Incompatible with a free society

The Daily Beast transcribes much of Tucker Carlson’s anti-masking rant.

“Masks have always been incompatible with a free society,” he fumed. “We used to know that. Masks strip people of their identity as individuals, transform people from citizens into drones. They isolate us and alienate us to shut us off from one another, they prevent intimacy and human contact. If I can’t see your face, I can’t know you.”

You know what does that even more? A ventilator. More again? Being dead.

It’s a temporary measure to slow a pandemic, not a totalitarian plot to hide all our faces forever. Get a grip.

“The rest of us should be snorting at them first. They’re the aggressors. It’s our job to brush them back and restore the society we were born in,” he said. “So the next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or on the bike path, do not hesitate. Ask politely but firmly, ‘Would you please take off your mask? Science shows there is no reason for you to be wearing it. Your mask is making me uncomfortable.’”

He added: “We should do that and we should keep doing it until wearing a mask outside is roughly as socially accepted as lighting a Marlboro on an elevator. It’s repulsive. Don’t do it around other people. That’s the message we should send because it’s true.”

No it isn’t. Cigarette smoke is a physical substance, it smells bad, it irritates the throat and nose, and it’s a little more of the harmful muck we have to breathe in when we live in an industrialized world. Wearing a mask is in no way like that.

“As for forcing children to wear masks outside, that should be illegal,” the Fox News star huffed. “Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response to seeing someone beat a kid in Walmart. Call the police immediately. Contact Child Protective Services. Keep calling until someone arrives. What you’re looking at is abuse, it’s child abuse, and you are morally obligated to attempt to prevent it.”

And, you know, people will be doing it, because he told them to.

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