NEW YORK, NY – People are starting to ask: were these lockdowns across the country a mistake?
What about the mask mandates and the exclusion of people who won’t wear them or cannot wear them? Have the American people fallen victim to a scam?
OK. Let’s be honest. People have been asking that question for a long time.
In recent columns, New York Post contributors Michael Barone and Lee Brown tackled these topics.
First, let’s look at the former.
Barone started his article by quoting novelist Lionel Shriver, who wrote:
“We’ve never before responded to a contagion by closing down whole countries.”
Bird flu, swine flu, N1H1, SARS.
All came and went, and we never shut down the country. We didn’t close school and churches, or restaurants and bars. We certainly never shuttered gyms and barber shops or hair salons.
So why is this one different? Like COVID, none of the others killed even 1% of the nation’s population. COVID currently stands at 0.055 percent of a death rate in proportion to the population.
Even the CDC’s recently released information shows that less than 10,000 Americans have died from only COVID. For every 18 deaths attributed to COVID in this country, 17 had a co-morbidity listed in the cause of death. While the virus may have played a factor in the loss of life, it is not always the biggest contributing factor.
I spoke to a front-line healthcare worker in Dallas who stated that their hospital instructed staff to check the box for COVID as the cause of death for anything that could not be attributed to a single cause. As such, patients with a fever and stage-4 colon cancer were said to have died of COVID.
But what about the impact of COVID and the lock downs outside of actually contracting the virus?
According to reports, divorce and suicide rates are rising at a much higher pace than in previous years.
Small businesses are closing their doors and not coming back. People are being forced to choose between obeying the lock downs or feeding their families.
And let us not forget, it is an election year and there is a faction in this nation that is so sick of seeing the growth and success our country has faced under the current administration, that they appear to have taken “win at all costs” to a whole new level.
Let’s look at what we have seen recently.
In California, you can go to church in small groups, but you are not allowed to sing. Removing worship from a worship service in a house of worship. Violation of the 1st Amendment, check.
So, we have to ask ourselves, does wearing a scarf inside a Walmart and not going to church while thousands line the streets of Portland really do anything to slow the virus or flatten the curve? That is debatable.
Next, let’s look at the mask mandate on airlines coverage by Brown. While there are hundreds and thousands of places that require you to wear a mask or deny you entry, the vast majority of those do not discriminate against people with disabilities. So, for the purpose of this piece, we will focus on the airline industry.
Are mask as effective as some experts claim? Does it really make sense to force people to breath in increased levels of carbon monoxide while they are in a hollow, metal tube where oxygen is at a premium, and has to be pumped in mechanically?
It is definitely too much to believe that the carriers are allowing people to choose for themselves, otherwise this would be a very short article.
Surely the airlines, in an attempt to do what they believe is in the best interest of their crews and passengers are banning people who simply refuse to wear a mask because they just don’t want to.
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Probably the most high-profile banishing, was that of Robert O’Neill. He gained fame as the former Navy SEAL that is credited with firing the shot that ended the life of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
He earned a ban from Delta after he tweeted a picture of himself on board the August 19th flight sans mask.
“Part of every customer’s commitment prior to traveling on Delta is the requirement to acknowledge our updated travel policies, which includes wearing a mask. Failure to comply with our mask-wearing mandate can result in losing the ability to fly Delta in the future.”
O’Neill has tweeted a follow-up to the event saying that the tweet was a joke and that he always has on a mask.
OK. But what about people that cannot wear masks due to medical conditions?
David Harris, Jr. is a pro-Trump, pro-cop author, podcast host and social media influencer. He has close to 2.5 million followers across the three major social media platforms. He was recently informed that he had been banned from flying on American Airlines for his multiple refusals to wear a mask. The problem with the stance American Airlines took is that Harris didn’t refuse to wear a mask because he just didn’t want to wear one.
He has a medical condition that prevents him from wearing a mask. But American Airlines could care less.
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This is what my bride @feistylittlej and I had to deal with at @americanair. I was never given a warning, they just banned me… The only flight we could catch to get to LA on time was at a different airport. Now I’m flying Southwest. The flight attendants have been great so far! Much better service. And they’re not mask nazi’s saying… (Your mask has to be over your nose) which is utter BS. #no #more #american #air #for #me #southwest #baby #stop #the #bias
But, as many people have pointed out, he was wearing a mask at points in the video. So, perhaps his medical exemption was temporary.
I decided to put this topic to the test. Is there a medical exemption for people with permanent disabilities when it comes to mandatory mask wear on the 4 largest US air carriers?
First three inquiries were swings and misses. Normally, it’s 3 strikes and you are out.
But then, a glimmer of hope.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: The above statement does not constitute an endorsement of Delta or any other airline from Law Enforcement Today. It is merely a decision made by this author to only spend his money with that particular airline.
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