By David Glenn Cox
After spending half my life in the South, I know Southern Fried Hokum when I hear it. “We must all join hands and sing of the glories of the lord! We mustn’t question his wisdom. These calamities didn’t occur because of my failings, but were of the lord’s prerogatives.” Now this news will be delivered to the public in that soft spoken, upper crust Southern nobility English. Twelve years of private school and six years at state, taught the boy to speak in public. One part preacher, one party holey roller and one-part ersatz southern politician. With a bottle in his jacket, a gun in his pocket and a hooker waiting in a hotel room some place.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, arrives direct from Central casting looking every bit the stereotype of the Southern Politician. Dizzy Dean says, “it ain’t bragging, if you can do it!” And Mr. Reeves presides over a state 50th in most categories that you would consider “civilized.” Clean water, sanitation, and education, all the luxuries of American life. But it is traditional for Southern Governors not to disturb the dust on the desk from their predecessors. He who does things is lost. Their goal is not to do things, but to keep others from doing things. “Some dang fool might want to build a highway or put up a public hospital or something and soak up all my tax money!”
So, despite rising Covid numbers among the children of Mississippi and the needless deaths that will follow. The Governor won’t issue a mask mandate for Mississippi schools. But, to his credit hasn’t issued any mandates against, like so many of his Republicans with political aspirations brethren.
“When you look at what happened in other states last year that shut down their schools, what I would submit to you is, while there are certain risks with schools open, there are risks with schools not being open,” – Gov. Tate Reeves
Looks like the Governor studied a little Yogi Berra 101 while at state. While there are certain risks with the lights being on, there are risks associated with the lights not being on! “I’m just the Governor; it’s not up to me to tell you what to do. It’s all about personal responsibility. It’s not my job to tell you not to drink and drive. Or have car insurance, cheat on your wife or have a driver’s license.
“I’m not as governor going to tell every single school and every single school district what they can and cannot do to keep kids safe,”- Tate Reeves
It makes you scratch your head and wonder; how did they get so lost? How did they ever get to this Fantasia? To suddenly find themselves on the pro-sickness side of a pandemic and Mickey Mouse is dancing with the broom. Afraid to support something as innocuous as children wearing a mask. Accepted without question in all the four corners of the earth as a reasonable preventative cost-effective method of disease control. Accepted everyplace, except the Southern United States and the Republican Reich Wing wind tunnel.
A lesson for all aspiring politicians. When attempting to downplay an issue, make sure you’ve got your defensive numbers straight. Gov Reeves attempting to downplay the virus’s effect on children tells a reporter,
“If you look at those individuals under the age of 12, what you find is that it is very rare that kids under the age of 12 have anything other than the sniffles,” the governor said. “Does it happen from time to time? Sure, it does. I believe we have had one fatality of an individual, maybe it could’ve been two—I think there’s three under the age of 18 at this time? Two?”
The governor was immediately corrected to “four” but that was yesterday, now it’s “five.”
The Mississippi schools, if we may use the word in its most minimal connotation opened under a Hodge podge of personal responsibility. Then exploded with Covid cases and most have shut down. Public school as a super spreader event. Bring it home and pass it around give it to the little ones and give it to mom and dad. Classes will be remote, and the school’s book will be available online.
“Getting the vaccine is your choice. It is your decision. And as your governor, I will always defend your right to make that decision, and I will respect your decision,” – Tate Reeves
I don’t care what kind of Hayek Libertarian philosophy that society is an artificial construct, and we are all in the end individuals, that’s bullshit. He respects their decision to go down with the ship because lifeboats can be risky. How could this happen that a population fears the cure more than the disease?
How can these Southern Republican Governors escape their moment in the sun as America’s #1 Covid hot spot? Blaming immigrants, blaming black people, and blaming Joe Biden and Dr. Fauci, blaming anyone but themselves. Calling on trusting the lord and his tender mercies.
“With respect to the young kid in Smith County, let’s be perfectly honest, every single death in this pandemic is hard to take, it’s hard to deal with, and this particular one with a young lady that has her entire life before her—as someone who is a dad of three young girls, I know how hard this is on her family,” Reeves said yesterday. “And I pray for them every single day. It’s hard for me to even fathom what they are going through.
“And the reality is that we pray for them and we really hope God looks over not only the family who is certainly struggling but the entire community. If you read the comments by the people who knew her, you can’t help but recognize what a good kid she was, so the whole community is struggling with that and it breaks my heart and the heart of so many Mississippians. And that’s why we’ve got to pray for her.” – Tate Reeves
Isn’t that really great? The Governor, he prays for a dead kid. Excuse me Governor for being blunt but Fuck you! You despicable piece of garbage.
“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.”
― Upton Sinclair