I am appalled by the anti-mask, anti-vax bunch and the lengths they will go to in order to ensure that we never come out from under the Covid thumb! To ensure that their own children have an equal opportunity to die at a young age. For PETE’S SAKE PEOPLE!!! Wake the hell up!
There is yet another new variant of Covid just beginning to make the rounds and it is thought to be largely resistant to the vaccines we have today. It is called the Lambda variant, that started in Peru but is quickly popping up all over the globe. And so … how are people ensuring that we all keep safe? By breathing on us, by refusing to wear a mask or to allow their children to wear one. Damn fools!
On the first day back to school in California this week, a parent assaulted a teacher when he saw his son come out of school with a mask on. The teacher was not seriously injured, having only some bruises, lacerations, and a knot on his head, but this is horrifying! The man would, apparently, rather see his son dead than wearing a mask! I wonder if, when the son is in the hospital on life support, the father will assault the doctors and nurses for putting an oxygen mask on his face?
The anti-life group is now attacking restaurants, as well, even restaurants they have never eaten in. They are leaving 1-star reviews on sites such as YELP, a restaurant reviewing site, simply because those restaurants require proof of vaccination. The owners of some restaurants requiring proof of vaccination are being called ‘Nazis’ and ‘communists’ and more. WTF???
To a large extent, I blame the nation’s Republican politicians for this, as well as the right-wing Fox ‘News’, for far too many of them have often done and said things that the uneducated and the willfully ignorant take to heart. But let me be perfectly clear here: lack of education and purposeful ignorance are NOT an excuse for risking the lives of others! People who claim their ‘rights’ must also accept their responsibility to their own family and to the rest of the world. No, you do NOT have the right to risk my life or even the lives of your own children. They are not possessions that you can either care for or toss in the rubbish!
This nonsense has gone beyond ridiculous and those who choose to infect the rest of us may well end up being responsible for the extinction of the human species! Maybe that’s for the best, since we humans seem to have zero respect for the planet or other species. Perhaps humans were the worse example of a bad experiment.
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has written a column for The Atlantic titled “Don’t Be a Schmuck. Put on a Mask.” I strongly urge you to read it, but here are a few snippets from his piece:
Earlier this week, I delivered a simple message: There is a virus here. It kills people. The only way you can prevent it is to get vaccinated, wear masks, and do social distancing.
Some people are complaining, “Well, my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.” Well, I told them, “Screw your freedom.” You have the freedom to wear no mask. But if you exercise that freedom, you’re a schmuck—because you’re supposed to protect your fellow Americans.
But some of the responses really worried me. Many people told me that the Constitution gives them rights, but not responsibilities. They feel no duty to protect their fellow citizens.
That’s when I realized we all need a civics lesson. I can’t help but wonder how much better off we’d be if Americans took a step back from politics and spent a minute thinking about how lucky we are to call this country home. Instead of tweeting, we could think about what we owe to the patriots who came before us and those who will follow us.
The Constitution aimed to “promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.” It’s right there in our founding document. We need to think beyond our selfish interests.
Our country began with a willingness to make personal sacrifices for the collective good. It’s right there in the closing line of the Declaration of Independence: “We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” Almost two centuries later, John F. Kennedy posed his famous challenge: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Our country became great because every generation before us knew that liberty and duty go hand in hand. I am worried that many of my fellow Americans have now lost sight of that.
Wake up, people. Were it in my power, I would issue a nationwide mask mandate and have police arrest anybody found in a public venue not wearing a mask. Alas, nobody asked my opinion. So, I’ll likely continue to opine here, as the new lambda variant creates surges in hospitalizations and raises the death tolls once again. Meanwhile, just get vaccinated and wear a damn mask!