Throughout the pandemic, President Trump has allowed state governors make crucial decisions ranging from stay-at-home orders to regulating the economy. Even as some governors violated residents’ First Amendment rights or abused their power, the federal government stayed silent. Now, during an event at the White House, Trump is taking a stronger stance when it comes to America’s schools.
At the outset of the pandemic, the White House task force was frequently communicating with all 50 state governors. The president himself was providing guidance on how each state was to battle the disease. Although the federal government offered direction, the president delegated to each governor the responsibility of handling the virus for their state.
That didn’t work out too well, did it? Democrat governors suddenly turned into dictators. They shut down the economy, forced Americans into their homes, and closed schools and colleges. Even many conservative states violated their residents’ rights by stripping away their ability to work or get an education.
Many wondered why Trump wasn’t getting involved as Democrats stormed churches, arrested pastors, and denied barbershops from reopening. Worse of all, perhaps, was the treatment of America’s youth, who could not go to school despite the fact they were the least at risk from the Chinese flu.
Now, as the new school year rapidly approaches, the president is finally exerting his authority.
President Trump, at a White House event Tuesday with first lady Melania Trump, said his administration would “very much put pressure” on governors to reopen their states’ schools in the fall amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“We don’t want people to make political statements or do it for political reasons, they think it’s gonna be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed, no way,” Trump said after noting that the administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently announced plans to reopen schools in that state starting in August. “So, we are very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.” [Source: Fox News]
During the White House event, numerous members of the administration were on hand to voice their support for reopening schools. It’s staggering to think that we need this much talk and attention for something that should be a foregone conclusion.
From the very start of the outbreak, we knew that this virus did not severely affect children. And there has been plenty of new evidence that shows children are unlikely to spread the disease to others. Sen. Rand Paul, who is a doctor, discussed this recently saying, “There are examples from all across the United States and the world that show young children rarely spread the virus.”
Yet despite this obvious information, children’s academic careers were derailed thanks to overeager governors who were more concerned with how they looked in the media. Much of the shutdowns and restrictions weren’t based on actual evidence of how the virus spread. It was just a show for the press, to make it look like governors were doing “something” to address a problem largely out of their control.
In fact, most of what the governors did only made the situation worse, such as when New York Gov. Cuomo forced sick patients into nursing homes. The act of forcing Americans to stay in their homes, unable to work, only led to much greater health problems. The agonizingly slow reopening “phases” aren’t helping keep the disease under control. It only assures that we will be stuck with this thing much longer than we should.
To keep children out of school is punishing them and their parents. President Trump vows to pressure states to reopen schools, but neglected to share how. There are a number of ways the federal government can urge states to do this. But it remains to be seen if they will.