Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told a group recently of college students attending an event at the University of South Florida, “You don’t have to wear these masks. Please take them off. To be honest, it doesn’t do any good. We need to stop this COVID theatre. So if you want to wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous.”
Another ramped-up cycle of medial hyperventilation ensued, as it does. And many of the same experts who government mandates supported Forcing prepubescent children to put on useless masks were suddenly horrified at the sight of such outrageous harassment.
“When Florida is so ‘free,'” asked Joy Reid, “Why does DeSantis think he has the right to bully and give orders to other people’s children?”
“Incredibly predictable, like the conservative ideology of ‘Hey, it should be my choice; Don’t tell me what to do!’ to ‘we are absolutely I’ll tell you what to do as soon as we have the power,'” Chris Hayes tweeted to his 2.4 million followers.
Aside from the fact that neither Hayes nor Reid seem to understand what the words “if you want to wear it, fine” mean, there’s one extraordinary admission in all this hysteria.
Progressives believe it is Bullying asking kids not wearing masks, but it is not bullying when the state forces them to do so. Either they can’t understand the difference between forcing someone and offering them an option – which would explain a lot about their political philosophy – or they dishonestly mix the two.
Watch the video and you will see that some of the students kept their masks on and others smiled as they took them off. Of course, if you had a governorship students forced to dress up as college administrators have been doing for the last two years, the progressives wouldn’t have bothered at all.
In fact, I can’t think of a single one conservative lawmaker who has suggested forcing someone not to wear a mask or not get vaccinated. Coercive measures related to COVID are almost exclusively the domain of Democrats.
And the same pundits and politicians who spent two years ostracizing and slandering anyone who does opposed their mandates are now deeply angered by a gentle nudge. Hayes repeatedly accused mask critics of belonging to a “death cult” if it was politically desired.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski referred to COVID as “the DeSantis variant”, in part because the Florida governor turned down mask mandates. Just last month, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argued that plane passengers refusing to wear masks should be treated as terrorists. I could cite dozens of such examples.
One of the most eye-rolling lines from President Joe Biden – who once threatened DeSantis with state action because his “patience is running out” – recently during the night state of the nation Addressing was his assertion that we should “stop treating COVID-19 as a partisan dividing line and see it for what it is: a goddamn disease.”
Then, of course, there’s the small issue of DeSantis being objective and morally correct about mask-wearing. In January when Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin Issued an executive order giving parents the freedom to choose whether their children wear masks, the entire leftist sphere of experts accused him of infanticide.
Favorite White House columnist Jennifer Rubin noted that Youngkin “brought DeSanti’s Anti-Mask Nuttery to VA.” Within a few months, the CDC changed theirs Super scientific mask guidelines just in time for Biden to announce them in the State of the Union address.
By this time almost every state had followed Youngkin’s example. No explanation yet from Rubin or any other Democrats as to why Biden also embarked on this madness.
We don’t know the full extent yet damage the COVID theater had on children. The government restrictions, interventions, and mandates implemented in the second half of 2020—when we already knew better—were never founded on rigorous science.
It was more of a rite of leftist COVID theology. DeSantis just told some kids to stop living in fear. This is a sane, patriotic, and science-based cause.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/04/ron-desantis-was-right-to-close-the-curtain-on-covid-theater/ Ron DeSantis was right to close the curtain on the COVID theater