The United States has witnessed Florida Republicans fight for coronavirus mandates hard, with many saying that they are fighting for their "right to choose". But how far are they taking this fight? Let's look at two ways.
There is a saying that bullying officials always works, but then at times, this form of bullying is taking a little too far, which is what happened in Florida.
Republicans hold conservative values in a traditional sense, meaning that they prefer the leeway of doing what they need to do to thrive.
This is having their taxes low, labor unions being restricted from touching them, gun ownership rights, curb on immigration, restrictions on abortion and deregulations.
The world basically should be their oyster, and having the country be under Democrats' control tends to be like a painful thorn in their 'greatness'.
This is what the entire country has witnessed with the pandemic; Republicans have constantly challenged a lot of the democratic run nation protocols that were being implemented.
These fights involved endless lawsuits. They saw those who dared to implement safety protocols get bullied and harassed daily.
As much as some have been fighting amicably through the law and healthy debates on social media, there are those who took the fight too far.
The negative will always outweigh the positive in this battle, so it is important to note them first...
1. The time Republicans bullied, harassed, disrupted workflows and learning, and sent threats to pro-covid mandates parties
The most controversial way that some Republicans have been fighting Covi health mandates is through the worst form of them all...chaos.
Republican lobbyists have been heavily protesting in several Florida counties that are implementing stringent Covid measures.
Florida is part of over five states where the schooling system will see the federal government step in to aid against threats that have been sent to school boards for mask mandates.
School boards have been getting harassed online and in-person, receiving hate messages, and these attacks leave many of them scared for life.
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Attorney-General Merrick Garland says there is a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators.
Social media users have made it their mission to endlessly ill-tweet those advocating for the mandates, some debating them somewhat, but others constantly bullying them.
As such, AG Garland wants the FBI to work with other U.S. attorneys and federal + local, territorial and tribal authorities in each district to develop strategies against the threats.
It is important to note that Governor Ron DeSantis has not publicly supported any of these chaotic means of challenging Covid-19 protocols.
However, the Governor has also not publicly slammed the perpetrators and shun them, but he has called out the Democratic-led White House for attempting to step in and dissolve these issues.
This has painted a picture that he somehow might be excusing the barbaric behavior that his supporters have displayed.
2. Endless lawsuits and appeals against schools that are paid for by taxpayers, Subtweets, Press conferences, and more
One of the most mature ways that Republican members have been fighting Covid-19 health mandates is through lawsuits.
One popular Republican leader who has been the most vocal about challenging these mandates has to be Governor Ron DeSantis.
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From early on in the year, the Governor has been a vocal critic of U.S. President Joe Biden's Covid-19 protocols and this led to him sighing bills that would prohibit Florida from ever mandating masks and vaccines.
This bill was challenged by school boards in few counties through legal means, as soon as Delta variant cases began to surge but the Governor found ways to fight them and win.
President Biden then encouraged businesses to weekly test their employees who refuse to get the Covid-19 vaccine, hoping that they will eventually give up their fight against vaccines and decide to get the Covid shot.
This did not sit well with Governor DeSantis, who held press conferences where he took a hit at Biden's propositions and vowed to challenge the federal government.
Both the Democrats and Republicans have been sending subliminal messages all over social media, but the subtweets have been a lot more on Twitter.
Governor DeSantis has vowed to fight schools that dare to implement their own health measures that did not align with his vision for the state of Florida and even hold their funding.
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It is disappointing that the Governor is forcing schools with the highest coronavirus cases across Florida to halt their safety protocols or lose their funding.
This then prompted school boards across the state to ask the Federal government to step in and help quell the fire going on, which is why the Department of Justice is being tabled to step in.
It is important to note that there are those Republicans who have set this fight aside and supported the extra Covid safety protocols. This is an admirable thing, but let us not applaud a fish for swimming. The negatives will always outweigh the positives.
Some battles shouldn't be fought, and challenging the democratic government on coronavirus protocols is one battle that will see the nation take forever to escape this pandemic, and more lives will be lost in the process.
I personally think that Republicans should let Democrats win this battle of Covid-19 health protocols. That way, they can focus on the war that is coming...winning the White House in 2024 - And many are hopeful that DeSantis will take it instead of Trump. But what do you think? Should Republicans not back down from this fight and see it to the end? Let me know in the comments. And if you think more people should read this article, share it on social media.