"How dare you!" Whoopi ridiculously pops off against Bill Maher for anti-mask jokes, tell him to say out of society. Sara Haines joins in by saying masks will be a permanent "new normal" like airport security after 9/11. "I may never … feel comfortable without a mask." pic.twitter.com/AHjJcKR79c
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) January 24, 2022
Haines is exactly right, for many people, especially in Blue areas, COVID restrictions will be exactly like post 9/11 travel restrictions, a permanent new normal.
And just like post 9/11 travel restrictions, they are pure security theater that has no actual efficacy.
Masks are COVID TSA. They don’t stop shit.
Mask mandates are just like pat downs. They do nothing to stop bad things from getting through and are just a affront to your intelligence and civil liberties.
The thing is, after 20 years of useless airport security theater, many people on both side of the aisle roll their eyes at the uselessness of it but know the system will never go away because there is too much money and bureaucracy tied up in it and Pournelle’s Iron Law has set in making the TSA permanent.
It was justified in the years after 9/11 by a color coded fear porn system, but eventually people got tired of that and it went away. When was the last time you heard it was an orange terrorism day.
In 20 years it will be the same here.
Most people will roll their eyes at mask mandates in Blue areas but comply nonetheless.
People won’t care about the fear porn anymore and recognize the security theater as just that, theater.
But the rules and regulations will still be there because the money and bureaucracy are there and that never goes away even after its been proven useless.
The only amazing thing here is that we know exactly how this will unfold. Post 9/11 security is the road map, yet people still want to go down this road as though they don’t know where it leads.