California's Failure Should End COVID Mandates
Gavin Newsom's Debacle Should End COVID - But It Won't
Perhaps no state better exemplifies the stupidity and futility of COVID policy better than California.
Few people on earth have pretended to follow The Science™ more closely than Gavin Newsom and his top health officials. Their desperation to maintain an illusion of control has caused untold suffering and led to a mass migration out of the state and a collapse in the number of people moving into the state.
What used to be a haven for invention, positive outlook and technological progress has turned into a dystopian wasteland reorganized solely around failing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Now, state and local officials are quietly and tacitly acknowledging their policies don’t actually work by pushing new ones and also by disgracefully targeting school children with N95’s — masks specifically not recommended by the FDA for usage by children.
But the collapse of California should mark the end of so many COVID narratives; fully and completely destroying any possible justification for further mandates.
Unfortunately, politicians like Newsom are so committed to following the destructive, useless guidance of incompetent experts that it feels impossible that the state will ever end their “state of emergency.”
But in a sane world, the media and the general public would be holding them to account for their unequivocal failure. And this article explains why.
“…gee, what could go wrong…”
That was Gavin Newsom’s response to a New York Times article criticizing the G.O.P.’s fight for personal freedom and defense of scientific evidence, which is overwhelmingly in favor of ending mask and vaccine mandates.
Newsom is an endless consumer of vast quantities of misinformation from delusional, incompetent bureaucrats like Dr. Anthony Fauci:
In December 2020 when Newsom made the indefensible decision to lock the state down again after his original mask mandate failed, it was revealed that Fauci consulted with state officials and said the state had “no choice” despite following all of his advice and seeing it utterly deteriorate. So it ought to come as no surprise that Newsom believed additional misinformation from Fauci and others that mask and vaccine mandates would lead to positive COVID outcomes.
Unfortunately, misinformation has become something of “new normal” in California.
Just a few months ago, in August 2021, Newsom made the truly absurd claim that COVID could be over in a month if everyone followed his advice:
“If we want to end this pandemic and disease, we can do it in a month,” Newsom said at an Oakland elementary school this week, echoing remarks he’d made the week before in San Bernardino.
“This disease, now a choice,” Newsom continued. “The one thing that could end this pandemic once and for all is available in abundance to everybody that wants it, regardless of your ability to pay, regardless of your immigration status, it’s available today, and that’s a vaccine.”
Hilariously, an article covering his comments quoted “experts” making excuses for Newsom’s incompetence and misinformation, a generous perk of media coverage when your name isn’t Ron DeSantis.
But this dangerous lie and Newsom’s sarcastic criticism of the push to end mask and vaccine mandates have been curiously ignored by the national and local media as winter’s taken over the state. I wonder why!
Oh. That’s why.
Cases are up 2,165% since Newsom laughed off freedom and chuckled at his own brilliance in pushing for mask and vaccine mandates.
They’re up 1,774% since he reinstated the mask mandate that had already failed to prevent a huge surge last fall and winter.
Astonishingly, cases have more than doubled in only five days since his incompetent health officials extended the mask mandate for another month.
The mask mandates, the vaccine mandates. None of it is working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in California.
Has anyone in the media asked if he regrets making those snide comments about mask and vaccine mandates only to see them fail spectacularly in his state?
Why has no one criticized him for the unbelievable disinformation that COVID was “now a choice” based on vaccination status?
Has anyone asked him who advised him that the vaccines would prevent someone from being infected with COVID?
According to the CDC, 84.2% of the population of California has been at least partially vaccinated, 90% of everyone over 5. Every other metric has maxed out at the CDC capped 95%. We can see how well that’s worked to prevent cases:
Are we still pretending that this “disease is a choice” and we can end the pandemic in a month if people get vaccinated?
They DID get vaccinated. At incredibly high rates. The overwhelming majority of everyone even remotely at risk have been vaccinated. The vast majority of the state’s population is vaccinated to some degree. The Governor followed The Science™ and espoused the politically correctly ideology that the G.O.P.’s push to ban mask and vaccine mandates was dangerous, anti-science fringe lunacy. How could this happen?
But those are just cases, what about hospitalizations, certainly those must have been prevented by Gavin’s mandates, right?!
Nope. Hospitalizations are the highest they’ve been since the first time the CDC’s vaccination rate data goes above 0%. They’ve nearly doubled in only nine days. At that rate, they will fly past the all time high by late next week.
But that’s just looking at the total population, what about those at significant risk — seniors? Well they’ve maxed out on those with at least one dose:
In fact, that dip shows the rate at >99% in December before the CDC made the decision to cap rates at 95%.
What’s even more impressive is that 52% of those over fifty who are vaccinated have also received a booster shot. Even that hasn’t stopped hospitalizations from doubling in nine days.
Californians have overwhelming complied with Newsom’s directives — they obviously believed his misinformation. It hasn’t worked.
Every single one of the counties where hospitalizations are growing the fastest have a higher than average vaccination rate:
The entire state is under a mask mandate. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Contra Costa have vaccine passports. None of it is preventing hospitalizations from rapidly increasing.
Not to mention the 948% percent increase in cases in San Mateo, 686% in Alameda and 691% increase in Contra Costa with some of the highest vaccination rates on earth.
The mask mandates, the vaccine mandates, the vaccine passports — none of it is working.
Even though Ghaly specifically said the mask mandate was proactive to prevent this surge from happening:
“We are proactively putting this tool of universal indoor masking in public settings in place to ensure we get through a time of joy and hope, without a darker cloud of concern and despair,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, announced on Monday.
Inexplicably, no one will ask him about it.
Nor will anyone ask Newsom why the pandemic was not over in a month in the areas with the highest vaccination rates, or get his thoughts on the fact that vaccinated individuals are easily contracting and spreading the disease.
Just imagine if this was Ron DeSantis.
But it’s not just the state that proves the futility of mandates and the utter incompetence of California’s top politicians and health officials. Many local jurisdictions are in a competition to outdo each others stupidity.
Perhaps the most incompetent organization in the world is Los Angeles County Public Health, who finally acknowledged that the cloth and surgical masks they’ve been mandating and virtue signaling about for nearly two years, are completely useless:
Not only are cloth masks useless, but medical masks are so hopelessly unable to prevent the spread of COVID that you should wear two! Let’s see how things are going in Los Angeles with all of their high quality masking and vaccine passports:
Nailed it. Just absolute perfection.
Never a mention by anyone in the media of the intellectual dishonesty of someone like Mark Ghaly saying that mask mandates were a proactive tool to prevent a surge when Los Angeles had a mask mandate in place for months and had already seen a surge afterwards and was showing signs of a rapid increase by mid-December. Just relentless promotion of more useless mandates to justify their own anxiety, false sense of superiority and devotion to the correct political ideology.
Marin County’s been doing well too:
Same with San Francisco, where cases are up 1,195% since vaccine passports:
Ah but don’t worry, Monica Gandhi thinks they’re “a great idea:”
But of course, she, like Newsom, will never have to admit what a complete failure their abhorrent, inexcusably evil positions have been.
Moronic politicians and hapless The Experts™ have seen their policies crumble into dust. Mask mandates, vaccine mandates, vaccine passports, and even lockdowns in some places have accomplished nothing. Instead of admitting reality and reducing the dramatic, horrifying ancillary consequences of their unacceptable policies, they push for further mandates and intrusions on freedom.
California has led the charge towards erasing any pretense of caring about individual liberty, civil rights, the well being of school children or basing decisions on science or evidence.
Instead, the Governor has gone after cheap points with his base of the dumbest common denominator; media members and activist ideologues who believe anything one of their religious leaders tells them.
Gavin Newsom asked what could go wrong and his state is providing the answers: useless “interventions” that don’t work, have terrible consequences and only serve to stoke further division and resentment. Oh and of course Sonoma County is now telling people to shelter in place, yet again. Perfectly California.