Last night in Northern Virginia, I waited to be served at a SubWay behind a young, apparently well-to-do mother and her two children, no more than 5 or 6 years old. All three were tightly masked, though in the cloth variety that are—yes they are— virtually useless. The two women behind the counter were masked, of course, for business and PR reasons. I wasn’t. Also in front of me was a young African-American woman (who ordered a BMT with cucumber, mayo, mustard, oil and vinegar) who also wore a cloth mask, while two young men behind me were unmasked.
For about the tenth time in recent weeks, I had to wrestle my tongue to the floor to avoid asking the masked women in line, “Pardon me, but why are you wearing those things?” and the mother “Why are you forcing those tiny children to walk around with half their faces covered? (I also wanted to ask the woman in front of me, “Mayo, mustard, oil and vinegar all on an Italian sub? What are you, nuts?” But that’s another issue.) Once again, I resisted the urge, but I can feel myself nearing the point where I’m going to do it. In fact, I’m nearing the point where I think it is the duty of Americans who care about the culture, societal values and future as a democracy to challenge the maskers, especially those who are abusing and warping their children.
These people should be made to defend their conduct. It’s not a private matter, not when masks carry a message and send messages to others. There appear to be two varieties of masked Americans, one pathetic and the other sinister: those who wear masks as a symbolic show of solidarity with the statist, totalitarian Left that wants the government to train the “little people” to do and believe what they are told, and those who have been turned into lifetime germaphobes and agoraphobes by media scaremongering, inflated death statistics and incompetent health officials. Every day, in tiny, incremental ways, these two, sometimes overlapping groups are tearing down American individuality, liberty, and the quality of life.
No, I don’t think I am exaggerating. This is one of several critical ethics crises in the United States today. It will be hard to fix, but the starting point is recognizing where the danger comes from, and trying to somehow break through the public fog produced by the disastrous response to the Wuhan virus in 2020. It requires direct confrontation. You know, as in…
Today my Sunday Times has this article in the local section: “Cases Are Rising in Schools. So Why Are Masks Off?” The Times really pretends this is a mystery, but answers its own question: “The risk of serious illness and hospitalization from Covid in children is extremely low.” But that’s not the conclusion the Times wants readers to reach. This is: “[Y]et the costs of unmasking, largely in the name of symbolism, are not entirely fictional.” Costs of unmasking? This is pushing society to the assumption that wearing masks, and making children wear masks, should be considered the status quo.
Here’s more from the article of how influential voices in our society are pushing for eternal and and constant masking as the new normal, beginning with conditioning the young:
Even if most children have not fallen especially sick since the repeal of masking rules, consequences remain. Given that students need to isolate for five days when they test positive, the rise in cases means that hundreds of children are kept out of school after two years of what are obviously significant academic losses resulting from reduced or nonexistent in-person learning. What they have instead is “asynchronous” learning at home.
Got that? Children need to wear masks in school because they lost in-person learning time for two years thanks to the hysterical closing of the schools as an over-reaction to the pandemic in the first place.
If the shutting down of American business, culture, society and freedom in 2020 wasn’t a political plot—and at this point only my reluctance to sign on to a conspiracy theory stops me from believing that—the manipulation of the crisis at this point is definitely political as well as partisan. Those masks have become like red armbands, simultaneously persuasive and intimidating.
Those who have not been terrified or turned into “Good Germans” have to do more than just watch.
For me, the time is approaching…