Top Three Takeaways For October 6th, 2021

1. DeSantis’ pandemic policies have saved lives 

There's bad news for all of the DeathSantis people out there. You’ve lied because fewer Floridians have died prematurely. In today’s Q&A I'll cover life expectancy during the pandemic. Despite Florida having the country’s largest senior population and thus being among the oldest states in the country, Florida’s life expectancy during the pandemic far exceeds the national average. While breaking down data to analyze how that came to be, one huge data point jumped out. Mental health.

Mental health is something many on the left like to pay rhetorical homage to but seldom meaningfully address. That’s been especially evident during the pandemic. According to the WHO, those who suffer from depression are 1.8 times more likely to die prematurely. Now compare the approach of Florida to that of most other states during the pandemic. Which approach is most likely to promote positive mental health? A state that’s open with a strong economy and low unemployment or one that’s locked down with high unemployment? If people were truly serious about studying the implications of mental health outcomes based on public policy decisions, Florida during the pandemic, would be the case study and used as a worldwide example. 

2. The idea that 20% of your users could be facing serious mental issues 

Those were the words of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen on Tuesday before a Senate panel. As part of her expose of Facebook’s practices to actively exploit our kids, she stated Facebook’s own research showed 20% of users are left with self-image issues when using the platform. Haugen said, "In the case of cigarettes only 10% of people who smoke ever get lung cancer." Indicating the problems posed to mental health by Facebook are twice as bad as health problems introduced from smoking. Compelling, but what do you want to bet it only starts with Facebook? How many people think TikTok’s more constructive?

3. Florida will defend the free speech rights of its citizens 

The words of Governor DeSantis on Tuesday as he stated, "Attorney General Garland is weaponizing the DOJ by using the FBI to pursue concerned parents and silence them through intimidation." Right, so on the same day that President Biden stated Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin being harassed was “just part of the process”, his administration launched into action to attempt to intimidate parents showing up at school board meetings. Specifically, what’s happened is that Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered the FBI to begin to investigate the “increase in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers in our nation’s public schools”. This directive goes so far as to access the possibility of domestic terrorism among angry parents. 

So, here’s what’s happening. If United States Senators are harassed, it’s “part of the process”. If school board members are harassed it warrants a nationwide investigation to root out domestic terrorism. If the harassers are young militant leftists threatening to remove the Senators from office, again that's part of the process. But if the harassers are concerned parents, send the FBI on them. Every day in seemingly every way Joe Biden illustrates not only what a horrible president he is but how hypocritical he is. His words and actions are once again indefensible, and Governor DeSantis couldn’t be more right. The left knows schools are ground zero. They’re what they’ve been using to incrementally transform our society into their increasingly radical world vision. They’re not used to parents paying attention and pushing back and that’s what this is all about. It’s critical to not give in or give an inch to these threats. Remain peaceful and controlled and show up to school board meetings in larger numbers than ever before. Have your voice heard like never before and work to take back our school boards and our schools from the teachers' unions. 

Parents Protest Mask Mandates At Florida School Board Meeting

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