More and more these days I am disgusted by the behaviour of some of my fellow humans in this country. Okay, so we have fools in our government who believe it is okay to denigrate people, to tell lies and issue meaningless threats, but do we really need to emulate them? I realize there have always been people for whom violence, or the threat of violence, was a way of life, an answer to all their problems, but today I’m seeing more and more of it. How many times have we read in the past 7 months about someone threatening a store employee for merely doing his or her job, enforcing a store policy to wear a mask while inside the store? So many that I’ve lost count.
Just last week, a man in Pennsylvania shot a clerk at a cigar store for being told he must wear a mask inside the store. Then when police went to the man’s home to arrest him, he pulled an AK-47 automatic rifle and fired at police. The man’s attorney, attempting to justify his actions, said he was “just not handling the pandemic well.” And this is just one of many such incidents. Is this, then, to become our new ‘norm’? Come on, people … surely we’re better than this???
Kill the messenger?
The cruelty of humans never ceases to amaze me. Dr. Anthony Fauci … you all know the name by now … is probably the most reliable source for information about the coronavirus pandemic. He is, as I recently noted in another post, highly qualified and a top expert in the field of such things as infectious diseases and pandemics. Those who respect science and the opinions of experts, listen to him. Others listen to Donald Trump and his minions who have repeatedly and consistently denied that the pandemic is a big problem … nothing to see here folks, it’s all going away soon … and turned their backs on the recommendations of the experts, much to our detriment. Okay, fine, but …
“Getting death threats for me and my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security is just amazing. I never would have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are purely public health principles are so set against it and don’t like what you and I say, namely in the word of science, that they actually threaten you. That to me is just strange… I wish we did not have to go through that.” – Dr. Anthony Fauci
Yes, my friends, people are actually threatening not only Fauci, but his family as well … threatening to kill them! WHY??? Apparently because they don’t like his recommendations and/or predictions. He recommends wearing masks, recommends certain areas of the country need to remain shut down, recommends schools stay closed, and predicts that the virus isn’t going to magically disappear as Trump claims it will. So … if you don’t like what someone says, the answer is to threaten to kill them? This is a sad, sad statement about the values, or lack thereof, of some people in this nation. No, I don’t believe the majority, or even a significant number of people would do such a thing, but the fact that there are some people who would is appalling.
He didn’t like masks, so …
A Florida man, James Copenhaver, was dining at Ricky T’s Bar and Grille in Treasure Island, Florida, when he spotted a young boy wearing a mask, sitting at a nearby table. Copenhaver himself was not wearing a mask, and apparently took umbrage at the young boy wearing one. He walked over to the boy and told him to remove his mask. He then asked the child to shake his hand, and the boy refused. What he did next is yet another example of the cruelty of which humans are capable. He grabbed the boy’s arm, leaned in close to his face and spat in the boy’s face, saying, “You now have the coronavirus.”
He wasn’t, however, content with that, but walked over to the nearest restaurant employee and attempted twice to punch the man … for what reason remains a mystery, other than that Mr. Copenhaver had apparently had a few too many drinks.
The employee Mr. Copenhaver tried to punch managed to get Mr. Copenhaver outside, wrestle him to the ground and hold him until the police arrived, at which time he was arrested on charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct.
Who does this to a child??? Frankly, if somebody did what he did to my child, he would likely be lying in a hospital bed or a morgue right now. Again, no I don’t think this is representative behaviour for the vast majority of people in this country, but … I do see it happening more and more frequently and I find it highly disturbing.
I repeat what I said in the beginning … this is no way to solve the many problems facing the people in this nation. I really want to believe that we are better than this, but it gets harder by the day.