If you haven’t heard, a few states are beginning to return to normal. And by normal, I mean schools are back open, businesses have no limits, and masks are a thing of the past.
The first was Texas. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true, as North Dakota, with their conservative Governor Kristi Noem, never implemented shutdowns or mask mandates, to begin with.
But now, Texas has made the call to end mask mandates in the second largest state in the US. And, within hours, it seemed, Mississippi had followed suit.
Of course, President Joe Biden and his fellow liberals aren’t exactly pleased with this news.
In fact, according to Biden, when recently asked by reporters about the reversal on masks by the two states, it is a “big mistake” and akin to “Neanderthal thinking.”
He said, “Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now, these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way with which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms. We’ve been able to move that all the way up to the end of May to have enough for every American, to get every adult American to get a shot.”
And he continued, “The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything is fine, take off your masks, forget it. It still matters.”
But Biden seems to be mistaken.
You see, unlike his White House staff, which operate on the need for fear and control, both Texas and Mississippi’s governors have based their decisions on science and hard facts. And the facts say masks aren’t needed and aren’t doing much good anymore.
Besides, it’s not like they are telling people just to ignore their health or what’s going on around them, just for the sake of defying Biden and the left.
Instead, as Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “Removing state mandates does not end personal responsibility. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”
And isn’t that how it’s supposed to be?
Shouldn’t Americans adults be trusted by their government leaders to act responsibly toward their own health? We know what makes us sick, we know how to stay healthy for the most part, and we know that doing so is best for all involved.
And as Montana Governor Greg Gianforte says, if standing by those freedoms, which happen to be backed by science is Neanderthal-like, then so be it.
Gianforte tweeted on Wednesday, after Biden’s remarks were made, “If making data-driven decisions to reopen, loving freedom, and trying to get back to normal is what a Neanderthal would do, then well, I guess you can count me as one.”
Now, I have to say; this is one of the most perfect responses to the political left’s all-too normal habit of name-calling when something doesn’t go their way.
First of all, it takes away any assumptions or power that the left thinks they have that name-calling works or can be used to shame their opponents into submission. Gianforte says if you want to call me names, that’s fine. I’ll take it and claim it as my own – much like the conservative right did when Hillary Clinton called all Trump fans “deplorables.”
But secondly, his response brings to light the fact that Americans have rights. We have freedoms, and just because some leader and his cabinet are scared of a disease that does little more than the flu does, doesn’t mean those freedoms are somehow made void or illegitimate.
Lastly, it cites that currently, science isn’t in favor of more shutdowns and masks. Oh, sure, Biden has a whole team of “scientists” who will say the opposite. But anyone anywhere can evidence to the contrary.
The fact of the matter is, the spread is being slowed. We have a vaccine. Immunity is taking hold.
As the Texas Department of Health and Human Services website states, new cases are at a record low, dropping from nearly 20,000 in the middle of January to less than 5,000 by early March.
And while every life is precious, so too are our freedoms. We cannot allow the political left to dominate this conversation any longer.