“The Covid virus was supposed to be contained in the kind of lab where people wear astronaut suits and go through triple-sealed doors. It is a con of massive proportion to assert that now, having escaped those environs, a bandana will magically do the trick. “
That’s Dr. Gold, from a USA Today opinion piece that the paper deceptively edited. The linked copy is the original and worth a read.
And not just because it made me laugh out loud. We’ve shared similar observations for months from other experts, using different words—all of them arriving at the same conclusion. “Expanded masking protocols’ greatest contribution may be to reduce the transmission of anxiety …” but nothing else.
But not really. The masking placebo has not so much reduced the transmission of anxiety (and done nothing to prevent a rise in positive tests) as it has accelerated anxiety turned into abuse directed at non-masked persons.
The Nazis wanted Jews marked so that every german citizen would know who they are (and they could round them up). Today’s Mask Nazis are targeting people who are not or refuse to wear a mask. And while towns and even states are falling over themselves to institute mandatory protocols for the reduction of anxiety (masking), all they are doing is creating a hyper-discriminated class of Americans who refuse to allow the state to compel their public’ expression.’
Hey, if nude dancing is a protected first amendment expression, why isn’t your naked face protected too?
Yes, you could argue that nude dancing in public is not protected, which it is not. So, there’s that. But forcing someone to cover their face is not the same thing. Faces, though there are always exceptions, are not considered obscene.
I happen to think masked faces on healthy people alone in their cars are obscene, but that does not give me the right to force them not to do that. Likewise, there can nor should there be any lawful act of force that requires a person to cover their face in public, even if they are sick.
Oh, my God, how can you say that? How can I not? Let me defer, again, to Dr. Gold.
Not wearing a mask is not mere “personal choice” like deciding between a head covering or a t-shirt. It is a flashpoint for being a free human being who has consented to be governed but has not consented to be ruled. We do not consent to a masked America, because that is a fundamental change in American society, culture, norms, and rights.
As a matter of cultural politeness or appreciation, you should honor and respect cultural preferences as a guest of that culture. I am not a guest in my own country. I’m a native. An indigenous person born on this soil, no different than the peoples or cultures that preceded me. They, too, arrived from someplace else and stayed until someone displaced them.
They were drawn here by the idea of the American experiment – the opportunity to create something for themselves and the freedom to express their thoughts, words, and ideas, even if they were unpopular.
People who are apathetic toward their own liberty cannot eliminate Constitutional rights for those who are not. This is not the first (or last) time that people who believe in superstition are screaming the loudest. The Constitution exists precisely to protect all people during times of mass hysteria.
I choose the unpopular path which, to those happy to be ruled by the dogmatic superstition of a political class, are welcome to oppose. But do it by donning the state-approved “garment” for yourself and leave me alone.
Better yet, if you are serious, I’d suggest the self-contained environment of the suits worn by lab techs in the level 4 bio lab at Wuhan where this virus was being studied. But given how “not dangerous” the thing is to all but a select few, healthy people might be better off ditching the mask, and building antibodies now so you won’t have to concern yourself with this particular flu every again.
Not that some other flu won’t get you, but masks (cloth coverings or your bandanna) won’t prevent that either.