There is a good reason why Americans disdain our political institutions. Our elected leaders don’t have our best interest at heart, and they abuse the power bestowed on them to feed their hunger for power. Another reason that Americans don’t trust politicians is because they are blatant hypocrites. They want Americans to follow their orders while not adhering to those dictates in their own lives.

The hypocrisy of Democrat leaders during the pandemic has been astounding. They have ordered the rest of us to follow lockdown protocols, mask mandates, and social distancing, while they themselves have failed to do so.

Governor Gavin Newsome of California took the “let them eat cake” approach recently by attending a non-socially distanced birthday party in Napa Valley. While Newsome—who has imposed some of the most stringent lockdown rules in the country— ate at one of the most expensive restaurants in the state (an average meal there costs $325), Californians are being forced to live by a different, much less luxurious standard.

Newsome isn’t the only hypocrite in California’s government. Members of the California State Assembly decided to jet-set with lobbyists to Hawaii. How nice for them. I hear that Maui is beautiful this time of year.

The Los Angeles Times reported, “Gov. Gavin Newsom, after admitting that he joined several other couples at a birthday dinner less than two weeks ago, and members of the California Legislature are currently enjoying a trip to Hawaii while schmoozing with interest groups that may have underwritten the cost of the event.

In both cases, the personal decisions of the elected officials involved gave the impression that their privilege led them to believe they are immune to the pandemic, ignoring the safety precautions they have asked Californians to take.”

No, you don’t say!

COVID hypocrisy has become a favorite pastime for California lawmakers. At the national level, both Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dianne Feinstein have taken their stab at being the biggest hypocrite of any California politician.

Feinstein was seen mask-free on Capitol Hill. The senator has called for a national mask mandate…but the mandate doesn’t apply to her, apparently.

The Daily Caller reported, “Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein chatted with her aides maskless in the corridors of a government building before entering a Tuesday hearing, video showed.

The footage showed Feinstein standing outside a doorway in a building as she spoke with two men, both of whom were wearing masks. Feinstein then walks through the doorway maskless as another masked man holds the door open for her, video from The Recount shows.”

And who could forget Speaker Nancy Pelosi defying a local San Francisco ordinance and getting her hair blown out. She was, of course, set up by the hairstylist…or so she claims. It was all the business owner’s fault. That was of course a pathetic excuse, but Pelosi had no shame in making the bogus claim. She was perfectly content with passing the buck and not taking responsibility for her own actions.

However, COVID hypocrisy isn’t limited to California lawmakers.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wouldn’t allow residents of her city to get a haircut earlier in the pandemic, but she felt it was critical given her public job to get a trim herself. After all, she had to look good while taking to the airwaves to shut down the lives of her constituents. Mayor Lightfoot also celebrated in the streets when Joe Biden claimed victory in the presidential election.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took to the streets this summer to protest with Black Lives Matter, as did Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Apparently, COVID doesn’t spread at social justice protests, only at MAGA rallies.

Americans should defy these governors, open their businesses, attend Thanksgiving, and socialize with their neighbors. If these Democrat leaders aren’t going to abide by their own unconstitutional orders, why should they?

This is yet another example of the maxim: “Rules for thee, but not for me.”