A Pandemic And Power Failures Made Prepping Every Smart Person’s Strategy

In February, a winter storm stranded 4 million Texans without power, heat, or access to water and supplies for days. With many roads frozen, residents struggled to survive. At least 111 Americans perished from hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning, vehicular crashes, and house fires. As a result, no fewer than seven House proposals in Texas seek to “prevent [electrical grid] breakdowns from ever happening again.”

Unfortunately, as the coronavirus pandemic demonstrated, reactive legislation can’t mitigate the immediate effects of unpredictability. The government could not offset the economic impacts of shutdowns, which hit Americans hard. Grocery shortages spawned by panic-buying demonstrated the fragility of supply chains under duress.

Yet some were prepared for the pandemic’s upheaval, and the weather-related devastation in Texas. An estimated 3.7 million American “preppers” guarded against uncertainty by accumulating stockpiles of necessities and creating contingency plans to survive in a variety of emergency circumstances.

Preppers were enthusiastically mocked for their inclination to preparedness — and their affection for firearms — when they went primetime in National Geographic Channel’s “Doomsday Preppers” and Discovery Channel’s “Doomsday Bunkers.” New York Times critic Neil Genzlinger found the shows were “full of contempt for humankind.” “What an easy target,” he wrote, “the prepper worldview is for ridicule.”

Most in the legacy media painted preparedness as a sort of madness inspired by a “doomsday” fixation. According to Morgan Rogue, of Rogue Preparedness, however, the purpose of preparedness is to have plans for an uncontrollable future. “Conquer tomorrow,” she says, “by preparing today.”

Recent events showed Americans that having solid preparedness protocols in place is more logical than relying on the government, the supply chain, or even private industry during emergencies. For those looking to gather the right knowledge and equipment to help themselves survive the unexpected, Rogue shares common-sense strategies to help beginners stockpile food and water, survive without electricity in heat or cold, and create the plans and mindset that will help them react to incoming dangers or adverse conditions at a moment’s notice.

Stockpiling Food and Water

First, Rogue says it is “essential” to accumulate a store of food and water. “Three days’ worth of food is the absolute minimum,” she explains, but “ideally two weeks or more is better.” Yet she also warns against “go[ing] into debt or mak[ing] yourself broke just to be prepared. Preparedness is supposed to be an asset, not a hindrance.”

To ensure your stockpile is adequate, make a meal plan based on the food you expect to store. This can curtail any “aimless” purchasing, and gives you “a vision and goal … to spend your time and money more wisely.”

To accommodate a budget of even as little as five dollars per month, Rogue suggests grabbing a few gallons of water and several extra non-perishable items on every trip to the grocery store. These purchases “add up very quickly.” Back home, organize those supplies so they are easily accessible and identifiable.

For those stockpiling in a small living space, Rogue suggests storing supplies under the bed or in stacked containers inside closets. Stacks of supply containers, covered with a tablecloth or blanket, can even double as makeshift furniture. In small spaces, some water can be stored in the freezer and the refrigerator. At the first sign of alarm, Rogue also advises filling up all available pots, bathtubs, and sinks for adequate long-term water access.

Apartment-dwellers can even grow their own food. Rogue suggests focusing on growing vegetables in containers, using grow lights, or even growing microgreens or sprouts.

Surviving Without Power

If it fits your budget, buy a generator that can work with either gas or propane to prepare for power outages. Propane, Rogue says, “is easier to store than gas.” Gas can be stored for “about a year” with proper fuel stabilization, so long as it is rotated regularly. Solar generators or solar panels provide an alternative option.

If you rely on an electrical medical device every day, you may look into battery power banks, which can be used with USB devices, or solar generators, which generally work with items that require plugs. If your devices work on battery power, keep extra rechargeable batteries on hand.

To stay warm in cold weather, Rogue recommends investing in a propane heater, like a Buddy Heater. To retain warmth in the home, she suggests “staying in one room,” preferably near a fireplace, propane or natural gas oven, or wood stove. To keep heat in, cover windows with blackout curtains or heavy blankets, wear layers, “use lots of blankets and drink warm liquids.”

During a summer power loss, keep hydrated and stay in the shade. Blackout curtains can keep a house cooler during the day while opening windows will let in cool air at night. Rogue also recommends “battery-operated fans with a foldable solar panel and rechargeable batteries,” or an above-ground pool or a baby pool filled with water to stay cool.

Rogue reminds those interested in getting prepared that carbon monoxide poisoning, which kills 430 Americans each year, is a concern when using generators, heaters, or grills. Furthermore, while a carbon monoxide detector is an asset, it may not be effective if it is far from the source of emissions.

To operate a generator safely, Rogue advises it be used “outside, at least 20-50 feet away from any windows or doors, with an extension cord to reach your home.” Finally, grills should always be used outdoors, and propane camp stoves should be used outdoors, or near an open window.

Making Plans to ‘Bug Out’

Disaster may arrive with little notice and require a quick evacuation from the home. This is why many preparedness experts have a “bug-out bag,” a bag packed with the necessities evacuees will need to survive for 72 hours while traveling to a safe location.

Rogue says that making an evacuation plan is the first step of creating a bug-out bag, as the contents of your bag will reflect where you plan to escape. If you bug out to a park, for instance, you might need a tent, while those planning to head to a hotel will need currency to cover their stay.

When filling the bag, Rogue says it is best to “look at your daily needs,” and consider the “food, water, shelter, first aid, tools, cooking, extra clothing,” and items like electrical chargers and medicine you will need when away from home. If you have pets, don’t forget to think about their needs as well.

Many use a sturdy backpack as their bug-out bag. Rogue says a “travel roller bag or a tote” can also be effective.

The Preparedness Mindset

Several intangibles, like one’s mindset, are important when preparing for the unexpected. Indeed, as Rogue relays, the aftermath of a disaster is “usually the hardest thing to deal with.” Those with a strong mind can “focus, quickly de-stress, and help others” during times of uncertainty. Additionally, because some emergencies can test a person’s physical endurance, Rogue advocates for getting at least 10-30 minutes of exercise per day.

Finally, Rogue encourages parents to make preparedness a “part of family life,” without making it a large “theatrical” production. As the mother of two children, she “leads by example,” using “logical terms” to explain simple activities to her children, and getting them involved with growing food in the garden and filling emergency kits.

The preparedness lifestyle does not have to be all-consuming. “Preparedness,” she says, “is a journey, not a race.” Those looking to learn more can find a wealth of information on Rogue’s website, Instagram, YouTube channel, and Rogue Preparedness Academy.

The past twelve months of market fluctuation and supply chain instability, and the recent power failures in Texas, have proved that it is foolhardy to rely on familiar, large institutions during times of upheaval and natural disaster. By taking cues from the practical and self-reliant, and with the right skills, equipment, and stores of necessities, when the next disaster strikes, Americans can meet future uncertainty with confidence.


Yosemite National Park Cites COVID-19 To Limit Number Of Summer Visitors

Yosemite National Park will require visitors to obtain day-use reservations to enter this summer citing the coronavirus pandemic. The reservation system will go into effect May 21 and will last through the peak summer season to Sept. 30.

“The health and safety of park visitors, employees, and partners continues to be our number one priority,” the park service said in a press release Thursday announcing the decision, despite a lack of any data that shows widespread danger of outdoor viral transmission.

In fact, highly ventilated outdoor spaces with fresh air and ultraviolet light make for the safest circumstances to deter spread of the novel Wuhan coronavirus. Yosemite however, among the nation’s most prominent parks will again remain closed and off-limits to those without temporary day-use permits required for all pass holders just as it was last year.

Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park and Montana’s Glacier National Park each also announced the implementation of reservation systems this summer.

The new restrictions come as domestic travel is expected to spike as the nation’s economy recovers and more American adults become eligible for vaccination by May. Airline traffic is already on the rise. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), more than 1,580,785 individuals were screened at airport checkpoints on April 2, the highest number of screenings in any single day since March of last year.

While the National Parks Service has consistently reported upwards of more than three-hundred million visitors each year since 2015, only less than 240 million visits were recorded in 2020.


Scientists Called BS On The WHO’s Bogus COVID Origins Report, And China Isn’t Happy

The Chinese Foreign Ministry attacked World Health Organization (WHO) advisory committee member Jamie Metzl because he published an open letter Wednesday calling out the WHO’s COVID-19 origins report for being full of factual inaccuracies.

The letter, co-organized by Metzl and signed by 23 other scientists, highlights 12 statements that were incorrect, disputed, contradictory, or imprecise in the WHO and Chinese joint report on the origins of the pandemic. (Metzl’s questions and concerns may have been addressed by the panel of investigators if the WHO didn’t give reporters only 30 minutes to review the 123-page report on the origins of the Wuhan virus before last week’s press conference.)

The WHO report “failed to reach some of the most basic standards of credible analysis and assessment,” the scientists said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian blasted Metzl and the other scientists, saying, “By blatantly questioning the independence and research conclusions of real scientists, they will not only cripple international cooperation on origin tracing, but also undercut global anti-epidemic efforts.”

The only setback in the investigation, Lijian claimed, is it was tainted by the United States and other countries that are “bent on politicizing the origin-tracing issue in an attempt to disrupt China’s cooperation with WHO and discredit China.” Lijian added that China has been commended for its “openness and transparency,” by the joint Chinese and WHO investigation team.

Far from open and transparent, the Chinese government demanded total control over all research into the pandemic’s origins. The WHO gave China veto power over scientists selected to be on the panel of investigators. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced on March 19 that Chinese experts received the English version of the WHO report two days prior to its public debut because, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its release “depend[ed] on discussions between Chinese & international experts.”

The WHO’s report downplayed the theory that COVID-19 could have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China. Even before the report was released, WHO investigators were insisting the virus did not originate from a lab. There is substantial evidence indicating some of the investigators are compromised by China (besides the fact that they are Chinese-approved). Some appear to have a personal interest in not giving any credit to the Wuhan lab-leak theory since it would harm their own scientific research and business dealings.

Metzl’s open letter calls for a new probe into the origins of the pandemic that strips China and any other government of veto power over the scientists selected to investigate the pandemic’s origins. The letter also asks for whistleblower protections to ensure Chinese scientists can “share relevant information without fear of retribution.” Metzl said it was “truly unfortunate” China chose to “obfuscate & deflect” from the criticisms and concerns he laid out in the open letter.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday that the WHO’s report “lacks crucial data, it lacks information, and it lacks access. It represents a picture that is partial and, in our view, incomplete.” Price added his concerns were shared by countries around the world, pointing to a joint statement the U.S. government released with 13 other democracies the day the WHO’s origin report was released, expressing “shared concerns” over China’s influence on the report.


Report: New York’s Pilot Program Vaccine Passports Are Easy To Fake

Attorney and privacy advocate Albert Fox Cahn, executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, took only 11 minutes to obtain someone else’s vaccine passport in New York, according to the Washington Post.

The state of New York launched the country’s first vaccine passport program in early April, formally called an Excelsior Pass. The pilot program forces New Yorkers to demonstrate proof of a vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test within six hours to gain access to entertainment and arts venues, such as Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center. In order to register for the pass, residents must provide their full name, address, date of birth, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination card. Then the individual is assigned a scannable QR code.

Cahn noted, however, that he “experienced glitches” when he received a QR code. Worse, all information above can be obtained through a vaccination card. Since this is the case, the report says fraud could be a major issue. With people posting videos and pictures online of themselves receiving the vaccine and their vaccine cards, it is conceivable that any posted data can easily be extracted and forged for someone else to obtain a vaccine passport.

Cahn obtained a fraudulent vaccine passport by merely using Twitter and searching for public information. He noted that the passes are the “worst of both worlds,” because the legitimacy problem makes the passes less effective in facilitating public health.

“We need to pay attention to what the private sector is doing as well as what governments are doing and make sure that we regulate if we have to and make sure that they’re fair to everybody,” Nicole Hassoun, a professor at Binghamton University who specializes in public health and ethics told CNBC in March regarding vaccine passports.

The development of the Excelsior Pass in New York was led by IBM, which created the program, through its Digital Health Pass Program. In September, the company received about $23 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to “develop digital health solutions that help address the COVID-19 pandemic.” The other groups awarded contracts include Vibrent Health in Virginia; the University of California, San Francisco; Shee Atiká Enterprises LLC in Alaska; PhysIQ in Chicago; iCrypto Inc. in California; and Evidation Health Inc. in California.

Empire State Development spokeswoman Kristin Devoe told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday that the “Excelsior Pass is a voluntary system that creates a digital copy of a preexisting paper record — it is not a standalone identification document.” That being said, there clearly remain heavy privacy implications, in addition to the blurred lines between how the government will interact with the private sector on the issue of vaccine passports.

On Tuesday, the Biden administration said there will be “no federal mandate” for vaccine passports. In March, the Washington Post reported that the White House is working with private corporations to develop vaccine passports — with coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients playing a major role.

Despite the words from press secretary Jen Psaki, states across the country have taken executive action against vaccine passports or are currently putting forth legislation. Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis led the charge on April 2, with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott doing the same on April 7.


Democrat-Run New York And Pennsylvania Lead US In Shuttering The Most Small Businesses Through Lockdown

New data from tech giant Facebook reveals that New York and Pennsylvania, both Democratic strongholds run by Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Tom Wolf respectively, have had the greatest number of small businesses in the nation crumble during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Facebook study makes an effort to skirt the issue of lockdowns and claims that “strictness of [non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as lockdowns] did not seem to be correlated with higher rates of closed [small and medium-sized businesses].” The rational follow-up is, given the extensive data that points otherwise, how is this hypothesis even drawn?

Facebook published its first “Global State of Small Business Report,” which collected data from more than 35,000 small businesses in 27 countries affected by the pandemic and, evidently, government responses. The report found that New York and Pennsylvania maintained the highest rate of small business closure in the United States, tied at 31 percent.

The new information comes days before Cuomo is set to increase state taxes as part of a $212 billion spending plan. Taxes will reportedly increase by $4.3 billion dollars. The fiscal year 2021-2022 plan supported by the governor will increase personal taxes for people making over $1 million a year and for couples earning over $2 million a year. In addition, the plan intends to increase the corporate franchise tax rate for businesses earning $5 million or more a year in profits. The New York Senate signed off on the measure on Wednesday, and four of the 10 provisions will head to the State Assembly for a vote.

Similarly, in February, Wolf proposed a $37.8 billion spending plan, which includes the first personal income tax increase in Pennsylvania since 2003, as first noted by Penn live. The state’s personal income tax rate would move from 3.07 percent to 4.49 percent and allocate about half of all funding to the public education system. In addition to this tax hike, Wolf proposed a $12 minimum wage “with a path to $15/hour,” and $145 million in reserves from the Workers Compensation Security Fund to go toward small businesses — those that have somehow survived his harsh pandemic restrictions, that is.

New York leads the pack for the most reductions in employment across the country — at 38 percent. New York is second only to Hawaii in having the highest unemployment rate in the U.S., at 8.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pennsylvania ranks not much higher at 40, with an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. Even while the state forced businesses to shutter their doors, it did not stop the death rate from climbing. In terms of COVID-19 death rates, New York ranks second in the nation with 259 per 100,000 people. Pennsylvania ranks 11th-highest in death rates, at 198 per 100,000 people, according to data from Becker’s Hospital Review.

Analytics firm TrendMacro published a report in September citing that states that instituted harsh lockdowns like New York and Pennsylvania fared worse economically and even had more severe outbreaks than freer states. “The five places with the harshest lockdowns — the District of Columbia, New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts — had the heaviest caseloads,” the study noted.


Did Big Government Make The Pandemic Economy Worse?

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, John Tamny, author of “When Politicians Panicked: The New Coronavirus, Expert Opinion, and a Tragic Lapse of Reason” and Vice President at FreedomWorks, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss how federal government’s decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic made the U.S. economy worse.

“Let’s not forget that historically, economic growth has always been the biggest enemy of death and disease whereas poverty has easily been the biggest killer mankind has ever known,” Tamny explained. “Yet, when given a choice in March of 2020, politicians chose contraction as a virus mitigation strategy.”

This “one-size-fits-all” strategy based on the decisions of a few people, Tamny argued, did nothing but destroy the economy.

“It also blinds us to the information that tells us, why is it spreading more in New York? Why does it seem to hit New York so hard? Why does it seem to hit Florida, with so many old people not as difficult? What are the answers to this? We didn’t really get that because they chose one-size-fits-all in so many instances,” Tamny said.

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Jewish Family Forced Off Plane Because Their 2yr Old Wasn’t Following the Communist Rules

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A video has gone viral of a Spirit Airlines flight attendant forcing a Jewish family of four to disembark a plane in Florida on Monday because their 2-year-old daughter was not wearing a mask.

COVID Nazis kick a family off a plane because the baby took off her mask

The mother is 7 months pregnant and the little girl was eating yogurt on her mom’s lap at the time of the incident. The family also had their special-needs 7-year-old son with them and he reportedly experiences seizures. The flight was going from Orlando to Atlantic City. The Eisenberg family had just celebrated Passover in Florida.

Video shows a flight attendant reprimanding and threatening the family because of the toddler who had just turned 2-years-old a month ago. The father, Ari Eisenberg, spoke with the attendant but she insisted that they needed to leave the plane for “non-compliance” with the mask rules. She blamed it on the pilot but it turned out it was another male flight attendant who was objecting to the family.

The father had his mask down and then pulled it back up while the attendant pointed to the child and said: “She’s not wearing a mask,” as the child spooned more yogurt into her mouth.

“The baby?” the mom, Avital Eisenberg, asked.

A woman next to the family pointed out to the attendant that “a lot of kids aren’t wearing masks.”

“You’ve been sitting next to me. Was I wearing the mask the whole time? Was I wearing the mask the whole time everybody?” asked the father.

“I’ll make sure he wears it. Everything is going to be fine,” said another man who videoed the incident.

The mom told the attendant, “That’s only a child and a 2-year-old.”

“It’s not my choice. You have to take your stuff and get off,” the attendant demanded. She kept repeating over and over that the family was in “non-compliance with the mask policy.”

“We’re done talking. The pilot wants you off, so you have to get off,” she asserted.

The mother pleaded with the woman: “She’s a baby. She just turned two a month ago. She’s been trying to wear it.”

The China Flu is making people crazy

Then the attendant threatened to call the police which she evidently followed through on. Everyone was forced to disembark the plane. The father can be heard saying, “the captain was OK with it, the entire plane was OK with it but there was one African American that was not OK with it.”

The police were present in the walkway coming out of the plane. One officer stated: “They’re the ones who were the problem,” as the family in the middle of the controversy walked by.

“Upon arrival, officers saw that the flight was in the middle of de-boarding. Our officers stood by, while Spirit Airlines resolved the issue,” a spokesman stated.

Spirit Airlines claims that the parents broke their rules and that the real incident was not caught on video. But many are disputing that claim and call it a lie. They said that the family was issued a warning and then allowed back on the plane so they could continue to their destination.

“I have no words. Next level craziness. I understand if I gave someone attitude…but there was none of that. We were about to take off,” the father, Ari Eisenberg told Fox News. “Everything was fine and all of the sudden someone comes over to us and asks us to deplane. We did comply they and nothing to say. I kept asking what didn’t we comply with and they had nothing to say.”

“My son missed his medication window. Thank God he didn’t have a seizure. He was sitting there in a soaking wet diaper because I couldn’t change him during the whole thing,” the mother said. “My daughter is going crazy from all this it was a terrible terrible experience to go through let alone someone with a special needs child.”

The Daily Mail is claiming that the male flight attendant who had the problem with the family in the first place was escorted off the plane by police and not allowed to re-board. Comments from a number of passengers seem to support that accusation, however, Spirit Airlines is adamant that was not the case. They are claiming that he left because of a crew change and the police being near him was sheer coincidence.


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Forewarns CBS News: “There’s Going to Be Consequences” For Your Lies

Earlier today during a news conference Florida Governor hinted at legal action against CBS News for their “intentional” and “premeditated lies” during the 60 Minutes hit piece against him and the administration.

By all accounts the intentional creation of a false story, with specific intent to lie, is enough for legal action against the corporate media outlet. This could get very interesting…. WATCH:

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Even Democrats in Florida are upset at the way CBS intentionally lied about the facts of the events.  Making matters even more interesting CBS attacked one of Florida’s most cherished companies, Publix Supermarket, who sets the standard for community stewardship and taking care of employees.


CBS Catches Heat Over Their Poor Choices, Instantly Walks it Back

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Joseph Wulfsohn at Fox News reports CBS News decided on Saturday to delete a tweet for sounding way too partisan. On Friday, CBS tweeted out a report by Khristopher Brooks headlined “3 ways companies can help fight Georgia’s restrictive new voting law.”

CBS is not even trying to hide their left wing bias

Conservatives on Twitter mocked the tweet. “I missed the announcement that CBS is now a Democratic SuperPAC,” RealClearInvestigations senior writer Mark Hemingway quipped.

On Saturday, not only did CBS News delete the tweet, but it also reframed the report to downplay its advocacy.

The headline was changed to “Activists are calling on big companies to challenge new voting laws. Here’s what they’re asking for.” They added no editor’s note explaining the change.

The framework of the Brooks article remained. The three ways companies were urged to fight the Georgia election law was:

1. Do not donate to Republicans who sponsored the law just as corporations decided not to donate to Republicans who challenged the presidential election results.

2. Spread awareness of the Georgia law to other states – which the media are doing aggressively. “Major advertising campaigns have helped these companies individually, but ads can also help stamp out efforts nationwide to pass voting laws similar to Georgia’s, activists said.”

3. Fight for federal law — in this case, support H.R. 1, the federal law supported by Democrats to submit the states to federal supervision of election rules. Companies “need to work aggressively to call for the passage” of the For the People Act, leftist Nse Ufot said.

That’s not the only story Fox has on CBS. Wulfsohn also reported CBS is being accused of deceptively editing a heated exchange between Gov. Ron DeSantis (R.-Fla.) and correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi accusing him of a “pay for play” scheme in a promotional tweet for 60 Minutes. Alfonsi noted the major supermarket chain Publix had donated, and were given the opportunity to administer vaccines.

“The criticism here is that is pay for play, governor,” Alfonsi told DeSantis.

“And it’s wrong, it’s wrong,” DeSantis shot back. “It’s a fake narrative. I just disabused you of the narrative. And you don’t care about the facts. Because, obviously, I laid it out for you in a way that is irrefutable.”

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This was also challenged on Twitter from the right:

“Wow. And it appears that @60Minutes edited the clip to cut out several minutes of @GovRonDeSantis giving extensive details showing just how wrong this narrative is,” one Twitter user posted.

60 Minutes is attempting to create a phony scandal through malicious editing. Here is the excerpt from the actual conversation that was edited out by 60 Minutes.

“First of all, the first pharmacies that had the vaccine were CVS and Walgreens and they had a long-term care mission, so they were going to the long-term care facilities. They got the vaccine in the middle of December, they started going to the long-term care facilities the third week in December to do LTCs,” DeSantis told Alfonsi.

“So that was their mission, that was very important and we trusted them to do that. As we got into January, we wanted to expand the distribution points. So yes, you had the counties, you had some drive-thru sites, you had hospitals that were doing a lot, but we wanted to get it into communities more. So we reached out to other retail pharmacies: Publix, Walmart, obviously CVS and Walgreens had to finish that mission and we said we’re going to use you as soon as you’re done with that,” DeSantis continued. 

The Republican went on to say that Publix was the “first one to raise their hand” to say they were ready to distribute the vaccine. They rolled out the vaccine on a “trial basis” in three counties, which was met with “100% positive” feedback from seniors.


The More The Corrupt Media Declares War On DeSantis, The More Conservatives Embrace Him

In the left’s grand disdain for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, it has been willing to fabricate any story that smears his response to the pandemic in the state of Florida. The corporate media have assisted in the effort, going to great lengths to publish DeSantis fear porn, but conservatives clearly see through the facade.

What the media does not realize is that the more they lambast DeSantis as the chief opponent to authoritarian-style governance, the more those on the right will determine him to be their preferred leader to steer the GOP back in 2024.

Florida Got It Right

Legacy media have vilified DeSantis since the offset of the COVID-19 pandemic, persisting in suspended disbelief that a state would prioritize the freedom of the individual to guide public health policy. In the latest stunt, CBS’s “60 Minutes” claimed DeSantis is in cahoots with Publix grocery stores in a pay-for-play conspiracy for vaccine distribution — since the chain, which is the most ubiquitous in the state — donated to the governor in a routine political committee contribution.

The “60 Minutes” smear by reporter Sharyn Alfonsi, who refused to interview both Democrats and Republicans, is less shocking than it is predictable. Florida was the first state to announce restaurants and bars could open up without restrictions in September, after ordering a statewide lockdown in April. It was also the first state to prioritize seniors not in long-term care facilities to receive the coronavirus vaccine, which likewise got Alfonsi and the left ginned up over an ill-substantiated white supremacist conspiracy theory.

While left-leaning politicians could acknowledge that seniors are the most at risk of COVID-19, and should be prioritized, they do the opposite and then decry DeSantis for sticking to his word. Look no further than Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his nursing homes scandal that needlessly killed thousands.

Even as the media portray DeSantis and his policies as not conducive to an ideology that says Americans should stay locked in their homes until every last strain of COVID-19 is wiped off the face of the earth, Florida has weathered the pandemic successfully.

As of March 28, more than 6.2 million residents have been vaccinated, and more than 4.2 million of this number are seniors, according to the state’s Department of Health. Florida opened up vaccine distribution for all adults 18 years or older on Monday.

In terms of death rates per 100,000 people, Florida ranks 27, despite being the third-largest state by population. For comparison, Democratic-ran states New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts — all of which have a smaller state population and have instituted strict lockdowns — rank in the top three for deaths per 100,000.

From an economic standpoint, Florida also ranks well. In terms of the change of percent of jobs available from February 2020 to February 2021, Florida comes in at -6.2 percent. New York is -10.8 percent, California at -9.4 percent, Illinois at -7.5 percent, Massachusetts at -8.7 percent, and Pennsylvania at -7.2 percent — according to a study from the University of New Hampshire.

The unemployment rate in Florida, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ranks 17 in the nation, at 4.7 percent. Gov. Cuomo’s New York comes in at the 50th worst, 8.9 percent, with Connecticut and California trailing behind at 8.5 percent.

Data Does Not lie, But The Corrupt Media Does

No doubt, it is quite early to be declaring who will be the GOP nomination in 2024, but it is vital to look at where voters’ minds are after four years of Trump. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando in February, DeSantis ranked second to Trump in a 2024 Presidential Straw Poll.

Given that it is a major question whether Trump will run again, and that the once-promising South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has all but devastated her appeal to conservative voters by wavering on a trans-bill, DeSantis seems to have a great chance if he throws his hat in the ring. Additionally, the governor has thus far aligned himself with the America First movement that 95 percent of attendees at CPAC said is their vision for the future of the GOP.

But putting aside the grand speculation about who will capture the nomination three years from now, it is vital to recognize that the left’s attempts to throw DeSantis in the ideological gulag only make Republicans more confident that he represents their values. In the past four years especially, Americans have been manipulated and led astray by a corporate media willing to make up stories that suit its partisan interests. Two failed impeachments, along with dozens of other planted stories that have since been corrected about Trump, have only done two things.

First, they have erased the last shred of credibility the media had, making Americans skeptical of any future stories. But more importantly, the media’s malfeasance, which has no sign of ending, has done the opposite of what the left sought. The lying, self-aggrandizing stories about how all Republicans are white supremacists have made conservatives deem that whatever the corporate media says is the opposite of what the truth must actually be.

Trump got elected because he spoke to people who were exhausted by the media’s promulgating of false narratives and the government’s failed promises. If the Democrats wish to brand the Florida governor as the next reckless buffoon on the GOP block, they ought to be a little more retrospective and realize the millions of Americans that will feel they are in DeSantis’s corner.

If the leftist media was hoping to turn Republicans against DeSantis in 2024, they have achieved the opposite effect.