Three Cheers for Texas
Making Sense By Michael Reagan
He wasn’t the first governor in the country to lift the mask mandate for his state.
North Dakota, Montana and Iowa have ended state-wide mask orders in recent weeks and progressive states like Florida and South Dakota never issued them in the first place.
But Gov. Greg Abbott did the country a huge favor this week when he announced that Texas was allowing all businesses in the state to reopen at full capacity on March 10.
It was a loud and bold signal to the whole country that it’s time to climb out of our basements, regain our freedoms and get back to “normal,” whatever that’s going to be.
The national media scolded Abbott for dropping the mask mandate and acted like he was a reckless mass murderer, of course.
Public health experts - who never fail to see a new surge of virus cases over the horizon - warned that it was too dangerous now to loosen up mask rules.
And President Biden, our pessimist-in-chief who sees no return to normal life by Christmas, accused Abbott of “Neanderthal Thinking.”
But Abbott decided that his Texans had suffered enough. The economic, social and public health costs of lockdowns and school closings were too high to continue.
Suicides and drug overdoses are up in Abbott’s state and across the country because of loneliness and the stress of lost jobs and lost businesses.