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Monday, August 01, 2022

Mask mandates flip parents Republican

Mask mandates may not have stopped the spread of covid, but they have started the spread of a backlash against public officials in California. And because Democrats so dominate California, that can only help Republicans.

A New York Times piece profiled a few parents who attended a Defeat the Mandates rally in Orinda, which is in the Bay area.

The story quoted Lisa Longnecker, 54, who has a 17-year-old son. She said, "I wish I’d woken up to this cause sooner. But I can’t think of a single more important issue. It’s going to decide how I vote."

The story by Sheera Frenkel said, "Ms. Longnecker and her fellow objectors are part of a potentially destabilizing new movement: parents who joined the anti-vaccine and anti-mask cause during the pandemic, narrowing their political beliefs to a single-minded obsession over those issues. Their thinking hardened even as Covid-19 restrictions and mandates were eased and lifted, cementing in some cases into a skepticism of all vaccines.

Nearly half of Americans oppose masking and a similar share is against vaccine mandates for schoolchildren, polls show. But what is obscured in those numbers is the intensity with which some parents have embraced these views. While they once described themselves as Republicans or Democrats, they now identify as independents who plan to vote based solely on vaccine policies."

Let me reiterate, the mask mandates in California came mainly from Democrats. Every Republican running in November should oppose mask mandates because those mandates are --- to paraphrase Obama's pet phrase -- not who we are as Americans.

Frenkel seemed upset by all this.

She wrote, "Their transformation injects an unpredictable element into November’s midterm elections. Fueled by a sense of righteousness after Covid vaccine and mask mandates ended, many of these parents have become increasingly dogmatic, convinced that unless they act, new mandates will be passed after the midterms."

The sense of righteousness in politics is peculiar to liberals, isn't it?

And if California Democrats get away with mask mandates, they will never stop. They are busybodies who want everyone to conform to their vision of the world. You stay home eating leftovers while Governor Gavin Newsome dines at a fancy French restaurant.

Frenkel wrote, "In interviews, 27 parents who called themselves anti-vaccine and anti-mask voters described strikingly similar paths to their new views. They said they had experienced alarm about their children during pandemic quarantines. They pushed to reopen schools and craved normalcy. They became angry, blaming lawmakers for the disruption to their children’s lives."

School officials caved to teachers unions by closing schools while keeping the paychecks flowing. The decision was unusually cruel to kids.

Frankel wrote, "Natalya Murakhver, 50, once considered herself a Democrat who prioritized environmental and food sustainability issues. Sam James, 41, said he was a Democrat who worried about climate change. Sarah Levy, 37, was an independent who believed in social justice causes.

"That was before the pandemic. In 2020, when the coronavirus swept in and led to lockdowns, Ms. Murakhver’s two daughters — Violet, 5, and Clementine, 9 — climbed the walls of the family’s Manhattan apartment, complaining of boredom and crying that they missed their friends.

"In Chicago, Mr. James’s two toddlers developed social anxiety after their preschool shuttered, he said. Ms. Levy said her autistic 7-year-old son watched TV for hours and stopped speaking in full sentences."

Closing schools was a big mistake on two fronts. The most obvious is the masks.

But many parents got to see inside the classroom, thanks to Zoom.

That may be acceptable in California, but parents in most states reject it. Ron DeSantis became a national figure by standing up to Disney and banning sex education to kindergarteners in Florida.

Virginia flipped red last year in part because school boards arrested a parent who dared object to the raping of two girls by a boy in a skirt who was allowed in the girls restroom.

Children matter. Making them wear masks, confusing them on sex and brushing aside rapes in the restroom are not a winning party platform, Democrats.


  1. “Busybodies”? Try “bullies”.

    Much more appropriate ;<)


  2. Remember when Democrats justified lots of their crap by saying, "It's all about the children?" Turns out, that was true, but not in the way we thought. Maybe actual conservatives should have a saying, too, like "It's all about vigilante justice."

    1. I bought lots of stock in popcorn, now I’m investing in short, easily tied, ropes.

  3. The only good thing about the pandemic was that it opened parents' eyes to what was/is happening in schools. Parents are right to fight back. They should be raising their children, not the school system and teachers. No wonder the poor, dear reporter is worried. This is going to change votes. Repulicans should absolutely campaign on no more masks and no more online learning for kids.

    1. True LuAnn. Something good usually comes out of something bad.

      We shall see if the stupid party does what they should. On a local level, they will be less stupid. On a state level, I am not going to put any money on it.

  4. Making them wear masks, confusing them on sex and brusing aside rapes in the restroom are not a winning party platform, Democrats.

    Neither is $5+ gas, open borders, lawlessness, banning fossil fuels, high taxes, regulations, etc. etc. etc. So remind me again, what is the 'winning party platform' for Democrats?

    1. But on the other hand, they own the voting machines.

    2. Correct Jim. And I saw in Kenosha, Wisconsin, they have rolled out a mobile home voting station, bought with Zuckerbucks.

  5. I also see children of this generation becoming more conservative.

  6. So which of these issues is the one that will propel Conservative Americans to do what is necessary to take our country back? Which is the hill to die on?

  7. Mask mandate cancelled.
    Looters and vandals hardest hit.

  8. I've said this would happen, although I didn't think it would take this long. Considering that some of the most passive nations in the world - France, Canada, the Netherlands - are already up in arms, it says something about the faith of the average American in the Constitution that it's taken this long.

    And, in a flip on the 60s, the yoots are once more revolting.

  9. i too am a serious and proud, single-issue, voter. my political litmus test is protecting our inalienable right to keep and bear arms.

    1. Hell Bent For LeatherAugust 1, 2022 at 8:57 PM

      Being a conservative Christian, I must stand against the murder of our most innocent.

      I will fight for, and defend our Constitution. Free speech and the right to bear arms are paramount, but murdering babies cannot stand.

  10. Only neurotics and nitwits voluntarily wear masks. It’s safe to say that the vast majority are Democrats.

  11. As an observer, I'll wait and see if the parent anger makes any difference in California. The pessimist in me just thinks the Dems will stuff the ballot boxes.


    What scum.

  13. It's california, they'll cheat. It's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes.
    If those parents want to be sure they'll need to volunteer to be poll watchers and counters.