DeSantis Conferences With Top Scientific Minds, Then Opens Up Florida, Including Ban on Local Shutdowns & Mask Fines

When it falls on a neocon to be one of the braver and more sensible politicians


Governor Ron DeSantis has proven it: it is actually possible for a politician to wise up and do the right thing. In a sweeping order announced September 25, the governor has opened up the entire economy. He has even limited the ability of local governments to impose more restrictions and collect fines for mask violations.

Inevitably, the announcement was decried by the lockdowners, even though, as the governor pointed out:

  • Covid+ hospitalizations have declined by 77% since the July peak.
  • Covid+ ICU hospitalizations have declined 72% since the July peak.
  • ED visits for Covid-like illness have declined by nearly 80% since the July peak.
  • Daily hospital admissions for Covid have declined by 81% since the July peak.
  • The percentage of positive diagnostic test results for new cases was reported at 4.32%.
  • 24% of hospital beds are empty; so are 23% of ICU beds.

Most impressively, the governor did this despite a trend in deaths that does not look particularly great. For this he is being blasted but it misses the point entirely. His actions were particularly brave, bold, and wise precisely because he didn’t wait for some magic turning point in the data to permit Floridians to exercise the rights and freedoms.

DeSantis came to the realization – as everyone should – that these freedom-crushing measures were not actually addressing the medical problem. The best hope for prevailing in a viral pandemic is the normal functioning of society so that the disease can be treated therapeutically rather than coercively.

That statement strikes me as incredibly obvious. But for politicians who imposed lockdowns, it’s a hard realization. They fear that opening up will just make them look stupid for having locked down in the first place. Many politicians around the country are keeping restrictions in place – despite no shred of evidence that they are saving lives – simply to save face. It’s become an exercise in ego management at this point.

The frustration in the governor’s voice was apparent in his press conference announcing the dramatic change. He spoke about how it was supposed to be two weeks to flatten the curve. Then it became 30 days. He didn’t specifically apologize for going along with all the gibberish back in the day but it did cast some serious doubt on whether any of this had ever been necessary.

He was later interviewed on the torrent of criticism. You can see that he has mastered the medical facts here, very much under the influence of some serious people who are calling for an immediate opening and a much wiser policy.

Very crucially, what made the difference here were three (at least) important academics: Michael Levitt of Stanford, Martin Kulldorff of Harvard, and Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford. They along with Sunetra Gupta (and Scott Atlas) have been intellectual leaders against the lockdown mania. The governor held an event in which these epidemiologists testified about the virus and the cruelty of lockdowns.

Keep in mind that these intellectuals could easily have sat on the sidelines. They have tenure. They have prestige. They are comfortable. But watching the tremendous confusion sewn by bad policy, disease panic, and confused experts such as Anthony Fauci caused them to go public with their own expertise. Their efforts broke the opinion monopoly and caused some much-needed rethinking.

In other words, what they did required moral courage. And they have all paid a high price for doing so. In this highly politicized environment they have been accused (like Scott Atlas) of doing the bidding of the Trump administration, which is utterly ridiculous. Most serious scientists are apolitical or lean left. And this speaks to the true tragedy of our times: we imposed a political solution on a medical problem and ended up creating a tremendous mess. Now trying to unravel that fake solution and pursue rational approaches is itself bound up in a political thicket.

In any case, today is a day for celebration. Under the influence of some courageous and brilliant intellectuals with a conscience, Florida has joined South Dakota and Indiana in the land of the living. Governor DeSantis has shown that it can be done, and that not all is lost.

Source: American Institute for Economic Research

  1. nick1111 says

    Unfortunately we have an idiot Cuomo

    1. fluttershield mlp says

      North Carolina has an idiot governor too. He is too stupid to understand he is causing crimes against humanity by ordering lockdowns. Roy Cooper, North Carolina’s version of Pol Pot. ‘Might without morality, strength without sight‘ to paraphrase Dr. King.

  2. cechas vodobenikov says

    these are not intellectuals; rather they are physicians that recognize the evidence; it is unfortunate that local dictators are permitted to impose Covid fasicim in their cities

  3. ke4ram says

    “They fear that opening up will just make them look stupid for having locked down in the first place.”

    As it should! And they should be summarily voted out of office as should legislators and other guilty parties. Their malfeasance cause much harm and many deaths. Those who contributed to this should be put on trial.

    Although as a citizen of Florida I am happy about Desantis’s reversal he is no where in the class of Governor Noem of South Dakota. That woman had the intelligence and common sense that was missing in the other 50 governors. (including Puerto Rico) If any monuments are carved she should be the model and the South Dakota citizens should feel proud.


    In Florida, it has to be mentioned Desantis still allows local governments to continue with their stupid policies.

    While Desantis said bars and restaurants can go back to normal capacity he also said” Local governments can still put some restrictions in place as long as they allow at least 50% capacity”

    Obviously he has not completely come around so any comparison to Governor Noem of South Dakota is laughable.

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