Make no mistake, this is not a medical issue

It does not matter what the public thinks, but that they obey.


Make no mistake, this is not a medical issue 

James Wood

People may know the masks are useless and resent wearing them but there is also the other side of it. I was on the Los Angeles Metro last week not wearing a mask and was confronted by a man who took exception to it. I told him off and he called the transit police on me.

He stood back and used his phone to photograph the encounter with the police before going his way as I insisted to the police he was creating a public nuisance.

Make no mistake, this is not a medical issue, but a power issue and there are plenty of people who will attempt to assert authority in this matter to “help” the state. One of the arguments this man used to get me to wear a mask was, “Do you think you are better than anyone else?” Expect resentful people to increasingly demand conformity as this goes on however unreasonable the policy.

The hand of authority is everywhere even if it appears to grasp lightly at the moment. The police are mostly ignoring maskless people, but it depends on what kind of police. Sheriff’s deputies have refused to enforce mask wearing, but they have been replaced on trains by cops directly controlled by the LA Metro.

Private business, fearful of state intervention, is most particular about mask wearing and is very effective in enforcing mask policy. Public buildings can be beyond Orwellian in their diligence.

Let us not kid ourselves. This is about control and the appearance of control. It does not matter what the public thinks, but that they obey, for now. Not that the demand to think a certain way is not made. It is.

Getting rid of this will not be easy or cheap. It will require confrontation and people will get hurt. Real power in the US is heavily centralized which means that people really do not know where to turn when they are at odds with that power. New organizations to express dissent will have to be created which takes time, effort, money and will. The organizations will have to struggle from the beginning with the tacit or overt opposition of government.

The US is a dictatorship. Despite all the democratic posturing, a very few people call the shots and have millions of servants, often unwitting servants, to enforce these shots.

It is heartening to hear of the resentment of many in this article, but my point is that they still obey. When they stop obeying in mass and start calling for the heads of politicians like Gavin Newsom and Anthony Fauci will the real game begin.

5 thoughts on “Make no mistake, this is not a medical issue”

  1. at least in some places you have options
    Vic Aus is in week 6 of mandatory masks when you step off your private land to go/do anything
    some are even wearing them IN their cars;-)) taking- the Borg must be obeyed -to new heights/lows.

    and as a smoker..oh boy! now theres a problem;-)
    so i dash to shops then sit in car unmasked for a ciggie then off again, bloody annoying!

    anyone else noted ALL the smokers being lesser risk/numbers catching Covid and related media cover
    got slammed down like a lavvy lid very fast?

  2. The ONLY reason I wear a mask is it’s required by law here now to go into any stores that are open as well as places like doctor’s offices… and there are fines on the businesses (up to $5000) that don’t enforce that.

    So its understandable that the businesses would comply and I don’t feel that is fair for me to put any business that is providing a service to me to put them at risk of getting fined.

  3. I should point out… I personally know the Public Health director (Barbara Ferrer) for the County of Los Angeles… who I’m sure is behind these recommendations. I knew her when we both worked at the Boston Public Health Commission. She was an absolute witch to work for… and extremely unprofessional. She is one of the main reasons I left for another job, and I know another person (my former boss, a very good person and excellent supervisor) who also left because of her. So it comes as no surprise what you’ve going through in LA.

  4. In my Rural KY County, only those who WANT to wear a mask (Or forced to by the ‘govr’) use them. 98% of us work, live and go about our lives without masks. It is TIME + CLOSED SPACES that = COVID…stay out of enclosed areas and keep you visit short (less then 5 minutes) and you will be fine. VIRAL LOAD look it up!

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