Guys, I really think we might be headed for the end times. A die-hard progressive journalist who works for the New York Times, one of the most anti-Trump mainstream media publications in the country, has stated that the president was right about keeping schools open during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Democrats were wrong.
Take a moment to let that sink in deep. A Democrat, one on the far left, actually admitted that Trump was right about something.
The end is nigh.
Times opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof, who has won two Pulitzer Prizes and often appears on the liberal news network CNN, wrote a piece Wednesday headlined “When Trump Was Right and Many Democrats Wrong” shortly after New York City officials announced schools would be shutting down again.
“Some things are true even though President Trump says them,” Kristof opened. “Trump has been demanding for months that schools reopen, and on that he seems to have been largely right. Schools, especially elementary schools, do not appear to have been major sources of coronavirus transmission, and remote learning is proving to be a catastrophe for many low-income children.”
“Yet America is shutting schools — New York City announced Wednesday that it was closing schools in the nation’s largest school district — even as it allows businesses like restaurants and bars to operate. What are our priorities?” Kristof asked, later adding that shutting down schools “should be the last resort.”
Kristof says he’s been writing since May about the importance of keeping schools open, and “initially the debate wasn’t so politicized. But after Trump, trying to project normalcy, blustered in July about schools needing to open, Republicans backed him and too many Democrats instinctively lined up on the other side. Joe Biden echoed their extreme caution, as did many Democratic mayors and governors.”
He then goes on to blame Democrats. Yes, this really happened.
“So Democrats helped preside over school closures that have devastated millions of families and damaged children’s futures. Cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., have closed schools while allowing restaurants to operate,” the writer said.
Kristoff goes on to write that European schools have reopened schools with very few problems.
“In both Europe and the United States, schools have not been linked to substantial transmission, and teachers and family members have not been shown to be at extra risk (this is more clear of elementary schools than of high schools). Meanwhile, the evidence has mounted of the human cost of school closures,” he explained.
The death rate for kids from COVID is 0.01 percent, with only 133 deaths. Yes, those deaths are tragic, but the good news gleaned from the statistics is that the vast majority of kids who contract the virus recover from it with no problems.
In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than one million children have contracted the illness as of November 12, meaning they make up 11.5 percent of cases. Yet the fatality rate is extremely low. That’s a positive case for opening up schools.
Ultimately, Kristof says we should close bars and try hard to keep schools open.
Personally, I say keep it all open. Nothing is going to stop this virus from going on the rampage this year, next year, or the year after. We’re going to have to adapt to it, as we have all other virus in the past.
In the meantime, let’s help healthy, young folks back to work and living their lives.