Skip to comments.Three Cheers for Texas
Posted on 03/06/2021 5:57:42 AM PST by Kaslin
He wasn't the first governor in the country to lift the mask mandate for his state.
North Dakota, Montana and Iowa have ended state-wide mask orders in recent weeks and progressive states like Florida and South Dakota never issued them in the first place.
But Gov. Greg Abbott did the country a huge favor this week when he announced that Texas was allowing all businesses in the state to reopen at full capacity on March 10.
It was a loud and bold signal to the whole country that it's time to climb out of our basements, regain our freedoms and get back to "normal," whatever that's going to be.
The national media scolded Abbott for dropping the mask mandate and acted like he was a reckless mass murderer, of course.
Public health experts - who never fail to see a new surge of virus cases over the horizon - warned that it was too dangerous now to loosen up mask rules.
And President Biden, our pessimist-in-chief who sees no return to normal life by Christmas, accused Abbott of "Neanderthal Thinking."
But Abbott decided that his Texans had suffered enough. The economic, social and public health costs of lockdowns and school closings were too high to continue.
Suicides and drug overdoses are up in Abbott's state and across the country because of loneliness and the stress of lost jobs and lost businesses.
Young people across the country are depressed because they can't be in school with their friends - or even play sports. And dating? That's been virtually impossible for a year.
Meanwhile, the liberal national media who beat up on Abbott this week continue to fail the country every chance they get.
Despite the rapid introduction of the vaccine, the approach of herd immunity and the steep decline in positive COVID-19 tests, deaths and hospitalizations since Christmas, the media still applaud strict government mandates and continue to push panic and negativity.
What they should be doing instead is calling out the autocratic Blue State governors who look for any excuse to hold on to the emergency lockdown powers they've used to destroy thousands of small businesses and keep schools and sports venues closed for a year.
It's an outrage how much petty tyranny governors like Gavin Newsom of California have gotten away with in the name of protecting public health.
It wasn't until Newsom was threatened with a recall election that he backed off his strict edicts and began allowing 40 million Californians out of their basements.
Now he says there will be full attendance at the Dodgers home opener. What a difference 1.8 million signatures on a recall petition make.
If the liberal media had a shred of honesty, they should spend every day shaming the teachers unions for refusing to go back to work and denying the science that says the virus poses virtually no risk to them.
They also should be exposing the unreliable advice we've gotten for a year from the great Dr. Fauci, who's now saying that even with the vaccine our economic and social lives may not return to normal until next March.
When March rolls around, you can bet he'll have several bogus reasons why we should stretch the lockdowns and mask mandates through the 2022 elections.
The Democrats in Washington that Fauci serves so well want to continue to use COVID-19 to scare the country into accepting universal mail-in voting and giving them even more federal power.
For them it's always about getting more power in DC and they don't even try to hide the fact that they're using the current crisis as a way to take it away from the states.
Gov. Abbott's declaration of freedom for Texans came a little late. He made it about half a year after Gov. Ron DeSantis defied the lockdown lobby and freed up the people of Florida.
But Abbott got it right - and he set an example dozens of his fellow governors should follow ASAP.
Glad he did it, but hard to get excited about lifting months of restrictions that should have never been put in place.
I think his own words are indicative, paraphrasing... The time to open is NOW - so we’re going to open in 10 days.
Between this and the power failure, he’s got real political problems.
Michael’s glaring omission......
....what difference does it make if Texas opens up....?
Soon......very soon....they will have thousands of Covid sick illegals in every town and county!
And coming to a town near you too!
Neither will effect his political future. Texans aren’t stupid.
A bot TIME.
“Soon......very soon....they will have thousands of Covid sick illegals in every town and county!”
Yep.... it’s like the inmates are running the asylum.
Who in their right mind releases covid positive illegals into the population.
There’s only one logical explanation and it ain’t good.
Colorado’s mask BS is supposed to end this weekend.
But considering this state is run by stinking commies, I’m betting they’ll extend it yet again.
What would Jorge do?
“Colorado’s mask BS is supposed to end this weekend.”
Trapped in Michigan Medusa Wretched Hitler’s state here. She can’t hold out much longer. Trying to find a way to kill more elderly I guess.
Isn’t Michigan’s other government branches GOP?
Time will tell whether Abbot’s decision was right or wrong.
IMO you can’t predict or stop a once in a lifetime event like the
Ice Storm. You can’t predict the Hurricanes that hit the Texas
coast each year. You can build structures to help reduced the
damage but the storms will shut things down for a few days.
I lived along the LA/TEX gulf coast most of my life and have seen
many hurricanes come and go. The destruction is great but you
have to clean up, rebuild and get on with life.
It is the States, not the Federal Government, who hold absolute authority in matters of public health. We need more Governors and State Legislatures with the spine to stand up to Federal medical tyranny.
Meanwhile in Gov. Gruesome’s California:
California now ranks dead last in reopening schools, according to Burbio. Leaders of United Teachers of Los Angeles woke (pun!) from their nap towels, ate stale graham crackers and denounced the plan as “a recipe for propagating structural racism [that] is deeply unfair to the students we serve.”
Time has already told. There is and was no need for some silly mask.
The people who are employed by government, whether federal or state have not missed one paycheck. The people who are retired and receive income have not missed one pay check. Others , some allowed to work from home are doing okay. Those who depended totally on their selves to support the family are hurt most.
Many of us have forgotten our young years of pay day to pay day.
Texas will do okay opening up and living as God intended. I’m thankful this day has come.
“Neither will effect his political future. Texans aren’t stupid.”
Agree, somewhat. He won’t be primaried, but there are a lot of Republicans (many here) who will sit out next year’s election to ‘teach Abbott a lesson’ and allow Beto to walz-in.
That’s how we ‘purify’ our party.
And the first thing Republican legislatures all over the country should do now, is pass laws preventing anything like the lockdowns, mask mandates, or “25% capacity” crap from EVER happening again. They should especially strip the powers from the governors and unelected “officials.”
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