- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 14, 2021

Trying to determine what will be open and what will be closed over the next month or so is impossible.

The more things change since the COVID-19 pandemic, the more they stay the same.

With schools closed, and parents and caretakers out of work, everyone’s got plenty of free time — including ne’er-do-wells.

So a lot depends on what Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer do in the next few weeks and months. All four will be trying to placate young people, who have been moved to protest for the past couple of years and allowed to skip school in the name of free speech and civics lessons.

And when George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody, young adults were joined in their protests by older folks fondly remembering, via Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine, when protests were the Page 1 news and really big shows on the nightly news.

Today, it’s violence, too. Who zonked who on the head, stole somebody’s smartphone, tried to take a weapon on a plane or just fill in the blank.

The only thing law enforcers can do wrong these days is police and arrest.

Mrs. Pelosi, who’s second in line to become president, wants to fine lawmakers up to $10,000 who refuse to follow safety protocols at the Capitol. That way, federal authorities can keep track of lawmakers’ comings and goings.

Another American liberty bites the dust. All in the name of safety and security.

The true measure of this measure won’t be exposed until the House and Senate get their hands on new federal legislation, and that’ll be much sooner than you think, albeit post-Trump impeachment.

If lawmakers play the game, America will never be the same again.

As Mr. Schumer has said, “Now we take Georgia, then we change the world.”

Who does he mean by “we?”

⦁ Deborah Simmons can be contacted at dsimmons@washingtontimes.com.

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