Mask Wars Erupt Across the Country
Mask Wars Erupt Across the Country
July 10, 2020
Can 2020 end already? Not only has COVID-19 throughly bungled American life, now we have mask wars breaking out. And the dust-ups aren’t pretty; in fact, they’re quite embarrassing.
Take for example, a June 16 skirmish which occurred in Mattewa, a suburb north of Chicago. The site of the battle, a Costco. There a man took off his mask as he was leaving the store, but that was a mortal sin in the eyes of a Chicago schoolteacher.
Elizabeth Mach saw the man remove his mask and then rammed his cart with hers, ordering him to put it back on. He ignored her. That’s when her trigger setting cranked up to 11.
Mach screamed at him, “I am a schoolteacher and I have COVID-19!” then took off her own mask and spit at him. Police arrested her on Wednesday, but Mach denied everything. Yes, she did tell the man to don his mask, but all the other aggressions? Never happened, she insisted. She’s a “proud” Chicago schoolteacher who knows how serious it is to spit and to claim to have COVID-19. Why, she would never do such a thing!
Except for one little problem: deputies say they have it all on video. Who you gonna believe — the proud Chicago schoolteacher or that lyin’ camera?
Mach now faces battery and disorderly conduct charges. She already has a lawyer, of course.
Another recent clash in the Mask Wars also occurred near Chicago, this one at a Home Depot in McHenry, which is northwest of Chicago. This dustup is mind-boggling in its utter stupidity.
One woman took off her mask to
tattle complain to an employee about people who weren’t wearing masks. Then, another woman told the first woman to put her mask back on.
Are you following me? Good. Now, throw in a dollop of raaacist! accusations on the part of Woman #2 towards Woman #1, and . . . cat fight!
Yeah, a pox on both their houses.
And then there’s Johnson County, KS, where Midwest Nice seems to have taken a back seat in the Mask Wars. The District Attorney of the county, which is part of the Kansas City metro, has received about 170 complaints from ninnies who have reported violators. Most of the complaints involve ratting out businesses that are not strictly enforcing mask rules. What is it about face masks that draws out the inner third grader in some adults?
On the other hand, there was “Florida Man” at a Fort Myers Costco (what is it about Costco?) who went into a rage when an elderly woman asked him to put on a mask. Costco, by the way, has required face masks for some weeks now as part of store policy.
Florida man at Fort Myers Costco in "Running the World Since 1776" shirt flips out on elderly woman who asked him to wear a mask and man who defended her #BecauseFlorida (via @profjaffar) pic.twitter.com/PDOvi33qHK
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) July 7, 2020
That man has just lost his job as a result of his meltdown. Ted Todd Insurance, the man’s former employer, issued this statement:
“Their behavior in the video is in direct conflict with our company values and their employment has been terminated. Threatening behavior and intimidation go against our core mission to be trusted advisors in our community.”
Well, good on the insurance company for sacking that moron. I’d also like to see that Chicago schoolteacher lose her job, too, but I’m sure her teachers union will make certain that she stays employed.
We’re all going bonkers over the face mask issue. First we’re told they don’t make any difference, then we’re told they do. Then we get outside contrarians who tell us they don’t work and others who go so far as to tell us we should even wear them in our own homes. Yes, really!
No wonder we’re all going crazy with this. No wonder Mask Wars are breaking out everywhere.
I’m no medical researcher, so I don’t really know if they’re effective or not. And no, I’m not about to take advice from Dr. Google or self-appointed Facebook experts, either. But I also seethe at governors and officials who wield their power like Roman emperors, issuing edicts with a stroke of a pen. Such is our current zeitgeist.
Can we just try these simple things? How about we respect the choice of our fellow Americans to mask or not mask? If you support mask-wearing in public, and you see someone who isn’t wearing one, just ignore it. Keep away if they bother you that much. Don’t be that tattle-tale. And stop the self-righteous crap, too: I recently saw an elderly woman wear a mask which read, in all caps: IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU’RE TOO CLOSE. Passive-aggressive, much?
On the other hand, if you boldly go out in public without a mask on, please stop deriding mask-wearers as “sheep.” If you don’t know their health history, or what illnesses their friends or family may be suffering from, then also just ignore it. Stop posting snarky comments at Facebook; that’s also passive-aggressive.
In short, just mind your own business. What a concept!
Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!
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