But it also needs a healthy skepticism about new restrictions mandated by the state, especially those that defy common sense. A free society requires individual rights and respect for authority. The masketeers are not doing us any favor.
Only their lowly staff assistants were required to mask up. As evidenced at the Emmy Awards, masks are dispensable whenever liberal celebrities decide that seeing their lovely faces on TV means more than public health considerations. Truth be told, the masketeers are phonies.
In a recent survey, 66% said they support a universal mask mandate for indoor public places; only 25% were opposed. Californians strongly approve of these restrictions. A majority, 51%, said they like masks so much that they would personally choose to wear one indoors in public even if not required to do so! Similarly, a majority are in favor of the state forcing everyone in California to get vaccinated.
Not surprisingly, its big cities are heavily populated with masketeers. California is one of the most liberal states in the country. Dennis Prager said earlier this year that "where I live (the Los Angeles area), I am usually the only person on the street not wearing a mask." He adds that "You do not need medical or scientific expertise to understand the foolishness of outdoor mask-wearing."
And they can always make exceptions for themselves. Then again, liberals wouldn’t be liberals if they didn’t embrace statist prescriptions: they adore mandates as much as they do cancelling those who disagree with them.
Los Angeles County went further, mandating that those age 2 and over wear masks in indoor settings regardless of their vaccination status. His health officials ordered all unvaccinated persons age 2 and over to wear a mask in indoor public spaces and businesses. He authorized a veritable lock-down of the state, and did not end his stay-at-home order until June 15.
But as soon as I get to the Big Apple, it changes: people are wearing masks walking down the street, on bicycles and in cars. When I leave Long Island to go to work in New York City, few are wearing masks outdoors. Have you ever noticed that in the big cities, there are many more people walking around with masks than in the suburbs?
It’s just that we wouldn’t expect this from those who are ordinarily dismissive of any competing claims on individual rights. To be sure, rights are not absolute, and a mature society will attempt to balance civil liberties with such competing interests as civility, community, national security and public health considerations.
The masketeers love him. Pundits recently noticed that one of the reasons why California Governor Gavin Newsom easily fended off a recall challenge was because of his stringent Covid policies.
21, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on why some Americans love masks: 21, 2021NEW YORK, Sept. NEWS PROVIDED BYThe Catholic League for Religious and Civil RightsSept.
The masketeers, most of whom are well educated, have been nurtured to believe in science, and are therefore obliging when the "experts" speak. The problem is that unanimity does not exist among the scientists. In fact, perspectives which challenge the conventional wisdom are often censored.
SOURCE The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Is there not something strange going on here? Are not liberals the ones who hate authority—the police being Enemy #1—and are not liberals the ones who espouse "bodily autonomy?" So why the love affair with masks?
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For one, liberals dominate in urban America, and it is they—the masketeers—who are enamored of masks. What explains the difference?
Starting September 20, Newsom is forcing everyone who attends an indoor event over 1,000 persons to provide vaccination verification or a negative Covid test. San Francisco recently announced something similar for bars, restaurants and gyms.