ToDaZeD Pendulum Swing?

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  1. The biggest disappointment of all of this? The number of ostensibly Republican governors that have freaked out and mandated masks.

    I’m looking at you, Gov. Ducey and Gov. Abbott.

    Comment by blake — August 1, 2020 @ 11:43 am

  2. Ok, aside from an instant violent personal revolution*, just what does the author of the essay suggest we do? Every business in my state has a sign on the door, wear a mask or else be subject to expulsion, fines, or arrest because of Executive Order 104. Which is an edict of the governor, not duly passed legislation.

    * a personal revolution is also known as a murder spree. Not exactly the best career enhancing or life prolonging activity.

    I’ve tried to rationalize all of this by assuming that everyone secretly believes this was an engineered bio-weapon that got loose or released, so a fallout shelter reaction was mandated. And I do believe this was a release of an engineered disease, but it turned out to not be the global death bug it could have been. But the panic and fear has been fed to us 24-7 for more than half a year, while forces of darkness feed us lies and hide and castigate any number of effective or partially effective cures. How can you fight back against that? Oh, I know, I’ll post something on my right-wing blog, read only by other right-wingers who already feel the same way as I do. Maybe I’ll put up a comment at CNN or MSNBC or FB, something well thought out and fully referenced, that shows my doubts about the situation. Whereupon I’ll be edited out, have my account canceled, and be subjected to the insane vile ravings of the rabid online horde, all of whom are convinced that President Trump created this germ in his bathtub, because Russia. You can’t converse with these people. You can’t sway them or inform them, debate them or discuss with them. They aren’t listening, and they want to kill you after they destroy you. For real. Because you have a different opinion or life view.

    Comment by Drew458 — August 1, 2020 @ 12:27 pm

  3. ^“They aren’t listening, and they want to kill you after they destroy you. For real. Because you have a different opinion or life view.”
    For at least 19 years, we’ve been calling people like that “terrorists.”.

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — August 1, 2020 @ 1:38 pm

  4. Yeah, even Americans are made out of human beings;
    and most human beings can be easily pushed (fear) and pulled (lies/bribery/corruption), unless the prevailing culture values freedom, individualism, and character above social safety and comfort.

    For those who think “it can’t happen here”, think again

    In more-naive days, I couldn’t understand how totalitarian states got cruel thugs to man the gulags and concentration camps. What kind of people would do that to their fellow humans?
    Look around you.
    Some of ‘em are right there

    One hopes that the villainy displayed this year will scare us straight…
    if it’s not too late

    Comment by DougM ☞ crotchety and judgmental ☜ — August 1, 2020 @ 1:52 pm

  5. Personally, I think the only way to rid ourselves of this fetid political pollution is to landslide-defeat woke office-holders and to crash woke commercial offenders’ market share.

    Comment by DougM ☞ crotchety and judgmental ☜ — August 1, 2020 @ 3:20 pm

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