White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed this week the Biden administration has no timeline for returning the nation to normal life. In her words, “We want to be straight with the American public, though, it is — we are not in a place where we can predict exactly when everybody will feel normal again.”
Despite vaccine rollout increases and dropping COVID-19 hospitalizations, the White House remains hesitant to make any definite plans regarding America’s future. As the country nears the one year anniversary of 15 days to stop the spread, there appears to be no end in sight under the lackluster leadership of the left.
Meanwhile, Florida has held public school classes in-person since September, with tourism on the rise across the nation’s beaches. Whether Democrats propose wearing two masks or remaining locked up until next year, conservative-led states are rolling back regulations to bring back jobs, help small businesses and restart their economies.
As of January, studies comparing Florida’s “open for business” approach to California’s prolonged shutdown revealed nearly identical case rates, hospitalizations, and deaths. Americans paying attention to these and related studies are now arguing it’s not the virus shutting down the nation; it’s the government.
But Florida’s success seems to matter little to President Biden. The president recently talked of limiting travel to the Sunshine State when a COVID-19 variant spread within Florida, leading to quick and strong backlash from Governor DeSantis and other conservatives. Florida Senator Marco Rubio called the idea “unconstitutional.”
In contrast, California’s Governor Newsom has recently reached the unpleasant milestone of a 1.5 million signature ballot petition supporting his recall. Instead of leading his state through the pandemic, he has faced harsh attacks for his strict coronavirus lockdowns. From school shutdowns to bars, indoor dining, churches, and workplaces, many parts of the West Coast are becoming a ghost town.
However, the Biden administration claims life cannot return to normal unless vaccinations are readily available to nearly all citizens. Some school districts, such as Chicago’s teachers’ union, have refused to return to in-person learning until all teachers can receive vaccinations.
Though claiming to “follow the science,” the administration appears to only follow the science that invests the most in their campaign or fits their progressive bias. America has been locked down far too long. “We don’t know” is no longer a sufficient response.
Instead, more Americans are taking matters into their own hands. As mentioned, in California voters are pursuing a recall of the governor. Others are voting with their feet, as Americans flee California, New York, and other restrictive states for conservative havens like Texas, Arizona, and Florida.
Schools are also shifting to more Americans homeschooling their children than any time in recent history. In fall 2020, numbers of official homeschoolers rose more than 10 percent, not including virtual learning from public schools. The number may be higher now, as parents refuse to allow their children to become what some are calling “Zoom-bies.”
Psaki says the nation may not know when things will change, but Americans may decide for themselves. The 2022 midterm elections will allow the nation the opportunity to vote for those who will lead during hard times and truly serve the American people.