There aren’t many things “Republican” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp does that makes sense, but when he strikes the right chord we’re ready to give him kudos. He struck such a cord yesterday when he signed a ban on mandates from local, city, and county governments to place face diapers on our kids.
According to Just The News:
Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order Friday that bans masks mandates inside Georgia public schools.
The order also lifts most existing COVID-19 restrictions in the state. It blocks schools from implementing policies that would require students and staff to wear masks. Students and teachers still can wear masks if they choose, but they would be optional.
“Georgians don’t need the government telling them what their children should do,” Kemp tweeted Thursday.
But this wasn’t just government fighting government. Yes, Kemp had it out with lame duck Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, but much of this was prompted by protests and a lawsuit filed by citizens in Cobb County.
Six Cobb County parents who sued the Cobb County School District over the district’s mask mandate have dropped the lawsuit in response to Kemp’s announcement.
Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had a public dispute last summer over Kemp’s order that restricted local governments from issuing face covering rules that were more restrictive than his.
Despite their spat, Kemp tried other means to prevent the draconian mandates being passed down by the state legislature as well as city and county officials. Then, he got weak in the knees and turned back around. It’s good to see him getting involved again even if he’s a RINO.
Kemp filed a lawsuit against Atlanta officials in July after the city enacted a face mask-wearing mandate when his executive order encouraged but did not require face coverings. Kemp later abandoned the lawsuit and issued an executive order that allowed certain local governments to issue the mandate.
The Georgia Department of Public Health reported Friday the lowest COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. State records show 99 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms. According to the state’s daily status report, 9.9% of the tests returned were positive Friday for COVID-19.
“As hospitalizations, cases, deaths, and percent positive tests all continue to decline – and with vaccinations on the rise – Georgians deserve to fully return to normal,” Kemp said. “With safe and effective vaccines widely available and the public well-aware of all COVID-19 mitigation measures, mandates from state and local governments are no longer needed.”
Lest we forget, this disease is not considered to be deadly to the vast majority of school-aged children. The recovery rate is astronomical, higher than the flu for children. They are also far less likely to transmit the disease even if they’ve been exposed, negating the need for teachers to be “protected” from their students. Besides, most teachers have been vaccinated so they should be in good shape, right?
The Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Association of Educators and Georgia Parent Teachers Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
The order takes effect Monday. It also lifts existing restrictions on restaurants, bars, conventions, child care facilities, live performance venues and other organizations. Kemp lifted gathering bans, shelter-in-place requirements and social distancing mandates at businesses in April. Friday’s order is set to expire June 15.
Some restrictions on long-term care facilities and schools still remain in place in compliance with public health guidance. Kemp also signed an executive order this week that bans state agencies, state service providers and state properties from requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports. It also stops state employers from implementing different rules for employees based on vaccination status.
Georgia House Minority Leader James Beverly, D-Macon, said Kemp’s vaccine passport ban places the “culture wars” in the public health domain.
“Fighting against so-called ‘COVID Passports’ plays into the anti-vax narrative in dangerous ways,” Beverly said in a statement. “Our students show vaccine histories before going into schools and universities, is that next?”
Masking children has never been about their protection or the public health. It’s a control mechanism that indoctrinates them into a “new normal” of face diapers and senseless authoritarian mandates.
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report, Conservative Playbook, and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Both of our YouTube accounts were banned. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancellation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
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