J. B. Shurk, at the American Thinker that again makes the point that masks make no difference in terms of stopping the virus, indeed any virus. Instead, are, however, Masks are just part of the socialist uniform.
The Centers for Disease Control released another study showing no statistically significant decrease in "daily case" or "death growth" rates from COVID-19 in areas with mask mandates. This comes after a similar CDC study in October indicated that mask mandates do not appear to have slowed or stopped the spread of the coronavirus at all. Still, the CDC continues to recommend that all Americans wear masks, except in certain private settings when individuals are fully vaccinated, unless the goalpost-shifting Dr. Fauci gets his way.
This whole "masks don't seem to be having much effect, but wear them anyway" bureaucratic calculus may seem like a frivolous controversy to Americans preoccupied with the pandemic, but for Americans who are equally worried about the State's steady encroachment into the lives of families, mask mandates are the worst kind of noxious administrative abuse — another iteration of government coercion that constricts a person's freedom while accomplishing next to nothing. It's government rule-making for the sake of rule-making whose chief purpose is to demonstrate that it is the government's job to command and each citizen's duty to readily obey.Exactly so. I often shake my head when I see people wearing masks in the most ridiculous situations. I see them wearing masks while walking alone outside. I see young people wearing masks while participating in sports. This is just virtue signaling gone wild. It has no other purpose than to show your acquiescence in the governments demands. And let's not forget, they have no right or authority to demand your acquiescence. They do have a right to ask for your voluntary action, but then the request must make actual sense, but masking makes no sense.
For Americans who believe that the government spends most of its time doing the exact opposite of what America overwhelmingly prefers, a mask mandate that accomplishes so little in the way of public health seems like the perfect metaphor for the government's desire to shut up its own citizenry. What Big Tech censorship fails to catch in its net, Big Government catches in its own.Like I said, the only way to retain your freedom is to resist. If you want to remain free, you need to resist by not wearing a mask. Just refuse.
Update: At The Federalist Kaylee Zempel has a post entitled Vaccines Should Signal A Return to Normal. But Blue States and Bureaucrats Are Ensuring That Doesn't Happen.
The Johnson and Johnson shot is 66 percent effective, they say? Well, that’s not 100 percent, the COVID kings will say when they decide it serves their interests. We’ve done this dance before. The same people who said you should double-mask because two are better than one will not be satisfied when you get a shot that is only 66 percent effective. So on the one-year anniversary of 15 days to slow the spread, do get your vaccine but also please remain six feet apart and make sure your mask is tight around your nose and chin.
Monday’s much-anticipated CDC guidelines for people who are vaccinated say as much. According to the guidelines, vaccinated people should still wear masks and socially distance in public and do the same when they’re with at-risk people or with unvaccinated people from more than one household. The guidelines also say vaccinated people should avoid undefined medium and large gatherings and keep heeding CDC and health department travel requirements — meaning even after you’re vaccinated, don’t travel if you can avoid it.