The following tale of events often is told as the tipping point that resulted in the French Revolution: When Queen Marie Antoinette was told that the people had no bread to eat, she replied “Let them eat cake”.
And there you have the tale of the events taking place today in the United States of America.
On August 20, 2021, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued Emergency Executive Order 226. The Order prohibits any person from entering any store to buy bread or anything else, without the person first “displaying proof of [COVID-19] vaccination and identification bearing the same identifying information as the proof of vaccination.” The Order exempts nonresident performing artists and professional athletes, because, well, you know why.
New Yorkers who remember Queen Marie Antoinette are told Order 226 is different. They’re told COVID-19 is a scourge that requires all people to sacrifice. Really?
A month earlier, de Blasio announced the “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” that would be held in Central Park on August 21, 2021 — the day after people were denied the right to buy bread. The list of professional artists who would celebrate New York City’s “homecoming” from the fear of COVIC-19 was an impressive A-List. An enormous crowd filled Central Park, standing shoulder-to-shoulder without face masks. People who were not allowed to buy bread could hear the music as they ate cake.
And this is the context. We are told that our children cannot attend school unless they wear face masks. We are told that requiring identification to vote is racist. We are told that we cannot buy bread or medicine, unless we inject our bodies with vaccines that the FDA has not approved.
Let them eat cake.