Super interesting. To me it smacks of that great line from Tom Sawyer where he determines he'll just have to do the wrong thing (and not turn Jim in).
If the product is as safe as reported and people enjoy it and he has stayed inside the legal bounds as described....then why should he feel bad about it? Insurance companies make billions denying our claims, he should certainly sleep better than they do.
I'm not very convinced by his argument. I'm also wary of anything that sets out to replace cash. I know way to many people, not criminals, for whom cash is the best and most accessible means of business.
This is a case of polarization not serving anyone (in my opinion). Trump said schools should open - he said a lot of terrible and dumb things too, but even a stuck weathervane occasionally gets the wind right. Because Trump said it was good, the elected school boards knew it was bad.
I think what really got parents worried were new guidelines and suggestions that maybe they wouldn't open this fall or would require heavy masking etc. At some point enough is enough. It's possible for the virus to be a real threat and for precautions to be needed, and to open schools and serve these kids. Last year was a big blackhole in educational gains.
It seems like both parties want to be minority parties. Neither is running on a talk to everyone and pull a big tent agenda. Republicans are running to the right and Trump, Democrats are running to the left.
And there in the middle is this vast mass of persuadable voters.
This is a great example to me of a no one is wrong situation. I used to be a principal of an elementary school and there were times I would tell a parent: "I need to enforce this policy/rule and deal out this consequence - but if this were my child I wouldn't punish them, I would just help them understand the tradeoffs of sometimes doing the right thing."
I'm not saying the rave was the 'right' thing, but it appears harmless enough. No one was skipping class, no one was hurt, the drinks were soft, the music was bouncing. No harm no foul. The school probably shouldn't encourage this kind of thing so understandable there.
Now I'm just wondering how to raise my kid to throw clean raves at school...