- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 12, 2020

Watch out. One of Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisory board members told CNN that Americans need to give up their Christmas parties in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Who died and made these political hacks the keeper of the constitutional rights?

Look, we know the coronavirus is harmful to health — fatal even to some. But we know, too, that the coronavirus is not a fraction as fatal or even harmful as what the political hacks say.

We know, for instance, that it’s mostly the elderly who die and the children who don’t, and that it’s ridiculous to crowd elderly into nursing homes but keep little kids home from school and call that sound scientific-based COVID-19 policy and protections. Yet that is what government has done.

But even if we didn’t know that — even if we were as ignorant as the day is long, and didn’t know a 70-year-old woman from a six-year-old first-grader — the fact is, in America, there’s still this thing called the Constitution. And as some really smart people have opined, the Constitution doesn’t get shredded even in times of national emergencies.

In other words: We still hold these truths to be self-evident, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights — and that all the coronavirus mitigating glories in the world don’t change the source of individual rights in this country.

It’s incumbent on government to prove the need to strip citizens’ of their rights. It’s not incumbent on free citizens to prove to government why they deserve to keep their rights.

“Don’t get together with neighbors. No Christmas parties,” said Michael Osterholm, one of Biden’s coronavirus task force members. “There is not a safe Christmas party in this country right now unless everybody for the previous 10-14 days were podded.”


Pod this. Pod it and then bite it. 

Maybe the pinheads who point fingers at Americans gathering for Christmas ought to turn their pinhead-y chastisements on the Democrats who keep getting outed for doing just what the pinheads say the rest of us can’t. Better yet, maybe these pinheads ought to keep quiet.

We know how to wash our hands, Washington.

We don’t need more tyrants coming for our rights, for our rights to choose, for our rights to self-regulate and run our own lives — for Christmas, in much the same way they came for Thanksgiving, in much the same way they came for Easter.

We don’t need to be told to stay off the streets, stay away from work, stay out of restaurants and movie theaters and churches and gyms and schools, and just stay in our “pods.”

We don’t need the hypocrisies of Democrats who dictate we stay in our “pods,” all the while they go to restaurants, and travel, and gather in groups, and party — the hypocrisies of Democrats who do all this without wearing the very face masks they order the rest of us wear.

We don’t need any more of this “I am zee law” tyranny. We are not a collective; America is not a collective.

We still hold our God-given individual rights to be self-evident.

And if the tyrants keep pushing, they’ll learn soon enough the ends to which individuals in this country will go to keep intact their God-given individual rights. Free Lives Matter, that’s a good slogan to start.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE.

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