I walked by a school in St. Augustine, Florida this week, and I saw dozens of elementary age children playing outside with no masks and no scolding teacher telling them not to get near each other. In fact, the teacher watched calmly from the shade without a mask as the children hugged each other, touched each other and played like normal children are wont to do. I felt a huge surge of hope.
There are indeed people in the United States who have not fallen for all of the false information, fake science and mass hysteria regarding COVID-19. If there is a school where children are able to avoid medieval, senseless rules, this means there is one sensible school administration, one group of intelligent teachers and one group of enlightened parents — at least one. And where there is one such school, there are likely to be others. And that is hopeful.
In fact, Florida has not closed its schools this year, unlike the backward, science-ignoring schools in many other states. In Colorado, where I live, we have had a byzantine set of rules — one week the kids can go three days a week, the next week not at all, a few weeks later they can go again. Finally, the schools my kids go to in Colorado is going back to full-time attendance next week, but they have — bizarrely — canceled band and orchestra practice because….people can’t play some instruments without masks on, and you wouldn’t want that! Never mind that the kids all interact freely with each other without masks before and after school — some bureaucrat decided to cancel the music program because he or she had the power to do so.
I am in Florida in part because it is one of the few sensible places left in our increasingly tyrannical United States of Panic. As I pointed out in this post, Florida and California have had about the same results during the pandemic, despite the fact that Florida is mostly free and California is mostly locked down. The Florida economy, meanwhile, is booming while California continues its economic free-fall. The results are clear: lockdowns don’t work. As I wrote in this post, the lockdowns have caused millions of unnecessary deaths, destroyed economies worldwide and caused an increase in depression, anxiety and suicide. We will be suffering from the effects of these lockdowns for years if not decades to come.
Meanwhile, billions of mostly free people worldwide have allowed tyrannical governments to take away their freedom in the name of “safety.” This is what dictatorial governments always promise — safety without freedom. And the traditional media, the social media platforms and elite politicians and public figures have colluded to suppress the truth about the lockdowns and the useless mask mandates. So, yes, there are many reasons to be concerned about this time in our history.
But if one school can buck all of these forces, and allow kids to be kids, maybe there is hope after all?
The ghouls and tyrants who love lockdowns and ordering other people around are all hoping that Florida is proven a COVID killing field so they can point and say, “see, we need more government and more busy-bodies telling other people what to do!” It is as if these people have never read a history book. More government and more busy-bodies yelling at people usually ends with millions of dead people because famine, concentration camps and/or massive wars. We never need more of that. The solution is always more freedom.
But I am happy to report that a month after I wrote the post comparing Florida and California, the number of cases and deaths in Florida continues to fall.
If you see this and feel a twinge of disappointment at the results — results that clearly prove the lockdowns were unnecessary and harmful — you should seek psychiatric help immediately. Not only do you cheer when people die, you also have problems with allowing other people personal freedom.
If on the other hand you can celebrate when you see children running around without masks, and you can celebrate when the data proves that liberty works — then, welcome to sanity! The many generations before you who fought for your freedom would be proud of your ability to see through the propaganda being spouted by the ruling classes today. Let’s not rest until all of the lockdowns and mask mandates are ended, and let’s never allow them to be imposed again. Future generations will thank you.