Virginia Democrats Cling to Forced Masking of Kids

by Kerry Dougherty

Hey, Virginia Democrats, read the room.

Rather, read the country.

As Democrats in the Old Dominion lawyer up and throw hissy fits in a mad attempt to keep forced masking in schools, their counterparts in four blue states spent Monday merrily rolling back the mandates.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that mandatory masking would end in the Garden State on March 7. Connecticut’s Gov. Ned Lamont said he’d scrap school mask mandates on Feb. 28, although he’ll leave decisions up to school divisions. In Delaware, Gov. John Carney declared that mask mandates will be reversed on February 11, with school mandates ending March 31. And in Oregon — Oregon! — health officials announced that school mask mandates would be lifted statewide on March 31.

Coincidence? Not a chance.

These Democrats can read a room. The polling on mask mandates must be atrocious. They know that the November mid-term elections are going to be a bloodbath for their party if forced masking of kids — the most visible sign of gubernatorial overreach — stays in place through the 2022 school year.

Why would any Democrat want to campaign as part of the party that closed schools at the behest of teachers’ unions and then kept kids in masks months longer than most other states?

Heck, Murphy nearly lost his election in New Jersey last year in large part over school issues.

So, why are Virginia’s Democrats fighting GOP Governor Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that repealed the former governor’s public and private school forced-masking mandate?

Three words: Youngkin Derangement Syndrome.

Dems are livid that they lost the top three jobs to Republicans last November, while also losing control of the House of Delegates. A big reason for the Democratic wipe-out was suburban anger over far-left school boards covering up sexual assaults, allowing porn in school libraries and teaching critical race theory. All of those issues came down to parental involvement in their kids’ educations.

Mask mandates were also part of that equation. Everywhere Youngkin went he promised to roll back Northam’s order mandating masks and let parents decide if their kids should mask-up to go to school.

When the new governor kept his promise, leftist school boards and disgruntled parents lost their minds.

Frankly, the left’s loathing for the new soft-spoken governor with firm conservative principles borders on fanaticism.

After two years of hibernation, the ACLU even emerged, filing suit on behalf of kids with disabilities, arguing that if the masks come off the healthy kids those children will have to stay home.

Ridiculous. Did they have to stay home during cold and flu season in the past, when no one in school was masked?

Where was the ACLU when kids with speech and hearing disabilities struggled because they and their speech therapists were forced to wear masks? Where was the ACLU when kids with learning disabilities lost an entire year of learning due to virtual classes?

This suit ought to be tossed out as unceremoniously as the one that was given the boot by the Virginia Supreme Court yesterday.

Do Virginia Democrats really want to campaign this fall as the party that resisted the national return to normalcy by fighting to keep masks on kids’ faces?

Actually, one Democrat is on the side of sanity: State Senator Chap Petersen, a Fairfax County Public School parent. He boldly challenged Ralph Northam’s executive orders in court during the last administration and he put Fairfax schools on notice yesterday. His three-page letter is at the bottom of this post, but here’s the money quote:

For the past two years, we have seen the lives of our children disrupted and destroyed by a pandemic that posed little, or no, threat to them physically. Too many decisions involving children have been dictated by political expediency. As a parent, I’ve had enough.

In 2021, the General Assembly solved the issue of school closures by ordering schools to reopen for in-person learning five days a week via the passage of SB 1303. We stepped in because school districts were failing to do the right thing for children. This is not just my opinion — it is reflected in the fact that the Virginia public schools, such as FCPS, had a record loss of enrollment in 2021, which has continued into the current year. Something is not right.

In the coming days, I will ask the Governor to either send down special legislation or amend existing legislation so as to end the Forced Masking of Children

We will pass that with a bipartisan majority and this sad episode will finally end.

Virginia Democrats who want to be on the right side of history would be smart to join Petersen and side with children. For a change.

This column has been republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.


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19 responses to “Virginia Democrats Cling to Forced Masking of Kids”

  1. Deborah Hommer Avatar
    Deborah Hommer

    Are VA’s Democrats the last ones to read the room? (Stacey Abrams) Apparently! Behind NJ, CT, DE, OR, and CA. IL Supreme Court rules against mask mandates. Even behind CNN ha! Fyi, the science hasn’t changed.

    Judge DiMatteo has a conflict of interest with her husband teaching at Wakefield HS. Go figure.

    VA Supreme Court sides with Youngkin on EO against school mask mandates – yet here we are and the Fairfax Board of Supervisors and FCPS are silent, among other districts.

    Here’s yet another episode of Maher again pointing out the lunacy of the Left with Covid:

    “I’m not saying the medical establishment isn’t trying to figure s–t out … But how about just wrong. Wrong a lot,” he said.

    “Wrong about lockdowns, wrong about kids, wrong about ‘You couldn’t get it if you were vaccinated.’ Remember washing our packages?

    “I’m just asking, how much wrong do you get to be while still holding the default setting for people who represent the science?”

    Not even The View bought Stacey Abrams’ “Lame Excuse” in not wearing a mask.

    A bunch hubristic hypocritical monsters asking kids to mask up but won’t do it themselves – including but not limited to Boyskin, AOC, Gavin Newsom, London Breed, Eric Garcetti

    1. Merchantseamen Avatar

      Maher changed his spots. The wokers were about to come for him so he counterwoke first. They are stunned for the moment.

  2. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
    Baconator with extra cheese

    I can’t believe those wonderfully virtuous Blue governors are going to take responsibility for “murdering” all those children.
    How Trumpian of them!
    Maybe they are jockeying for ambassador appointments come 2024?

  3. VaNavVet Avatar

    Kerry and her like are continuing the politicizing of school masking to the detriment of all involved. The Chesapeake Education Association did just pass a resolution of “no confidence” in the Chesapeake School Board . The Board offered no reasoning nor had any discussion of its recent decision to follow the Governor’s EO on masks in school. This is not a place where the district superintendent, the teachers, or the parents wanted to be. Several teachers also spoke before the Board of their recent decision to resign in the middle of the school year.

    1. killerhertz Avatar

      Good. The more teachers that quit over mask mandates the better. I hope they incur massive expenses moving to California.

  4. I practice the NCAA coach’s doctrine — masked up except when drinking, eating, or talking.

  5. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner

    For more than a year I have accepted, accepted, the masking mandate as a compromise price of keeping the schools fully open in the face of parental and teacher hysterical panic. But the time for that has come and gone. It should be a choice, anywhere. The masks are, in a word, just a masquerade. Always were.

    Supposed to head across the pond in a few weeks. We’re triple vaxxed, I’ve had a case and my wife was certainly exposed (by me, if no other way) and never got a positive test. Absolutely ridiculous what we are going to have to go through to take this trip, and frankly we are considering once again punting. The cruise company sent a recent notice bragging about how locked down and masked up they are, how many times we’ll be tested, and said they were hoping, hoping, that by March 1 guests could leave the boat and enter the towns for independent wandering. That’s the best part!

    Has all this kept it from spreading in Europe? Not one bit.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Get trip insurance that specifically covers quarantine expenses. Wouldn’t do to take your exit test, have it turn up positive, and then spend an extra week locked in a room living on hotel food AND have to pay premium prices.

      1. Stephen Haner Avatar
        Stephen Haner

        That is the nightmare. Will examine the policy fine print. 🙂

      2. Stephen Haner Avatar
        Stephen Haner

        That is the nightmare. Will examine the policy fine print. 🙂

    2. James C. Sherlock Avatar
      James C. Sherlock

      You have to ask yourselves how much fun you will have when you get there – on ship or off.

      We now travel only in the U.S. We only travel by air if we can get where we are going non-stop on an early flight to minimize the increased risk of airlines being unable to meet their schedules.

      My wife and I have had wonderful experiences traveling, but since COVID, nowhere we have gone has been enjoyable except Marathon Key. Manhattan, which we have enjoyed for years, was a nightmare of boarded up stores and restaurants.

      Like many since COVID, we have scheduled and canceled more often that we have actually traveled. We love Europe, but won’t go back until COVID is gone and they return to normal. Which may be never at our ages.

    3. VaNavVet Avatar

      YDS is that the best that Kerry has to offer? Mandatory masking in schools was a major part of the protocols that allowed districts to move back to in-person teaching along with social distancing, contact tracing, and quarantines. This was not a masquerade. It is appropriate to look to a future date when masks in schools can become optional and districts should be allowed to make these decisions for their students and staff.

      1. The “social distancing” was based on a 1800s study of influence particulates……… totally inaccurate for C-19. But people believe that this contagion can escape a Level 4 Bio-lab but be stopped by cloth masks!

      2. Matt Adams Avatar
        Matt Adams

        The 6 foot rule was arbitrary, while social distancing could play a role in reduced transmission. That denotation of 6ft, wasn’t based in any science. As well as the determination that COVID-19 was a fomite.

      3. Merchantseamen Avatar

        Don’t forget you could get the covid after 10 p.m. but not before. See the hardcore Leftists can’t help themselves. I saw it in many country’s many years ago.

    4. DJRippert Avatar

      I’m in the British Virgin Islands right now. The useless gubmint has plenty of rules. The locals laugh at the rules. I went to the gym this morning without a mask. A sign on the door said masks were required. When I asked the guy behind the desk if I could use the gym without wearing a mask he just laughed. “Nobody wears a mask in a gym”, he said.

      Libtwits LOVE telling people what to do. They have this odd desire to impose their stupidity on others.

      Good for Petersen. He should run for governor.

      1. Merchantseamen Avatar

        Libtwits I like that. Remember they hate us and thew ant to kill us and will if the get the chance. That is whats behind the VA no fossil fuel insanity. That is what’s behind the “supply Snafu. Starvation been used all through history. They do not want us using their precious resources. Like breathing air, and such.

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