A prediction about masking: Soon we'll be seeing many incidents in which those who choose to protect themselves with KN95s etc face harassment, even violence. Because this was never about freedom.
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) April 19, 2022
You say not wearing to wear masks was never about freedom.
Well, it was absolutely crystal clear that making people wear masks had nothing to do with stopping COVID or saving lives.
Actual data demonstrated that universal masking was useless. Some masks, such as a properly fitted N95, had some effect under limited circumstances, such as a patient coughing wet mist into a nurse’s face at close proximity. Two people walking past each other in a grocery store wearing cloth masks made out of an old bed sheet was utterly worthless.
The real point of masks was as a talisman and and badge. Those who were good people and complied with bureaucratic fiats, and those who were bad people and didn’t.
The entire weight of federal, state, and local governments were brought down on people who didn’t want to mask.
No shopping, no going to the gym, no living life if they did not cower in fear of what bureaucrats and politicians said about COVID and complied with every capricious mandate.
Maskers who wanted mandates and unconstitutional regulations to protect them from the impossible, catching a highly communicable airborne respiratory virus, shut down society, crashed the economy, ruined lives, harmed children, and killed people with depression and neglect.
Now that mask mandates have been ended by judges, there are still true believer hypochondriacs who are threatening society with their histrionics.
I will not forget what you did to us.
I will not forgive you for what you did to us.
The people who go about masked and give the stink eye to the rest of us for being unmasked deserve everything terrible that can be done to them.
Each and every one of you deserves to be treated like Belgian women who slept with Nazis. Forever pariahs, unwelcome in society and driven out with abuse.