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Coronavirus Releases Democrats' Inner Totalitarian

Hobby Lobby Closed
The coronavirus panic is offering proof of many conservative ideas, most of which will never be reported by the establishment media or debated in Congress. Perhaps the most important of these proofs is that Democrats cannot be trusted to run the economy or anything else.

It’s not that Democrats are uniquely incompetent, although many individual Democrat office holders, such as New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, New York City’s Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer, have proven themselves to be incapable of leading a corporal’s guard.

The real problem is that Democrats politicize everything.

Take for example the decision on what is or is not an “essential” or “non-essential” business.

Hobby Lobby, the craft, hobby and fabric chain owned by the prominent Evangelical Christian Green family initially resisted efforts to close their stores, saying the sale of fabric was essential. "We know our customers relied on us to provide essential products, including materials to make personal protective equipment, such as face masks, educational supplies for the countless parents who are now educating their children from home, and the thousands of small arts and crafts businesses who rely on us for supplies to make their products," the company said in a statement before detailing the safety efforts they implemented prior to being forced to close. "Over the past several weeks, we implemented several best practices to provide a safer shopping environment, including the installation of physical barriers between customers and cashiers, enhanced cleaning, and the enforcement of social distancing measures.”

A team enforcing a shelter-in-place order in Denver, Colorado, issued citations to Hobby Lobby stores. On April 1, a letter was sent to Green bearing the signature of Senior Assistant Attorney General W. Eric Kuhn that included this: "You are directed to immediately close all Hobby Lobby locations within the State of Colorado." Violations of the order are punishable by fines of up to $999 per citation.

This would be the same Democrat-run Colorado state government that continues to persecute Christian baker Jack Phillips, even after he won a victory for religious liberty in the US Supreme Court.

In Democrat-run St. Louis County, Missouri, 42 businesses were cited for defying stay-at-home order The businesses that do not comply with the warnings "risk losing their designation as a business in good standing and access to potential grants from the CARES Act, the $2 trillion relief package approved by Congress last week," St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said in a press release.

Among those businesses threatened were Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics It should surprise no one that no sooner did Democrats forced the closure of those businesses than the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggested a homemade mask, using materials sold by those now-closed businesses, was an important tool in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

However, businesses, such as Walmart, that sell the exact same kind of merchandise were allowed to stay open.  (Editors Note: Walmart spent over $6 million lobbying last year.)

In Michigan, Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered residents to stay home and businesses to only sell essential items. This order led Benton Township Police Chief Brian Smit to order Lowe's to stop selling non-essential items out of its store, including from the store's garden center.

Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered all “non-essential” retail businesses to close. Among the businesses that must close Beshear referenced directly: entertainment stores, sporting goods stores, clothing and shoe stores, bookstores, jewelry stores, florists, furniture stores and auto dealers.

With millions of children out of school and at home it would seem that the books and craft supplies necessary for them to continue their school lessons are more than essential, they are necessary and vital to getting families ready for a post-coronavirus return to something resembling normal.

Government letting the outfit with the $6 million lobbying operation stay open while closing the little guys, telling merchants what they can and can't sell, closing bookstores, prohibiting the sale of seeds and food plants? That's not America. But Democrats don’t see it that way. In their imagined socialist paradise, only the goods doled-out by the State are “essential,” so banning the sale of books or supplies that might help make one self-sufficient is a natural first step in narrowing that circle of liberty down to what the State deems to be life’s bare necessities.

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