After calling Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) a “moron” for opposing her mask mandate, then avoiding any accountability by invoking the word “science” as if calling on an HP Lovecraft “Elder God,” elderly House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has seen her call to police action put in print, and the details are astounding.
According to Pelosi’s diktat, the Capitol Police are to apply different standards for civilians and politicians. Yes, as unbelievable as it seems, the leftist Speaker has created a caste system such that both groups will be targets, but the civilian plebians will receive harsher punishments.
If a visitor or staff member fails to wear a mask after a request is made to do so, the visitor or staff shall be denied entry to the House Office Buildings or House-side of the U.S. Capitol. Any person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to an arrest for Unlawful Entry.
Because, of course, Pelosi can make up the law as she wishes.
On the other hand, elected politicians and bureaucrats who don’t don the magic face diapers are not to be arrested, but cops are to report them to the Sergeant At Arms:
Although this applies to Members of Congress, officers should not arrest any Member for failure to wear a mask or to comply with the mask mandate. Any Member who fails to comply with a request should be reported to the House Sergeant At Arms Office.
Such transgressors will, she plans, be fined $500 for each “offense.”
Which is curious, since the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow a member of either the House or Senate to arrest or prevent other members from entering the chambers to vote, and this fine is extra-judicial, applied without trial or accusation of a criminal offense.
The Founders considered the possibility that a Speaker might create arbitrary rules to exclude opponents, and wrote into Article One, Section Six, of the Constitution prohibitions against just this kind of thing.
And that’s something about which Kevin McCarthy seems vaguely aware. As quoted by Fox News, he said:
Make no mistake – The threat of bringing masks back is not a decision based on science, but a decision conjured up by liberal government officials who want to continue to live in a perpetual pandemic state.
And on her claim of “science,” McCarthy responded:
’Well, if she's so brilliant. Can she tell me where the science in the building changes between the House and the Senate?’ McCarthy said. ‘Can she explained to me when the CDC says only vaccinated people need to wear a mask in hotspots … [D.C. is] not with more than 86% of vaccination within here. Can she explain to me the less than 1% affected there. So it’s a lot of questions… if she knows so much science, explain to me where the science changes in the rotunda.’
And this so-called “science” isn’t science. Not only has the CDC flipped more on mask recommendations than a gymnast at the sad and poorly-watched 2020 Olympics, the CDC is political, not scientific. It is, by definition, a creation (and an unconstitutional one, at that) of the polis, and is, therefore, axiomatically political. Someone might want to mention that to the spotlight-hungry political peacocks in DC.
And, of course, even IF “the science” supported Pelosi’s belief that masks were important, both she and Congressman McCarthy are not sworn to abide by “the science,” but, instead, by the Constitution, so it would be a really nice treat if they might concentrate on the fact that Pelosi’s mandate isn’t sanctioned by the government-creating document they said they’d uphold and defend.
All one need do is read the constitutional rules the politicians swore to uphold, compare those to their diktats, statements, and jerry-rigged “rules,” and learn a lesson from it all.
The statute to which Pelosi refers when she tells the cops to “arrest” civilians for unlawful entry is sited on her new announcement as “§ 22–3302. Unlawful entry on property.”
That, in part claims:
(b) Any person who, without lawful authority, shall enter, or attempt to enter, any public building, or other property, or part of such building, or other property, against the will of the lawful occupant or of the person lawfully in charge thereof or his or her agent, or being therein or thereon, without lawful authority to remain therein or thereon shall refuse to quit the same on the demand of the lawful occupant, or of the person lawfully in charge thereof or his or her agent, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor…
So, is Pelosi “lawfully in charge thereof”? And does a D.C. code apply to the halls of Congress? What if there is a conflict between said city code and the U.S. Constitution?
If the House of Representatives purportedly is “The People’s House,” as Americans often are told, why can’t “the people” enter it based on their own peaceful choices of apparel? How is it that such a “house” can’t be managed without argument and disagreement and anger?
The Pelosi Police in the House might abide by her commands, or they might question the constitutionality and wisdom of them, even as more and more Republicans announce they will not obey. But the fact that millions of Americans will jaw at each other over this indicates the deeper problem of tax-funded places, and the lesson we can draw from it, which is to keep that kind of public battle to a minimum, by reducing the number of public, government-run, places.
“The Science” of morality says so, Nancy.