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Given all the recent declarations against families gathering over the holidays, you’d be excused for wondering why Democrats hate Thanksgiving.
Either way, Americans are being encouraged by some to visit with family on the day set aside to give thanks for our many blessings.
“Go and see your family on Thanksgiving,” New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz wrote. “Yes, even if you have to travel out of state to do it. In case you’re wondering, yes, I’ve heard of the pandemic, and yet I repeat: Go see your family on Thanksgiving.”
Markowicz was responding to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio telling people to stay home for the winter holidays, to include Thanksgiving, to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus.
“I hate to say it but I have to urge all New Yorkers — do not travel out of state for the holidays,” de Blasio said last week during a press briefing. “Realize that by doing that, unfortunately you could be putting yourself and your family in danger and the risk of bringing the disease back here.”
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is also discouraging New Yorkers from inviting the family over for Thanksgiving.
“My personal advice is you don’t have family gatherings — even for Thanksgiving,” the governor said last week on a conference call with reporters.
Of course, their dictates come up short in comparison to California, where Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom epitomizes the dangers of unchecked government authority.
Gavin’s administration recently detailed new guidelines for all non-public gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, to include where gatherings are allowed to take place and for how long — and even who can attend.
California decreed that a limit of just three households will be allowed to gather, and that the gathering must be outdoors and can last for no more than two hours.
The state graciously allows guests to go indoors to relieve themselves, there was the stipulation that “the restrooms are frequently sanitized.”
Markowicz recognized that there have been “some major mistakes” in the handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
“[T]he main one has been discarding everything that makes our lives worth living out of fear of the virus,” the columnist posited. “The pandemic has the potential to destroy our way of life if we keep dismissing everything important to us. Family is important. We shouldn’t forget that.”
At the same time, Markowicz urges people to “be safe, not insane.”
“Look, I’m not saying go to an underground nightclub, rub up against complete strangers and then go see Grandma,” she said. “But don’t live in a bubble. If you’re flying for Thanksgiving, find out where you can get a fast test on arrival and then quarantine for 24 hours until you get your results. COVID-19 isn’t going to jump out from behind a corner and surprise you. We know what to do.”
To support her stance, Markowicz stressed that because COVID-19 has shown us that life is so fragile, we should “make a priority to actually live it.”
“You can go see your family on Thanksgiving and argue about the election, just like in olden days. Your great-aunt can squeeze your cheeks. Your mom can badger you about getting married. You can drink too much with your cousins,” she wrote.
“You can overeat and sink into the couch you’ve known since you were a teenager,” she Markowicz continued. “You’ve been through an insane year, you’re tired and worn out. You need to collapse into the comfortable embrace of those who know and love you best. For God’s sake, go see your family on Thanksgiving.”