Time to Reclaim the Right to Choose

Students wear masks while walking to class at Santa Fe South High School, where masks are required, in Oklahoma City, Okla., September 1, 2021. (Nick Oxford/Reuters)
When it comes to COVID-19, the right balance of personal liberty and public safety is for the public to decide.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ne of the more entertaining features of the late pandemic period is the ongoing battle between the Democrats’ State Media (CNN, Washington Post) and Red State Governors (Ron DeSantis, Greg Abbott). The latest blow was struck this week after the media alighted on Governor DeSantis’s recent comments to the effect that whether you get vaccinated or not “is about your health and whether you want that protection or not. It really doesn’t impact me or anyone else.”

CNN immediately declared the assertion “false” (a now-standard label for opinions they don’t approve of) and trotted Anthony Fauci out to declare that “when

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Mario Loyola is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program of Florida International University, and a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University. The opinions expressed in this column are his alone.


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