Don’t mess with Texas: just don’t….

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. ~ Proverbs 11:14

From Jeff Reynolds, PJMedia: Pay attention, as today marks a pivotal point in American history as we struggle to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Several states have banded together to oppose President Trump’s framework for getting America back to work, while other states have shown a willingness to protect individual liberty and the livelihoods of Americans. No two states demonstrate this stark contrast better than Texas and Washington.

On the same day, Gov. Inslee (D-Wash.) and Gov. Abbott (R-Texas) issued statements that display the fundamental question facing America. Shall the United States remain a nation founded on liberty, or shall we capriciously remove those rights as an exercise to increase the power of the state? [-]

Don’t mess with Texas… just don’t.

Here in the great state of don’t mess with Texas, 20 or so urban and close-in suburban counties account for the vast majority of the COVID-19 cases. That leaves a mere 234 counties that can look at some form of easing, based on their local variables, and it includes both rural and exurban counties. The main bans still kept are schools, because if any mask requirements are put in place, it would be impossible to get a bunch of kindergartners and elementary school kids to abide by them. So the rural/exurban businesses look to reopen, while the schools stay with online classes until August.

You can either complain that Abbott is opening things up too fast, or you can complain that Abbott isn’t opening things up fast enough when it comes to the urban areas of the state. You need to pick one gripe and stick with it.

Those are going to be the test areas, and if there’s no COVID-19 spike and if the numbers in the urban and inner suburban areas keep trending downward, then the remaining 20 counties join in later.

In the greater Dallas area, nobody could say we’ve been hit hard by this. Our superb medical facilities weren’t overrun and in fact never reached capacity. The pop up hospital at Kay Bailey Hutchison Center is on the verge of being closed down and for the most part deaths were of older individuals with underlying health conditions. Lewisville (Denton County) 20 miles northwest of Dallas, and home to yours truly, hasn’t even seemed to experience first wave, never mind ongoing.

Gov Greg Abbott … Don’t mess with Texas

More from PJMedia; Governor Abbott’s office issued this statement:

Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference where he issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines. Within the orders, select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 are allowed to reopen using a “Retail-To-Go” model, certain restrictions on surgeries have been loosened, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Within these orders, the Governor has established the Strike Force to Open Texas—a team of nationally recognized medical experts and private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas.

“Texans are battling a colossal challenge—an invisible enemy that has tested our lives and our livelihoods—but overcoming challenges is part of who we are as Texans,” said Governor Abbott. “We have shown that Texas can continue our efforts to contain COVID-19 while also adopting safe standards that will allow us to begin the process of reopening Texas. The Strike Force to Open Texas brings together nationally recognized medical experts with public and private sector leaders to achieve this mission. By coming together, we can get Texans back to work, practice safe standards that will prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we can overcome this pandemic.”

Abbott believes that Texans can continue safe behaviors and practices while conducting business and picking up the pieces of shattered livelihoods — returning to jobs, reopening businesses, and slowly returning to normal. This reflects a belief in the principle of self-governance upon which the Founders based the Constitution. [-]

The point was never that we can keep people from being exposed. The point is we flatten the curve to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system’s capacity. Thus far the blue states and urban areas have done worse than rural areas partially due to population density and partially due to lifestyle (mass transit). The sickest thing I’ve heard parroted by leftists and trolls is the desire to see red and rural areas ‘get hit’ to justify their political vendetta. These trolls and leftists are nothing more than seriously sick, selfish, self-serving morons.

It has been apparent for quite some period of time that we are two or more irreconcilably hostile nations mingling together inside one set of borders. Few at most of We the (63 million) People would admit to thinking at first that this pandemic would be the trigger, but in retrospect we can be pretty darned sure that this could well end up being settled kinetically with a fair great loss of life. Those who prefer being ruled by the State simply can’t tolerate those who are not so ruled; conversely, those who refuse to be ruled by the State can’t tolerate being conquered and enslaved.

Don’t mess with Texas: just don’t. Dance cards are filling up. Keep thy codpieces buttoned.

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. ~ Joel 3:14


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