Florida Proves Lockdowns A Huge Mistake – A War on Freedoms…editor
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, April 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he regrets ever shutting down his state, calling lockdowns a “huge mistake.”
“We wanted to mitigate the damage. Now, in hindsight, the 15 days to slow the spread and the 30 — it didn’t work,” DeSantis told the Epoch Times. “We shouldn’t have gone down that road.”
The governor had issued a 30-day stay-at-home order more lenient than most, with exceptions made for religious services and recreational activities, as well as “broadly defined” essential businesses.
“Our economy kept going,” DeSantis said. “It was much different than what you saw in some of those lockdown states.”
After the stay-at-home order, DeSantis phased in a reopening of the state, even as he was berated by lockdown proponents for his policies. Florida was fully reopened by Sept. 25, 2020, and DeSantis stood firm even as COVID-19 cases rose during the winter.
The governor said during a February press conference that the “result” of lockdowns has been “the destruction of millions of lives across America, as well as increased deaths from suicide, substance abuse, and despair, without any corresponding benefit in COVID mortality.”
“It’s been a huge, huge mistake in terms of policy,” DeSantis told the Epoch Times. “All I had to do was follow the data and just be willing to go forward into the teeth of the narrative and fight the media.”
“As people were beating up on me, what I said was I’d rather them beat up on me than have someone lose their job. I’d rather have them beat up on me than have kids locked out of school. I’m totally willing to take whatever heat comes our way because we’re doing the right thing.”
DeSantis’s policies have since been vindicated by Florida’s health numbers, by the state of its economy, and by the deep gratitude of Floridians whose businesses and livelihoods have been saved thanks to DeSantis.
Despite the fact that Florida’s population is the sixth oldest in the United States by median age, and that people over 55 account for 93 percent of COVID-19 deaths nationwide, Florida ranks 27th in the country for COVID-19 deaths per capita.
The state’s unemployment rate, as of early April 2021, is at 4.7 percent, compared to 6.2 percent nationally.
The full import of those numbers is revealed by the heartfelt words of Floridians, including business owners, who DeSantis said sometimes get emotional when they meet him.
According to the Epoch Times, “Several of the interactions with the governor at the Clay County Fair resembled that description. [A] visibly moved elderly veteran urged the governor to not ‘let them roll over us.’”
“I have a tough time paying for a meal in Florida just because I saved a lot of these restaurants from oblivion,” DeSantis said. The Epoch Times reported that “[h]ours after this claim, a curly fries stand at the fair declined to charge the governor.”
“If we hadn’t stood up, these people may not have jobs, the businesses may have gone under, the kids wouldn’t be in school, there’d be all these things,” DeSantis said. “This really, really impacts people in a very personal way.
DeSantis’s freedom policy and thriving state provides a telling contrast to Ontario, Canada, which has been particularly heavy-handed in its use of lockdowns since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Ontario’s most recent stay-at-home order closed non-essential retail stores, and continues to restrict church attendance and deny Canadians the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Charter.
The order comes as excess deaths due to indirect consequences of the pandemic, such as drug overdoses and missed medical treatments, continue to skyrocket. These have prompted a group of emergency and intensive care physicians to write to Premier Doug Ford “calling for immediate and decisive action to ease the burden on hospitals.”
The physical and mental toll that the lockdowns have been taking on Canadians have led to the formation of the non-partisan “End the Lockdowns National Caucus.”
“After careful examination and scrutiny of mitigation measures undertaken by all levels of government, it is now evident that the lockdowns cause more harm than the virus and must be brought to an end,” a position statement of the group reads.
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) reported in January how it’s seeing a “disturbing trend” of babies coming to the hospital with “fractures and head trauma” in the wake of COVID-related lockdowns across Ontario and Quebec. “In my 16 years at CHEO, I have never seen this many infants with serious maltreatment injuries,” said Dr. Michelle Ward, pediatrician and Medical Director for Child and Youth Protection at CHEO, in a Jan. 29 press release.
“This is a war on freedoms,” Randy Hillier, an independent Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP), told LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview.
“They want people to throw away their freedoms, throw away the things that are important to them, throw away family, throw away faith, throw away and discard all the essential components of human dignity, and they want to isolate and confine people,” he said. Source
How long before a UK politician shows the same honesty as that displayed by the Florida Governor who is not afraid to admit that he got things wrong, that lockdowns are a mistake? A week after Hell freezes over? A month? A year? Ten years? How long, then? It’s not easy to go against the crowd – the pub landlord who challenged the Labour Leader, Sir Keir Starmer over the damage caused by lockdowns here earlier this week, was mocked and ridiculed on Good Morning Britain, with the nasty in-house Dr Hilary Jones telling him he should stick to pulling pints. Hardly surprising, then, really, that Boris & Nicola have decided to stick with the script. So, again, what do you think – a week? A month? A year? Ten years? How long then?
ED I also read that Piece in L.S.N and as am now in my 70s am like most on here ,fed up completely with all this Lockdown and Mask Garbage ,so what must it be like for a Young Person to lose well past a Year in their Lives . I have like many on here Granddaughters especially who cannot go to the likes of Sports Centres Etc . They also have a Cousin aged 13 who was doing great at Swimming I E she was in Local Competitions and Done very good in them. She trained in the local Swimming Baths for an Hour every day before she went to School and was dedicated to making a career ( if she was good enough) in the Sport . All of this is now down the Drain along with the Water in The Various Swimming Pools. This Very Good Governor along also with Texas which at the weekend I believe where their were over 60.000 at a Basball game . Know that this Fauci is a Disciple of Bill Gates and they have no thought at all for the People just like the ones over Here . Also we know this Chinese Disease is real but as on The Remnant this week it said that the Suicide Rates in the U.S.A. are for a better word Deplorable. BTW I tried to get the Suicide Numbers for Scotland and Lo and Behold ,the numbers for 2020 haven’t been released yet . God Forgive me but maybe their too many to count. Also am with you on this how long a Lockdown will last . A Month a Year two Years ten Years . Again I was on the Bus today where their is no Social Distancing ,after all one would have to Travel on the Roof Of Buses for this to happen. I also don’t especially get this walking around outside with Masks on and all you hear on Buses is ones asking have you had The Vaccine yet . It is as You and I well know first and foremost a Brain Washing exercise to keep us Peasants under the thumb ,and it is working beyond all their Expectations. As for that Doctor I think their should be role reversals I E it should be Him Pulling Pints.
I greatly sympathise with you about the young – my little 8 year old Great Niece loved her weekly swimming lesson at the local pool – it’s really unforgiveable, humanly speaking, what these politicians have done. If only we had a leader of the calibre and courage of Governor DeSantis. The word on the street is that he may run for the presidency in 2024 if Trump decides against. He would be a strong President, so that would be good news, if it comes to pass.
I think that the Canadian government is all in for Communism, thanks to the NWO lickspittle Justin Trudeau. Likewise for the UK…and now, the USA under Joke.* What will it take to end the “health dictatorship”? A widespread revolt, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. There aren’t enough people willing to overcome their fears – either of the disease or of the police state, or both.
Victor you make a great point especially about the Fear Aspect. At the Bus Stop today their was a Man standing waiting for said Bus,next to me, who started to cough his Guts up ( as we would say in Scotland ) and i must Confess ,i was Afraid and am still feeling more than a bit apprehensive of the incident. We know that this is a real Disease what we dont want is to be controlled by it and theirs a bit of shame attached to my feelings also. In saying that i believe that the said Man could have moved before, or if He felt like coughing.
The alleged covid cough is not the kind of cough which you describe – apparently it is a dry cough, very repetitive. Annoying rather than infectious. Worry not.
That is EXACTLY right – not enough people willing to overcome their fears of the virus (I wouldn’t elevate it to the level of a “disease” – that sounds deadly 😀 ) and/or the police state.
Yet overcoming that fear and simply taking back our freedoms is the only way to go. If we wait for Government permission, we might as well move to China.
In answer to the question you pose at the end of your introductory article, there is no way our political leaders will ever admit to wrongdoing by locking down the nations. Ron De Santis is an honest Republican Governor who puts the interests of his people first. Our political leaders are globalist, one-world conspirators who are presently and knowingly engaged in perpetrating the greatest crime ever inflicted on humanity. The lockdowns were never about health, they are about control and changing the way we live.
Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and others are fully on-board with this evil Davos agenda while all other politicians stand by and allow it to unfold. The nations of the UK, like so many others around the world, are politically and financially corrupt, largely populated, as they are, with traitors who love neither God nor country. They are bought people, like the media moguls, puppets of Communist China and its Davos sycophants.
Well, I do wonder if consciences are perhaps troubled a little, or maybe even a lot. I say that because when I stumbled across the following video clip from Sophy Ridge on Sunday (Sky News) where Sophy interviews Nicola Sturgeon, I thought that Nicola looks like she hasn’t slept for a year. Since March 2020, to be precise. Her eyes don’t have bags under them, they have suitcases.
That was a surprise. I clicked to watch that interview on full screen and Nicola Sturgeon, going by the lines under her eyes, is in very bad conscience. That is amazing. Maybe the 30 pieces of silver hasn’t been enough to kill off her conscience after all.
I agree – Sturgeon does look like she’s got the weight of the world on her shoulders. I wouldn’t be surprised if she is very troubled in her conscience, she must know that she is lying to us all about the deaths etc. and keeping us under totalitarian rules.
Just looking at the picture of Ron DeSantis, he looks perfectly at peace with himself. Tells its own story, really.
The government of the State of Florida have openly stated that their initial OTT response ( just like here in the UK) was so terribly wrong. The government of South Dakota (unlike the government of North Dakota) also listened to the science and their death rates and their contagion rates are basically the same as North Dakota. The Texas government has also now followed the science.
Nicola, Boris and Keir are not fit for public office. We are governed by fools.
I don’t think your UK leaders are not following the science because they are fools. I think they are not following the science because they are following orders.
It has never ceased to amaze me just how obviously they are following orders. It’s incredible to see the entire world closed down, leaders acting in exactly the same way, for the most part, saying the same things etc.
The puzzling thing is that there is the odd exception to that rule – such as Governor DeSantis. I suppose it would be impossible to get everyone in the lower hierarchy in on the plan, but there’s no question that all the major politicians are willingly co-operating in this evil. A quick glance at their bank transactions would cast some light on this whole business, I should imagine.
Fools, without a doubt. Charlatans, idiots, the list is endless.
The Florida Governor really does put other leaders to shame. He’s to be highly praised.
I agree about the Florida Governor. He’s been a total star since he started to go against the official Fauci narrative. More power to his elbow.
Just came across this article, thought it was an excellent analysis of the games that are being played against us:
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