The Morning Briefing: What if They Gave a Mandate and No Law Enforcement Came?

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Happy Monday, dear Kruiser Morning Briefing friends. A lack of empathy is a great stress-reducer.

My sister and niece arrived here on Friday for a last-minute trip. As we were walking by the University of Arizona to get something to eat, my niece asked if we were still doing mask mandates around these parts. I chuckled and said, “Look around.” Even though I write about mandates a lot, I really don’t have to deal with them very much, either the mask or vax variety.


We all know, however, that “mandate” is the favorite word of leftist tyrants everywhere now. Mask mandates have morphed into vaccine mandates and some of the people who do have to deal with them are making some difficult choices. We discussed last week that many are now leaving jobs rather than comply with vaccine mandates.

Another interesting pattern has emerged in recent weeks: big-city law enforcement agencies not being willing to play along with the vax tyranny. The latest drama has been playing out in Chicago, which Rick wrote about over the weekend:

A Cook County judge issued a gag order telling Catanzara to stop making public comments encouraging his members to defy the city’s COVID vaccine policies. But this is Chicago. And a “gag” order doesn’t always “gag” who it’s supposed to.

That’s Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara, who is most definitely not playing nice with the Windy City’s commie mayor, Lori Lightfoot. This comes on the heels of similar pushback in Los Angeles County, which Victoria covered for us:

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says he doesn’t want to lose ten percent of his cops by forcing them to choose between their jobs and bodily freedom, so he won’t make them. This is the latest example of a growing number of police agencies opting to keep their cops instead of enforcing an arguably unconstitutional order requiring officers to get a Covid shot.

Villanueva announced on Friday that he would disregard the L.A. County Health Department directive to force his deputies to get the shot by October 1 because he doesn’t “want to be in a position to lose 5, 10% of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate.” He later said on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle” that the “poorly thought out, poorly executed” mandate was “so politicized, [that] I cannot in good conscience impose a mandate like that.”


There has also been similar police union reluctance in New York City.

There are a couple of interesting things at play here. First, these are the three most populous cities in the United States, so the resistance in each can’t be written off as some sort of outlier.

Secondly –and this is what really intrigues me — is that these are cops who have been thrown under the bus by the commies running their respective cities in the past year. Gosh, I wonder if there is any lingering animosity there?

None of these cities can afford a weakened police presence. It’s not as if they can go out and mint new cops overnight. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. I mean, who are you going to get to force the cops to do something that they don’t want to do?

Tyrants need enforcers and the enforcers are not amused.

There’s hope yet.

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