clause of the US Constitution (Art One, Sec. Ten), which forbids state politicians from interfering with the fulfillment of private contracts.

It seems that Cuomo and his pals don’t recognize private contracts or privacy itself.

Unless it’s their own.