BREAKING: Texas Governor Abbott to Open State 100% and End Mask Mandates

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As COVID numbers across the nation continue to plummet and the vaccine makes its way to the most vulnerable, many Americans are asking when it will finally be safe to return to some sort of normalcy.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott aims to be the first politician to officially answer that question. On Tuesday afternoon Abbott announced that next week the state will officially end all COVID restrictions.

“Today, I’m opening a new executive order that rescinds most of the earlier executive orders. Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100%. That includes any entity in Texas. Also, I am ending the statewide mask mandate.”

Texas Democrats immediately moved to oppose Abbott’s support of Texas business and culture, barely stopping short of calling him an outright murderer, although clearly claiming his actions will lead to excess death.

“What Abbott is doing is extraordinarily dangerous. He is the worst Governor in modern Texas history. This will kill Texans. Our country’s infectious disease specialists have warned that we should not put our guard down even as we make progress towards vaccinations. Abbott doesn’t care.

“On this Texas Independence Day, once again Abbott’s actions are made independent of logic or reason. From leaving Texans to literally freeze to death, to letting a deadly virus have an open season on our residents, Governor Abbott has proven many times over that he neither understands the struggles of everyday Texans, nor does he care about doing his basic duty to protect them.

“What Abbott calls pro-business is anti-people. Make no mistake: opening Texas prematurely will only lead to faster COVID spread, more sickness and overcrowding in our hospitals, and unnecessary deaths. There is no economic recovery without beating the coronavirus pandemic. This will set us back, not move us forward.

“Abbott removing a statewide mandate while preaching personal responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID is an abdication of his own personal and professional responsibility to keep Texans safe.

“By removing all previous state mandates and opening the state to 100 percent, Governor Abbott, who has never taken this pandemic seriously, is doing what he does best: leaving Texans to fend for themselves.”

The Democrats seem to think that fending for one’s self is a bad thing, but the very spirit of Texas is stubborn self-reliance and Governor Abbott has repeatedly said he intends to honor the spirit his voters have repeatedly put forth.

Here is Abbott’s official full memo, stating falling COVID rates, increasing vaccinations and trust in the public to make good decisions for their own well-being.

If Texas and Florida can safely reopen while everyone stays closed down, how long will it be before the mass exodus from states like California truly become a problem for their clueless political leaders? It seems unlikely that with mass vaccinations they will be able to withstand the cultural tide for much longer, but if anyone will hold on to unlimited power and communistic instincts for dear life, it’s the Democrat Party and their governors.