Thursday, March 18, 2021


Some 200 people in St. Johns County died of COVID-19.

As Bill Clinton said in his Second Inaugural, "Nothing great was ever accomplished by being small."

Some of our local elected officials are acting small, very small.

Some of them show a lack of scientific knowledge.

Some of them lack respect for democracy.

Some of them at times may be perceived as pompous, phonies, Pharisees and fakers.

Some wear their religion on their sleeve, while practicing hypocrisy and covering up for maladministration, misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance, waste, fraud, abuse, flummery, dupery and nincompoopery.

You know who you are.

Meanwhile, there are 200 people in St. Johns County dead from COVID-19, while their County government refused to take rational public health measures.

Some people are undoubtedly dead due to Dull Republicans being unjust stewards of St. Johns County,

Even Jacksonville has a mask requirement. 

Not St. Johns County,

Hhere, angry right-wingers campaigned against a mask ordinance, apparently willing to go to the ramparts with a broken Bourbon bottle for their supposed "right" to infect others,

Misguided, mask-denying misanthropes must take personal responsibility for the ripple of death from COVID-19.  

Ignorant citizens who inveighed against masks bear some responsibility for COVID-19 deaths.

So do weak-kneed, wimpy Commissioners, who refused to stand up to them -- some also bear reasonability.

Edmund Burke told his British Parliament constituents that a representative owes you their good judgement.

“Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays you instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.” 

– Edmund Burke, Speech to the Electors of Bristol, November 3, 1774.

On masks and other issues, there's an appalling lack of good judgement in St. Johns County Commission.

Only SJC BoCC Vice Chair I. Henry Dean among our County Commissioners supported a mask mandate.  

Commissioner Jeremiah Ray Blocker made the successful motion to require masks in county buildings.  

But Blocker would not even second Commissioner Dean's motion for discussion 

No one would, week after week.

It made our County Commissioners look small, very small, indeed.

Sheriff DAVID SHOAR actually presumed to advise Commissioners he did not have the "resources" to enforce it.

Commissioners fear SHOAR, who incinerated Commissioner James K. Johns, dropping another lobbyist money bomb, defeating him (after Johns asked questions about financial flummery and embezzlement and supported the firing of County Administrator Michael David Wanchik, SHOAR's cat's paw.

SJC BoCC's 2020 refusal to adopt it reflects poorly on current Chairman Jeremiah Ray Blocker and Commissioners Jeb Smith and Paul Waldron, who himself nearly died of COVID, and now must use an electronic wheelchair.

Our St. Johns County Commission is occupied by all-white, all-male, all-republican cognitive misers. Their jejune, unjust approach to COVID-19 masks showed all the stupidity, if not suavity and sophistication of 2020 Miami Spring Breaker BRADY SLUDER, who later apologized for saying, "If I get Corona, I get Corona, At the end of the day, it's not going to keep me from partying."  

Did Commissioner Jeb Smith really tell Tea Party that masks were ineffective, comparing them to using a chain link fence to defend against mosquitos?

If so: what errant nonsense.

If not: he should share an audiotape or transcript.

Here's Jeb Smith, pictured with extremist, lying, red-baiting, racist St. Augustine Tea Party leader LANCE THATE (rhymes with "hate."

To the families of the 200+ dead of coronavirus in St. Johns County, to the families of the 20,644+ dead in Florida, and to the families of the 538,000+ dead in America: Always remember that stinky Republican leaders -- led by DONALD JOHN TRUMP and DONALD DION DeSANTIS -- failed you. Our government failed us. Five all-white, all-male and all-Repubilcan St. Johns County Commissioners did not have the votes for a mask ordinance. Only I. Henry Dean wanted to adopt one. His concerns fell on uncaring ears. Silence = Death. One-party rule is dangerous. Friends don;'t let friends vote Republican.

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