Somehow COVID-19 made it back into the news cycle as relevant, despite all the riots, protesting, and general malfeasance perpetrated by people marching through the streets burning things. I've never been more convinced the WuHuFlu is a political tool meant to slowly turn up the socialism heat. But not everyone is falling in lockstep with the Mask Up Or Else crowd, nor the possibly well-intentioned followers who are caving to their bad ideas. Last week, the used to be hero of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott, announced he was a big wuss by rolling back freedom due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. It might help if we replaced all instances of "COVID-19" with "flu" just to illustrate how dumb this all is. One of his edicts was telling bars to shutter their doors. So protesting and rioting is okay, but having a drink with your posse isn't? If you're also seeing the problem, so did Tee Allen Parker. She closed down her new bar when the first flu wave hit, but she's done playing:
But when coronavirus infections began soaring again throughout the state and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered drinking establishments statewide to shut down again Friday, the 45-year-old owner of the Machine Shed Bar & Grill decided to put up a fight.
"You can't tell me that my tiny little bar is the problem. He's the problem," she said of Abbott in an interview with The Washington Post. "He's targeting us, and it's discrimination."
Tee Allen Parker is my new spirit animal. She's now suing Governor Greg Abbot and the state's alcohol regulators to nix the order. The suit argues King Abbott's shutdown decree "unconstitutionally bypasses the state legislature." Directly smacking bar owners, their employees and therefore families with a financial burden.
Remember, barbershops, salons and plenty of other businesses where there's touching and general business having, weren't told to shut their doors. Bars were. So it does seem like there might be some unfair targeting here.
In Kilgore, she organized a "Bar Lives Matter" concert outside her bar on Sunday to raise money for other Texas taprooms that need to pay the bills. Earlier on Monday, she drove to Austin, where she plans to stage a rally outside the Texas Capitol with other bar owners Tuesday, and invited the governor to speak with her one-on-one.
Seems fair. The flu doesn't spread if you're protesting. Right?
There have been a number of Facebook comments wondering "But what do we do to fight back?" Tee Allen Parker is fighting back. She's taking a stand. She's challenging the governor, she's challenging the narrative, she's spinning the narrative back on those who spun it first. If you're in the Kilgore area and you're wondering what you can do to push back, consider supporting Tee Allen Parker.
The more governors like Abbott realize they're on the wrong side, the more they might fear they'll get tossed from their towers and reverse course. Political powers won't change if they think there are more violent mobsters than rational Americans. So support your local business leaders when they put themselves out front and take the arrows.
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June 30, 2020 at 08:09PM - Courtney Kirchoff
Texas Bar Owner is Fed Up with COVID Shutdown, Fights with 'Bar Lives Matter' Protest
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