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Ron DeSantis, People Are Dying to Elect You President

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posted by alias outtacontext on Thursday 2nd of September 2021 07:24:08 PM

New York Times opinion writer Charles M. Blow reminds us, “Republican politics have become oppositional politics: Deny the science, demean the media, own the libs. Conservatives are less defined by what they are for than by what they are against.” It’s important to remember: the best interests of the American people mean nothing to the GOP. Accepting changing demographics by working with minorities rather than restricting their right to vote is not on their agenda. And neither is acknowledging the destruction caused by climate change. Sadly, logic, common sense, and working with Democrats to solve these issues are MIA. Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, has become just one of the latest poster boys for the ongoing and derelict actions of the GOP. Donald Trump has left the White House. But politicians are vying to become his successor. And there are 74,222,958 reasons why. On July 30, 2021, DeSantis issued an executive order prohibiting local school districts from mandating masks for students. His press release said this was “after the Biden Administration issued unscientific and inconsistent recommendations that school-aged children wear masks. The Florida Department of Health will enter rulemaking in collaboration with the Florida Department of Education to protect parents’ freedom to choose whether their children wear masks” (emphasis mine). Before looking at studies that show that masks do work, DeSantis’ reasoning, to protect parents’ freedom to choose, directly contradicts the GOP’s stance on a woman’s right to decide whether she has an abortion. But remember, logic means nothing to Republicans. An extensive study recently conducted in Bangladesh has shown that wearing surgical masks can reduce the infection rate from COVID-19. Over 340,000 people in 600 villages were part of this study. It showed a reduction of 9.3% in confirmed COVID infections and an 11.9% reduction in symptoms. Jason Abaluck, an economist at Yale who helped lead the study, said, “I think a big error would be to read this study and to say, ‘Oh, masks can only prevent 10 percent of symptomatic infections.’” He believes the reduced rate of infections would be a lot higher if mask-wearing were universal. While this study is under peer review by the publication Science, there are at least forty-one other studies that have been peer-reviewed and have come to similar conclusions. At least seven county school districts have defied DeSantis’ “mandate against mandates.” Many of these districts are Republican strongholds. And the Florida Board of Education voted in mid-August to punish two districts that defied the governor’s ban on requiring students to wear masks. At the end of August, Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper blocked DeSantis’ prohibition stating his executive order was “without legal authority, arbitrary, and capricious.” He went on to say, “The law expressly permits school boards to adopt policies regarding the health care of students, such as a mask mandate, even if a parent disagrees. Parents’ rights are very important, but they are not without some reasonable limitations.” The governor has filed an appeal with the courts and continues to withhold school board members’ salaries in counties that have ignored his directive. Governor DeSantis, here are some facts. Over 5000 students and staff of Florida’s Hillsborough County public schools are in isolation or quarantine because of spreading COVID infections. In the first 15 days of school, they registered over a 10% increase over the rate during the last 17 months. Fifteen Miami-Dade school staff and educators have died of the coronavirus since school started this year. Two teachers and a teaching assistant recently died of COVID in Broward County. And an unvaccinated and unmasked elementary school teacher in Marin County, California, passed on COVID to half of her students and some of their family members. Despite these statistics, Governor DeSantis and others, like Texas Governor Greg Abbott, refuse to follow the science. Donald Trump was initially responsible for politicizing this disease, but many Republican legislators continue to endanger our children and their families. This is political opportunism at its deadliest. Mask-wearing and vaccinations can reduce the effects of COVID. They save lives. Putting a price on resistance through vaccine mandates or weekly testing is gaining traction. You can lose your job or be prohibited from eating in restaurants or attending concerts. Last month, a Harris Poll COVID-19 tracking survey showed that almost two-thirds of Americans believe we should require proof of vaccination to fly domestically. Actions have consequences. That’s what I’ve taught my children. Sadly, many adults never learned that lesson. This is a public health issue, one that outweighs personal liberties. Ron DeSantis and others like him don’t care about us. They certainly don’t care about our children. They care only for their political futures. And people are dying because of it. Feel free to pass this poster on. It's free to download here (click on the down arrow just to the lower right of the image). See the rest of the posters from the Chamomile Tea Party! Digital high res downloads are free here (click the down arrow on the lower right side of the image). Other options are available. And join our Facebook group. Follow the history of our country's political intransigence from 2010-2020 through a seven-part exhibit of these posters on Google Arts & Culture.





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