ONE OF THE television Christmas classics that many of us like to watch each year is the original animated movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The narration and voice of the Grinch were both done by Boris Karloff, best remembered for his roles in classic horror movies such as Frankenstein. While the Grinch is a green fictitious character created by Dr. Seuss, we all know of real life grinches as well. For this edition of The Remnant, we would like to spotlight some ghastly blue grinches, all of which are in blue states.
Let us begin with the blue Grinch Governor of California, since this Grinch was the first to issue official edicts against any merriment for the holidays and holydays. Regarding holiday gatherings, Californians mustlimit themselves to outdoor settings in their yards or in parks, so long as the people who attend are from no more than three separate households. Gatherings are limited to a maximum of two hours length.
During the gathering, face masks must be worn at all times except to eatand social distancing must bemaintained. Singing is discouraged and can only be done with masks on and in muffled tones. Food must be served in disposable containers and bathrooms can be used only if frequently sanitized. The host must keep a contact list of all guests. Religious services may only be held outdoors, with distancing and masks.
But this may all be moot. Currently, all individuals living in the State of California are ordered to stay home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping or other permitted errands.
Next, we jump to the opposite coast to peer in on the blue Grinch of New York. This nasty old Grinch just suffered a loss at the hands on the Supreme Court, which ruled that his tyrannical suppression of churches and synagogues is unconstitutional. In true grinch style, the Governor declared their ruling “Irrelevant.” This is the Grinch, by the way, who condemned thousands of seniors to death by Covid in nursing homes.
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In matters of religious bigotry, even worse than the Grinch Governor of New York is the Grinch Mayor of New York City. Months ago this blue Grinch blustered: “So, I want to say to all those who are preparing the potential of religious services this weekend — if you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church and attempt to hold services after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice but to shut down those services…“No faith tradition endorses anything that endangers the members of that faith…“So, the NYPD, Fire Department, Buildings Department, and everyone has been instructed that if they see worship services going on, they will go to the officials of that congregation, they’ll inform them they need to stop the services and disperse. If that does not happen, they will take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently,” Bah, humbug!
Not to be outdone by the coastal state grinches, the Grinch of Michigan shut down the following, starting just prior to Thanksgiving: high schools (in-person learning), theaters, movie theaters, stadiums, arenas, colleges and universities (in-person learning), bowling centers, ice skating rinks, indoor water parks, work (when it can be done from home), bingo halls, casinos, arcades, dine-in restaurants and bars (indoor dining), group fitness classes, personal services (salon, spa), organized sports--except professional sports.
In addition, all dine-in establishments must take down customers’ names and phone numbers for contact tracing. Failure to comply can result in a fine of $1,000 and arrest for interference with law enforcement.Ms. Grinch also recommends that the public refrain from chanting or cheering at social events.According to this Grinch, the cure for Covid may soon be available: “If you’re tired of lockdowns or you’re tired of wearing masks or you wish you were in church this morning or watching college football… it is time for change in this Country. That’s why we’ve got to elect Joe Biden.” Now you know that grinches are liars.
Another girly Governor Grinch is that of Oregon, who imposed a “two-week freeze” upon her state over the Thanksgiving holiday. Her restrictions included the following : limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, from no more than two households; limiting faith-based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors; limiting eating and drinking establishments to take-out and delivery only; closing gyms and fitness organizations; closing indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts; closing zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools; limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pickup; limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pickup; closing venues (that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events); requiring all businesses to mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and closing offices to the public; prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities (outdoor visitation permitted for supporting quality of life).
For those who may be considering a winter vacation to a sunny blue state, consider what happened to a couple I know that took a Thanksgiving trip to Hawaii. On their arrival one of them popped positive on a dubious Covid test. Both of them were sentenced to twenty-eight days of quarantine at a local hotel. They could not leave their roomever, under threat of a $5000 fine and one year in jail, and room service was not available. They spent thousands of dollars per week and lived off Uber delivered food. The Grinch Governor of Hawaii had issued no fewer than sixteen Covid proclamations by Thanksgiving Day.
Finally, the ice-cold Grinch of Minnesota decreed that restaurants in the wintery blue state of Minnesota could offer outdoor dining for the holidays, when temperatures hover around zero degrees Fahrenheit… brr.
The fictional green Grinch attempted to stop Christmas by stealing stockings and presents and trees. The real world blue Grinches attempt to stop Christmas by locking us in our homes, isolating us from others, and wrapping our faces in rags. As surely as the green Grinch failed, so too will the blue Grinches.
Christmas is the celebration of the Birth of Christ and acknowledgment of His Sovereignty. And there is nothing that any Grinch, whether green or blue, can do about that. Merry Christmas, Remnant readers!