So as most rational people have had enough of this government overreach and are hankering to get back to work and play, New York Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is instructing residents to rat out their Big Apple neighbors who might not be doing the social distancing thing quite to His Honor's liking.

In a Twitter rant, de Blasio says it's difficult for New Yorkers to social distance because they are "warm, emotional people." He says New Yorkers are "used to being close to each other." The mayor says putting a proper space between New Yorkers is "not natural" and "not normal." However, De Blasio says while compliance with his social distancing edict has been good, it has not been good enough. So it's time to fink out those who are not following orders.

De Blasio has instructed New Yorkers to report a crowd or "a line that is not distanced." He says fixing the problem is "as simple as taking a photo." The mayor says ratting out your neighbors is as simple as texting a photo with a location to 311-692 to "make sure that enforcement comes right away." De Blasio says "it's about saving lives."

I feel as though I've just awoken from a deep sleep and found myself embedded in a bad episode of The Twilight Zone. Just a word of advice, if you go around snapping pictures of people in New York you could find yourself sleeping with the fishes.

Not only is the government of New York employing Nazi Gestapo tactics on its residents, it is now expecting you to assist "to get the help we need" in dealing with those social distancing scofflaws.

This stuff is scarier than any virus the Chinese or anyone else could have sent our way.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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