Uncommon Sense

February 5, 2021

Anti-Mask Protests

Filed under: Culture,Medicine,Politics,The Law — Steve Ruis @ 12:05 pm
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There continues to be anti-mask wearing protest rallies occurring fairly frequently (Only slaves wear masks . . . only slaves wear masks! Yeah!). The question is: what to do about those protesting by not wearing masks?

These are our fellow citizens so I think we should treat them with respect. I also expect them to treat the rest of us also with respect. So, they are free to make their own life choices. They are also free to suffer their own life choice consequences. This is a problem that solves itself, we just don’t want them to take us down with them.

So, we will respect their desire to not wear a mask, but this means that they cannot attend an event that requires masks. If a store/restaurant/whatever requires people to be masked, they may not enter. If the city or state they are in requires masks be worn out in public spaces, they must stay home. If their children’s schools reopen, but require the kids to wear masks, they will have to home school their kids.

I would also suggest that since they are engaging in reckless behavior that they should be last in line for respirators and oxygen in hospitals and last in line for vaccinations. Oh, and should they get the ghastly disease, their health insurance should not have to pay for their treatment because they were undertaking reckless behavior that they were warned against, but continued doing.

Oh, about the Anti-Vax Rallies . . . <ditto>.

Do realize I am being consistent. In my home state, California, a law was passed that motorcycle and scooter riders had to wear helmets when operating their rides on public roadways. Ah, the anguish expressed! “They are taking away our freedom!” riders complained. Not being someone to take away someone’s freedom, I also think that actions have consequences. So, if a motorcyclist gets into an accident when helmetless, then their insurance company should not need to pay out anything as reckless behavior was involved in the accident. (Yes, they still need to have insurance, silly!) Also, their health insurers shouldn’t be liable for paying to have them patched up, either. So, emergency healthcare professionals can, if they choose, patch them up a little, but only after their ability to pay has been established.

The cost of liberty/freedom certainly isn’t cheap. Sometimes it involves more than eternal vigilance, sometimes it involves hard cash. Maybe we should have the helmetless/maskless/vaccineless post a bond . . . hmm, still thinking about this one.

9 Comments »

  1. While I like and respect your idea on this matter, we both know it will never fly. Regrettably.

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    Comment by Nan — February 5, 2021 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

  2. This anti-mask thing is gaining steam in Britain. Some of the bloggers I follow are posting that wearing masks are a way to make people “submissive” & they cite “Muslim women”, like there wasn’t ever any powerful women in the Islamic world. & one actually said that governments are using “black magic” to make people wear masks. I kid you not.

    It’s just a stupid mask. I don’t get complaining about something like this.

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    Comment by silverapplequeen — February 6, 2021 @ 7:52 am | Reply

    • Yeah, astonishingly stupid … but then that is how you get attention. Look at all of the people who expend efforts defending the flat earth model, when they could dispel that notion with an examination of a Foucault pendulum or other “proof” that the earth rotates daily. If the Earth is flat and rotates daily, it must be rotating within the plane of the disk, otherwise we would feel a large difference depending on how close to the edge we were, etc. Less than a day of research and Hey, presto! The Earth is round and it rotates daily. Instead they are spending huge amounts of energy exercising their Confirmation Bias engine, looking for support for their position.

      These things are, IMHO, manifestations of powerlessness, but poorly directed. They should be directed at those who are exacerbating their powerlessness.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 6, 2021 @ 8:01 am | Reply

  3. Reasonably intelligent people wear masks. IMO it is a symbol of reason, common sense, decency, and respect for our fellow countrymen/women.

    If a fucking moron wants to go maskless, fine. Let’s treat them like the idiots they are.

    “Awww, look at you, were you dropped on your head as a baby?” ” Did you eat paint chips as a child?” “Poor thing.” “Here, I’ll give you a gold star for making it this far” “Now, go play in the street!”

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    Comment by shelldigger — February 6, 2021 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  4. In Australia you can dine in restaurants, go to parties, go to packed stadiums to watch sport, all schools and universities are open… Because Australians adhered to the Covid restrictions when they were supposed to.

    Americans can’t do any of these things… So these idiots sure are celebrating their “freedom” in a weird way.

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    Comment by john zande — February 6, 2021 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

    • Freedom to be an idiot, mates, says so right there in the Constitution. Declaration of Independence too, something along the lines of being able to pursue idiocy or sumpin’.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 6, 2021 @ 9:55 pm | Reply

      • Exercising your freedom to lose your freedom. Imagine if the KGB caught onto this working formula in the 50’s?

        Saw this yesterday, made me laugh:

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        Comment by john zande — February 7, 2021 @ 4:07 am | Reply

        • Hilarious … if it weren’t so true. We call ourselves the light but really we are the bully of all bullies.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — February 7, 2021 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  5. The greatest freedom is the freedom to take take the consequences – nod to Terry Pratchett.

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    Comment by Ark — February 8, 2021 @ 11:00 am | Reply


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