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Coronavirus Alarmists Rage as Americans Leave Lockdown Behind

The nation’s reopening? Time to increase the social pressure as a means of behavioral control.

According to an NBC News health “expert,” the threat of breathing “exhaled COVID-19 in somebody’s breath” is like secondhand cigarette smoke. The answer? Make face masks mandatory nationwide, of course. A professor at Duke University says people who refuse to wear masks in public “are directly helping the [Coronavirus] to infect — and perhaps kill — their fellow citizens.” Another California professor declares America’s love of individual freedom a risk to life. As more of the country begins to re-open, it is becoming increasingly evident that the donning of the mask is the last stand for those who have pulled off an enormous and unprecedented social engineering experiment over the past two months. They are not going away quietly.

Autocracy in the Old Dominion

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, mandated that all Virginians wear facemasks while in public indoor areas, a sweeping restriction that Northam attributed to “science.” The governor is being blistered for his ruling, handed down a mere three days after he was spotted walking along a beach without a mask and posing for pictures with Virginians in flagrant violation of social distancing protocol. “I was not prepared because my mask was in the car,” Northam explained, an odd explanation for someone who dearly believes that human lives are at stake in the matter.

A news crew for leftist cable network MSNBC managed to top the governor on the ridiculous scale over the Memorial Day weekend. An ominously masked correspondent was doing a live shot May 25 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, on the alarming number of citizens walking around without their protective face gear. An anchor asked intrepid on-the-spot reporter, Cal Perry, “Are the people there just not worried about it? Are they not worried about their personal safety?”

“I haven’t met anybody who is … you can see here, nobody’s wearing them [masks],” Perry dutifully reported. To his chagrin, a bystander took the opportunity to point out that Perry’s own cameraman wasn’t wearing a mask. “‘Half your crew’s not wearing them,” he stated as he recorded the evidence.

Attacking the Virus Collaborators

Obviously, something beyond the fear of a lethal threat is going on here. The pressure to get Americans to mask up as Coronavirus lockdowns fade is the final card in the deck for those who enacted a startling social control regimen on the American people. They are playing that card for all it is worth. Cue the fear and hype.

“We should make masks mandatory in public. Just like we ban indoor smoking because, you know what? You shouldn’t have to breathe somebody else’s secondhand smoke. I shouldn’t have to breathe exhaled COVID-19 in somebody’s breath. Nobody should,” NBC “expert” Dr. Vin Gupta, a professor at the University of Washington, proclaimed on May 25. “So, we should institute mandatory masks in public when you can’t guarantee social distancing,” Gupta continued. “That means retail stores. That means public transportation, workplaces. That’s absolutely where we should be headed. It makes no sense why we are not already there.”

This is just what Gov. Northam has now ordered for Virginians. Gupta personifies the sense of unassailable authority that so many medical “experts” have wallowed in over the past few weeks. Colleagues are taking a different approach, making pop psychology diagnoses and issuing stern moral judgments against those who refuse to take the mask.

“We Americans like to see ourselves as exceptional for our freedoms,” Michael Spivey, a professor of “Cognitive Science” at the University of California, Merced, wrote in a ludicrous May 14 Psychology Today article titled “Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Wear a Medical Mask.” “Freedom to criticize our politicians. Freedom to embrace any belief system we want. Freedom to own handguns and assault rifles,” the professor elaborated. “The individualism that these types of freedoms allow for Americans is our hallmark. And, right now, that individualism may be getting in the way of efforts to save our lives.”

So it must be tossed out the window. An excellent way to help make this happen is to shame those who don’t go along. “If you have a friend or family member who refuses to wear a mask in public, you could actually turn the tables on this debate with them,” Spivey wrote. “Ask them why their own life is no longer important. Ask them why they choose to not do everything in their power to protect the lives of their family members.” The assumed air of righteousness is palpable.

It seems to be a built-in feature of the professors who scribble for Psychology Today. Duke University’s Mark Leary slaps an especially ugly label on those who dare to question the establishment health mavens in a May 19 article for the publication. “[F]ailing to take minimal precautions to limit the spread COVID-19 — or worse, deliberately resisting such efforts — reflects a high level of egoic self-preoccupation, selfishness, and lack of concern for other people,” Leary decreed of those who disagree with his assessment of the Coronavirus threat. The professor pulls no punches in stating that such people are purveyors of death.

“[W]e have also seen many examples of people who not only don’t seem to be contributing to the common good but, in fact, are doing things that are directly helping the virus to infect — and perhaps kill — their fellow citizens,” Leary asserted. “We see people who refuse to wear masks (and who even become violent when asked to do so), people who make no effort to maintain a safe distance from others, and people who insist on being allowed to congregate in large groups.”

All of this is meant to further drive home the crucial message that ordinary citizens are not allowed to question progressive policies. If you do so, you are a racist, a sexist, and now – congratulations – a mouth-breathing virus enabler. None of these terms mean much, logically. But that has never been the point. Their power is in harnessing social pressure against those who will not go along unquestioningly with the bright new future being planned for them, whether they want it or not.


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