A Tale of Two Cities

Boston:

BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts Friday afternoon for the blizzard that could bring up to 3 feet of snow.

He also announced he has signed an executive order to ban all travel on all roads in the state starting at 4 p.m. Friday.

[…]

If you don’t have an exemption and you’re caught on the road, the penalty could be as steep as a $500 fine or, at worst, a year in jail.

Concord:

CONCORD – Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency as Friday night’s blizzard intensified and was expected to continue through this afternoon.

[…]

Hassan asked that residents stay off roads after 7 p.m. Friday, but stopped short of the order given by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who banned all traffic statewide as of 4 p.m. Friday, with exceptions for emergency workers, utility companies, delivery trucks and news media. Anyone violating the order would face penalties of up to $500 in fines and a year in prison.

Hassan said at her press conference that she is counting on “the common sense people in the Granite State show” and that an order to stay off the roads would not be necessary.

Common sense: Even (some of) our liberal Democrats get it.

It’s hard to say which was more ridiculous, this executive order criminalizing the use of public roads, or Deval Patrick announcing the travel ban while wearing his tacticool Jack Bauer MEMA vest.

mema
Lest you forget who wears the jackboots in this relationship.

As ridiculous as the authoritarian sweater vest is, I’m going to give the Most Ridiculous Aspect of This Story award to the executive order itself.

I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, pursuant to the power provided by Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950 do hereby issue the following order:

There shall be a ban on motor vehicle travel beginning at 4:00 PM today and continuing until further notice. This travel ban shall not apply to the following:

[…]

● travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, food stores and hardware stores

“But, officer, I’m driving to the store to buy some eggs. Prove me wrong.”

File under: Leadership Theater

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