Episode 312: COVID Restrictions Lifting (Now) / Problematic School Names
Too problematic for San Francisco So many restrictions that were enforced because of COVID-19 are being lifted, seemingly all at once. Is it a miracle, or is there something else going on? The San Francisco Board of Education has decided to rename 44 of its schools. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are among those problematic school names, but there are many more that you would not think are a problem (especially when you hear one example of why one of those names is on the list). Mentioned links: All Hail The Reopening! Andrew Cuomo Announces Indoor Dining Can Resume Despite Coronavirus Being Worse Than When He Banned It San Francisco to strip Washington, Lincoln from school names Statues of Washington, Jefferson Aren’t ‘Next,’ But It’s Complicated, Historians Say Protesters tore down a George Washington statue and set a fire on its head Portland protesters tear down ‘racist’ statue of Thomas Jefferson The Holier-Than-Thou Crusade in San Francisco Getting some shopping done? 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Now that Donald Trump is gone and Joe Biden has come, the sun has once again come out, the birds are singing, and we can all of a sudden reopen our businesses. Can I get an amen? [Amen and awomen] This is a list, incomplete as it might be, of reopenings that have come on the heels of Biden’s inauguration: Washington, D.C. will resume indoor dining. I’m sure the National Guard will appreciate that. Maryland’s governor has decided that the state needs to reopen schools now and no later than March 1. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan says Michigan restaurants reopened for indoor dining on February 1. Chicago’s mayor is now demanding an immediate opening of restaurants and bars. Chicago is also threatening teachers unions that they must return to work. New York Governor Cuomo has dramatically reversed his rhetorical course and demanded a reopening of the city. He said that indoor dining can resume on Valentine’s Day, even though nearly every COVID metric is worse now than it was when he banned it. California Governor Gavin Newsom, incredibly, has lifted all stay-at-home orders across the state and is permitting dining to open up. Montana’s new governor has lifted some COVID restrictions. Coincidence? Hey, I’m sure all of this just evolved naturally rather than being created all at once. I will also note that Gov. Newsom of California is very close to getting a recall election and would really hope people liked him in time for that. The Babylon Bee has an animation with the good governor going all over telling people it’s time to reopen, but in the background are boarded up restaurants, smoldering buildings, and no people. [Babylon Bee clip] It’s truly amazing how following the science is looking more and more like following the politics. The World Health Organization said to stop using lockdowns as a primary means of virus control back in October, but that was before the election and before Biden took office. In October, cases were still on the rise, and now they’re going down, but we’re still at the same number of new cases per day as we were in November. Now we’ve got new strains that are even more infectious coming into the country. But hey, we’re good flinging open the doors. Now. I’m all for opening up, personally. Protect the elderly and at-risk, use those masks and keep that distance, but let’s not shut down people’s livelihoods. Take precautions but don’t destroy the economy. We didn’t know some of this in early summer, but we sure did in late fall. Welcome to mid-winter. What a difference an administration makes. When the frenzy was on to pull down statues, I recall that being all about Confederate generals and soldiers. I disagreed with the mob violence and thought that, if cities and towns wanted to remove them, it should be put to a vote, either a referendum to the people or at least a city council. Trump tweeted the question, “Who’s next? Washington? Jefferson?” NBC News, for one, said they weren’t next, but at least one of Washington and one of Jefferson came down, in Portland, Oregon (because of course). No votes there, just mob rule. Trump saw it coming. But recently there were votes taken, not to remove statues, but names off of schools. The San Francisco Board of Education voted to change the names of 44 schools using names like, of course, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but also including Abraham Lincoln, Francis Scott key (who wrote our national anthem), the Alamo (which I guess we’re not going to remember), Robert Louis Stevenson, Daniel Webster, Paul Revere, and many other presidents. Gone, apparently, are the days when we could honor men and women for their achievements in spite of their sins or their failing to live up to the standards of the future. There’s a link in the show notes to an article that you would think was a Saturday Night Live script were it not actually a description of the various ways that the committee decided which names would go. Paul Revere Elementary School ended up on the renaming list because, during the discussion, a committee member misread a History.com article as claiming that Revere had taken part in an expedition that stole the lands of the Penobscot Indians. In fact, the article described Revere’s role in the Penobscot Expedition, a disastrous American military campaign against the British during the Revolutionary War. (That expedition was named after a bay in Maine.) But no one bothered to check, the committee voted to rename the school, and by order of the San Francisco school board Paul Revere will now ride into oblivion. More hilarity ensues in the article. To what shall they be renamed? Well, probably some Democrat in government, you’d think, but not so fast. Also on the chopping block is Dianne Feinstein Elementary. I’m not sure where that came from, but she hasn’t owned slaves or has been cruel to Native Americans so your guess is as good as mine. We’re getting to the point where we can’t acknowledge good that has been done by people without cancelling them because they don’t live up to standards we have set. Imagine in a future where abortion is considered unthinkable. If they did the same sort of thing then, there would hardly be a post-1980s Democrat whose name you would be allowed to use on a bridge or school or federal building. Take some time to consider this. I will note that this list includes the renaming of James Lick Middle School, which was probably a good idea regardless of who Mr. Lick is or was. Impeachment season 2 is upon us. Once again, it’s a limited event season, and it’ll be even shorter than last time, because this time they skipped all the up-front investigation episodes and jumped right to the trial, so catch it while you can. The post Episode 312: COVID Restrictions Lifting (Now) / Problematic School Names appeared first on Consider This!.