Social Distancing: De Blasio Wants New Yorkers to Snitch on Each Other
The coronavirus has really shown us which of our elected leaders fancy themselves petty tyrants, and which ones actually respect the fact that we live in a free country. From Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to New Jersey’s Phil Murphy, our nation’s blue states are rife with politicians who love this pandemic for giving them an opportunity to put the citizenry on a leash. And we’re not sure there’s anyone enjoying their little fiefdom more than New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Big Apple’s Big Socialist was slow to recognize the threat COVID-19 posed to the city, but boy, he’s right on top of it now. In fact, he’s so pumped about enforcing social distancing orders that he wants New Yorkers to start snitching on each other for violating the 6-foot rule.
In a video tweeted out on Saturday, de Blasio encouraged New Yorkers to snap a picture anytime they see people getting a little too close to each other.
“Now it is easier than ever,” he said, as if promoting a new product. “When you see a crowd, when you see a line that’s not distanced, when you see a supermarket that’s too crowded — anything — you can report it right away so we can get help there to fix the problem.”
De Blasio said that New Yorkers were largely following the social distancing guidelines, but he said that some people were going to need a special reminder.
“Thank you everyone who’s done it the right way, but we still know there’s some people who need to get the message,” he said. “And that means, sometimes, making sure the enforcement is there to educate people. Text the photo to 311-692 and action will ensue. It’s about saving lives. Sending that photo in is going to help make sure that people are kept apart, and that’s going to stop the disease from spreading. And that’s going to save lives.”
Man, only a few years ago people were trotting around their towns looking for Pokémon, and now they’re supposed to put their phones to work hunting the dreaded People Who Won’t Socially Distance? Things really do get worse with time, don’t they?
You know, it’s one thing if your neighbor keeps having fifty people over to his house to party throughout the pandemic, but barring something like that? Shame on you if you participate in de Blasio’s little snitch scheme. A national crisis like this is supposed to bring people together in solidarity. Maybe that doesn’t always happen, but we really don’t need elitist Democrats encouraging us to turn on each other.