Wear Your Mask Or Face Shield, Please
Wear Your Mask Or Face Shield, Please
Of all the things dividing us right now, the most ridiculous is the debate over whether to wear a mask or not to wear a mask. It doesn’t help that there are screaming banshees on both sides. It also doesn’t help that our government financed scientists have lied (pointing my finger at you, Dr. Fauci) from the beginning.
Yesterday, some elitist, Act Blue, hack writer by the name of Will Bunch wrote a long column making fun of Americans who are vehemently anti-mask. He telegraphs his disdain with the title, “America is drunk on a warped idea of freedom, and now it’s killing people”. From a middle paragraph:
It was another great day for liberty — and yet a horrible one for tens of thousands of Americans who now may die needlessly because so many cling to a warped idea of freedom that apparently means not caring whether others in your community get sick. The reality is that those devil-worshiping elected officials and their mad scientists are trying to mandate masks in public for the same reasons they don’t let 12-year-olds drive and they close bars at 2 a.m.: They actually want to keep their constituents alive.
Because I am a Libertarian-leaning, Constitution-loving, Republican, I don’t see these fellow Americans as uncaring or warped in their idea of freedom. I see them as skeptical of a government that has lied to them too often. Remember in those daily briefings when Dr. Anthony Fauci used to tell us masks don’t work or when he went on 60 Minutes to tell us there was no reason to be walking around wearing a mask? Let’s check out the video:
That was early March. Of course, Fauci later said that we were told masks didn’t work so that healthcare workers would be able to get them. Guess what existed back in March? Bandanas, bandanas existed then. Also, sewing machines. That’s lie number one.
Lie number two was the initial forecast U.S. deaths. The forecast said that 200,000 to 1.7 million Americans would die. Today, we are at 128,000 deaths. Had Governors like Cuomo of New York not sent Covid-19 positive patients into nursing homes the death toll would be lower. Will Bunch, who claims that Americans are “drunk on a warped idea of freedom”, praised Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. I called Cuomo “feckless” back in March. Lies and mishandling by government officials don’t inspire confidence in most Americans.
Mandating that Americans must wear masks is a non-starter. The federal government can mandate masks on federal property. States can mandate masks on state property. Local governments can mandate masks on local government property. Private business can mandate masks in their business. The federal government cannot mandate that we wear masks in public all the time. It’s a federalism thing.
I would like to speak to my fellow, anti-mask, Americans. I really intensely dislike wearing a mask. It’s not normal. My breathing changes. I cannot read visual cues from the faces of others. I can’t understand people who do not enunciate clearly. I wear a mask when I cannot be assured that I can be socially distant from others. I do it because I don’t want to get sick. Here is a scenario for you: Grocery store. Produce aisle. Random loser leans past me to get an artichoke. Loser sneezes. Is the sneeze allergies? Is the sneeze Covid-19. I don’t know. I can grab an anti-bacterial wipe from my purse and wipe myself down, but if the Coronavirus has gotten into my mucous membranes, too late. That’s why I wear my sunglasses or readers in the store, too. Your eyes are very vulnerable.
I wear the mask because my dear daughter-in-love has an auto-immune disease. I want to be around her, my son and my granddaughter. I wear a mask because my husband is over 65 years of age. He is the picture of health, but I am not taking any chances with him.
Have you ever had a breathing episode. I have. Mine had no long lasting damage because it was caused by pollen. Not being able to breath is terrifying. That is one of the symptoms of Covid-19. I wouldn’t wish that on Nancy Pelosi.
Now on to you mask scolds. Ready. Please be more gentle. Maybe the non-mask wearing moron is uneducated. Maybe the moron is afraid. Or maybe the non-mask wearer isn’t a moron but has some other auto-immune disorder like eczema. The person may be unaware that face shields are easily available and may not be aware that the shield would work the same as a mask.
We need to be kinder to each other. We need to be a little less judgmental. We don’t need more elitist hacks like Will Bunch.
Cover your face. Wash your hands. Be kind. Be well.