what if legislatures stood up for people?
placing rights above self-righteousness is the essence of a republic
now HERE’s a story i can get behind.
it’s been depressing watching summit county and salt lake go increasingly “woke” and “karen.” summit imposed a 45 day indoor mask mandate a couple weeks ago as a kowtow to the pseudoscience and anxiety appeasement of “bluetah.” both summit and SLC have been requiring masks on kids in schools more or less all year.
first order of business for the new legislature?
freeing the people.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House of Representatives voted Friday to overturn mask mandates in Salt Lake and Summit counties.
The joint resolution to terminate the mask orders, including the student mask mandate in Salt Lake City, passed by a 45-29 vote.
Because it’s a joint resolution, it does not need Gov. Spencer Cox’s signature to become law, and Cox does not have the power to veto it. The Utah Legislature gave itself the ability to overturn local health orders by joint resolution in SB195, also known as Utah’s COVID-19 “endgame” bill, which was signed into law last year.
the aptly named “endgame bill” that gave the legislature power to countermand the unelected health commissars of covid has proven quite useful.
perhaps this is a template for other states.
this is sound reasoning:
Republican senators supporting the resolution said wearing a mask should be a personal decision.
“People do not like it when we make decisions for them. They just don’t,” said Sen. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton. “Utahns should be free to wear a mask or get a vaccine, or stay home, but the government should not be mandating or dictating what businesses should be enforcing, especially when it comes to personal health decisions.”
and this is NOT:
However, Democratic senators who voted against the resolution said the Legislature should leave mask mandates up to local control.
“If you believe in local control, the county has decided that this is in their best interest,” said Sen. Kathleen Riebe, D-Cottonwood Heights.
“It kind of annoys me, to be honest with you, that we are wasting time in this debate when it’s set to expire automatically, and we have skyrocketing cases,” added Sen. Derek Kitchen, D-Sandy.
this is not “local control.” after all, what could be more local than the ability to control oneself?
this is pushing coercive policy imposition down to a level where it can win. this is not freedom, it’s force used to impose upon people’s lives and livelihoods.
i heard from some friends in the area that park city teachers were literally crying and claiming they were going to die because the kids would no longer have to be masked.
this is a truly frightening decent into performative histrionics. the evidence is and has been overwhelming that masks in schools do nothing to stop covid. masks do not stop covid. not even N95’s. this is 100 years of settled science. it has not changed. it was ignored.
masks are a made up epidemiological cosplay cargo cult.
they offer nothing but dehumanization and submission to the most neurotic. the fact that so many teachers seem to love them so much should lead us to ask some VERY pointed questions about the people with whom we have trusted our children.
it’s really quite striking how these folks so fond of extoling the resilience of children seem to have so little of their own. where did they outgrow it, i wonder?
perhaps it was trained out of them in school…
gatopal™ real developments sums it up perfectly:
once you read that, there’s just no unreading it, is there?
a society were the teachers view the children as human shields is not a society that’s working. period.
that last part of riebe’s comments is in many ways the most sinister.
“we’re wasting time on something that ends anyway!”
anyone falling for THAT pile of steaming excrement after the manner in which “2 weeks to flatten the curve” worked out is truly, deeply stupid.
given the way these edicts get re-upped on expiry and have all along as a nasty “just two more weeks” ploy to mire you in sunk cost fallacy, that greasy claim about “it was going to expire anyway” rings cloyingly false.
and this is grotesque:
“local authorities should be able to take your rights and force nonsensical and dehumanizing cosplay upon you because they have decided it’s in your best interest. your rights have been avolitionally waived for your convenience.”
wow. is that your for real political message?
this doesn’t work. it never did. no matter how many times you try to call it science, it will never work.
people do not want it.
and they do not want people telling them what to do.
if you want to wear one, knock yourself out. you do you and leave others out of it.
but that is not what this overblown opposition is about.
they are worried about something else:
this is is a strong signal that such local bio-tyrannies will no longer be tolerated.
and it’s a sign of the short shelf life remaining on many other tyrannies as well.
this is the real reason that jumped up county health harridans and enraged educators are fighting so furiously on this ridiculous hill: because once it is seen that they can be pushed back, pushback is going to accelerate everywhere.
longtime gatopal™ doomberg (yes, cats and chickens can be friends. his substack is fantastic.) published a wonderful take on how this works the other day:
this is what they know is coming. this is WHY they are so aggressive and strident and accusatory about anyone who tries to start any dancing whatsoever. their little fiefdoms rely entirely on the perception that they cannot be challenged, that they are in control, and that this cannot be changed.
the stalinist stunts pulled in closed county and school board meetings that ignore debate, dissent, or accountability stand as powerful evidence on this. they have tried to rig the game.
but every win makes the next win easier. each opposition to and overturning of their petty and pernicious prerogatives makes the next retaking of authority more certain.
this is a ball that once it starts rolling, can really gather momentum.
and this is the time to do it.
public health, public schools, and public policy have become inimical to the functioning of a free society and to the rights of a free people to live and thrive.
and enough is enough.
it is time to return the governance of the government to we the people and restore the notion that its just powers are derived from the consent of those governed, not their submission.
no matter the nonsense now taught in far too many schools (and this is no accident), this is not some radical new idea. it is the founding principle of america, the bedrock notion of a republic, that most ennobling form of government which places the rights of the individual inalienably above the state and elevates subject to citizen.
such rights may be most readily reclaimed at the local level.
people are beginning to get up and dance.
hear the music.