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Going Under the Berlin Wall – RPI 10 March Update

Posted by M. C. on March 11, 2021

What the deceptive doc leaves out of his screed was that in the meantime the Texas governor “listened to the science” and imposed a statewide mask mandate in July that was obeyed by a very high percentage of the population. Masks would “limit the spread” of the virus, we were told. So everyone wore them.

But they actually did nothing to “slow the spread” of the virus.

Ron Paul has always said, politics is so much easier if you actually have a philosophy based on liberty and you stand by it.

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Dear Friends:

I was interviewed on RT America’s “In Question” program about today’s lifting of the mask mandate and other Covid-related restrictions in Texas. The usual suspects – those who have made a political and monetary fortune from the year of fear-induced compliance with the most insane and destructive government edicts – are so livid at Texas Governor Gregg Abbott that it’s getting hard to maintain the previous level of enmity we have held toward him over the past year for shutting down in the first place.

With enemies like these…

CNN ran a deceptive editorial claiming that Governor Abbott’s decision to end the state-enforced mask mandate was indicative of his “delusional” view of the virus. The author, a medical doctor called Jonathan Reiner, attacked Abbott’s “premature” limited opening last April as cases began to fall. Lifting the “stay-at-home” order was tragically wrong for Texas, wrote Reiner, because come November the cases were skyrocketing again!

What the deceptive doc leaves out of his screed was that in the meantime the Texas governor “listened to the science” and imposed a statewide mask mandate in July that was obeyed by a very high percentage of the population. Masks would “limit the spread” of the virus, we were told. So everyone wore them.

But they actually did nothing to “slow the spread” of the virus. 

There is no doubt that CNN’s doctor/author enthusiastically supported the wearing of face masks to halt the spread of Covid, so how does he explain the huge winter seasonal spike in virus infections in Texas? Funny, he doesn’t mention it.

Likewise, when CNN’s Dr. Reiner attacks Abbott for “allowing” indoor dining and the opening of bars (at limited capacity) he cites the most recent CDC report detailing a year-long study of the effectiveness of mask mandates and restaurant closures. 

Writes Reiner, “This week, the CDC published a report of the effect of mask mandates and indoor restaurant dining. The researchers found that mandating masks was associated with a decrease in daily Covid-19 case and death growth rates within 20 days of implementation. In-restaurant dining was associated with an increase in daily Covid-19 case and death rates.”

Uh…yeah. But that’s only a very small and highly-edited part of the story. In fact, the CDC report is a bombshell – which you can bet will be hidden from all in the mainstream media – because it shows the exact opposite!

The “decrease” in cases and deaths where mask mandates were in place and restaurants were forcibly closed by authoritarian officials was statistically INSIGNIFICANT!

If such measures worked we might expect to see a significant if not massive reduction in new cases and deaths where mask mandates and restaurant closures were put in place. In fact the reduction was an infinitesimal 1.32% on average! 

Compare that to all the damage done by forced masks and forced business closures! Suicides.

As the CDC itself wrote on its report, the mask mandates DO NOT slow the virus spread, full stop, but rather ““have the potential to slow the spread of COVID-19. . .”

Only the “potential.” How reassuring. Science!

Likewise, the year-long CDC study itself concluded, “[d]uring the study period, states allowed restaurants to reopen for on-premises dining in 3,076 (97.9%) U.S. counties. Changes in daily COVID-19 case and death growth rates were not statistically significant 1–20 and 21–40 days after restrictions were lifted.”

Gee, thanks for destroying the life’s work and life savings of hundreds of thousands of restaurants for a result that was “not statistically significant.”

Of course for Fauci and the CDC and the rest of the medical-tyranny complex, none of us are “statistically significant” so they have run rough-shod over this country without shame for the past year.

Still, it is hard to not conclude that Abbott’s move, weak as it is and with way too many small-print details, has caused a massive short-circuiting in Sauron’s previously unimpeded advance.

Texas, the largest and most dynamic state in the US, has all but abandoned Fauci and the fear-mongers. Has strayed off the reservation. Has dared join South Dakota’s Kristi Noem and Florida’s Ron DiSantis. This is a death blow to the tyranny regime. 

Fauci was interviewed, looking as if he’d ingested a can of botulism-ridden tuna, warning that Abbott was “putting aside all public health measures” in a move that was “quite risky.”

Much of the opprobrium Abbott has earned with his sudden decision to “open” Texas could have been easily avoided. Had he stood on principle from the beginning he would not have had to constantly explain his seeming shifting with the winds.

For example, if Abbott had any philosophical grounding beyond desire for higher office. he could have taken the Ron Paul path and simply stood for principle, in the face of ridicule and attack. If he had from the beginning, as did South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, simply stated that he does not have the moral or legal authority to close businesses down, to pick who is “essential” and who is “non-essential,” he would not have had to endlessly explain his flip-flops to the hostile media.

He could have explained his steadfast position in the context of a philosophy grounded in liberty.

But he did not, and it appears at this time that such moral weakness has brought about the end of his political career. Ron Paul has always said, politics is so much easier if you actually have a philosophy based on liberty and you stand by it. 

Nevertheless, the “fall” of Texas from the constellation of the Covidian Cult may well be a death blow to the miserable year of public health tyranny. My unscientific survey of Lake Jackson and Brazoria in this first day of post-mask mandate did not reveal a dramatic tilt toward liberty. But still the first chink chink chinking away at the Berlin Wall were also relatively insignificant. But liberty was then, as now, an idea whose time had come.

Thank you so much for continuing to support our work. We are winning, even if slowly. Be of good cheer!
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Sincerely yours,

Daniel McAdams
Executive Director
Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

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