Throughout history, we have learned about leaders and how they have influenced culture, innovation, and life as we know it. Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. You have your leaders born into positions of power, and then you have your leaders who evolve with a crisis.
Today we are witnesses to the birth of real leadership in the state of Texas. We are in a situation that seems a little bleak at the present moment. In some areas like mine, a picture is starting to appear from out of the ashes of chaos. The image depicts a vicious wave of COVID-19 which, is ripping through many neighborhoods.
Our Governor Abbott has solidified his course of action, preventing Texans from protecting each other from COVID-19’s Delta variant. He and Senator Ted Cruz have both tried to sell Texans, on the border being the cause of Texans getting sick. However, there are estimated to be around 12 counties with critical levels of transmission near the border. I have posted a map so you can check out the counties. The majority, as you will see of the critical cases, are in Republican rural counties. I have also posted a link to a political map. You can look at the data below.
I live in a rural county, and I can tell you by the observations I’ve made; it’s rare to see people wearing masks. I think some are starting to get the picture, but there’s still a lot of people without masks. I noticed at my daughter’s store , they don’t even offer plexy glass for their cashiers. One of her coworkers just came back from having COVID, and my husband has a coworker out with COVID as we speak. She is the third person in the office to get COVID within four weeks.
COVID is getting scary right now. We are all vaccinated because, at this point, I feel like it’s a matter of time before we get it. School starts in a couple of weeks, and my youngest will be returning to the classroom. She also has the vaccine, but it’s still a little nerving. I look at these leaders in places like Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio who are standing up to the stupid mandates put in place by Abbott. They are fighting for their people.
The red counties do not have that sort of leadership. We seem to be captives in the middle of a cruel political game. Abbott wants to sell people on the idea of individual responsibility. Yet, if people were responsible, we wouldn’t have any need for prisons and jails. He keeps chanting about not wanting to mandate Texans, but he had no problem preventing people from protecting their cities.
The sad part is that we all know mask mandates work. When our numbers were high last summer, the mask mandate helped to bring them down. Children under 12 cannot get vaccinated, so you would think he would act in the best interest of those children and at least put the mandates back with the schools. Not only did he mandate schools to not require masks, but he wanted to take away the school’s ability to let parents know about infections.
We are living in a real-life nightmare because these people are playing at leading. We’ve seen what bad leadership can do in times of emergency. Yet, instead of Abbott learning from the mistake of former President Trump, he is following, as fast as he can.
Map of Texas counties by political party. https://www.politico.com/2020-election/results/texas/