Liberals found themselves irate and ready to put a pox on states that didn’t stay within the liberal freedom-stripping guidelines of their more austere COVID-19 protocols. Such was the case with Texas who lifted their mask mandate just two weeks ago.
However, the much-anticipated spike in COVID diagnosis did not come. Liberals waited, but alas, the COVID numbers went down, for the 18th day in a row. Thus far the states have administered about 10 million vaccine doses, and, according to The Washington Times, almost 13% of its population fully vaccinated, and despite all that out and about freedom exercising, hospitalizations have decreased, and death rates have plummeted.
According to the Times’ Kelly Sadler, Vanity Fair predicted that between Texas and its rogue mask-discarding compatriot Mississippi, there would be an additional 500,000 deaths from COVID, thanks to their decision to do away with statewide mask mandates.
That analysis stems from a few pieces of misinformation circulating; one was how well COVID-19 was tamped by the use of masks, and the second is what seems to be a misunderstanding of how many Texans were actually wearing masks on a daily basis.
Of course, there are businesses and medical institutions that have strictly enforced mask-wearing, but there have been relatively few establishments, especially in rural Texas, that forced the mask mandate to be followed.
Despite that, former West Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to get rid of the mask mandate was akin to a “death warrant,” and that he was “sacrificing the lives of our fellow Texans…for political gain.”
According to Sadler, CNN quoted an ICU nurse saying, “I’m scared of what this is going to look like,” and Dr. Anthony Fauci called the move “inexplicable.”
In what is a sharp juxtaposition, states like New York and New Jersey have some of the strictest COVID-19 restrictions in the country, have seen cases increase in recent weeks. And yet, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy took a swipe at Gov. Abbott, saying that he was “stunned” couldn’t “conceive of lifting a mask mandate inside.”
“Perhaps, just perhaps, all of these coronavirus restrictions don’t make any difference in stifling the virus,” Sandler said in her scathing Op-Ed. “The mainstream media was quick to predict disaster in the southern states which have largely returned to normal, like Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, yet just as with Texas, the data doesn’t bear out any of these dire predictions.”
“Locked down states have had no statistically observable effect on the virus trajectory and resulting in severe outcomes, the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) notes,” according to Sandler.
“On the other hand, the lockdowns destroyed industries, schools, churches, liberties, and lives, demoralizing the population and robbing people of essential rights. All in the name of safety from a virus that did its work in any case,” AIER reports.
In other words, it appears that the states who claim to be following the science, are, in reality, making their lives much more difficult by killing the economy, stressing their residents, and allowing the government to overreach into the private lives and freedoms of citizens in what is supposed to be the freest nation on the plant.
Sader ended her assessment by saying that “It’s audacious to think the government and the politicians working within it can control a pathogen – yet our mainstream media and Democratic leaders have worked overtime in the past year to make you believe they could.
“It’s time to reopen our country, and once everybody is vaccinated who wants to be, ditch the masks. Americans have acted responsibly during this pandemic – it’s time Democrats and the mainstream media also act responsibly and look at the data before they use hyperbolic scare tactics to try to conform people to their will.”