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Texas and Mississippi opened back up and the Democrats in media lose their everloving minds, plus, Andrew Cuomo says he's not going anywhere. I'm Ben Shapiro. This is the Venture Capital Show. This show is sponsored by Express VPN, it's time to stand up to big tech, protect your data and express VPN dotcom. We'll get to all the news of the day in just one moment. First, the word is out. People are abandoning that overpriced wireless carrier.


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You're going to save hundreds down the road. All righty. So Texas and Mississippi have now opened back up and people seem to be very upset about this. They seem very, very angry that certain states in America are opening back up wider than other states. And I got to say, I don't think this has a lot to do with science. I think this has a lot to do with jealousy and a one size fits all mentality about what works.


And this comes from the public health establishment, the vaunted Dr. Falsies out there, the same media that proclaimed that Andrew Cuomo was fantastic at this and Gavin Newsom was fantastic at this. Well, it turns out that a lot of states approach this thing a lot of different ways and there are a lot of different results. And some of those results resemble each other, even when the methods to get to those results did not resemble one another. As I've been pointing out for at this point months, California and Florida have very similar death per million rates.


Florida has the second oldest population in America after Maine, which means they really have the oldest population is Maine, has eight people and California has the fifth youngest population. California has been shut down for a year. Flora has been wide open since the summer. And yet the public health professionals, they will tell you that Florida has been irresponsible and terrible. And now the Texas and Mississippi are opening back up. They're saying, well, you know, they can't do that.


That's just terrible. And we're getting the scare tactics. So you see all these reports today about all of these covid variants that are going to inevitably wipe through the population. The problem is we don't actually know that at this point. We know that the vaccines have some efficacy against most of the variants that we have seen thus far. And we don't have enough evidence thus far as to what the actual effect of the variance is going to be, unvaccinated populations, which is why we are rushing to vaccinate people right now.


Nonetheless, the media are fully invested in panic mode and remain invested in panic mode because, number one, it's good for business. And number two, they're invested in the idea that centralized government is the solution to all ills, because once the government has centralized all power, then the government can do everything you want the government to do. Every crisis is an opportunity. Is Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama's former chief of staff and former mayor of Chicago, once said so.


Reuters is reporting that Chris Murray, a University of Washington disease expert whose projections on covid-19 infections and deaths are closely followed world wide, is changing his assumptions about the cause of the pandemic. Murray had until recently been hopeful that the discovery of several effective vaccines could help countries achieve herd immunity or nearly eliminate transmission through a combination of inoculation and previous infection. But in the last month, data from a vaccine trial in South Africa showed not only that a rapidly spreading covid variant could dampen the effect of the vaccine, it could also have a natural immunity in people who had previously been infected.


Well, if that is the case, then you literally can't do anything. You've now talked about a disease that you cannot create immunity to, right? Just comes back around. It's like a common cold. It just comes back around and the vaccine is going to work on it. So what exactly is supposed to do, lock yourself in your house for the rest of time? He says, I couldn't sleep. He's the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.


Remember the IHS model, which is really, really off in the early days? It's basically a garbage in, garbage out model. It just takes prior data, puts it in there and then makes assumptions, makes the assumptions clear, and then tosses out what it thinks will be the future. Sometimes right. And sometimes it's wrong. It certainly was not the best model that was out there. A new consensus is emerging, according to scientists. According to Reuters interviews, many describe how the breakthrough late last year of two vaccines with around 95 percent efficacy against covid-19 had initially sparked hope the virus could be largely contained, similar to the way measles has been.


But they say now it looks like this is going to be an endemic virus and will circulate in communities, and it could cause a significant burden of illness and death for years to come. As a result, said scientists, people could expect to continue to take measures such as routine mask wearing and avoiding crowded places during covid-19 shortages, especially for people at high risk. Dr. Foushee says, I would still want to wear a mask if there was a variant out there.


All you need is one little flick of a variant sparking another surge. And there goes your prediction about when life gets back to normal. Murray says that if the South African variant or similar mutants continue to spread rapidly, the number of covid-19 cases resulting in hospitalization or death this coming winter could be four times higher than the flu. Now, again, it's important to understand base rates here four times higher than the flu does not mean that we are looking at black plague type numbers.


The flu is indeed a dangerous disease, but nobody has ever shut down society for the flu. We know that this particular disease has been something like five times more deadly than the flu. And we also know that it spreads much more widely than the flu. So if we are now, we are saying that the the amount of death total, not the deadliness, the amount of death is four times that of the flu with the virus that is much more contagious.


And there's not really a way of stopping it, the only time that people are actively going to engage in the sort of measures we've been engaging in is if the health system is on the verge of being overwhelmed. And we actually don't have evidence that that is the case anywhere in America right now, it may happen. And if that happens, then maybe we'll start taking these measures. But in reality, most people, particularly young, healthy people, are not going to stop their lives, stop dating, stop going to parties, stop going to ballgames, because a disease that mainly kills people over the age of 70 is still out there.


And it's coming around seasonally, especially since you have no cure for it. So what exactly do you expect people to do? People are going to act using their rational minds. In other words, people are going to use their rational self-interest to determine what sort of risk they're willing to undergo. If you have parents who are 80, they're probably not going to go to a ball game for a while if if the parents are still out. But if you're 30 year, you can go to a ballgame.


Probably are going to go shoulder to shoulder with someone to an event, probably because you'll get it and you'll be fine in the vast, vast, vast, vast, vast majority of cases. Again, the death rates for people who are between the ages like 20 and sixty five, those death rates are a fraction in one thousand. I mean, we're talking about like three and a thousand, four and a thousand at the upper end because the overall total death rate on this thing is like five in one thousand.


And that includes people in the upper age brackets. What you're talking about like five and a hundred or six and 100 hundred dying from this thing. The Army current forecast assumes there will be an additional sixty two thousand U.S. deaths and six hundred ninety thousand global deaths from covid-19 by June 1st. That model does include assumptions about vaccination rates, as well as the transmissibility of South African and Brazilian variants. Here is the point.


There will always be new colored variants out there. There will always be new things that are happening in the world of health. The idea of a top down government mandate that radically changes individual decision making that is unjustified and is perfectly unjustifiable when the only thing you can say is that there are new risks out there. We know there are new risks out there. It was one thing when you were saying you didn't know what the death rates were on this virus, where you really didn't know if it was the black plague.


You didn't know it is going to wipe out entire classrooms of elementary school students. But now we know we know the vectors of these diseases. We know which populations they tend to hit the hardest. We know how to protect those populations. And we know what people are willing to do in order to shield themselves from risk. People are not going to live life this way, and yet when states reopen, when they say you need to use your own individual reason, then the list gets very angry.


Because undergirding all of this is a too is a twofold proposition. Proposition number one is that it is very good for centralized governments to have enormous power over your life because they know better than you. And that is the second proposition. You don't know how to handle your own life on nearly any metric you don't need. You don't know how to handle your your own personal economics. That is why we need to remove money from you and then supposedly give it back to you later, even though you won't with Social Security.


It's why we need to make sure that you're not going to take care of your own health care. We need to provide health care for you with the centralized government. You don't know how to educate your child. We're going to tell you how to educate your child. And you don't know how to avoid death. So we are going to force you to wear a mask, right? That is the that is the centralizing government. Rationale behind so much of the debate that is happening right now.


I'll give you some stats to show this is the case in just one second. First, let us talk about the fact that you don't want to go to the auto parts store. I mean, first of all, why would you ever want to go to the auto parts store? You stand in line for a really long time, then you finally get to the front line and then they ask you a bunch of questions. You don't know the answer to finally figure out what part you need.


And then they're like, oh, yeah, we don't have that. We're going to have to order that on line. Well, you could just do it online yourself because the inter webs are great. So why not head on over to rock, auto, dotcom and rock? Auto dotcom always offers the lowest prices possible rather than changing prices based on what the market will bear like airlines do. Why would you spend up to twice as much for the same exact parts, you know?


For example, let's say you need a Delfi 14 56 fuel pump assembly for two thousand five. The 2010 Honda Odyssey came up with that off the top of my head. Amazing like that. Well, I'll tell you what, an auto parts store, it'll cost you like three hundred fifty four bucks. That's the kind of thing you can get at Rock Auto for two hundred seventeen dollars, which is saving a lot of money. It's a family business.


They've been serving auto parts customers online for 20 years, had enough to rock auto dotcom shop for auto and body parts from hundreds of manufacturers. And best of all, the prices around auto dotcom are always relatively low end. The same for professionals and do it yourselfers. Why would you spend up to twice as much for the same exact parts? They've got amazing selection, reliably low prices, all the parts your car will ever need. Rock, auto, dotcom, head on over Drakkar.


Come right now. See all the parts available for your car or truck and Shapiro in there. How did you hear about Box? So they know that we sent you. OK, so. States are handling the covid variant and covid situation very differently. New York is now thinking about doing a eight covid passport. This would be very much like what Israel has been doing. You need to show that you've actually had the vaccine in order to go into a particular public areas.


And I think that's a bad idea because people are just gonna start forging these things. If you want access to something, you're just going to forge. Also, it does create a two sort of two level society in which people who have gotten the vaccine are allowed to do things and people who have not gotten vaccine are not allowed to do things. I will say that it does create the right incentive, which is to go get vaccinated. But what's the cutoff is the age of 18, because, again, if you're 18 years old, you're really not at high risk from covid-19.


The proper solution here is that people, again, should use their own reason and they should go get the vaccine and we should be encouraging them socially to get the vaccine. If private businesses want to say if Madison Square Garden wants to say, listen, you can only come to a basketball game if you get the vaccine. I think that that is perfectly reasonable for the entire city to be testing our vaccine. Green cards seems to raise serious liberty concerns.


But the big story of the day really is that Texas and Mississippi said we're done with our mask mandates. Now, let me just remind you, there are not mask mandates in some 15 states in the United States. And I'm sorry, those 15 states in the United States, these are the states that do not have a mask mandate. They don't mandate you have a mask in public places around public property. These are the states. And I'm also going to give you their death per capita ratio.


I'm going to give you where they rank among the 51 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. Where do they rank? OK, so here is where these states rank. These are the ones without a mask mandate. Now, what you have been told is that a mask mandate is the cure all you've you've heard and the mask mandate is the answer to all of your problems. Right. Joe Biden wore mask and covid one way. I mean, is amazing that as soon as you put on those maps, doesn't matter what kind of mask, put a sock over your face with a bra over your face.


Doesn't matter all the same. Now, obviously, this was nonsense wearing and ninety five is much more effective than wearing a sock. Wearing a ninety five is much better than enunciator. Wearing these things properly is very important. Not putting your hands all over them. That's very important. But we treated it as though if you put a cloth mask on your face and wear it every day, but this is going to be the answer to all of your problems.


And if the state mandated that this is going to radically change things. Now, here's the thing about mandates. When it comes to masks, people who want to wear the mask are going to wear people who don't want to wear or are not going to wear it. That is the reality of the situation. And as the rates of covid rise in a particular community, as we have seen from the maps, the rate of mask warning goes up. In other words, people use their actual reasonable self assessment of their risk and then they make decisions.


So how does that what does that mean? It means that in states with a mandate, a lot of those states did really poorly. New York number two in death per million ratio, New Jersey number one in death per million ratio. Here are the states that do not have the mask mandate. And remember, and I'm pointing this out because you're going to hear Democrats in one second talk about how it is just the worst thing you could possibly do to remove a state mask mandate.


Remember, removing a state mandate to wear a mask is not a ban on wearing a mask. I understand that for the left, there seems to be only two categories that which is mandatory and that which is banned. Right. Those are the only two categories. There's no third category of stuff you're allowed to do. It's just the stuff you must be forced to do by the government and stuff you are forced not to do by the government. And this is how people on the left tend to think of the government.


The government is there to do the good thing. So if you're going to wear if we want you to wear a mask, we have to force you to wear a mask. And if somebody says that they think that you should have the ability not to wear a mask, that's the same thing as them saying they want you not to wear a mask, not how this works. If Texas says we're not going to mandate, it means exactly what it means.


Right. Which means they're not going to punish people. They're not going to find people. They're not going to jail people. They're not going to have a mass mandate on the books. That doesn't mean that you on an individual level can't wear a mask. You can't anytime you want, you can decide where to go. You can determine if you don't want to go into a business that has a lot of unmasked people. And we make these sorts of decisions every single day throughout our lives.


Do you go do you drive into a particular area with a high crime rate? Do you go out at a particular time of night when there are fewer, when when there are fewer people out on the streets? Where do you jog? Where do you send your kids to school? These sort of risk assessments, how fast do you drive? Which route do you take? All of these risk assessments are part of your everyday life. We have evolved to make these risk assessments.


Sometimes you make good risk assessments, sometimes we make bad risk assessments. But the purpose of freedom is so that you can make those risk assessments. According to the left. However, you should not be allowed to do this because you're stupid. So how have those states without a mask mandate performed? Because if the left is right, what that would mean is that when you don't have a mask mandate, everybody unmasked and then everybody dies. I'm not kidding, this is literally what people on the left are saying, so, for example, Beto O'Rourke better he's back, bro.


I mean, ever since that that Texas freeze better this big old house and hurting lots of money, a kickflip bomb ripped by the.


But he says, you know what, if they if if Governor Abbott says that we're allowed to take off the mask, they want to kill us all. Let me tell you something. I don't like that very much. It's harshing my body, Brogo.


They literally want to sacrifice the lives of literally fellow Texans or, I don't know, for political gain to satisfy certain powerful interests within the state. And this isn't hyperbole. It's hard to escape the conclusion that it's also a cult of death. You have extraordinarily anti-democratic elements. I mean, look at the insurrection on January six four for any proof, you have anti-government elements literally running the government of the state of Texas. And it almost, I use the phrase failed state, because I think when you can't guarantee the electricity, the heat, the running water, the public welfare and safety, you are about there by any classic definition.


He's not hyperbole. Is it cause of death and let me tell you, I've been out in the desert and I've seen some things. I mean, Mexican dirtball after skateboarding. Let me tell you, my skateboard does not work well on sand, bro. It's a cult of death. It's like literally human sacrifice. I'm not going to have seen human sacrifice bras, but if I had, it would look exactly like that. It's a failed state man.


By the way, if you think that Texas is a failed state, you might want to visit a failed state one time, like the electrical grid broke. That was horrible. People died. It was really, really bad. Do you think about a failed state? Is that it never was on. The electrical grid goes down and it stays down. People eat dogs in the streets for years on end. You ought to talk about privilege. This guy is is the definition of privilege in.


My goodness. O'Rourke, what a joke. Yes, but but that's the point, right. Is that when he says things like it's a they want to kill us all, if I say to you, you're a free human being, you have the ability to decide for yourself whether you want to wear a mask or whether you don't wanna wear a mask. That is that is me saying you should go out and kill everybody, but it's me saying that I want a cult of death.


According to Bato, Iraq. So liberty is a cult of death. You being able to make your own decisions, your own risk assessment. That is a cult of death, complete with human sacrifice and everything. By the way, just a quick note.


I do love hearing about human sacrifice from people who are the biggest proponents of abortion on planet Earth. Tell me more about human sacrifice and cult of death. Beto O'Rourke, Captain, Planned Parenthood over there. But it's not just Bato who's making this case. It's idiots like Michael Moore in the political commentary sphere. So Michael Moore, who is beginning to look more and more like that guy who plays Tootles in Hook. Bieber, Macklemore, he tweeted out, Texas, we hear you, you didn't want to be part of our electrical grid and now you've removed your mask, maintaining and are allowing large crowds together.


We hear you covid is a hoax. So you don't need our precious vaccine. We'll send it to people who are saving lives by wearing masks. So a few things here. Your precious vaccine. What did you do? Does he work for the big pharmaceutical companies? I thought he doesn't like those people. Also, under whose administration was the vaccine developed? All right. That had been Trump's also saying that you want people to be able to exercise individual liberty does not mean those people didn't get the vaccine.


In fact, one of the chief sort of draws of the vaccine is that after you get the vaccine, you should be able to walk around without a mask is a point that Senator Rand Paul has been making since he had covid saying, I now have immunity. I'm not passing it to anyone. I don't have to wear a mask. He happens to be basically correct about this. So but the real underlying animus is for the people of Texas, right?


If you have a political viewpoint that cuts toward liberty, you should die. Right. That is what Michael Moore is saying right there. And O'Rourke is basically saying the same thing. If you are a person who believes that individuals should make their own decisions about their lives, then this means that you are part of the cult of death. Who's involved in human sacrifice because Beto knows what's best for you. Sure, he didn't know enough to beat Ted Cruz in a very competitive Senate race.


And sure, he was on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine wearing the exact same outfit he always wears on the campaign trail, saying he was born to run and then he proceeded to lose. Sure, he ended up in the New Mexican desert eating dirt, not getting that's the thing he did. But, yeah, that guy, he knows what's best for you. What an incredible human being. Then there's Joe Biden, who knows absolutely what's best for you.


I mean, really knows what's best for you. And the way you can tell that Joe Biden knows what's best for you is because he is not a sentient human anymore. Joe Biden is not. He is he is a a basically. Joe Biden is an inanimate object that occasionally lets words fall out of its face. I'm sorry to tell you this, but Joe Biden is not all that. Again, the attic is not full. The lights are not all on.


The toaster is not plugged in. There's not a lot of wattage going on here. Here is here is Joe Biden suggesting that Texas and Mississippi, if you remove a masked man, they remember Abbott didn't say don't wear a mask anymore. He explicitly said the opposite. He said, if you want to wear a mask, you should wear a mask. If you're worried about the risk, wear a mask. If you want to go into an area with a lot of people who are not wearing masks, don't.


But Biden thinks because again, there's a binary logic to people in the Democratic Party, it's either mandatory or it is barred. Those are the only two choices. This means that taking off the mask means you're Neanderthal if you take off the mask. By the way, I don't even know why Joe Biden is wearing masks. He's been vaccinated. Like, seriously, I understand that he thinks that this is somehow encouraging people to wear masks. The exact same percentages of people are wearing masks.


We're wearing masks. Before Biden was president, I see no evidence of an uptick in mask wearing since. Again, this just demonstrates how dumb the media are. The media were like, well, you know, if we had a president modeling mask or in, many more people would wear masks. OK, show me the percentages. Seriously, we know how many people were wearing masks before. Is it higher or lower or the same since Biden became president?


In any case, Joe Biden said that they were Neanderthals in Texas and Mississippi, Neanderthals. Now, to be fair, Joe Biden does remember the Neanderthals. The Neanderthals were some of his best friends. Now he remembers riding a dinosaur, you know, he's a real blue collar guy, Joe Biden, who clock in for a day at the rock quarry, and then he would slide down the back of a brontosaurus and get into his car. And then he would use his actual feet right.


To move those feet so he could get home to Wilma. But here is here is Joe Biden talking about how everyone who disagrees with him is a Neanderthal. This is Captain Unity over here.


I think it's a big mistake. Look here, I hope everybody realized by now he's managed to make a difference. The last the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that it would be willing to take off your mask. Forget it. It still matters. Is critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science. Wash your hands, hot water, do it frequently, wear a mask and stay socially justice. And I know you all know that I wish the heck some of our elected officials thought, OK, by the way, Captain, follow the science here.


Still hasn't opened up the schools. Captain, follow the science is responsible for setting up seven federal mass vaccination sites by the end of February. Who's aiming for 100? Captain, follow the science. When I say, by the way, that Joe Biden is not with us. He is not with us. This was Joe Biden yesterday. Thank you, and I'd be happy to take questions if I'm supposed to do an answer, whatever you want me to do.


No, if you can't see that, I'm very, very thank you and Nancy, if you want me to take questions, that's what I'm supposed to do. And then and then they just run the bup bup bup bup bup bup bup bup bup bup bup bup.


That's all, folks. I love the person on the button who's like, well, we can't let the president talk off script, so let's just hit this button and boom fade to black. Wow. That guy is definitely in control of his own administration. Are they going to let me go to Denny's now for the early bird dinner? Nancy.


Nancy, bup bup bup bup bup bup. Let's get that giant. They need the giant cane with the hook at the end. Just pull Joe Biden out of there. But he's calling everybody Neanderthals. So here are the stats. Here are the stats on the Neanderthal states that have not had a mass mandich. There are many of these states. I'm going to read you these states and their ranking in the death per capita. OK, so here we go.


You'll see there's a large variance. You ready? Here we go. Alaska is ranked 49 in deaths per million, 49, and they never had a mandate. Arizona sixth. So you have 49 and six. Noma's mandate. OK, Florida twenty seventh. Georgia 20th. Idaho forty second. Iowa 16th. Mississippi 5th. Missouri twenty ninth. Montana thirty third. Nebraska fortieth. North Dakota 11th. Oklahoma. Thirty six. South Carolina. Nineteen South Dakota eight and Tennessee eighteenth.


OK, so in other words, all over the map, and in fact, there are more states that are in the bottom half than there are states, I believe in the top half here because you have one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Eight of those 15 states are in the bottom half of states by death per million. And yet the idea here is that these are all bad, terrible, no good, very bad states right there, Neanderthal's, because after all, they don't have a mandate.


If they had massive mandates, presumably they'd all be better off, except for the fact that there's no evidence that this is particularly the case. There have been massive mandates all over the world. And, you know, those mass mandates did in L.A. Now much considering that there's a giant upswing in the fall, a far larger upswing than there was in a state like Florida, which did not have a massive mandate. So what is this really about? What this is really about, as always, is politics and control.


Texas and Mississippi have responded to these idiotic comments by Joe Biden and O'Rorke, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said. President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is Neanderthal thinking. Mississippians don't need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them. And then Greg Abbott's spokesperson said the governor was clear and telling Texans covid hasn't ended and that all Texans should follow medical advice and safe practices to continue containing covid.


The fact is, Texas now has the tools and knowledge to combat covid while also allowing Texans and small businesses to make their decisions. It is clear from the recoveries of the vaccinations, the reduced hospitalizations and the safe practices that Texans are using, the state mandates are no longer needed. We must now do more to restore a livelihood and normalcy for Texans. The governor's focus has been and always will be protecting the lives and livelihoods of Texans. And then later, Abbott tweeted, The Biden administration is recklessly releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants who have committed into Texas.


The Biden administration must immediately end this callous act that exposes Texans and Americans to commit. So much so much unity there from from Joe Biden and by the way, they are they happen to be exactly correct. Americans get to decide for themselves what they wish to do. And that has not changed. Right. They're going to be areas where there's a lot of covid hesitancy. And that's OK. If you don't want to go out, don't go out.


But the idea is that if you have government control, you must use it. So Gavin Newsom, for example, he is now pushing back at all of this. He says it's reckless, absolutely reckless. Tell me more about recklessness, Captain French Laundry. Tell me more about reckless Gavin Newsom, the head of a state the fifth youngest in America with the same death per capita rate as Florida, the second oldest state in America. Please tell me more Gavin Newsom, who's currently so reckless that that duty is now being recalled in a completely blue state.


Top to bottom, blue state. But it's about something more than that. It is about the idea that you are not capable of making your own decisions or rather you're only capable of making your own decisions if you are a particular type of person, if you're not a particular type of person, you're not capable of making your own decisions. So one of the things that is buried in a lot of the ideology here for for Democrats particularly is a soft bigotry of low expectations about Americans.


Generally, you're not capable of making your own decisions, but specifically there is a soft bigotry of low expectations that attends to minority communities in the Democratic Party. Right. The same motivating factor from people like Tom Bowman of New York, Democrat of New York, who says standardized testing is racist attends when it comes to vaccines. And we have seen a tremendous amount of vaccine hesitancy, unfortunately, in the black and Hispanic community. And there is there's a wide differential in by race in how people are looking at the vaccine by poll data, by poll data.


Some fifty nine percent of white people say they definitely will get the vaccine and another 20 percent say they will probably get the vaccine, which means the grand total, 79 percent of white Americans say they definitely will or probably will get the vaccine. Hate black America. Only 67 percent of black Americans say they definitely will get the vaccine or probably get the vaccine. And by the way, only 37 percent say they definitely will get the vaccine, which means that fully 33 percent of black Americans say they either probably or definitely will not get the vaccine, compared to only 21 percent of white people who said they won't get the vaccine and only 21 percent of Hispanic people who say they won't get the vaccine.


So the black community has tremendous vaccine hesitancy. Hey, that is a real problem, and yet the answer by the left is that that is a shortcoming of government distribution. OK, that is not correct. If there is differential behavior and different differential viewpoints about vaccines, then that is individual behavior. And yet the idea here is that if you are a that it's only what I mean. Remember that Michael Moore taxed right. And Michael Moore tweet was, if you're a Texan, you don't deserve to get the vaccine because you're a covid denier.


He would never say that about people who are literally refusing to get the vaccine. Why? Because for him, the question is there's a soft bigotry that is inherent in leftist thought that suggests that if a white person makes a bad decision, it's on the white person. But if a black person makes a bad decision, then it is because the system is racist. That is not correct. We should be encouraging everyone to make good decisions. This is why all of the tomfoolery about the vaccine rollout is a mistake.


We should be giving the vaccine to anyone who will take it at any point. At this point, there are many, many vaccines out there trenching out vaccines based on quote unquote, equity is a foolhardy game. Hey, instead, what we should be doing is making it available to anyone who wants one, and we should be actively encouraging people to get one, not writing op ed in The New York Times like Charles Blow talking about why black people are hesitant about vaccines but encouraging black people to get vaccines, encouraging everybody to go get the vaccine today.


And yet again, there is that generalized idea that the government must be in complete control, they must mandate things because you can't take care of yourself. And but they'll only talk about a certain type of person who is who is called the scared or covid shy. And it's it's a it's a it's an obvious point and an ugly point, but people on the left will only talk about covid shyness when it comes to white Americans. They will not talk about the Chinese when it comes to minority Americans, even though the percentages are greater among minority Americans.


I mean, why, you know, who should be being ripped up and down right now, not Greg Abbott for saying that people should not be should not be forced to wear masks by the centralized government because they are capable of making their own decisions. The people should be ripped up and down. Right now are people like Louis Farrakhan, who's literally going out there and telling his millions of followers at the covid vaccine is a vial of death. Have you seen any media coverage of this?


If if a major conservative figure who had met with a bunch of members of Congress were out there literally telling people that covid vaccine was a vial of death, you know, that would be the front of every single newspaper. Right. Conservatives deny vaccine efficacy. And yet here was Louis Farrakhan doing just that. Democratic members of Congress have met with this guy. They continue to meet with this guy. Have you seen a headline about this?


Here's Louis Farrakhan, who has many, many followers talking about how the vaccine is a vial of death, some of these so-called vaccines.


It's the nano particles. That. Men like Dr. Valge. Have proprietary knowledge of that allows them to get a patent for the vial of death.


I mean, how is that not the headline? I mean, seriously, that should be the headline you want to talk about overcoming covid. We should be talking about vaccine hesitancy, by the way, encouraged for months by people like Kamala Harris, who literally said that she would not get a vaccine just if Trump told her to. I mean, this sort of stuff has an actual impact. And if you look by race and ethnicity at why people are not getting the vaccine and that you you can see the reasons why people aren't getting the vaccine, what you will see is that among black Americans, a disproportionate number of black Americans don't trust the covid-19 vaccine.


And a disproportionate number of black Americans are concerned about the side effect and they plan to wait and see whether it is safe, and yet the idea here is that it's a problem with the distribution system. What if it's not a problem, the distribution system? If the reason that the left one centralized control is because they want control over people. Then they really should be clear about why they want control over people. Because right now they tend to blame the system whenever individual choices are made, they don't like from people who are allies of theirs, but they blame the individual people when there are people who they don't like, who don't believe like they do, politically speaking.


This is ugly stuff, the soft bigotry of low expectations, by the way, completely infuses the Democratic Party at this point. And you want to talk about Democrat run cities that have soft bigotry of low expectations. This story came across my desk this morning from Fox Baltimore. A shocking discovery out of a Baltimore City high school where Project Baltimore has found hundreds of students are failing. It's a school where a student who passed three classes in four years, three classes in four years, not three years and four years, three classes in four years, ranks near the top half of his class with a zero point one three grade point average.


Tiffany, France, thought her son would receive his diploma this coming June, but after four years of high school friends just learned her 17 year old must start over. He's been moved back to ninth grade. He stressed nine two. I told him, I'm probably going to start crying. I don't want to do Franscell Baltimore. Why would he do three more years in school? He didn't fail. The school failed him. The school failed at their job.


Didn't deserve that. Francis son attends Augusta Savage Institute of Visual Arts in West Baltimore. His transcripts show he's passed just three classes in four years, placing him in ninth grade. But she didn't know that until February. She thought her oldest son was doing well because even though he failed most of his classes, they kept promoting him. His transcript showed he failed Spanish. One in Algebra one was promoted Spanish to an Algebra two he failed English. Two was passed on to English three.


In his first three years in Augusta, Pheles, the student failed 22 classes and was late or absent on two hundred and seventy two days. In those three years, only one teacher requested a parent conference, which France says never happened. No one from the school told France your son was failing and not going to class. By the way, he's still about half of his class. He's ranked 60 second in his class after after passing three classes in a grand total of four years, half of his classmates.


Fifty eight of them have a zero point one three grade point average or lower.


OK, how is it that this is not considered a great crisis in America and what we're going to focus on WOAK. Idiocy about canceling Dr Seuss, but we're not going to focus on stuff that actually betters people's lives. We're going to focus on individual responsibility, because here's the thing. Individual freedom comes with individual responsibility. We're not even going to focus on true systems of power that degrade the lives of individuals. No, we're going to focus on how we can force you to wear a mask, even though that actually is a risk assessment you yourself should be doing and who we should blame, namely the people of Texas who we should not blame, namely people who are political allies of Democrats.


People's lives actually matter, and the best way to ensure that people live good lives is to place the individual responsibility that comes with freedom upon them. And yet we have an entire system that is built to do precisely the opposite, precisely the opposite. And instead, we just keep ripping on the system, keep ripping on that system and claiming that centralized government is going to be the solution in just a second. And we'll get to the centralized government solution, crowd the centralized culture as as as as the solution crowd.


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So while people on the left want to control your entire life and simultaneously allow people to just fail inside the system, I mean, truly fail inside the system because we wouldn't want to require individual responsibility of them. See, the thing about failure within the system is that Democrats right now are perpetual revolutionaries. So it just means they should have more power if somebody feels inside the system. If you have a student in Baltimore who graduates three classes in four years and is still in the top half of his class.


Well, that means the system requires more money. They require more control. Not that people should be given more individual responsibility. The opposite when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is a garbage bag, that means that he should have had more control. It means the government requires more control. Speaking of which, Andrew Cuomo is currently being essentially forced out of government. They're trying to force him out over the sexual harassment allegations. Now, on the grand scale of sexual harassment allegations, these ones are not the kind of thing that generally get you kicked out of office.


The worst thing that he did, the worst allegation against him is that he called a woman, Lindsay Boylen, up to his office. At one point she went up there and then he kissed her without her permission. That is that is the the grand sum. That is the worst thing he did. Is that a good thing? No, of course that's not. I think it's a very bad thing. If you work for a private corporation, you'd be fired.


But he was elected. That is not really an impeachable offense because it's not I mean, it would be hard to see that even as a criminal offense, things that are bad and wrong and ugly aren't necessarily impeachable, as we have found out many, many times in the past. And Cuomo grabbing people by their face in weird ways and Cuomo making awkward jokes about eating sausages. All that stuff is yucky. It doesn't necessarily mean that that guy cannot be governor of New York anymore, that he's lost his capacity.


Governor of New York. What is happening right now is so perfectly obvious. Everyone now realizes that Governor Cuomo was a garbage bag during covid. He was terrible. His policy was garbage. He got a lot of seniors killed. He lied about it not only to the press, but to his own party. He lied about it to oversight bodies. And now they're realizing that he's a liability, but they cannot openly acknowledge that he's a liability based on his corporate behavior because they were cheering on that exact behavior.


So instead, they have to find an ancillary reason to dump him under the bus. They have to find another reason to get rid of him, but hopefully a reason where they can report it to the media and they can report it as something new so they can say, well, this is new stuff. Of course, we never reported this last year because we just didn't know, because if it turns out that he gets ousted based on covid, we all knew how bad he was last year.


So now Cuomo is on the hot seat and he is he's at a presser yesterday in which he said that he's not going to go first. He denied inappropriate touching in any way. There is an investigation now going on in the office of Letitia James, the AG of the state, who I'm sure has her eye on the gubernatorial seat. Here is here's Andrew Cuomo. I never touched anyone inappropriately. I never touched anyone inappropriately. I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable.


I never knew at the time I was making anyone feel uncomfortable. And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain.


And then he went on to talk about how in his culture he likes to touch people's faces and stuff. So I guess he and Joe Biden come from the exact same culture because Joe Biden also likes to inappropriately touch people. One of them said, I'm not going to resign under any of these circumstances. Again, the reason that Andrew Cuomo is on the chopping block right now has nothing to do with his behavior. Just recognize that this is all a misdirect.


It is all a way for the media to escape their own culpability in promoting this douche bag for a full year. Well, all people are dying in nursing homes and he was covering it up. Recognize that right now what we are watching is a sham and a ruse. It is a fake reason for getting rid of Andrew Cuomo. The real reason he should be gotten rid of is because he probably should be prosecuted for covering up what happened in the nursing homes in New York anyway.


Cuomo says, I'm not going to resign. And by the way, for the behavior that's been described, we probably shouldn't resign. Here he is.


I'm not going to resign. I work for the people of the state of New York. They elected me and I'm going to serve the people of the state of New York. And by the way, we have a full plate. We have covid. We have recovery. We have rebuilding. We have a teetering New York City. We have a terrible financial picture. We have to do vaccines. So now I'm going to do the job the people of the state elected me to do.


OK, so he's not leaving. He is telling you he's not going. He's the best man he's ever known and to Dream Girls reference, therefore, in any case, New York Democrats, they're like, well, we would love to throw them under the bus, said Democratic Assemblyman Thomas Benanti is a Democrat. He said Cuomo should resign. Now, let's be real about this again. The reason that he should resign is not the reason they're all fighting for him to resign.


Here's how Benanti. Earlier today, I called on the governor to resign. I believe that it's important that the governor be above reproach. He has to have the respect necessary to lead New York. I believe the governor is distracted and cannot give his undivided attention to continue safely navigating New Yorkers through the ongoing pandemic. And I think his whole situation is a distraction to the serious conversations necessary to complete an on time budget.


Just a quick note. If this had happened in the middle of last year, everybody would have ignored it and everybody in the media would have downplayed it. They would've said these allegations are not particularly serious. He has denied the allegations and they all have moved on. How do we know? Because there were allegations that were made that are much more serious about Joe Biden and the media basically blew them off. So it is all just a matter of how useful these politicians are to them.


Andrew Cuomo has lost his usefulness because it has come out now. What an incompetent buffoon he has. He has. And not only is he useful, not useful anymore, he's embarrassing to them. And so they have found another reason to get rid of Andrew Cuomo. And yet their answer to all of this is that Andrew Cuomo still was the greatest governor in all of human history when it came to covid that we need more centralized control and that anybody who says that you should use your own brain in determining your risk or how to educate your child, for that matter, or how you ought to raise your child, all of those people are wrong.


We need to raise your child for you. We need to mandate things from the top down because you can't handle it yourself. You just can't. And if you try to handle it yourself, then that means that you're in league with people who want human sacrifice and who want death and who want to spare. If you trust this bunch of clowns at the top of your government with pretty much anything I got about your own sanity at this point. These people have been wrong on virtually all of the things they've given you a bunch of conflicting advice.


Every system that they run, with the exception of the military, is a giant fail. And yet there are people who believe the solution to all of this is to give these jackasses more power. It's truly an astonishing thing. And then they believe these people are their moral leaders to boot, which is even more astonishing if you like freedom. And at a certain point, we should probably stand up for it. And if we have now gotten to the point, the pandemic where we're on the downswing.


And where it is perfectly clear that the vaccines are being rolled out at extraordinary rates and we are not looking at any threat to the hospitalizations and the ICUs at that point, it seems like freedom should be legal again, should it not? In fact, it never became illegal in the first place. And we should remember this for the future now that it should not have taken a year for us to get to the point of saying the exact same thing that Florida said all the way back last summer, which is take your best available precautions and then live your life, because every day that you live is a day that has been lived and that day that you have lived is no longer on the record of days going forward available to you.


So every day that you spend in lockdown or obeying government edicts on the basis of bad information is a day of which you were robbed. Don't let them, Rob. Don't let them rob you of your time. Just don't let them do it already. Coming up a little bit later, we have an hour more of the Ben Shapiro show and coming up soon as the Atwal Show airs at 1:00, 3:00 p.m. Eastern, be sure to check it out of our daily Wired.com.


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