The CDC has made it official, or at least as close to official as we are likely to get: If you’ve gotten all the vaccination shots for COVID, you don’t need to wear a mask — definitely not outside, and possibly not inside a shop or restaurant.
If you haven’t gotten the vaccine, you should be wearing masks inside and probably outside as well.
If the world were a truly rational place, the vaccinated would be a lot less likely than the unvaccinated to wear masks.
But our world is upside-down and backwards, so that’s not how it’s working out at all. According to a new Gallup Poll, some 90 percent of fully vaccinated people are still wearing masks — while less than half of those who aren’t fully vaccinated are wearing them on at least a somewhat regular basis.
The worst that you can say about the vaccinated who are still wearing masks is that they are erring on the side of caution, and as a way to gently nudge the unvaccinated to keep their masks on. Wearing a mask you don’t need to wear is a little bit of a hassle, but it hurts no one.
It’s the unvaccinated-and-maskless who are putting themselves and others at great risk of catching the bug. Yet ithey’re the ones lashing out at vaccinated people who are still wearing masks.
As Dave Weigel of the Washington Post notes
Republicans are far less likely than Democrats to say they’ll get vaccinated, and Democrats are far more likely to support masking, fretting that vaccine skeptics will go maskless and keep spreading the virus. Vaccinated liberals who still intend to wear masks outdoors — a minority, but a vocal one — have quickly become punching bags for Republicans.
According to an article by David Kamioner reposted on the right-wing LifeZette, the mask is a sign of “conformity” and “cowardice.”
“You can see them everywhere,”Kamioner declares.
People driving alone wearing masks. People wearing masks outside. People wearing masks in establishments that don’t require it. On their cars the Biden bumper stickers predominate. In other instances, in the elderly, the sad echoes of the most conformist generation in American history, the 60s, shows itself once again to possess an inherent love of the herd mentality.
We’ve seen this before. Black shirts in Italy in the 20s. Arm bands in Germany of the 30s. The “peace” symbol of Americans in the 60s. All the same vicious conformists who played upon the collective inclinations of people who think like sheep.
So waving a peace sign is the equivalent to wearing a swastika armband? That’s a … revealing take on things.
Wearing the mask provides them today with an opportunity to virtue signal and scold at the same time. That puts them in hog heaven. Holier than thou and pulling a Karen is their own personal apotheosis. But what it really denotes is shame and profound cowardice.
Meanwhile, on a site called MAGAinstitute, CJ Wheeler says that “The Time Has Come To Openly Mock Mask Wearers.”
The cost of having [a] free mind is walking into a store surrounded by masked people glaring at you all year, and knowing they are being brainwashed. Knowing that they have fallen under the spell of the Washington Post, The Guardian, and many other of Bill Gates’ Paid COVID Fear-Porn Media Outlets.
Having a free mind this last year meant you were a complete and utter outcast and at any moment you could have someone make a shame video of you in a store that would go viral. Maybe they would scream and yell at you as an extra bonus. Or worse, be arrested when you hadn’t committed a crime. We saw that almost every week of this past year. …
Still think it’s too much to openly mock and laugh at those continuing to perpetrate this mass-delusion of mandatory masks?
Ridicule Is LONG Overdue!
Cartoonist and opinion-haver Ted Rall, writing on Unz.com, was a little more gentle:
Go ahead, wear a mask indoors if you want to, despite being vaccinated. Wear one outside if you feel like it. However, you are — sorry, Dr. Fauci — acting irrationally. …
Masks have devolved from medical imperative to virtue signaling. …
What’s the harm in a fashion accessory that, as the vaxxed-yet-masked crowd informs you, merely tries to make other people feel more comfortable while also sending a subtle anti-MAGA message? It’s about thinking straight. Democrats can’t credibly claim the scientific high ground unless they adapt to the latest medical consensus.
On Townhall.com, Jason Garshfield warns that the fate of our society hangs in the balance, or something.
Masks are not just another assault on personal liberty. They are uniquely demeaning and dehumanizing, to a far greater degree than most other nanny state overreaches. Face covering, as a legal or social norm, stands in fundamental opposition to basic Western principles of individual self-determination and accountability. …
Face masks, all told, represent a serious threat to our collective well-being as a society, and now that any American who wants the Covid-19 vaccine can get it, there is no longer any rationale for their widespread use. …
For my part, I would prefer to live in the world of individual liberty that the mask-obsessed have denied us. Short of banning face masks, though, we should do all we can to ensure that they are not further ingrained as a social custom, that those who choose to neurotically wear them past the point of all common sense become the rare exception rather than the new normal.
Sure, if people get the vaccine, they can safely ditch the masks, in most circumstances. If they refuse to get vaccinated, going maskless isn’t “common sense”; it’s potentially deadly. Garshfienld and Rall’s arguments only make sense if the vast, overwhelming portion of the population has been vaccinated. Not getting the vaccine is bad enough; the vaccine-fearers shouldn’t compound their errors by going maskless. There’s no common sense in that.
If you want to go maskless, get the vaccine. If you won’t get the vaccine, at the very least keep your damn mask on.
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