Whining about mask mandates is a first-world problem. The debate over vaccines is a first-world problem. People in a lot of other nations can’t debate vaccines because they don’t have access to them. Here in this country, we have the privilege of faux outrage. We have access to vaccines to refuse to take. If we didn’t have the vaccines, Republicans would have to go back to screaming about Critical Race Theory and whether or not Mr. Potato Head has a ding-dong.
White Republican males have to be the most persecuted people in the history of persecuted people. They even claim that teaching about other people’s persecution is persecuting them.
Conservatives are screaming about mask mandates in schools. They refer to masks as muzzles which only demonstrates their stupidity. They’re attacking scientists, doctors, and educators because they’re trying to save lives. The fact is, face masks do save lives. Anyone who is willing to expose their child to the coronavirus for their partisan politics should have child protective services called on them.
Meanwhile in Afghanistan, women don’t have the luxury of debating covering their faces. In Afghanistan, mandatory means mandatory. Here, you can at least opt out with a doctor’s note. Even places that require vaccinations will give you an out if you have proof of a recent negative covid test. There are no excuses in Afghanistan. Women in Afghanistan have been beaten for not covering up. When people start beating you for not wearing a face mask at Walmart, let me know.
The real irony is that the people in the United States protesting mask mandates and vaccines while shouting about freedom are closer aligned to the Taliban than they are to democracy. MAGA and the Taliban are both cults.
While our failure in Afghanistan is an international embarrassment, so is the refusal to be vaccinated in this nation. It’s a huge embarrassment to the world that so many Americans refuse to protect their children in service to their cult.
Being outraged over having to wear a face mask is a first-world problem. Your being a whiny little…baby…is a luxury.
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Thanks for your thought-provoking column, Clay, along with your hilarious political cartoon.
Speaking of politics, did you see the Trump ad that accompanies your post? Such irony!
Everyone gets different ads. The Trump ad was catered to you.
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Excellent. Yesterday, too.
First world = better economics, better education, better health care, better food, better housing, better infrastructure, etc. It certainly does not guarantee better people. People are allowed to be as stupid as they please!
Got my booster shot yesterday; being in Florida, I figured better to be safer, even tho I rarely go out.
What a perfect analogy! Thank you, Clay. You are my hero.
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Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
America has become a laughtingstock to sane people in the nation and in the world … “While our failure in Afghanistan is an international embarrassment, so is the refusal to be vaccinated in this nation. It’s a huge embarrassment to the world that so many Americans refuse to protect their children in service to their cult.
Being outraged over having to wear a face mask is a first-world problem. Your being a whiny little … baby … is a luxury.”
Yeah, the contrast hit me earlier this evening as my Twitter feed went from Afghanistan to people whining about masks at a school board meeting.
Reminds me of a guy I knew back in ’09. He feared the guvmint was going to mandate swine flu vaccines. He was listening to a deranged friend who thought the vaccine was dangerous (and who nowadays screams on Facebook about how the COVID vaccine is dangerous). He said if (naming one of his daughters) died, he’d be sad, but he’d resist the guvmint’s intrusion.