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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Friends, a few short months ago, the only people wearing masks on our streets were Antifa thugs -- and municipalities pondered banning masks to stop their reign of terror. Now, governments across the U.S. are pondering mandating the wearing of face masks to protect the public from the coronavirus. It's a mad, mad world!
Now, do I believe that wearing masks is prudent? I'm not a doctor, but it strikes me as more than odd that the authorities told us for weeks that masks were useless and not to bother, and now they've pivoted to "masks are lifesavers and ought to be worn from cradle to grave". Where's the proof that masks are efficacious, especially when worn by laymen who are unschooled in their proper use? Moreover, once we cross the threshold of telling people not only how to behave, but how to dress in public, how will we ever unwind this manifestation of Big Brother? Let's not forget -- the risk of infection when you're in public will never be zero. So when will it be safe, or relatively safe, to resume normalcy? We're not told. No one seems to have given the question serious thought. We're playing it by ear.
I find it interesting that, in many respects, the Europeans are out in front in addressing the question of how society reboots after the worst of the scourge has passed. Throughout Europe, shops are reopening, schools are back in session, and workplaces are once again buzzing with activity. Thus far, we have no clarity on when that will happen here.
And so I ask the question: how long will we, how long can we, live in fear? I sincerely hope the answer is: not much longer. We in New York, who are still under lockdown and have just been commanded by our Governor (kinda, sorta) to wear masks in public, will soon witness other states and localities start to lift restrictions, when here they grow more onerous by the day. It seems to me the momentum is shifting. Gov. Cuomo may be the last to notice, but even he will have to face the music soon.
As for me, I don't claim to know whether wearing a mask is advisable or not, medically speaking, but I do know this: masks are dehumanizing, and they're an outward sign of our (closely cultivated) fear, as well as our blind obeisance to the powers-that-be. I hope we dispense with them as soon as possible.
And here are some other stories worthy of your attention.
The irony in the fact that Democrats and liberals are now defending states' rights is incredibly thick. The 10th Amendment is about as precious to progressives as the Book of Leviticus, under normal circumstances.
And that hoped-for primary contest between AOC and Chuck Schumer could, I repeat COULD, happen!
And lastly, at the risk of adding fuel to the fire of conspiracy theories, some in Washington, and at Fox News headquarters, are now taking seriously the idea that the coronavirus may have originated in a Wuhan laboratory. We shall see. No conclusive proof, as yet, but if the Chinese do bear even greater responsibility for this debacle than previously reported, you can bet the entire world is going to be hopping mad!