It is corrosive to public trust when those in charge issue harsh rules for you and me but those making the rules can ignore them when they wish.
The corrosion will undercut our democracy, create more distrust of politicians than already exists, erode respect for public health officials, and eventually undermine compliance with all government rules not just the silly ones.
We do not want any of that to happen.
I sincerely hope governors, federal health officials, elected county officials, and everyone in the public health world will quickly realize the damage they are causing and change their ways fast.
Is it possible to shout my warning any louder?
Today’s illustration of flaming hypocrisy is from the governor of California.
As I was composing the previous post, this story broke, which is a postcard-perfect illustration of corrosive leadership.
11/13/20 – San Francisco Chronicle – Newsom attended French Laundry party with more households than California advises during pandemic – California guidelines prohibit private gatherings with more than three households.
Such gatherings may only be outside.
You may allow guests to use the bathroom if you sanitize it regularly.
In spite of these requirements, the governor of California and his wife attended a dinner on 11/6/20 with at least 12 people with more than three households present. Neither the people involved nor the restaurant will say how many people were present nor how many households were represented.