August 13, 2021

Can you do a little?

By Glenn

First conservatives told us to sacrifice seniors.  Now, they want us to sacrifice teachers and school children.  Over 600,000 Americans have already died.  Conservatives call this Pro Life.

In March of 2020, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick objected to Covid 19 mitigation efforts.  He said, “No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’” 

Let’s imagine we had taken Patrick’s advice and let seniors die while the rest of us did nothing.  What would be the body count?  1 Million dead?  2 Million dead?  

How many more Americans need to die before conservative politicians start taking Covid seriously?

Texas Governor Greg Abbot has ordered public schools to disarm themselves in this deadly fight.  Masks, simply and effectively, reduce this risk of spreading Covid 19.

The CDC recommends that “If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.”  Abbott ignored these recommendations and banned mask mandates in Texas Public Schools..

Abbot’s order contradicts infectious disease science.  It dramatically increases the health and lives of Texas students, staff and faculty.  Everyone inside a Texas Public School has a reason to fear that the school year will end in serious injury or death. 

If you don’t believe this is possible, just look at what is happening in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  More and more children must be treated in the hospital.  ICU units are filling.  Is this healthy? Is this Pro Life?

Arkansas is experiencing the same uptick in ICU occupancy.  Their Governor, Republican Asa Hutchinson, said he regrets signing his state’s mask ban into law.  Disarming public servants not only lowers an important barrier to transmission, it sends the message that Covid is no longer a threat.

Covid 19 is clearly still a threat to the life and health of everyone around the world.  We are, however, in a much better position to defend ourselves. 

Vaccines are the best long term solution.  They are highly safe and effective. Nine out of ten hospitalizations are unvaccinated individuals.  More adults need to take the shot.

Children under twelve are not eligible for the vaccines yet.  Clinical trials are underway, but we simply don’t know the results.  Hopefully, they can receive protection too.

The best temporary defense for them is universal mask wearing.  We can, and must, protect our children.  If we don’t, we are simply aborting their lives.

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