Masks As Socially Distasteful As Smoking?

Remember when smoking was cool?

If not, watching old movies will get you up to speed on that in a hurry. I still recall in 1970, at the age of 9, tobacco ads being banned on television.

While smoking perhaps never enjoyed the high-virtue status that wearing silly cloth masks looped around one’s Dumbos does throughout the world today, it sure went the other way soon enough, especially in public, indoors even more so—but of course they had to overdo that, banning them in bars too, regardless of the wishes of the owners and customers. “Sure, go ahead and drink your poison, but don’t inhale any.” Yea, yea, I know, it’s always about OTHERS!!! Well, sure, but in a damn bar? Aren’t the most ambient bars the smoke filled ones? We even have a phrase for it: smoke-filled bar.

Well, Tucker Carlson triggered everyone the other night by essentially making this sort of comparison. Also, directly equating it to child abuse in the case where kids are compelled to wear them.

We should start asking people to stop wearing masks outside, it makes us uncomfortable

What’s most notable is the last few minutes and I’m going to quote a lot, here, is his advocating for an effective defense to be an offense. Agreed.

Well, we know. A Pew survey from last March found that 64% of White Americans who classify themselves as “liberal” or “very liberal” have been diagnosed with an actual mental health condition.

And you see them everywhere when you walk down the street of any major city. Dare to go on foot from Union Station to the Capitol, for example, in Washington without a mask, and angry Biden voters will snort at you in judgment. “How could you?” they’re saying from behind the gauze. “How could you?” That’s what we should be asking in return. The rest of us should be snorting at them first. They’re the aggressors. It’s our job to brush them back and restore the society we were born in.

Yes. Don’t make the mistake that when someone is virtue-signalling whilst guilt-tripping you, that they’re acting from any sort of knowledge base or genuine concern for themselves or others. It’s essentially schoolyard behavior where the teacher’s pets reign in all the “unruly” children on her behalf, in exchange for attention, priviledge, and status. In a supposedly adult context this is Biolenninism 101, which I encourage you to become familiar with. One of those ah-ha things where you might end up, “well, that explains a lot.”

And it’s a waste of time having a polite—if that’s even possible—discussion with them. You can’t reason anyone out of a position they didn’t arrive at through a process of intellectually-honest reasoning.

Rather, just shoot back.

The next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or the bike path, don’t hesitate. Ask politely but firmly: “would you please take off your mask? Science shows there is no reason to wear it. Your mask is making me uncomfortable.” We should do that, and we should keep doing it, until wearing a mask outdoors is roughly as socially accepted as lighting a Marlboro in an elevator. It’s repulsive. Don’t do it around other people. That’s the message we should send because it’s true.

As for forcing children to wear masks outside – it should be illegal. Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different than your response to seeing someone beat a child in Walmart: call the police immediately. Contact child protective services. Keep calling until someone arrives. What you’re seeing is abuse. It’s child abuse, and you’re morally obligated to try to prevent it. If it’s your own children being abused, act accordingly. Let’s say your kids’ school emailed to announce that every day after lunch, your sixth-grader was going to be punched in the face by a teacher. How would you respond to that? That’s precisely how you should respond. Think about it. That’s precisely how you should respond when they tell you that your children have to wear masks on the soccer field. That is unacceptable, it’s dangerous, and we should act like it. Because it is.

Sadly, there has been far too little of this. What I have done here in Thailand is tell other foreigners who’ve scolded me for not wearing a mask a few times to fuck right off! No Thai folks ever say a word to me. I’ve also given a thumbs up and sometimes a cheer to folks I see not wearing masks, especially families with children.

But I think far, far too many feel guilt and shame when called out and then become apologetic or defensive. No, you need to get offensive as all fuck.

But too few of us have responded like that. We’ve been shamefully passive. In the face of all of this, as our cities get crazier and harder to live in, so many of us have just decided to run away: avoid conflict. Move to the suburbs. Flee to Florida. Get as far away as possible from the hyper-aggressive zealots changing everything for the worse overnight. You don’t want to deal with them. So you’ve decided to start over somewhere else. But why? These people making these demands don’t own America. They didn’t build America. They didn’t build anything – they can’t. And they’re not allowed to wreck it. And if we let them wreck our cities, why do we think they’ll stop there? If they can turn Brooklyn and San Francisco into uninhabitable indoctrination camps, why can’t they can do it to Naples or Oklahoma City or Coeur d’Alene or wherever you’re planning to go? They can do it, and they will do it. Theirs is an evangelical faith. They will not stop until we make them stop. Fighting back is the only option. If we don’t resist, there’s no escape.

So how do you resist?

The first step is to say the obvious, loudly and often: this is not about science. This is about political power. If it was about science, Fauci and Kamala Harris would be happy to hear Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis discuss the science behind mask mandates with a Harvard professor. They would welcome that. But they hated it, so they just pulled the whole thing off YouTube.

OK, there are our collective marching orders, peeps. Onward.

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  1. Mary Morrgwyn on April 30, 2021 at 01:31

    Hello, good day! Pardon me for saying so, but, it would be nice to leave a like for articles I like.
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