Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signed an executive order on his first day that said parents and children could choose if they wear a mask in schools or opt-out. It is a step in the right direction, although bullying and pressure from other kids could potentially set back the optional setting. Nonetheless, it’s good that state governors are pushing back on the ridiculous mandates that have affected every student and parent across the country.
Parents in Chesapeake, Virginia, have challenged the signed executive order, but they lost. The parents tried to say that Youngkin had a legal obligation to keep the mask mandate in place for schools.
A Virginia Supreme Court decision said, “We dismiss the petition because the relied on requested does not lie against any of the respondents. Absent an explicit command that Governor Youngkin takes concrete positive action in conformity with a mandatory and ministerial duty, mandamus cannot control or restrict his effort to influence school masking requirements, even if such effort is unlawful.”
That doesn’t mean it’s over because there’s still litigation about the mask mandates. After all, seven school districts wanted to keep the mask mandate. A court stopped the executive order temporarily for further judicial action.
President Joe Biden’s governor in Delaware stopped the COVID-19 mask mandate. John Carney tweeted:
Maybe that’s the only response the government had after Biden, a resident of Delaware, has been parading around the country maskless. If the President of the United States doesn’t care about following mask rules, what makes anyone think anyone should follow them?
Even Governor Phil Murphy (D-NJ) took away the mask mandate in school after pounding Atilis Gym for remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic. That could be a positive sign that he knows he will lose the court battle he’s inevitably faced with. Thankfully, Ian Smith, owner of Atilis Gym, runs for Congress.
The tides are turning ahead of the 2022 midterm election, and the writing is on the wall. Democrats are in trouble if they expect to remain in power.