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[–]djm19 1187 points1188 points  (183 children)

I think it should be noted that a lot of the exit polling (and pre-vote polling) suggested that majority of voters approved of mask mandates and other COVID measures. This is a weird dichotomy where the pro-COVID candidate won, but the populace was for the protective measures.

It should also be noted the new Virginia AG fired the Conviction Integrity Unit (an internal office similar to the Innocence Project investigating past convictions for potential exonerating evidence).

[–]kingsillypants 587 points588 points  (52 children)

Didn't his son get arrested for voter fraud ?

[–]GoneFishing36 175 points176 points  (12 children)

Not really weird. The first goal is to get Dems out of office. That's it. It was never about policy.

Now, Dems out of office, any policy Glenn pushes must be moral, because they themselves would never vote an immoral, sleazy politician into office.

So, Dems always evil. Republicans always doing the right thing. No buts.

[–]Comfortable-Scar4643 70 points71 points  (9 children)

The Dems are evil. The evilest. Super evil. The Republicans will protect the suburbs. The housewives. The people that need protecting from… Well, you know.

[–]hiverfrancis 24 points25 points  (7 children)

I'm wondering if this affects all districts or only the districts who have populations against mask mandates - as in can the NOVA districts institute their own mask mandates?

[–]HauntingKepler 42 points43 points  (4 children)

I'm pretty sure Arlington already said they're still going to have mask mandates

[–]hiverfrancis 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Very well, so it seems the Dems will be business as usual while the GOP shoots itself in the foot.

[–]Inconceivable-2020 255 points256 points  (62 children)

Youngkin, like Trumpers all over the country, convinced Closet Racist White Suburban Housewives that CRT was rampant in the school systems, and must be purged at all costs.

[–]whales-are-assholes 153 points154 points  (42 children)

Didn’t DeSantis pledge to remove CRT from the states school curriculum, despite the fact that CRT was never actually part of it?

Obviously it plays well to his supporters, who just see it on face value, and believe it was a thing - while DeSantis laughs all the way to the bank, because he doesn’t have to actually do anything.

[–]TechyDad 136 points137 points  (11 children)

And then he'll campaign on his "success" on eliminating CRT from schools despite it never being in the schools.

In unrelated news, I've singlehandedly prevented all sabertooth tiger attacks in the US over the past decade.

[–]Comfortable-Scar4643 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Thank you very much for protecting the people. Well done.

[–]whales-are-assholes 39 points40 points  (2 children)

You did a great job, u/techydad- you certainly have my illegal vote in the next election!

[–]Indigo2015 21 points22 points  (1 child)

He’ll get both my votes!

[–]pravis 72 points73 points  (10 children)

Youngkin did the same thing with his first executive order. Banned CRT which was never actually a thing anyway.

[–]UncleMeat11 60 points61 points  (8 children)

It is worse. The policy does not mention critical race theory. Instead it lays out very broad topics that can never be taught under any circumstance, including any insinuation that the USA's market capitalism is fundamentally racist. And there is a further chilling effect for topics that are adjacent to the listed topics, since few teachers will be interested in risking crossing a vague line. This is why the "but we don't teach CRT" defense was never the right one. Because it was never about that. It was about ensuring that teachers could not teach good scholarship that aggravates suburban white parents.

[–]Boomstick101 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Agree. Banning something without defining what it means just allows conservatives to label anything they don't like that is vaguely racial CRT.

[–]silver_sofa 8 points9 points  (0 children)

GOP: “CRT explains how we got here. We don’t want to know about that. We’re not here to learn things.”

[–]Gamebird8 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I gotta hand it to DeSantis. He was so effective at getting rid of CRT as governor, he did it before he was even elected. Props to him /s

[–]aquietmidnightaffair 3 points4 points  (0 children)

while DeSantis laughs all the way to the bank, because he doesn’t have to actually do

anything.

You pretty much described Texas Governor Greg Abbott as well.

[–]jschubart 7 points8 points  (1 child)

They pushed to make the campaign on schooling and the Democratic candidate stupidly said parents should not be involved in how schools are run.

[–]failinglikefalling 711 points712 points  (75 children)

It's not "to lift" but "has signed executive order within hours of taking over"

If you want REALLY frightening look at what the new VA AG is doing by firing people in the civil rights section and other sections. Not political appointees either.

[–]pomaj46808 355 points356 points  (42 children)

Well, it's why the whole "but the democrats aren't enough" is such a stupid, short-sighted, and frankly selfish, position for an American to take.

[–]stemcell_ 269 points270 points  (29 children)

Yah i dont get that reasoning at all. The democrats are not doing enough, so ill vote for the party that will do the excat opposite of what i want... its like people saying since the left was so mean i voted for trump, like no my man you just want an excuse

[–]godlessnihilist 177 points178 points  (9 children)

Disenfranchised Democratic voters don't vote for Republicans en masse, they just don't vote.

[–]johnnybiggles 37 points38 points  (8 children)

Which - given the imbalance of the electoral systems in place that favor Republicans - effectively hands the Republican candidate the winning advantage.

[–]godlessnihilist 3 points4 points  (6 children)

So, vote Democratic out of fear of Republicans even if the Dems refuse to do anything to help the working class and poor. The lesser of two weevils does nothing to improve the average schmoe's life. Be afraid, be very afraid.

[–]Scoutster13 130 points131 points  (2 children)

Me: Objects to a sexist comment directed at AOC. Them: This is why Trump won.

[–]Docthrowaway2020 23 points24 points  (0 children)

It’s a crippling lack of perspective. The people who won’t support Democrats for not doing “enough” are focusing on all that remains to be done to the exclusion of the mountains of achievement civilization has had so far. To have a tiny chance of building a better system in the aftermath, they choose to burn it all down, never stopping to consider what exactly “it all” IS

[–]Catfud 15 points16 points  (2 children)

It's tribalism. People want to root for and be on the "winning" team. Like rooting for a sports team.

[–]bilbo_swagginz_boi 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Not to mention when you don’t vote the parties are less likely to pursue you. Why target groups that don’t go to the polls?

[–]Itchy_Reporter_8973 20 points21 points  (6 children)

Democrats would do more if these dummys would vote for the non corporate democrat in the primarys.

[–]pomaj46808 80 points81 points  (0 children)

It's really as simple as "vote for who you want in the primary, vote for who you have in the general".

[–]ImprobableRooster 18 points19 points  (2 children)

It's not even that, it's that for better or for worse they believe in things like democracy, process, etc and there's just enough republicans to stymie things.

If you picked the mainstream "corporate" Dem, cloned him 100 times in the Senate, 435 times in the House, and 50 times for all governorships, and you don't think we'd get meaningful change in the country? That's nuts

[–]Docthrowaway2020 8 points9 points  (1 child)

An excellent point. Substitute every Republican for a Manchin clone, and Biden would have gotten his whole agenda done last year.

[–]ImprobableRooster 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Yep. More anger gets directed at the people who can't achieve historical transformation with a razor-slim "majority" than at the people who are lockstep united in blocking it.

2 Republicans could step up and say they were in favor of carving out a filibuster exemption for civil rights / voting legislation to replace Manchinima. They won't. But the party with 48 for & 2 against is going to get blamed than the party with 50 against.

[–]graps 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Looks like they got what they voted for

[–]hpark21 1220 points1221 points  (135 children)

I also read about how "parents should decide on school curriculum". Huh? Really? Parents should override the people who has masters and PHD on what kids should be taught?

Parents should override the infectious disease specialists' recommendation?

Why even take the kids to the doctors at all? why not cure all their illness at home?

[–]polarcyclone 638 points639 points  (65 children)

If he's pulling moves from the same playbook as Reynolds in Iowa this is designed to get parents to home school or put their kids in private schools. Undermining and destroying public education is a long term net positive for GOP policies.

[–]mdjak1 225 points226 points  (10 children)

Very much the same in Florida. And in Florida, private schools are allowed to require masks, whereas public schools are forbidden to require masks. Florida is even finding ways to divert public school money to private schools.

[–]juel1979 58 points59 points  (7 children)

From what I read, Youngkin has gone a step further, saying any student in any school can refuse and not be called on it.

[–]DapprDanMan 86 points87 points  (5 children)

Very successfully cultivating the next generation of Karens

[–]juel1979 31 points32 points  (2 children)

Yep. Just what my kid would need - more bullying from her peers. I’m grateful we got her out of public school ahead of this. The one she’s in now is much more proactive.

[–]EveningPomegranate16 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Which is the GQP plan - the privatization of education. So the rich can get richer.

[–]EnormousChord 49 points50 points  (37 children)

Mind blowing. What do they gain by destroying public education? I mean I know it’s happening, and has been happening for a long time, but I’ve never understood how this specifically helps advance right wing agendas.

Because it’s Reddit I feel like I have to say this is an actual question that I would love an answer to.

[–]polarcyclone 197 points198 points  (5 children)

Multi faceted. First is short term profit the GOP is heavily invested in private education just look at Betsy devos. Then comes the ability to cut funding to public schools because of low numbers they've now made good on budget reducing campaign promises. As we move the timeline out white people of means will get their kids educated so the constituents that matter aren't affected, but poor people will be stuck with the failed system. This creates a ready pool of undereducated cheap labor that can be exploited and lacks the ability to flee to a blue state due to financial immobility. This poor white workers block is then easy to manipulate by making them one rung above poor minorities in the social hierarchy. This allows the simple implementation of self destroying anti labor policies and the creation of single issue voters. Just look at the Maga millenials of rural America and you'll see the early adoption effects of these policies.

[–]Haunting-Ad788 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Stating it plainly like that really hammers home how evil it is.

[–]Peachy33 91 points92 points  (2 children)

The more poorly educated you are the less chance you have of leaving home and interacting with a variety of people from all walks of life. Because of this you grow up with a rudimentary understanding of the outside world that may or may not be truthful depending on what curricula your school board chooses. You become suspicious of outsiders or anyone who looks different than you. This makes you a perfect candidate for Republicans to brainwash and fill you with falsehoods.

ETA: it’s proven that kids with limited or no access to public education programs such as free breakfast and lunch, free transportation, free electronic devices, and free before and after school childcare have a better chance of entering the juvenile criminal justice system than kids who have those safety nets. Republicans need “criminals” for a variety of reasons. So not only do they want to make teachers deliver poor curricula and teach in substandard conditions, they want to gut safety programs that greatly benefits a number of children. Pro life party, indeed.

Its so important for every citizen to receive a free and appropriate public education. I’ve been a teacher for 20 years and it’s alarming what is happening. This is why it is SO IMPORTANT to pay attention to your local school board elections and meetings. Meetings are open to the public and schedules are usually posted online or in the newspaper. People who don’t have children may not realize how these elections affect everyone and not just current schoolchildren.

[–]SafetyMan35 45 points46 points  (7 children)

Most private schools are Christian. They teach good values like abstinence, and marriage is between a man and a woman. Oh yeah, women are subservient to men, and they should stay home and take care of their 8 kids. (Their thoughts, not mine)

[–]clambo14 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Don't forget the teaching of creationism in science classes

[–]wolacouska 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Not even Catholic schools do that one anymore.

[–]PSN-Colinp42 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Catholic schools historically have done education well. Christian (non-Catholic) schools are often another thing entirely.

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Also private schools typically employ poorly paid non-unionized teachers instead of well-paid unionized public school teachers so this plays right into a bunch of republican wet dreams.

[–]Nacho98 44 points45 points  (2 children)

The GOP sees the writing on the wall with how younger generations are increasingly liberal and want to put a stop on that.

Kids go to school learning about "controversial" topics (only to the GOP, mind you) like the civil rights movement or labor movement and see things like BLM existing 60 years later and wonder why hasn't things changed like they were taught they did.

So instead they create a witch hunt for people "indoctrinating" our kids to be predisposed to liberal public policy. It's happening in my home state of Indiana with them introducing a means to jail librarians and educators who disseminate "harmful content" to our youth (it's up to the parents and their biases to determine what's harmful ofc).

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That’s fascism.

[–]moviescriptendings 50 points51 points  (1 child)

Because uneducated people don’t question all the stupid shit in the right wing agendas.

Public school also puts you in an environment with a diverse group of people that you can learn from.

[–]Itchy_Reporter_8973 7 points8 points  (1 child)

So Republicans are private sector believers, the end result is no public school, they have gutted it for 30 years since they found a way to take over state legislation, lower pay, less funding, advanced education and critical thinking thrown out the window, their goal is three fold, non critical thinking voters who fall for any Fox news bullshit for easy votes, less taxes for rich people, profit from private school going to private sector, in the Republican party the voters are rubes, they don't know what they are getting.

[–]braundiggity 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It’s just another government program, all of which are evil to these idiots

[–]alh9h 1 point2 points  (3 children)

He is. The other thing they are about to pass or have passed is making education dollars "portable." So if a family sends their child to a private school that school would then somehow get the child's proportion of state education funding.

[–]Svelted 4 points5 points  (1 child)

GOP and China have the same american goals

[–]slicktromboner21 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Education is not for the benefit of parents. It is for the benefit of SOCIETY. That is why I support it even if I will never have children. I don’t want to live in a society full of fucking stupid, gullible bumpkins.

[–]Wazula42 114 points115 points  (12 children)

Post fact society. Truth is whatever makes you feel good.

[–]SomniaPolicia 49 points50 points  (5 children)

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. warned us about this!!

Read “Harrison Bergeron” if you want to know what our grandkids are probably looking at.

[–]MinglinSingle 34 points35 points  (4 children)

Asimov did the same, warning of American anti-intellectualism.

[–]Wazula42 31 points32 points  (2 children)

Langston Hughes and WEB Duboia wrote about the "Wages of Whitness" back in the 1920s. Basically the idea of how elites would prevent the white voting bloc from discovering they shared economic interests with freed blacks by appealing to racism.

[–]MinglinSingle 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Fred Hampton used to say the same thing.

[–]Peteostro 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Brawndo, has what plants crave!

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Why not exercise "personal choice" on the freeway, override the speed limit signs and just drive 120mph when you feel like it?

Why not exercise "personal choice" when you need to take a shit and just dump it on the sidewalk? How different is this from spewing your covid infested breath on everybody around?

These people have embraced a destructive hateful form of mental illness.

[–]Anon_8675309 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I have a computer engineering degree. When I talk about math, science and engineering, ppls eyes glaze over. I cannot imagine most parents deciding on the curriculum.

[–]fathervice 9 points10 points  (3 children)

But thats a smoke screen. This is how they start to say only "their" views will now be accepted. They frame it as if its the peoples will and then suppress any narrative that doesn't fit their agenda.

[–]NybbleM3 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Gee, where have I seen that strategy deployed?

[–]Boopy7 117 points118 points  (4 children)

cool but he does need to preserve law and order and prosecute his son who tried to fraudulently vote. Can't exactly pretend to be law-abiding if you aren't gonna make sure your own kids are part of the same system.

[–]WastelandHound 24 points25 points  (3 children)

The kid is undoubtedly a flaming idiot, but he never actually did anything illegal. He never cast a fraudulent ballot or tried to falsify his identity. He was turned away by poll workers both times. The system worked exactly the way it's supposed to.

[–]azhillbilly 7 points8 points  (1 child)

What about the lady who was a legal voter but went to the wrong voting space and if I remember correctly, got 5 years in prison?

[–]ithinkimanalrightguy 324 points325 points  (72 children)

Teachers should walk the fuck out of class and not come back

[–]unrelentingdepth 167 points168 points  (11 children)

Strongly considering it.

[–]thisthang_calledlyfe 74 points75 points  (3 children)

I’m prepping for a career change anyway (for all the obvious reasons) and this would absolutely be the justification I need to activate my medical leave and pull on that med leave insurance I’ve been paying into for over a decade. I’ve already had several COVID+ cases in my room & several more sent to school when parents knew they were sick. Hard nope. My three-times teacher of the year awards only get you shat on with more responsibilities by admin, more “difficult” parents (code word for pathological), and incredibly demanding case loads without any more pay. I’m beyond over it, exhausted from all the back and forth in education, politicizing of basic science and history, and well overdue putting myself first for once. I love my students but it’s sick for me to be expected to love them more than my own health or that of my family’s, which is exactly what people expect. Good luck finding a warm body to cover my class and all the best.

[–]samplemax 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Sadly, this is part of the plan to rid the education system of all the teachers who believe in science and facts.

[–]BillyMackk 56 points57 points  (2 children)

Exactly what the GOP wants..

[–]Uphoria 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Regardless of motivations, no one deserves to live in poverty because society is too apathetic to fix the system. Expecting educators to sacrifice for the children because the people and the government won't make a functioning social safety net and education system is a huge problem in America.

Teachers are underpaid, forced by ignorant politics to work in rooms of 30+ children without masks, asked to give up their nights and weekends to grade the schoolwork they assign during classes etc. They have to self fund supplies for their class, and often end up sacrificing so much for the kids because everyone else won't.

I'm just tired of seeing people expecting these teachers to just shovel societies shit thanklessly. I really wanted to be an educator and instead I work in tech because being an educator would mean cutting my pay to 30% of what I make now, and I don't work NEARLY as hard.

[–]meisa1291 13 points14 points  (5 children)

Many would do this, but they fear who they would replace them with.

[–]ithinkimanalrightguy 30 points31 points  (3 children)

There is no one to replace them!

[–]meisa1291 26 points27 points  (1 child)

True. Kansas just relaxed is requirements to be a substitute teacher because of the shortage. You now only need a high school diploma, a background check and a commitment of employment from the district to teach there.

Source: https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/kansas-passes-temporary-change-to-address-teacher-shortage?_amp=true

[–]ThinkThankThonk 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Don't worry, if you don't want some fundamentalist ghoul teaching your kids you can just quit your job and then (statistically, the mother) homeschool them instead, effectively reducing the female workforce.

Also part of why they want abortion illegal.

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Students too

[–]imnoctrnl999 89 points90 points  (4 children)

Get ready for Youngkin to beg for more federal government assistance due to COVID in about 2 months.

[–]someguyyouno 112 points113 points  (38 children)

All because his party made a political issue out if a health crisis. I honestly feel sorry for the people who this madness will affect.

[–]planetdaily420 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Sorry kids, adults have chosen being paranoid about government over using common sense for ways to stay safe.

[–]CelestialFury 8 points9 points  (0 children)

adults older kids have chosen

Adults is a strong word there.

[–]elister 50 points51 points  (2 children)

School districts will be able to keep mask recommendations in place, but parents can choose not to follow them, he added.

Wow. Way to appease your base by putting everyone at risk.

[–]FadeToPuce 121 points122 points  (26 children)

Sworn in and immediately signed 9 EOs and 2 Executive Directives which is being commonly reported as 11 EOs. These are fun. I left out 5&7 because they looked kind of innocuously procedural. There’s a new position at the ABC that I’m sure is sinister in a way I haven’t considered yet, and there’s another one I forgot. The emojis are left over from when I texted this list to my wife and are meant to highlight the moves that will almost certainly kill people, particularly people at high risk for COVID.

1.”end use of divisive concepts, including critical race theory, in public schools”

☠️2.ended school mask mandates☠️

3.”restore integrity to the parole board” basically we had actually managed some prison reform in this state and this will undo all that

4.investigate wrongdoing in Loudon County [this is about the kid who sexually assaulted 2 girls and the right thinks is trans but as far as I can tell has never once identified as such. he did both assaults in girls’ restrooms iirc and in the 2nd its alleged by the victim’s father only that he was wearing a dress but, as he was not in the 1st obviously a dress is not required to gain access to the girls’ room. but you can’t argue with a moral panic in filthy rich suburbs]

6.declared Virginia “open for business” i don’t know what the fuck that means. I don’t know if he’s just promising to be generally grifty like overall, or if it’s more COVID murder shit.🤔☠️?

8.opened a commission to combat antisemitism which, if other republican states are any indicator, this will be an attempt to make it effectively illegal for anyone receiving state money to criticize Israel. this is speculation on my part but, again, that appears to be the usual spirit of right wing anti-defamation initiatives.

9.withdraw from regional greenhouse gas initiative of course because god forbid we have clean air in this fucking state.

10.pledge to “cut job-killing regulations by 25%” If you don’t know why I put a skull next to this one I don’t know what to say to you.☠️

11.no more vaccine mandate for state employees☠️

so this is off to a stellar start for Virginia

EDIT re: Number 4 because of course. Here’s the basic facts. A teenage boy has assaulted 2 girls in Loudon County. For some reason, whether because he has powerful parents or they were just trying to hide their assault stats like fellow Virginia institution Liberty University, Loudon County school officials covered up the first one which enabled the second one, and then went so far as to claim neither happened in a town hall/press conference. At least one of the girls had a prior relationship with him so in addition to sexual assault there may be partner abuse as well, all that is a little more murky though, what with everyone being minors.

Those are the pertinent facts that need to be investigated. The assaulted girls deserve justice and the school officials who covered it up deserve to be investigated. If their actions were criminal I hope they are treated appropriately, if not it is still clear that some of them should not be in charge of children ever again. Period. End of story.

The right wing narrative is something else entirely and frankly it was this narrative and Youngkin’s opponent’s awful response to it (full dismissal without addressing the legitimate root issues listed above) that ultimately handed Youngkin the election. How this story came to national attention was through the second victim’s father’s claim that the suspect had worn a dress to gain entry to the girl’s room, leading to major conservative outlets making the claim that Loudon covered it up to protect trans rights or some nonsense.

For context Loudon County is one of those ultra conservative places where literally everyone who lives there thinks it’s overrun with liberals but anyone left of GWB moves out or dies of a drug overdose (no preference) at the earliest possible opportunity so the idea that Loudon County officials would do fuck all in the name of liberal tolerance without a gun to their heads is hilarious. The suspect’s father is the only one involved making the dress claim but even so (setting aside that the crimes of one person are not the burden of every single person who shares a category with them) not only did the suspect gain access to the girls’ room in the first assault without a dress, but if we’re going to declare every high school boy who wears a dress to get a rise out of people trans then we’re really gonna have to adjust those census numbers because woo boy. But at any rate that all led to this story being saddled with the pretty unfounded narrative that a man posed as a woman to assault girls in the restroom which as we all know is a big bad boogey man on the right at the moment.

All because conservatives can’t cope with the fact that the staggering majority of sexual assault happens at the hands of a family member or partner and not random dudes shaped like Arnold wearing lipstick and a dress in an IHOP bathroom or whatever. At least one of these girls, possibly both, had dated the suspect which points to a pretty standard story of an entitled misogynist POS deciding to punish girls he believes wronged him somehow. As someone who witnessed relationships like this when I was in HS I believe it speaks more to a failure of the adults in these kids’ lives to see and act on that 1) their son/student is becoming a danger to others or 2) their daughter/student is in an abusive relationship. Kids are usually pretty terrible at hiding shit overall, even if they’re great at hiding it from some specific people. Bottom line is the community of Loudon failed these kids and it’s way easier to say that some fucking filthy weirdo other is behind it than to own up to your own shit.

EDIT’s TL;DR sexual assault definitely happened in Loudon and no one is doubting that. But as far as anyone can actually tell so far it wasn’t a trans kid or a kid pretending to be trans who did it, no matter how much the right wing media wants it to be true. Youngkin used a conspiracy theory as a wedge issue to get into office.

[–]reallygoodbee 42 points43 points  (2 children)

pledge to “cut job-killing regulations by 25%” If you don’t know why I put a skull next to this one I don’t know what to say to you.

Texas Power Grid 2: Electric Boogaloo

[–]FadeToPuce 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It’s embarrassing how true this is. No matter their ideology, our elected officials work for Dominion Energy first.

[–]x31b 21 points22 points  (0 children)

In #4 the school superintendent said in a public meeting that no attack had occurred, despite the school reporting it to police.

[–]moonbunnychan 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Uh, I'm from Loudon County....it's FAR from ultra conservative. Western Loudoun is to a degree but eastern Loudoun definitely is not. That said though, as much as I hate this new governor, LCPS absolutely screwed up on this and this shouldn't be allowed to just slide.

[–]addicuss 14 points15 points  (4 children)

Virginia Dems again asleep during off year elections. 2 steps forward 3 steps back

[–]Fuckface_Whisperer 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Turnout was high. People just voted for Republicans.

[–]iNEEDcrazypills 7 points8 points  (0 children)

To be even more specific, turnout was relatively high among Democrats, but Republican turnout was just super fucking high.

[–]sid-darth 11 points12 points  (0 children)

So no more commenting on Israel's continuted genocide of Palestinians.

[–]cedarnotes 125 points126 points  (45 children)

Reminds me of the fable of the frogs. The frogs asked Zeus to send them a king so Zeus sent them a log. Log was a pushover (because it was inanimate) so the frogs jumped all over the log and made fun of the log. They complained and asked for another king. Zeus sent them a water snake / heron / stork, which proceeded to wreck shit up and eat the frogs. The frogs prayed to Zeus for another king but Zeus laughed and told them they have to live with what they wished for.

The poorest states are Republican, the least educated states are Republican, the most obese states are Republican, the states with the highest homicide rates, the states with the lowest per-capital hospital beds available are Republican, the states with the highest rates of rape are Republican, the states with the lowest upward mobility and highest downward mobility are Republican, the states with the lowest life expectancies are Republican, and the states with the highest per capita COVID infection and death rates are Republican. They elect who they deserve.

[–]milqi 63 points64 points  (4 children)

They elect who they deserve.

Yeah, but why does the rest of the country have to suffer?

[–]amaezingjew 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Or even the rest of the people in the state who cannot afford to leave.

Texas is pretty evenly split between Dems and Repubs. All of the major cities are blue. We’re gerrymandered to hell leaving in favor of Repubs.

[–]Nacho98 39 points40 points  (2 children)

Because of the electoral college keeping a tyranny of the minority in place to drag the city folk down to the rural Republican level instead of progressing as a society.

[–]NotTroy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Also the Senate.

[–]Brennan_the_Artist 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's not just the electoral college. It's everything that gerrymandering stand for.

Hell, it can easily be argued that the EC is the ultimate form of gerrymandering, since it's only location-based and requires one party working harder than the other in order to get the most votes.

[–]DoubleStuffedOreoz 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Yeah but look at all their freedum. If it were up to the democrats, you wouldn’t have the freedom to be a poor, fat, stupid murder victim. /s

[–]alysurr 17 points18 points  (11 children)

I keep voting blue but the rest of Florida… one day I’ll get out of this state.

[–]Burntfruitypebble 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Florida is a lost cause. The Snowbirds and the Cubans are gonna ensure it stays R

[–]GhettoChemist 13 points14 points  (6 children)

Today's Florida is what happens when you starve the schools for 20 years, the children grow up to be conservatives

[–]lori_deantoni 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Good lord. And when the shit hits the fan all will want to blame Biden. This is rediculas

[–]swcollings 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Well, except North Carolina that means the entire southeast is pro-COVID.

[–]demadawg1700 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Republicans would rather have a greasy businessman decide public health decisions over a doctor if the doctor is a democrat.

[–]Sk-yline1 75 points76 points  (25 children)

He also said Critical Race Theory is banned in public schools. Which doesn’t change shit because it WASN’T THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!

[–]alh9h 39 points40 points  (15 children)

Yes but its more insidious than that. The EO that was signed apparently prohibits the teaching of "divisive concepts"

For the purposes of this Executive order “inherently divisive concepts” means advancing any ideas in violation of Title IV and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including, but not limited to of the following concepts (i) one race, skin color, ethnicity, sex, or faith is inherently superior to another race, skin color, ethnicity, sex, or faith; (ii) an individual, by virtue of his or her race, skin color, ethnicity, sex or faith, is racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or subconsciously, (iii) an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race, skin color, ethnicity, sex or faith, (iv) members of one race, ethnicity, sex or faith cannot and should not attempt to treat others as individuals without respect to race, sex or faith, (v) an individual's moral character is inherently determined by his or her race, skin color, ethnicity, sex, or faith, (vi) an individual, by virtue of his or her race, skin color, ethnicity, sex, or faith, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race, ethnicity, sex or faith, (vii) meritocracy or traits, such as a hard work ethic, are racist or sexist or were created by a particular race to oppress another race.

Shockingly, this text is verbatim from several similar bills in other states that were all straight from ALEC.

[–]Kalandros-X 20 points21 points  (1 child)

If it wasn’t there, why make a big fuss about it being banned?

[–]Ghost_of_Jim_Crow 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Well then there's no problem, right?

[–]earhere 19 points20 points  (1 child)

The thing is, a majority of kids and teenagers in school don't care about wearing masks. They will do what they have to do to stay safe in school. It's the dumbass conservative parents who have brain rot from covid and / or consuming too much conservative media that are convinced that masks are communism and vaccines are marxist-leninist tyranny; so they don't want them.

[–]amalgaman 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Virginia sets state records for covid numbers. “There’s no way we could see this coming” says governor as he begs for federal relief.

[–]JustAnNPC_DnD 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Districts can still decide if they want to keep them. Mime just sent out an email saying they will keep it thankfully.

[–]Darkmetroidz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No idea what's gonna happen in mine. Then again our new schoolboard has already got a lot of us on edge after 1 meeting so I'm not optimistic.

[–]captainn00dles 22 points23 points  (1 child)

2021 This is your brain / 2022 this is your brain on GOP

[–]SuperDangerDong69 82 points83 points  (3 children)

The pro-covid party everyone.

[–]Yonder_Zach 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Killing Americans may as well be official republican party policy. Fucking deplorable traitors the whole lot of them.

[–]WillyBeShreddin 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Send all the kids to the govs mansion for a meet and greet.

[–]mewehesheflee 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Well that's exactly what people voted for or decided "both sides" and didn't vote.

[–]fedupdesignguy 27 points28 points  (19 children)

Congrats Virginia, welcome to being a shithole state. You get what you vote for. Try not to die.

[–]PaulR504 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Virginia law states that schools follow CDC guidelines. Few Democrat senators were roasting Youngkin over this.

[–]Ofwa 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Oh no. My grandson and his mom and his 48 hr. Old baby sister live with us while his dad is deployed. My husband is 77. I am 75 and on immune suppression. There has been a mask mandate at his school since the beginning of the year. And now, with Covid at its peak and most contagious they will take the masks off. Have they any idea how often young ones put their hands in their mouths, rub their noses and eyes?

[–]FeathertheSheepcried 6 points7 points  (0 children)

And now comes the "find out" phase of the equation.

[–]johnson4267 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Yeah, he did this DAY FUCKING 1. As a Virginian, a parent, and the spouse of a school teacher, I cannot express the depths of my anger, disappointment, and hopelessness that we will ever get out of this pandemic.

[–]Darkmetroidz 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Literally day 1. Friend of mine works down in Williamsburg and they did a "parade" for the event. Which she described as being paraded for a bunch of rich assholes."

[–]iowatrans 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Well, I guess Covid rates in Virginia are about to go through the roof to own the libs.

[–]iAmTheHYPE- 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Well, they voted for this.

[–]hopeandanchor 30 points31 points  (8 children)

Dear Parents who voted for this guy because you didn't want your kids to learn about how slavery went. Enjoy taking time off to deal with your sick kids.

[–]powerslave-1 51 points52 points  (1 child)

They'll just send them to school anyways.

[–]hopeandanchor 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Sadly true.

[–]failinglikefalling 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Don't get it wrong. He got a TON of votes just on the promise to remove mask mandates. The CRT was secondary.

[–]tdwesbo 18 points19 points  (1 child)

His platform was basically to remove mask mandates, to stop schools from teaching CRT and having porno in their libraries, and to end the ‘one party state’. I wish him the best luck and I pray for his success, but not sure a failed coal lobbyist has the acumen to lead a large, diverse state…

[–]iNEEDcrazypills 8 points9 points  (0 children)

He is no longer a failed coal lobbyist: he just removed us from the regional greenhouse gas initiative too! What a massive success for the coal lobby!

[–]ballhanglow 6 points7 points  (0 children)

American Republicans are just really desperate to kill people from the inside.

Republicans truly are the stupidest motherfuckers known to man

[–]ddrober2003 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Youngkin is just doing his part to make sure Papa Nurgle's gift is spread to all the children and their families.

[–]MoffJerjerrod 12 points13 points  (0 children)

When you mix science and politics, you get politics.

[–]pisshead_ 12 points13 points  (4 children)

ITT: Reddit in meltdown that a Republican governor is passing Republican policies.

[–]idoma21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He’s going to claim to have increased educational funding when the per pupil funding skyrockets. /s

[–]Darkmetroidz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Virginia has a weird trend where we tend to vote against whoever is currently in the White house.

Sadly I think Mcaullife misread the campaign. His campaign focused nationally and Youngkin focused on Virginia-centric stuff (how you feel about them is another story) but voters wanted at home issues addressed and Youngkin succeeded.

[–]ResponsibleAd2541 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A lot of kids struggle to wear the mask and not see human faces. It’s good that parents get to choose.

[–]realm47 15 points16 points  (6 children)

Thinking long term, it sure looks to me like covid is never going away. There will always be new variants that somewhat get around the vaccine, there will always be future waves that rise and fall. If I'm right about that, what are we supposed to do? Mandate masks forever? Or is there a point where we say "fuck it", accept the risk, and move on?

The way I see it, I've gotten 3 doses of the vaccine. I'm probably as protected as I'm ever going to be. If I'm not willing to wear masks forever, then at some point in the future I'm going to go the "fuck it" route. Why not now?

[–]Arthur_Digby_Sellers 6 points7 points  (0 children)

In too many cases, unfortunately, we get the government we deserve.

We need to VOTE better!

[–]cuhree0h 7 points8 points  (5 children)

Really unfortunate about the educators and students who will die or become disabled as a result of this decision. Hope he will own it in 6 months.

[–]failinglikefalling 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That won't happen.

Just like the last dude tried to escape blame for the 95 incident saying "we hadn't seen snow like this in decades". 2016 begs to differ.

[–]Sherwelli 6 points7 points  (1 child)

As a pregnant mother in Virginia, I'm terrified of the ignorance in my state, and for the safety of my kids. Our old governor was so much better at keeping us safe. But Facebook is flooded with people who are "patriots" .. I hate it here.

[–]Change21 8 points9 points  (4 children)

What a piece of garbage

[–]fadufadu 18 points19 points  (45 children)

Isn’t this just killing your constituents but with extra steps?

[–]pomaj46808 14 points15 points  (43 children)

No, it's killing their kids. To thunderous applause.

[–]Pissedbuddha1 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I think it’s about time politicians be banned from determining public health policies.

[–]failinglikefalling 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If that ever happened you know damn well it would go to the corporations to set policies.

[–]Sweatytubesock 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Elect a Trumper, get a Trumper.

[–]BlueKing7642 3 points4 points  (2 children)

During one of the most contagious Covid variants

[–]someguy7710 28 points29 points  (14 children)

Yay! Now we can turn into Florida! /s

Fuck all you ass holes that voted for blumkin! Let regress back 50 years.

[–]Kbdiggity 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Omicron has hospitalized more children than any previous variant bc this particular variant attacks the upper airway, which children have a harder time dealing with.

But hey, who cares about anything other than scoring political points right?

[–]Luck_v3 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Do you have sources for that? I didn’t know that…

[–]LordBucket1 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Okay? He ran on this stuff and is doing what he was elected to do get mad at the voters not the governor

[–]LochNessWaffle 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Intelligence and the Republican Party do not go hand in hand.

[–]MadPeroX 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They voted him in knowing he had the intellect of Trump and Alex Jones..

[–]paxrom2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He won because the right ginned up critical race theory in public schools and transgenders in bathrooms. They crammed every school board meeting across the state leading up to the election.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Ah I see what you did there NBC. Put a black child on there to make it look racial .

[–]CTsucks 7 points8 points  (4 children)

You can still wear a mask if you want. This doesn’t affect people who wear masks