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Fear Is Not Going To Run My Life

August 26, 2021

Why, oh why, tell me why – and please follow the science as well as nothing more complicated than common sense – you’re wearing a mask? You know who you are. Some folks – this is really head-scratching – are even wearing masks as they drive down the boulevard in their own vehicles by themselves or walk down virtually empty residential sidewalks like the occasional neurotic who walks by my house. Why?

YouTube banned a video by Senator Rand Paul, a physician, mind you, in which he unequivocally says that masks do no good outside of a surgery. They might help, says the science, if you’re a COVID carrier and concerned about infecting your fellow citizens, but they don’t help ward off the virus, which is no more lethal to begin with than the common seasonal flu, and unlike COVID, the seasonal flu kills children, for Pete’s sake! I get it now. If it’s banned from YouTube, it must be true. Same for Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. It’s like we’re living in some Alice in Wonderland universe.

Early on in the pandemic, the death statistics of which are grossly inflated by folks who died of other factors but tested positive for COVID an hour before they died because they were in hospitals where COVID is everywhere, My wife and I adopted a personal policy of not wearing masks. Because of that, I hold the distinction of being kicked out of a Staples!

“Sir, sir, excuse me, sir, do you have a mask?” asked the guy by the door as I walked in, my entire face showing.

“I don’t wear them.”

“Uh, uh, well, uh, we require them.”

“You want my business?”

“Uh, well, uh, yes sir, but we require masks.”

“I told you, I don’t wear them.”

“Well, then, uh, I have to ask you to leave.”

“You don’t have to ask. I’m on my way out, thank you very much.”

I mean, whenever I tried to wear a mask, I could tell that the area between my mouth and the fabric was an ideal breeding ground for all manner of little nasties. It’s moist. It’s hot. There’s no ventilation. Worst of all, my sunglasses fog up when I wear a mask and my upper lips sweats. A person wearing a mask is breathing in what he just exhaled. And that is supposed to protect you from disease? The voice in my head that I call Mr. Common Sense told me, long before the science confirmed it, that masks were worthless and probably counterproductive. Like I said, if you’re sick, wear a mask, but if you’re not sick, it’s not a good idea to wear a mask. And if you’re sick, just stay home. Then you won’t have to wear a mask. Even if you went to public school, you should be able to follow that line of reasoning.

A sign on a restaurant in Okracoke, North Carolina, said “Masks Required.” I opened the door and asked the hostess, “I have to wear a mask while I eat?” She said, “No, just until you’re seated.” So, I’m a health risk while I’m standing, but not when I’m sitting. Made no sense, but okay, I’m with a group of people who want to eat in this restaurant run by completely illogical people so I wear a mask from the door to the table. I’m hoping they cook better than they think. When we’re done and have paid the bill, I ask the waitress if we have to wear masks while we’re leaving. “No,” she says. “Only when you’re coming in.” Someone help me make sense of that, please! I implore you!

Fear is not going to run my life. Nor is the United States Government. The Constitution does not give the Government the power to run my life. In fact, just the opposite. The Constitution prevents the Government from running my life! The Constitution doesn’t say the Government CAN do this and that…it says it CAN’T do this and it CAN’T do that. Does anyone even read it anymore? I honestly think I could tell the average twenty-something that the Constitution says, “Spare the rod, spoil the child” and he would believe me. By the way, that’s not even in the Bible, as many people think. And even if it were, the biblical “rod” is not a spanking, for Pete’s sake! I’ll explain that in a future BLOG. Maybe the next one. Are you on pins and needles now? I bet you are. Don’t wear a mask. Breathe freely! The Constitution says, “The government cannot pass a law or enact a restriction that would prevent the free flow of air into and out of the nose and mouth.” No, it’s true! Check it out!

Copyright 2021, John K. Rosemond

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