A Letter To All Jewish Institutions Still Complying With COVID Rules

 Originally published January 12, 2021

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/5854-a-letter-to-all-jewish-institutions-still-complying-with-covid-rules

It’s time to put an end to this.  No more masking our children.  No more quarantining a whole class when there’s a positive test.  No more demands to vaccinate.  No more bans on parents entering the buildings.  If it wasn’t done in 2019, it should not be done in 2022.

Seriously, enough is enough.  Schools, shuls, and everything in-between need to stop taking the rules placed by petty tyrants in Albany, Washington, and beyond seriously.  They certainly don’t take themselves seriously.  How many examples do we need to see of Democrats partying in the free state of Florida before we say enough?  How many Democrats get to go clubbing, or to a concert, or a restaurant without social distancing or masking before the plebeians demand equal treatment?  

It’s been revealed this week what many who consume non-legacy media have known for over a year now: Nearly everything the CDC, Department of Health, and other institutions have said has been a lie.  This is not hyperbole. Elle Reynolds, writing for the Federalist, sums it up perfectly: “The COVID bureaucracy has spent two years now preaching lies, censoring anyone who challenges the lies, and eventually coming around to admit the same truths they previously denounced.” Three of those lies were openly admitted by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky alone.

First, she told Good Morning America, “the overwhelming number of deaths, over 75 percent, occurred in people who had at least four comorbidities.” That is an astonishing admission.  That means that unless you have multiplecomorbidities, you never had to seriously fear this virus.  How many trips were canceled, confrontations had, or missed opportunities did every single person have because we did not properly manage COVID?

Don’t blame this on ignorance.  That argument could have worked in 2020, maybe even a few months into 2021.  But the job of everyone who institutes public policy is to figure out what works, not double down on what doesn’t.  All anyone needed to do was look over at Sweden to figure out what’s been working for them the entire time, which was to protect the elderly and let everyone else live their lives.  In terms of deaths per million population, Sweden ranks 57th (according to Worldometers), just below Austria.  Austria has some of the strictest lockdown measures in the world.  

Second, Dr. Walensky told Fox News’ Bret Baier that the “data will be forthcoming” when asked how many people have died from COVID as opposed to with COVID.  This should be the number one distinction when discussing COVID deaths.  Dying from COVID is a big deal.  Dying with COVID is a coincidence.  

How far off could the numbers be?  Consider that the “official” death toll from the CDC (at the time of this writing) is 835,302.  That is the largest official number in the world by a fairly wide margin.  In the most literal sense of the word, it’s unbelievable.  Now take into consideration the information provided by the New York State Department of Health last Friday.  An astonishing 43% of statewide hospitalizations are with COVID, meaning that they came to the hospital for a different reason, were given a COVID test, and the results were positive.  Within that statewide statistic, an unbelievable 51% of New York City COVID hospitalizations were with COVID, not from COVID.  Let’s say that statistic holds true, the true COVID fatalities in the United States is far lower than the much ballyhooed 835,000 statistic.

The third admission from Walensky came last August, but is getting re-circulated after this weekend’s revelations.  She told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “Our vaccines are working exceptionally well … but what they can’t do anymore is prevent transmission.”  Vaccines do not prevent transmission.  This is from August, four months before Omicron.  It doesn’t matter where you are in the nation – in a high or low vaccination area – the vaccines are useless against Omicron. 

In fact, calling them “vaccines” seems to be misinformation.  They are a preventative therapeutic. If you are vaccinated, then when (not if) you get COVID, you have already taken medicine you need to fight off the virus.  If you are not vaccinated, then you can take other medicines at that point.  It’s that simple.

So not only is COVID not as deadly as we thought, it doesn’t seriously affect as many people as we thought, and the vaccine doesn’t prevent transmission like we thought, all the false idols around this pandemic are being smashed.  That just leaves the largest one of all: masks.

The science around masking is practically non-existent.  The CDC’s own page on the subject reads like a propaganda pamphlet, with “evidence” that is laughable to anyone even mildly familiar with the subject. That being said, even if you take the CDC at their word (which is a vanishingly small number of people), their latest information was published in the beginning of December, which doesn’t take Omicron into account.  Lab tests show Omicron to be 70 times more transmissible than Delta.  A glance at any map of cases in the United States will show that regardless of mask mandate or not, Omicron has gotten through.  Nothing can be done to stop it. 

So this open letter is aimed at two audiences.  First, the powers-that-be in the Jewish institutions where our children are sent and our prayers are made: Stop it.  If you have vaccine demands or mask requirements, end them now.  They are useless.  You might as well erect a statue of Dr. Anthony Fauci and pray to it for all the good it’ll do.  Second, to the parents of the students and the members of the synagogues: Demand action from your leaders. Don’t thank them for taking harsh measures because “they’re doing what they feel is best.”  Demand they behave rationally and lead normally.  We owe it to ourselves and our children.  

Enough is enough.  Beating this pandemic is impossible.  Learn to live with it.  Make 2022 the year we said “no” to the fear, paranoia, hypochondria, and lies that have overwhelmed our society for far too long.  Go back to normal.  Now.


Moshe Hill is a political columnist and Senior Fellow at Amariah, an America First Zionist organization. Moshe has a weekly column in the Queens Jewish Link, and has been published in Daily Wire, CNS News, and other outlets.  You can follow Moshe on his blog www.aHillwithaView.com, facebook.com/aHillwithaView, and twitter.com/HillWithView.  

One Year Since A Tragic Mistake

 Originally published January 5, 2021

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/5809-one-year-since-a-tragic-mistake

Georgia Senate candidates

A year ago, Republicans allowed themselves to fall prey to a short-sighted and false narrative that caused large numbers of them to do something that they, and many people around the country, regret.  The nation has paid a heavy price for the failures of these few, and the repercussions of that decision will be felt for years to come.  I am referring, of course, to January 5.

No, that’s not a typo.  January 5 was the day of the Georgia special election where two Democrats won when they shouldn’t have, and the balance of power in Congress shifted to the Left for the first time in a decade.  

Sure, everyone in the Democrat-run media will ceaselessly discuss the events of the following day, January 6, the day when cosplay morons who should have gone to Comic-Con ended up in the U.S. Capitol. There are enough strange stories, video footage, and eye-witness testimony about the events that led up to that moment to make a 9/11 truther blush, but the fact remains that the results of that day have been so wildly overexaggerated that it’s hard to take any media outlet or politician who discusses it seriously.

What happened on and after January 6?  Well, most tragically, a young woman named Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer.  Many horrific images were revealed of smashed windows and an evacuated Congress.  That’s about it.  After a few hours, business went back to normal, and the Republican-led Senate with a Republican Vice President certified the election for Joe Biden.  That’s the end of the story.

Don’t tell that to the media.  CNN has wall-to-wall coverage of January 6. The Washington Post tasked three writers to pen the article, “Fear, anger and trauma: How the Jan. 6 attack changed Congress.”  The NY Times Editorial Board wrote the op-ed, “Every Day Is January 6 Now.” And the Democrats, after spending a year wailing and gnashing their teeth over what amounted to a nice day in urban Chicago, planned a full day commemorating how they had to leave a building and come back into it, like children at a fire drill.  

Comparatively, what happened on and after January 5? On January 5, a large number of Republican voters were so turned off by what they perceived to be a rigged electoral system (and the definition of the word “rigged” is still up for debate in this context) that they refused to vote.  What’s worse, the loser of that election, then-President Donald Trump, used his extraordinary influence to advocate that his voters should stay home in some form of strange protest.  This was, without a doubt, a very foolish, selfish, and costly decision.

After January 5, Democrats, with Vice President Kamala Harris, held a 51-50 Majority in the Senate, making Chuck Schumer the Majority Leader.  The Democrats achieved the trifecta: the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.  They wielded that power to the detriment of Americans, passing an unnecessary $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus package which handcuffed what should have been a booming economy, and passed an infrastructure bill so packed with pork it looks like the Porky Pig ride at a Looney Tunes theme park.  

The Senate also confirmed hundreds of Biden’s nominees, including dozens of judges, some with lifetime appointments.  Like Joe Biden himself, these picks are wolves in sheep’s clothing, seemingly moderate on the outside yet far leftist radicals underneath.  Among the most controversial picks are a judge who thinks that proof of citizenship is voter suppression, a Treasury nominee who said that private bank deposits shouldn’t exist, and a Department of Education nominee who did not support the right to presumption of innocence.  Those may have been radical enough for even the moderate Democrats like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to reject, but there are dozens more that weren’t.  Had the Republicans retained control of the Senate, the landscape of American politics would have been vastly different.

There is a lesson that Republicans – and people – must learn from this disastrous failure.  Don’t let a past outcome, regardless of how unfair you believe it might be, affect your efforts in the future.  Just because the referee made a bad call in the first quarter doesn’t mean you stop playing in the fourth.  It is up to every voter to show up every time, even if you think the odds are stacked against you.  Change can happen that way, and even if it doesn’t this time, there’s always another election.  

See you at the polls.

Can New York Still Be Considered A Free State?

 Originally published December 29, 2021

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/5768-can-new-york-still-be-considered-a-free-state

New York state Assembly members meet in the Assembly Chamber

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

– Ronald Regan

This is the direction New York is heading in.  Freedom, while not yet extinct, can certainly be classified as endangered under Governor Kathy Hochul.  It didn’t even take a generation – just a couple of years of constant fear-mongering and claims that the government can accomplish something it clearly cannot.

This week, Hochul signed a series of Executive Orders that removes the ability for local Representatives to speak out on behalf of their constituents.  Hochul’s rise to power may explain why she cares so little about the needs of the common New Yorker. 

Hochul gained a seat in the House of Representatives in an extremely Republican district because her predecessor was embroiled in a scandal (sound familiar?). Like Doug Jones in Alabama, who won a Senate seat because of the Roy Moore controversies, she was ousted by a Republican challenger at the first opportunity.

Her unlikely win gave her some credibility in Democratic circles, and she was selected to run on Andrew Cuomo’s ticket because she checked the boxes of being a woman and someone Republicans could vote for, two important boxes for Cuomo.  Cuomo’s resignation gave Hochul enormous – and undeserved – power.  Voters did not choose her; she stumbled into her position.

Yet with her position she is radically and fundamentally shifting what freedom and representation mean in the state of New York.  Once upon a time, being a New Yorker meant that you were tough, that no one could get in your way.  Now, being a New Yorker means that you are compliant and unwilling to fight for yourself.

Hochul has created crisis after crisis with her incompetent governance, and keeps digging the hole deeper.  In September, she mandated vaccinations for healthcare workers. Bear in mind, these frontline heroes were working throughout the pandemic when most New Yorkers were working from home (at least those New Yorkers who didn’t lose their jobs because of forced government shutdowns).  Many of those who chose not to get the vaccine had natural immunity from getting the virus earlier.  Everyone knew that if you fire thousands of healthcare workers, the inevitable winter wave would overwhelm the hospital system.

Hochul didn’t care, and she fired them anyway.  As of October, around 34,000 employees were furloughed or fired.  Now, in December, the Omicron surge is upon us.  Despite the fact that Omicron is not nearly as deadly as previous strains, the labor shortages combined with COVID panic spread by the Biden administration, Hochul, and the media are causing hospitals to get strained once again.  In Vermont, for example, the hospitals are filled with the asymptomatic because people are listening to their leaders and panicking. 

Hochul signed an executive order mandating that healthcare workers who are COVID-positive should only quarantine for 7 days instead of the previous 10.  There is no science behind this.  It is merely a political tool used to clean up her own mess.  She knows that everyone is going to be positive because of how widespread Omicron is (and how little the vaccines do).  The CDC did the same thing days later when they decided to recommend 5 days instead of 10 as well.  No study or data was provided to support the change from a medical point of view.  It’s all political.

Another Executive Order that Hochul signed extends the Disaster Emergency assessment until January 25, 2022.  As Jon Campbell, who covers Hochul’s office for WNYC and Gothamist pointed out, this “will allow the Senate and Assembly to meet remotely when the legislative session begins” on January 5.

While this seems inconsequential, it’s not.  Assemblyman Ed Ra tweeted, “Remote sessions became an easy excuse to restrict and exclude public participation during the past 18 months at all levels of government. It’s also curious when an executive who travels the state daily tells the elected legislature please don’t come to Albany, it’s unsafe…There is no replacing the dialogue that occurs in Albany both between legislators and legislators and the public. It leads to people’s voices being heard and solutions being developed. This will only further empower the executive and we already saw what that looks like.”

In New York, under Hochul, and Cuomo before her, the voice of the people of New York has been greatly diminished.  There is a way for New Yorkers to get their voice back, and 2022 will yield many opportunities to do so.  This will only occur if New York has the will to make it occur.  Hopefully, by then, it won’t be too late.

How Far Is Albany Going To Go?

Originally published December 22, 2021

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/5723-how-far-is-albany-going-to-go

New York Will Require Masks for Everyone in Schools, Says Gov. Kathy Hochul

The state-imposed nightmare that New Yorkers have been living under is continuing, as Governor Kathy Hochul and her comrades continue to enact greater and greater impositions and decrees on the people who elected her predecessor.  This is not a national issue; rather it’s a local one, as states with Republican governors do not have to fear the authoritarian overreach of their ruling class. After forced masking and vaccination, the question New Yorkers must ask is: How far will they go?

Assembly Bill A416 was introduced last January, and has recently been removed from the legislative docket from its sponsor.  It seems that even New York Democrats aren’t insane enough to pass it, but it gives us a glimpse into the thought process of the most extreme wing of the Legislature.  

The Bill, four pages in length, gives the Governor of New York the authority to detain anyone considered a public health risk. From the bill:

“Upon determining by clear and convincing evidence that the health of others is or may be endangered by a case, contact or carrier, or suspected case, contact or carrier of a contagious disease that, in the opinion of the governor, after consultation with the commissioner, may pose an imminent and significant threat to the public health resulting in severe morbidity or high mortality, the governor or his or her delegee, including, but not limited to the commissioner or the heads of local health departments, may order the removal and/or detention of such a person or of a group of such persons by issuing a single order, identifying such persons either by name or by a reasonably specific description of the individuals or group being detained. Such person or group of persons shall be detained in a medical facility or other appropriate facility or premises designated by the governor or his or her delegee…”

Nowhere in the bill are the phrases “imminent and significant threat,” “severe morbidity,” or “high mortality” defined.  That means that those phrases are subject to the determination of the Governor or her/his delegee.  

There’s more.  They can hold you for three days before they must grant you a request to appeal.  Once you request, they have five days to answer.  They can hold you for 30 days with a court order.  If you are detained for 60 days without a court order, they must release you, but there are no consequences for you being detained against your will.

They can detain you if you are a confirmed carrier or a suspected carrier, which means that they can take any member of your household, including children.  Remember the cries over illegal immigrant families being separated because they committed a crime?  Well, New York wants to detain their citizens for being sick.  They can administer any medical procedure they want with a court order.  Who will be asking for these court orders?  Who will be granting them?  Are there due process rights for the accused? 

If you are reading this and thinking, “Well, they’re doing what they think is best for people,” you are part of the problem.  Removing all aspects of freedom and choice “for the greater good” is what tyrannical governments have been doing for centuries.  

A416, which is already in the trash, is not the only bill that the Democrats are looking to pass in the coming year.  There’s A8378, which mandates COVID vaccinations to attend any school, even private ones, for any child 2 months and older. (The FDA hasn’t even approved the vaccine for children under 5.) There’s A279a, which requires healthcare providers to enter their patients’ vaccination status into a government database.  There’s A7829, which forces vaccinations for all college students.  There’s A8398, which eliminates religious exemptions. There’s A3091, which eliminates parental consent for vaccination for children 14 and older.

Assemblyman Patrick Burke announced on social media in November that he was planning on introducing a bill that “allows insurance providers to deny coverage for COVID related treatment to those who refuse to be vaccinated.”  Burke, of course, has previously been a proponent of socialized healthcare and claimed that healthcare is a human right. When this was pointed out, the irony was lost on his and his comrades. 

This is tyrannical fascistic behavior, pure and simple.  We have become so re-normalized to such authoritarian action by the Democrats in Albany and Washington that something like this may not shock anymore.  But this is shocking.  

The State Legislature is one thing; they at least have some form of gridlock that will prevent some, if not all, of these measures.  The Governor’s office is another problem entirely.  When Governor Hochul announce her latest restrictive measures, many New York counties said they would not enforce her mandates.  Hochul announced this week that she will provide $65 million to counties to help them enforce the mandate.  She’s using taxpayer money to hire the Gestapo.   

This is already occurring in some form in Western Democracies like Australia, Germany, Austria, and other European countries. It is not far-fetched to believe that states like California, Oregon, and New York would consider forceful measures to deal with a noncompliant citizenry.

As we enter 2022, New Yorkers need to ask themselves two questions.  First: Does the government have the ability to eradicate this virus?  The answer, according to numerous health officials including Dr. Anthony Fauci, is no.  This is an endemic that will hit you regardless of masking or vaccination status.  It’s a two-foot fence trying to contain a six-foot horse. It can jump over at any point.  Given that, the second question is: Are they going to admit that they cannot eradicate the virus and learn to manage it?

Managing the virus means letting people go back to their lives.  It means no more worrying about case counts; rather, deal with severe illness.  It means no mandates, no masks for children, no stopping people on buses and trains.  It means no more villainizing the unvaccinated; rather, let them make their own decisions, for better or worse.  

The current administration will not do that.  They love the power this virus gives them too much.  New Yorkers must keep that in the forefront of their mind if they decide to continue with this insanity or if they truly want to get back to normal.  We are at an inflection point in our nation’s history, and what we do now will have ramifications for generations to come.  Willfully giving up our freedom to choose for ourselves out of fear is also taking away that freedom from our children and grandchildren.  Because once it’s gone, it’s not coming back.  


The Democrats’ G-d Complex

 Originally published December 15, 2021

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/5674-the-democrats-g-d-complex

Obviously, Governor Kathy Hochul doesn’t read the Queens Jewish Link, because she just doubled down on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s garbage policy.  Until January 15, 2022, all businesses must require everyone to wear a mask while indoors unless they have a vaccine mandate. Putting aside the insanity of this policy, it actually shines a light on Democrats’ mentality: They think they (and government in general) have G-d-like powers to control anything they want.  

COVID is the epitome of this thought process.  As Joe Biden famously said in October 2020: “I’m going to shut down the virus, not the country.”  Fourteen months later, the opposite came true: The economy is in shambles, with inflation at its highest point in almost 40 years, and the number of people who have died of COVID is greater under Biden than it was under Trump.

This is because, despite his saying to the contrary, Biden cannot “shut down” the virus. He can barely convince people to get a vaccine that is proven to substantially lower hospitalization and death. This isn’t because of Trump supporters or Fox News; it’s because he has completely destroyed any semblance of credibility the government had left. For those who scoff at the notion it’s not Trump’s fault for low vaccine rates, check the statistics in other Western countries or blue states.  Similar numbers exist everywhere, and if you insist on blaming Trump, you ascribe the same G-d-like powers to him that Democrats do to themselves.  

Instead of opening up the country, letting people make their own healthcare choices, and getting “back to normal,” Democrats like Biden and Hochul have resorted to threats and insults. Back in September, Biden said he’s “losing patience” with the unvaccinated. Hochul places blame for her policies directly on the unvaccinated. “I want to thank the more than 80 percent of adult New Yorkers who have done the right thing to get fully vaccinated,” she said. “If others will follow suit, these measures will no longer be necessary.” The unvaccinated, in short, are the enemy.

This is a blatant lie. Even if the vaccination rate in New York were 100%, there would still be a case spike, because this is the nature of the disease, and Hochul would be demanding boosters, and then blame the case spike on the unboosted population.  They have played this game throughout the pandemic, because they know that a large percentage of the population (if not a majority) will comply with whatever edict they impose.

It’s all a part of the Democrats’ G-d complex.  The efficacy of masks or viral transmission among the vaccinated is irrelevant; the science and data itself is irrelevant.  The only relevant factor in their decision-making is power.  If the government imposes more of its power on the individual, then the policy is good. Otherwise, the policy is bad.

This is why the media endlessly disparaged Governor Ron DeSantis when he refused to use the power of his office to impose restrictions on his citizens when Florida had a spike over the summer.  He wasn’t “doing enough,” even though what he was doing was making a responsible decision for his state based on multiple factors – something every leader should do.  When states with Democratic governors have spikes, like we currently see in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and Maine, the media doesn’t care.  That’s because they’re taking away the freedoms of their citizens, which is the “right” thing to do.

For years, the media and Democrats have given G-d-like powers to the government. Another consistent example of this occurs during extreme weather events, like the one this past weekend in Kentucky and other states.  The immediate and obvious reaction from the Democrats is to blame climate change, and to blame GOP Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.  “All I know is that the intensity of the weather across the board has some impacts as a consequence of the warming of the planet and climate change,” Biden said without evidence. “The specific impact on these specific storms, I can’t say at this point.”

“Sorry Kentucky,” former writer for “Late Night with David Letterman” Noel Scovell tweeted. “Maybe if your 2 senators hadn’t spent decades blocking legislation to reduce climate change, you wouldn’t be suffering from climate disasters. If it’s any consolation, McConnell and Rand have [expletive] over all of us, too.”  Scovell later deleted the tweet, but the idea is ingrained within the liberal mindset that government can fix everything.  This is how they approach housing, gun crime, and nearly every aspect of American life.  More government will fix all the problems. 

According to Democrats, government is G-d.

This has never been proven to be true. Government, despites its intentions, usually ruins anything it tries to fix (with some notable exceptions).  Compare Hochul’s mandates with a tweet by one of her Republican challengers for governor, Congressman Lee Zeldin.  “I reject the liberal groupthink that COVID leadership right now is to instill fear & panic about Omicron, punish the unvaccinated, mask everyone back up again, discard & disrespect freedom, segregate society, & focus less on development & distribution of treatment options.”

Now that Attorney General Letitia James has dropped out of the governor’s race, the Democratic nominee will likely be Hochul. So if New Yorkers view the government as G-d, then they’ll elect her, because they think she can perform miracles. However, if New Yorkers finally begin to see that everything the government touches turns to lead instead of gold, they’ll change course and elect someone who will get out of their way. 

Garbage Mayor Ends Garbage Term With Garbage Policy

 Originally published December 8, 2021

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/5629-garbage-mayor-ends-garbage-term-with-garbage-policy

Lame duck Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a truly immoral and anti-scientific policy this week, and if the world has any common sense left, it will be ignored until it’s stopped in court. His exit from the Mayor’s Office cannot come fast enough.

This is, of course, his new vaccine mandate, which not only infringes on the bodily autonomy of New Yorkers (something that de Blasio himself considers a constitutional right regarding abortion), but it will cause immense harm to businesses and workers in his city, especially those in the racial minorities that he claims to care deeply about.

The mandate announced by de Blasio orders all private businesses in the city to force their employees to take two doses of the COVID vaccine. Unlike President Biden’s Executive Order, which was stopped by the courts, this is allbusinesses, regardless of number of employees. This affects over 180,000 businesses of every size in the city. Additionally, to enter a restaurant, movie theater, or other entertainment establishment, children as young as five years old must be vaccinated.

Not too long ago, the immorality of this action would be self-evident, but these are not normal times. First, despite what Merriam-Webster’s dictionary says, being anti-mandate does not mean you are anti-vaccine. (Yes, the dictionary changed the definition of “anti-vaxxer” to be “a person who opposes the use of vaccines or regulations mandating vaccination. Orwell’s worst nightmare comes to life.) As the Daily Wire’s Jeremy Boreing said when Joe Biden issued his Executive Order, “I’m very pro-vaccine. In fact, if I were a dictator, I would force everyone in the country to take the vaccine. But I’m not a dictator, and neither is Joe Biden.” Well, neither is Bill de Blasio.

Second, it is immoral to put this burden on business owners, who have already suffered under the tyranny that de Blasio and many others imposed on their cities and states under the guise of “safety.” De Blasio does not have the resources to enforce this edict, so he forcefully deputizes business owners, without compensation, to enforce his mandate for him, under threat of government fines (or worse). This is while there’s a massive labor shortage, a supply chain crisis, and a crime wave all severely affecting any business’ ability to operate effectively.

Additionally, this makes no medical sense. All indications from the Delta variant (and now the Omicron variant) are that vaccinated individuals spread COVID at similar rates as unvaccinated individuals. The vaccines, while incredibly effective at preventing hospitalization and death from COVID, seem to be less effective at stopping the contraction of COVID than originally believed. Even if COVID is contracted, the therapeutics that are available now are incredibly effective as well, lowering the risks posed by COVID even further.

Then there’s the child aspect of this mandate. According to CDC data updated at the end of November, in the entirety of the pandemic, across the entire country, 200 children between the ages of 5 and 14 have died from COVID. In that same time period, 334 died of pneumonia. According to data from Johns Hopkins, the vast majority of those cases there were severe comorbidities. The number of children under 18 who died from COVID without comorbidities is between 10 and 20. In a group of 75 million.

De Blasio is demanding they get a vaccine that there is no existing longitudinal data for a disease that doesn’t affect them. That is the epitome of immoral and anti-scientific thinking.

To top it all off, this all goes into effect four days before he leaves office.

Honestly, why should de Blasio start doing the smart and moral thing at this stage of his career? He’s spent eight years destroying the city that elected him; he might as well burn it on his way out.

Let’s start with the homeless issue in the city. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, “The number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping each night in municipal shelters is now 18 percent higher than it was ten years ago. The number of homeless single adults is 97 percent higher than it was ten years ago.” De Blasio has been mayor for eight of those years. In that time, he has helmed the decriminalization of many crimes that has led to this sharp increase.

De Blasio also blew out the budget of the city. According to City Journal, “New York’s balance sheet will look very different from the one that de Blasio constructed during his mayoralty. From his first day in office through his actual 2020 budget, the mayor boosted spending some $25 billion, a growth rate of 34 percent. (Inflation during those years amounted to 9 percent.)” He expanded government employees by over 11% and is facing a major budget crisis as wealthy people and businesses leave in droves.

De Blasio is used to people leaving in droves, though, as the public school system has seen a large drop of admissions during his tenure. He put forward a process to demolish the Gifted and Talented programs, which will harm both the gifted students in New York City Public Schools and students who require more attention.

De Blasio destroyed the NYPD, metaphorically turning his backs on officers so often that they literally turned their backs on him. Police officers have been attacked, sprayed with water hoses, cursed at, disrespected, and shot. De Blasio answered the Left’s call to Defund the Police, stripping their budget of a billion dollars. Retirement among NYPD officers increased 72% over the previous year.

De Blasio declared war on motorists, installing red light and speed cameras in record numbers around the city. Millions of tickets were issued automatically. This was all done in the name of “safety,” yet traffic deaths have not decreased. Even The New York Times criticized de Blasio on this, with an October column entitled “De Blasio Vowed to Make City Streets Safer. They’ve Turned More Deadly.” Traffic deaths are higher than they’ve been in a decade. All de Blasio does with his cameras is create a new revenue stream for the city.

And while de Blasio painted “Black Lives Matter” on the street with Al Sharpton, he certainly doesn’t show that he cares about Black lives. All of his policies, from COVID to schools to police, always affect the poorest first. In New York, the median household income for a Black family is $42,600, and for a Hispanic family is $37,500, compared with the citywide average $55,200. So the people who vote him in, whose lives he claims to put a premium on more than anyone else’s, are the victims of his policies.

Good riddance, Bill de Blasio. You will be remembered as one of the worst mayors in the history of this great city. If Eric Adams has any common sense at all, he would do the opposite of everything you’ve done. When you announce your run for Governor of New York, make sure you record the reaction. People will pay big money to hear eight million people laughing at you. Goodbye, Bill de Blasio. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.


Do Socialists Recognize The Right For Israel To Exist?

 Originally published December 8, 2021

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/5603-do-socialists-recognize-the-right-for-israel-to-exist

Congressman Jamaal Bowman is under fire from the Democratic Socialists of America. His great crime? He went to Israel and visited with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. The reaction from the extreme Left over this seemingly normal act opens up the question: Is the American Socialist movement competing with regimes like Iran in seeking the total annihilation of Israel?

Bowman is no great lover of Israel. He is from the same mold as fellow New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and is part of the same “Squad” that consistently attacks Israel – both in the media and on the floor of the House of Representatives. He, along with Black Lives Matter activist-turned-Congresswoman Cori Bush, joined AOC, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley, and Rashida Tlaib among “the Squad” upon his election in 2020.

Bowman primaried and defeated longtime Representative Eliot Engel, one of the strongest supporters of Israel in the Democratic Party. Bowman would openly call for the end of the “occupation” of the Palestinian people by Israel and would refer to Israel as a “far-right authoritarian” government. While not going so far as to endorse the BDS movement, he affirmed Americans’ right to boycott.

Bowman is also a member in good standing of the Democratic Socialists of America, one of only four in Congress. Unlike Bowman, the DSA makes its positions on Israel and the BDS movement very clear. During their 2017 national convention, the DSA refused to even allow “a substantive, structured and transparent debate within the organization” over whether or not to endorse BDS. The motion to support BDS “passed heavily” and was immediately followed with a loud chorus of “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free.” DSA members openly advocate for the genocide of the Jewish people.

Bowman has been upsetting the DSA since his election. Representing a district that is 11% Jewish, he broke with the rest of the “Squad” and voted for Iron Dome funding. He then had the audacity to take up J Street’s offer for a trip to Israel to meet PM Bennett. J Street is no right-wing organization by any stretch of the imagination, yet the anti-Israel lobby group that poses as a pro-Israel lobby group was too “Zionistic” for the DSA.

The DSA debated how to punish Bowman, weighing the decision to expel him from their ranks. In their Twitter thread about the issues, the DSA wrote, “Following his egregious Iron Dome vote, the Congressman met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on his recent trip to Israel with J Street. The NPC strongly condemns these actions by Congressman Jamaal Bowman. There is no excuse for Rep. Bowman’s decisions.”

The “egregious” vote the DSA was referring to was to fund the Iron Dome after it greatly depleted its stock of defensive batteries when tens of thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza into civilian populations this past May. Iron Dome is a missile defense system; it does not attack. Were it not for Iron Dome, an untold number of Israeli men, women, and children would have been hurt and killed. Not only that, but Israeli casualties in those numbers would have forced the Israeli government to invade Gaza, which would have killed many more Palestinians. The DSA does not care about Palestinian lives; they only seek to end Jewish lives. Israel, to the DSA, has no right to exist. It must be Palestine, a true apartheid state where no Jew is allowed, “from the river to the sea.”

The DSA statement deciding to not expel Bowman is enlightening on how they feel Bowman will support their cause going forward. “We recognize the threat that Bowman and other members of the “Squad” pose to the Zionist lobby and the important role DSA can play with them in advancing Palestinian rights and anti-imperialist struggle at the federal level. Already, we have seen considerable movement from Representative Bowman and his office, and a marked demonstration of interest in both accountability, and collaboration on an effective and strategic path forward to advance the Palestinian cause through progressive struggle on the congressional terrain…Bowman could play a vital role in the fight for Palestinian liberation by linking it to liberation movements closer to home.”

Morton Klein, the President of the Zionist Organization of America, appeared on Newsmax’s “Wake Up, America,” proposing a different tactic. As long as he remains a Democratic Socialist, Bowman is certainly a danger to the bipartisan support that Israel deserves in Congress. The socialist wing of the Democratic Party grows stronger every year. It is incumbent on his constituents, both Jewish and not, to demand that he leave the organization. As long as he’s willing to display “considerable movement” for them, they will gain and grow. If he leaves the organization over their actions against him, that would go a long way in showing that he truly wants peace in the region.

Should We Fear Omicron?

 Originally published December 1, 2021

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/5583-should-we-fear-omicron

“Looking at the mildness of the symptoms that we are seeing, currently there is no reason for panicking as we don’t see severely ill patients.  I also checked with the hospital, some of the hospitals in my area, and one of the biggest hospitals only has one patient currently that’s COVID-positive on a ventilator, and they don’t know if it’s Delta or if it’s Omicron.  We acknowledge that it might change going forward, but the hype that’s been created currently out there in the media and worldwide doesn’t correlate with the clinical picture and doesn’t warrant to just cut us off from any traveling and ban South Africa as if we are the villains in the whole process.  It should not be like that.”

This is what Dr. Angelique Coetzee, one of the first to suspect that South Africans were dealing with a new strain of COVID, told Reuters.  Coetzee, a private practitioner and chair of South African Medical Association, gave an interview this week where she clearly and definitively laid out what she’s seeing on the ground from Omicron. So far, she has the most up-to-date information that she is sharing with American and European health officials. 

Like nearly all aspects of COVID, there’s what the data and science says and what the bureaucrats, media, and politicians say and do. Rarely are the two in agreement, and usually the latter completely ignores the former.  Omicron is no different, and it’s far past time for the public to stop being fooled by the media.  

For well over a year, the impossible goal set by the media, the Biden administration, and many Democratic governors has been to eradicate COVID completely.  This is why they continue lockdowns, masking, and vaccine mandates.  It’s not for the originally-stated goal of ensuring the hospitals are not overwhelmed, because that isn’t happening anywhere in the nation.  In fact, the only places where hospitals are short-staffed, like in New York, are because Governors like Kathy Hochul exceeded her authority to fire all hospital staff who didn’t comply with her mandates. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci of all people admits that COVID cannot be eradicated.  When asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” if it’s “clear that [COVID] is an endemic,” Fauci responded, “we certainly are not going to eradicate it.  We’ve only eradicated one virus and that’s smallpox.  Elimination means there’s none of it in the country like polio and measles.  I don’t think we’re going to be there with this.”  

Fauci himself just gave all of his followers something incredible to consider.  If you believe Anthony Fauci, which is highly questionable because he’s been wrong on nearly every aspect of this virus, then you were just told that this is never going to be over.  You have to mask forever, get boosted forever, and live forever in fear.  This is never going away.  

The most stringent politicians are aware that the measures they impose upon people are useless.  Last month, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel was seen putting on a mask while exiting a vehicle, then walking into a building and taking off the mask, which is precisely the opposite of what would be an effective use of a mask.  Kamala Harris wears a mask while walking up to a crowd, then takes it off when talking with them.  Dozens of politicians crowd around Joe Biden when he signed the infrastructure bill, all maskless.  The Mayor of San Francisco was seen this weekend partying, maskless.  Biden was maskless in a Nantucket store last week, despite the “masks required” sign at the entrance.  None of these people who are telling you to be afraid fear for their own health and safety, because they know that everything that can be done to prevent severe symptoms is done already.

Omicron is going to be more of the same.  More masking, more testing, more lockdowns, more and more restrictions to how everyday Americans live their lives.  Your adherence to these restrictions is entirely up to you.  You are choosing to bow before their authority.

Or, you can do what tens of millions of fellow Americans are already doing and go back to normal life.  Take off the masks, get together with friends and family (if you haven’t already).  We have the medicine to deal with COVID, from therapeutics to vaccinations.  Anything else is just performative, a facade disguised as science.  Omicron shouldn’t scare anyone, despite what you’re being told.


Prosecutors Matter Now More Than Ever

 Originally published November 24, 2021

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/5543-prosecutors-matter-now-more-than-ever

In 2019, the Queens community mobilized to elect moderate Democrat Melinda Katz to the Queens District Attorney’s office.  In 2021, the Nassau County community mobilized to elect Anne Donnelly as their DA. The necessity of that mobilization has become far more obvious this past week than it was at the time, but the electorate of those communities can breathe a sigh of relief that other communities cannot.

Tiffany Cabán, a Democratic Socialist backed by Leftist mega-donor George Soros who lost to Melinda Katz by a mere sixty votes, would certainly have chosen her prosecutions based on race, not the crime or criminal records. Todd Kaminsky, who co-wrote the No Cash Bail law in New York State and was demolished by Donnelly by 20 points, would likely have included that calculus in his prosecutions.  While neither of them became District Attorney, that doesn’t mean they have no influence in public life. Kaminsky remains a State Senator, and Cabán was recently elected to the New York City Council.

Queens and Nassau Counties are just two battlegrounds of a decade-long effort for Soros and other Leftists who think like him to restructure the role of prosecutor in this nation. That role has shifted from a civil servant, whose job it is to put criminals in jail, into a social justice activist whose job it is to have “equity” in the justice system.  For the uninitiated, equity is not equality, where everyone regardless of race or class is subject to the same laws. Equity, at least in this context, is the racist notion that prison populations should reflect the population by percentage.  If the black population is 20% of a neighborhood but 50% of its prison population, that’s not equity. It is irrelevant if that population commits 50% of the crime; equity demands that fewer black people are prosecuted.

What occurred in Wisconsin the past two weeks is equity thinking put into action. The first is the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who was only on trial because he’s white. Based on the publicly-available video evidence from over a year ago, Rittenhouse shot three men in obvious self-defense after they attacked him. (The attackers were all white, despite what certain media outlets and personalities incorrectly reported.) Only media pressure and an overzealous prosecutor caused that case to go to trial. That same media pressure kept the jury deadlocked for three days before they finally made the only decision that could be made: not guilty.

Equity isn’t just fewer black people in jail; it’s more white people in jail. That’s how the percentages work themselves out.  It doesn’t matter if Rittenhouse acted in self-defense; he’s white, so he must be prosecuted.  Kamala Harris made this point clearly. “Today’s verdict speaks for itself,” she said. “I’ve spent a majority of my career working to make our criminal justice system more equitable. It’s clear, there’s still a lot more work to do.”  The message is plain: Fewer white people in prison, less equity. Due process is secondary to equity.

The second is the tragedy in Waukesha, where a 39-year-old black male plowed an SUV through a Christmas parade, killing 5 and injuring 40, including multiple children.  His race is only applicable because his race is the reason he was not in jail.  He has a career rap sheet that includes dozens of violent crimes going back two decades, and he was charged with three misdemeanors and two felonies earlier this month.  Despite all this, his bail was set at a mere $1000, which he paid on November 19. 

District Attorney John Chisholm is, unsurprisingly, a George-Soros-backed DA who bragged about ending cash bail in Milwaukee.  In 2018 he tweeted out his commitment to eliminating cash bail.  He also tweeted his support for the Soros-backed DA of San Francisco.  Chisholm’s office is, apparently, making the “equity” decision when requesting bail, despite the rap sheet of the defendant.  After the tragedy, the DA’s office claimed they would conduct an “internal review” of why the bail was so low, but that is little solace to the victims.

So-called “Soros prosecutors” are making these decisions all over the nation.  Chicago, Philadelphia, Manhattan, Baltimore, and other major and minor metropolitan areas are all homes to these DAs. Their rise correlates with a rise in violent crime and murder in these same cities. Decisions made based on “equity” is not justice; it’s social justice, which means that it’s not justice at all.

Queens and Nassau avoided this fate – for now.  That doesn’t mean that the fight is over.  A few dead people in Wisconsin won’t change the worldview of the social justice warriors.  Prosecutors used to prosecute, but we can’t take that for granted anymore.  So getting the right prosecutor is more important than ever.


America Attacked By Terrorists – And No One Cares

 Originally published November 17, 2021

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/5493-america-attacked-by-terrorists-and-no-one-cares

Did you know that Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen stormed the former U.S. Embassy last week and held U.S. citizens hostage?  Unless you’re an avid reader of the Washington Free Beacon, you probably didn’t. Why was such a monumental story largely ignored by the vast majority of politicians and media?

Taking a step back, Yemen has been in a state of civil war since 2014.  It is essentially a proxy war for a full-scale conflict in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia backing the Yemeni government and Iran backing the Houthi rebels.  In 2015, the U.S. officially closed its embassy, but still left staff in the building. In 2018, reports revealed that the U.S. was selling arms to the Saudis, which were then sold to the Yemeni government. In January 2021, the Trump administration designated the Houthis a terror group, and a month later Biden removed that designation.

That’s the short version of a conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions more.  Americans, who are notoriously ambivalent to international news that doesn’t involve Israel, are largely unaware of the conflict.  In theory, however, American hostages should make some headlines, shouldn’t they?

Apparently not, as legacy media outlets such as ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Herald, the Baltimore Sun, and many, many others have essentially buried the story with a simple explainer of a State Department statement to Fox News.  After all, they have far more important stories to cover, like the trial of a young man who shot people in self-defense last year or Taylor Swift’s new album.  

Perhaps the idea of American hostages isn’t news.  After all, it’s been over two months since Joe Biden abandoned hundreds of Americans, thousands of Green Card holders, and tens of thousands of allies behind Taliban-controlled enemy lines in Afghanistan.  And since the Embassy closed six years ago, whoever is still in Yemen deserves whatever happened to them, right?

Consider the case of Otto Warmbier, the American college student arrested in North Korea in 2016 for stealing a sign and sentenced to 15 years hard labor.  Aside from the perfunctory articles, there were few op-eds, few strong opinions on how America should respond when a dictatorship subjects one of our citizens to cruel and unusual punishment. In fact, most of the responses from the media establishment were watered-down versions of “he deserved it.”

Remember when 10 U.S. Sailors were captured by Iran and held overnight, and a terrifying and humiliating video of their capture was spread by Iran to embarrass America?  It wouldn’t be surprising if you didn’t, as there was little discussion of it after June of 2016.  No repercussions for Iran, no discussions of payback.  Simply an apology for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and forgotten about.

This is not how the most powerful nation in the history of the world can and should deal with dictatorships, tyrannies, and despots.  Americans cannot be held hostage without repercussions – severe repercussions; otherwise, the nations who are seeking a greater foothold in their regions will be emboldened. This isn’t conjecture; this is fact.

Currently, there are 100,000 Russian soldiers amassed on the Ukrainian border, a repeat of the invasion we saw of Crimea in 2014.  Chinese military drills are being conducted in the Taiwan Strait, foreshadowing a potential invasion of the island.  North Korea is claiming to have begun testing hypersonic missiles, a capability we already know that China has.  ISIS-K is increasing its power in Pakistan and Afghanistan and desires to reclaim the caliphate that was destroyed.

When no one in America cares that Americans are held hostages, why would anyone care when millions of people are displaced or murdered because of the lack of resolve that we have at home? We have the means and ability to calm the waters on the other side of the world, something we did during the Trump administration.  What we lack is the will, for now. That will only become available when a photographer snaps a sad enough picture of a dead child or mourning mother, and then we jump into action. But by then, it is far too late. Maybe if we paid attention now, when Americans are under attack, we would see results in the future. But don’t hold your breath.