The State of Georgia Unmasked?

“Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed an executive order Wednesday night explicitly banning cities from enacting their own mask mandates, even as the state experiences a sharp rise in coronavirus cases and other Republican governors are turning to mask orders to try to quell the surge.”

What the Frack is going on? Same data. Same pandemic. And yet there are opposing approaches to mask wearing.

The chaos surrounding COVID-19 pandemic management is unfathomable!

The adults have left the room and taken all their leadership with them and the children are creating chaos!

MY GOD what is going on? The Republicans are just as childish as the Democrats!

All or Nothing is teenager behavior.

I count on Republicans to be moderate in their actions and firm in their beliefs. Now this governor is practicing Hoover leadership by sucking all the options up into his one executive order. This is absurd.

This is purposely creating chaos in America. What else can it be?

The Second Roman Empire is Dying

As the President tweets, the Second Roman Empire is dying. News at 11.

How bad is it? Health and Human Services is setting up a separate Pandemic Tracking System to control the data being given to the public about COVID-19.

Unable to force their will upon the independent-acting CDC and its international relationships, the Trump Administration seeks to cut the CDC out of everything. First he cut the ties to WHO and now he seeks to control the data related to COVID-19. Ineptly.

He repeatedly said it was hoax. Now he wants to control the distribution of information about the spread of the disease. This is a tinpot dictator move and we should be afraid. Very afraid.

The Russians have penetrated the US political system and thrown it into chaos. Is Putin getting even for the break-up of the Soviet system induced by President Reagan? Perhaps like the book 1984 sort of prophesied, Russia and Asia have combined to take down the US?

an idiot speaks

Not me…a different idiot..

“Moreover, free speech has never been more widely available than it is today. So much so that the cacophony of voices liberated by digital media too frequently drowns out well-informed and sensible opinion. Trump, who blurts out several hot takes every day, is himself an example of the verbal incontinence enabled by Twitter in recent years.”

Please don’t be stupid enough to think that Free Speech has anything to do with Twitter and other social media. Your speech may be curtailed by any person, organization, church, or motorcycle club in your neighborhood who chooses to block you from their website, newspaper, podium, or whatever. You do not have the right to have your barbaric yawp printed or distributed by everyone.

Free speech is about what GOVERNMENT cannot do. They cannot stop you from saying cruel and heartless things… unless you advocate insurrection, the overthrow of the government.

Cancel Culture is the negation of public figures by withdrawing support for them, their history, their products, and/or their contributions. This is rejection, not censorship. It is revisionism of the highest order. It is oppression.

I’m beginning to think we live on the island described in Lord of the Flies. You and I and others like us are “Ralph”.

The rest of the world is like Jack’s savages and soon they will be hunting us. They wish to put our heads on a spike because we adhere to morality rather than savagery.

We may need the military to save us. It’s happened before. Different places and different times.

Mask Enforcement in Dane County: Do your job, dag nab it!

Enforcement of This Policy

Our Role

We have established a complaint team that will evaluate the complaints and determine the best way to provide education to individuals and businesses that are noncompliant with the face covering section of the Order. The goal of this team is to insure that face coverings are worn when required by providing education first before looking towards enforcement. When necessary, enforcement will generally focus on businesses or individuals that despite attempts to educate continue to violate the Order, such as businesses who do not require customers and/or staff to wear masks at large indoor events or gatherings. If a citation is issued within the City of Madison the ticket amount would be $376, if it is issued outside of the City under the County ordinance the ticket amount is $263.50.

Your Role as an Individual

You should not ask someone why they aren’t wearing a mask. It is not your job to intervene if someone isn’t wearing a mask. Some people have conditions or circumstances that would make wearing a cloth face covering difficult or dangerous. Your job is to wear your mask and stay six feet away from others. See this section for more information.

Dane County Mask Order

Madison, Wisconsin- Dane County has issued an order for people to wear masks. Here’s what it says:

Face Coverings:

i. Every individual, age five (5) and older,in Dane County must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when:

1.In any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, could be present.

2.In line to enter any indoor space.

3.Driving or riding on public transportation or in a paratransit vehicle, a taxi, a private car service vehicle, a ride-sharing vehicle, or any other for hire vehicle.

ii.Individuals may remove their face coverings under the following circumstances:

1.While they are eating or drinking.

2.When communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing and communication cannot be achieved through other means.

3.While obtaining a service that requires the temporary removal of the face covering.

4.When necessary to confirm the individual’s identity.

5.When federal or state law prohibits wearing a face covering.

President Trump’s Rushmore Speech

If you haven’t read it, you should. It’s a great speech and except for one swipe at Democrat mayors, it reflects the American character of exceptionalism.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-south-dakotas-2020-mount-rushmore-fireworks-celebration-keystone-south-dakota/

I am thankful I did not see him deliver the speech. It would have ruined it for me. I would have focused on his hubris and his poor character as a human being. He will never measure up to the presidential legacies of those who were carved into the rock behind him. But he did have this one great speech.

After President Trump’s praise of our Founding Fathers, he went on to say:

“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.

Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they are doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing. They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive. But no, the American people are strong and proud, and they will not allow our country, and all of its values, history, and culture, to be taken from them.

The President goes on to say:

“One of their political weapons is “Cancel Culture” — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees.  This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.  (Applause.)  This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly.  We will expose this dangerous movement, protect our nation’s children, end this radical assault, and preserve our beloved American way of life.  (Applause.)

In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance.  If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished.  It’s not going to happen to us.  (Applause.)

There is a lot of truth in these statements… And a bit of irony that the President fires everyone perceived as disloyal to him while embracing the concept of tolerance for opposing viewpoints.

“Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains.  The radical view of American history is a web of lies — all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.”

The President goes on to remind everyone about our national heroes.

In all of the bad things we can say about this President, there is this one good speech about America; there is the calling out of a new fascism that seeks to tear the American Dream into shreds and replace it with an American Nightmare. An American Nightmare to scare the innocent, frighten the ignorant, and horrify the rational and reasonable citizens of America.

We are not now and never have been anything but exceptional.

Our country has abandoned its racist past and its misogynist culture.

It has defeated Nazis, Communists, and a variety of totalitarian dictators.

While the embers of these firestorms still glow, the fires have been extinguished. We must continue to be vigilant so they do not re-kindle into a conflagration once again.

While my disdain for President Trump remains high, he will be replaced one day and America will move forward once again to remove the yoke of misery off the shoulders of its citizens and off the world.

It is our legacy and our future as a nation.

Believe in America’s history, believe in its future.

Political Party Power-Sheesh…

So the Republican Party in Texas is unhappy with Governor Abbott. So they censured him.

I have complained ad nauseum that the political parties have too much freakin’ power.

First the Republican legislature sued the Governor of Wisconsin for exercising too much power during a pandemic and the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed.

In Texas, Republican Governor Abbott used his emergency powers to order masks for all people in Texas and the Republican Party went nuts and censured him. For Failing to Be Republican While being a Governor!

The Ector County Republican Party voted Saturday to censure Gov. Greg Abbott, accusing him of overstepping his authority in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, while state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, called for a special session so lawmakers could have a say in how Texas proceeds amid soaring caseloads.

The party executive committee in Ector County, home to Odessa, passed the censure resolution 10-1, with one abstention and three voting members who were not present, according to the chairperson, Tisha Crow. She said she was among those who supported the resolution, which accuses Abbott of violating five party principles related to his exercise of executive power during the pandemic.

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What now?

Now that everyone has had their thirty-days of emotional response to:

(Choose one or more)

a) police brutality

b) the Confederacy that was defeated 150 years ago

c) slavery that was legal and existed in America from 1492 until Juneteenth 1865

d) the lack of government tools to deal with public mental health

e) wearing face masks

f) monument and property destruction

f) all of the above

..perhaps we can go back to being adults again. Hopefully, better adults this time around.

Politicians and social leaders took up the causes of protesters AND tolerated the protest misbehaviors for the most part. While plenty of people decried the violence, the protesters who respected the laws (and the traditional American convention of social protest) were not tarred and feathered with the Anarchists.

Even the rantings of the President of the United States to gin up an authoritarian response were ignored by local politicians. Thank God.

So here we are cleaning up the destruction of property, the leavings of human garbage, the bruising of community relationships, and the re-examination of law-and-order in our political infrastructure.

What happens next?

Will we change our meme as a nation?

Will the restraint demonstrated by local authorities continue?

Will battle lines be re-drawn?

Will we finally defeat our past?