Why is it that being right so often means feeling wrong? Whether you like to admit it or not, “I told you so” moments have an unfortunate and abiding habit of leaving the correct party far more melancholy than they ought to feel.
A lesson learned, in this instance, will invariably mean lots of human hurt and no shortage of livelihoods hanging in the balance.
Nobody knows this better than liberal California’s richest resident: The Walt Disney Company.
Unfortunately, its “big move” is far too little and comes far too late.
Statement from President of Disneyland Resort on park closures.
Unless requirements change, Disneyland will remain closed for the “foreseeable future.” https://t.co/qzzN7nIJXk
— Josh Frigerio, ABC15 (@JoshFrigerio) October 20, 2020
In light of an off-the-cuff Oct. 8 decision by California’s far-left Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to delay theme park re-opening efforts, Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock took a stand last week, lambasting California leadership for the “arbitrary” and burdensome nature of state public health guidelines and enforcement.
“We have proven that we can responsibly reopen, with science-based health and safety protocols strictly enforced at our theme park properties around the world,” Potrock wrote in a public statement.
“Nevertheless the State of California continues to ignore this fact, instead mandating arbitrary guidelines that it knows are unworkable and that hold us to a higher standard vastly different from other reopened businesses and state-operated facilities,” he added.
“Together with our labor unions we want to get people back to work, but these State guidelines will keep us shuttered for the foreseeable future, forcing thousands more people out of work, leading to the inevitable closure of small family-owned businesses, and irreparably devastating the Anaheim/Southern California community.”
— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) September 29, 2020
Of course, the executive was absolutely right.
Its significantly smaller acreage may require even tighter restrictions, but isn’t a mild re-opening effort better than nothing at all?
The answer seems self-evident, particularly given USA Today reports suggesting Disney’s California Adventure theme park will be welcome to open its turnstiles once again next month for shopping and eating only.
Why Disneyland Resort‘s wide array of attractions and other shopping centers cannot do the same is no mystery, however.
In fact, it is the natural result of our culture’s long-lived willingness to legitimize left-wing power plays — and it has cost at least 28,000 Cast Members their livelihoods, according to The New York Times.
CBS News reports also indicated poor public health policy has resulted in at least $5 billion in financial losses for resort.
But as a longtime lover of all things Disney, I have a hard time feeling for the company itself.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 1, 2019
With constant pandering to the social justice left, Disney made the bed it’s been forced to lie in this last few months.
Worse still, it has been complicit in such things, on several occasions, maintaining ownership of several left-wing establishment media news outlets and joining with the rest of the Hollywood left in strong-arming conservative Georgia over groundbreaking pro-life legislation in 2019.
All the while, cancel culture and big government leftism have festered at the forefront of American culture, the cancer eventually taking hold in The Walt Disney Company’s own home state.
And I would proudly say that I hope the condition is terminal, were it not for the damage further financial downturn might do to an immense number of decent folks — many of them being my friends and former Castmates.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.