September 25, 2021

Masks in Cars: What’s Behind America’s COVID-19 Insanity

If you wanted to teach a class on how to cause confusion and distrust, you would follow the U.S. government’s coronavirus playbook. A lot has been written about the historically low levels of trust Americans have in their leaders and institutions. There’s been less analysis on what happens when a government has no faith in its own citizens. We are seeing the results today. From the start of the pandemic, health authorities have chosen gamesmanship over honesty. This has resulted in muddled and inconsistent messaging from national leaders. The end result is a broken country of citizens at one another’s throats. Mask fights, deboarding flights and, of course, the crazy people driving around alone in their cars with masks on all stem, at least in part, from a government that refused to treat Americans like adults who could handle the truth.

It’s important to note that the government has done a lot of good things in response to COVID-19. In the area of vaccine development, we have done more, faster than any other large country. The combination of heavy government subsidies and an innovative free market system produced strong, reliable vaccines at a record pace. We crushed efforts by China, Russia and others to fight COVID-19 with medical innovations. This is why America is ahead of Europe and most of the world. We should celebrate the much-maligned pharmaceutical industry and the administrations of both President Donald Trump, whose Operation Warp Speed was a historic achievement, and President Joe Biden, who helped quicken the vaccine distribution. Outside of medical innovation, however, the government’s response has been marked by a failed communications plan that shows extreme distrust of the American people.

The government famously began their COVID-19 communications with a lie about masks. Despite what some of the fever swampers may tell you, masks work. That’s why doctors wear them around sick people. They aren’t perfect, of course, but they do help. Numerous high-ranking officials took part in the lie that mask’s aren’t effective, including Dr. Anthony Fauci. They defend the lie now by noting, correctly, that we needed to conserve as many masks as we could for health care workers who truly needed them. Fair enough, but there was another option that our leaders didn’t seem to consider: Tell the truth. They could have told the American people that it’s going to require some sacrifice and that we need to come together as a society to fight this contagious disease. They could have told everyone that the first step of the fight is saving the professionally made masks and other protective equipment for the first responders. As part of this message, they could have reminded people that the young and healthy probably weren’t in extreme danger (something we already knew, even then). There will always be people on the margins who won’t cooperate, but I would bet most Americans would have rallied around such an honest message.

After lying about the masks, the government lied about lockdowns. Remember when this all started and we were told to lock down briefly in order to “flatten the curve”? In many states, that turned into extended lockdowns that destroyed American businesses and families. Why? Couldn’t people have managed to safely go about some semblance of life while taking some prudent precautions? Our government never gave them the chance.

We have known for months that wearing masks outside when walking or running is just silly. The air dissipates quickly, and the research shows these fleeting encounters with others aren’t responsible for much disease transmission. The risk is tiny, yet in many places, outdoor mask mandates were the norm. Now, for those who have been vaccinated, the risk is negligible. Yet it took a while after vaccinations were available for the CDC to change their outdoor mask guidance, and leaders are still not able to send a consistent message. Did you see the picture of Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband kissing each other outdoors with their masks on? What message are they trying to send with that insanity?

Intentions aside, people are getting two messages. The first is that the truly responsible people are still wearing their masks, so we all should. This has likely caused more conflict on America’s streets than any other government communications foible. The second message is the vaccine doesn’t seem to help much. If the vaccines work as well as our officials claim, why are they all still running around outside with their masks on? It’s a reasonable question, yet it’s one that all these smart people don’t seem to have considered.

The biggest and most destructive part of the government’s dishonesty is school closures. The kids should be back in school. The scientists have agreed for a long time now that the risks of in-class learning are manageable. On this one, the dishonesty is of a slightly more sinister variety. Just look at which politicians are making excuses for the school closures and where all the teachers unions political donations go.

All the dishonesty and gamesmanship from top national leaders comes with huge downsides. The next time the government has something important to say, about vaccines, for instance, people will be less likely to believe it.

Neil Patel co-founded The Daily Caller, one of America’s fastest-growing online news outlets, which regularly breaks news and distributes it to over 15 million monthly readers. Patel also co-founded The Daily Caller News Foundation, a nonprofit news company that trains journalists, produces fact-checks and conducts longer-term investigative reporting. The Daily Caller News Foundation licenses its content free of charge to over 300 news outlets, reaching potentially hundreds of millions of people per month. To find out more about Neil Patel and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com

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Barb (@guest_1247816)
4 months ago

Finally an article that makes complete sense on masks. Driving a car alone with a mask is just down right crazy.

SHINGAO (@guest_1249875)
Reply to  Barb
4 months ago

IF A FART CAN PENETRATE A THICK PR OF JEANS/ WHAT CAN A FLIMSY CLOTH KEEP OUT???

Dale Alan (@guest_1247817)
4 months ago

The masks are NOTHING more than a control device for YOU WEAK minded SHEEPLE……
And you sheep lined right up…
The #1 cause of death in the “Spanish flu” pandemic was bacterial pneumonia……CAUSED BY THOSE STUPID MASKS……
I HAVE NOT AS ND WILL NOT WEAR ONE OF YOUR STUPIDITY MASKS……PERIOD!

Dallas W Rung (@guest_1248157)
Reply to  Dale Alan
4 months ago

So true—and the sheep can’t thing for them self……they just follow along—–

SHINGAO (@guest_1249860)
Reply to  Dallas W Rung
4 months ago

WE NOW HAVE A NEW GROUP OF PROGRAM-EEES, INDOCTRINATED YES MASTAS- I WILL TAKE MY SHOT AND LOVE IT MASTA- THE ONE SIZE FITS ALL ADMINISTRATORS OF THE PLANDEMIC CANT SEE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE CERTAIN CONDITIONS THAT COULD BE EXCACERBATED BY THE VACCINE, I MEAN,HOW MANY HAVE DIED???? GOOGLE. EVEN ALL PEOPLE CANNOT TAKE ASPIRIN OR TYLENOL, OHH BUT THE VACCINE IS OK????? I WILL STUDY SOME MORE AND WAIT ON MY DR. IF YOU HAVE TAKEN YOUR SHOT,WHY WORRY ABOUT ME???? NOT EVERYONE TAKES THE FLU SHOT RIGHT???? I AM A FREE AMERICAN FREE THINKER AND QUITE HEALTHY. TAKE THE VACCINE IF THATS WHAT YOU WISH. i am not saying not to take it.

Kristi (@guest_1247824)
4 months ago

Doctors and nurses wear masks during surgery and yes in an office with who knows what but also masks confining regular breathing makes many sick and triggers asthma attacks. I’m immune suppressive and I haven’t worn one since getting sick from them. I have been right with the public. You are terrifying peoples minds. They wear them exercising alone. In a car alone. All you hear is muffled words and can’t see facial expression

Jeffery Hindsley (@guest_1247852)
4 months ago

Covid 19, a genetically enhanced avian flu virus, nothing more. Common sense precautions are sufficient to combat the “pandemic” , that’s what the feds, especially the Biden administration don’t want the taxpayers to know. There’s no need for masks now and by practicing good hygiene and common sense, this version of the Chinese flu bug would never have caused the panic our own government caused. Everyday more and more people are realizing this monumental scam pushed by fauci, Biden, his administration and the cackling hyenas of capital hill, you remember them, they’re the ones calling for our legally owned guns be taken while they’re cowering behind security personnel armed with full automatic versions of the guns they are trying to take from us.

Lt. Rob Polans Spec & Intel Ops. Ret? Not PC. (@guest_1247857)
4 months ago

According to something wifey read CV will be gone by winter, replaced with the regular flu. Do I believe it? Makes as much sense as any of the other BS we’ve been fed.

Shelly (@guest_1247891)
4 months ago

This whole virus scam was for the Dems to cheat for the election only !!!! And the illegitimate idiot in the Whitehouse could keep his on … noone wants to see his ugly evil face anyway !!!

alicia cervera (@guest_1248017)
Reply to  Shelly
4 months ago

Im fed up with these regulations. Screw them all. The virus was unleashed from the lab intentionally to screw up Presidential elections, knowing Trump had it in the bag. biden is a wimp who didnt even campaign, why’?They rigged it from the beginning. starting in china with the help of the WHO, Soros, Big Tech and the Marxist donkeys in the blue states. They can take their masks and stuff them.

Stephen Russell (@guest_1247923)
4 months ago

Ive seen lone drivers wearing masks unless had baby in car seat
& lone runners etc Outdoors with masks on?

Never wear outdoors

Billy (@guest_1248004)
4 months ago

Those of the Cancel left are turning into Facsist dictators just communists in discise.

Tom Brown (@guest_1248108)
4 months ago

Maufacturers want us to keep wearing masks because they are making money by making all these masks…If we stop they lose money…..this is the biggest joke of the century…….screw fauci who has his head up his A$$…….at least half if not more of covid case are flue or other ailment and called covid by the liberal estabishment……A crock.

jerry d. bresee (@guest_1250251)
Reply to  Tom Brown
4 months ago

AMEN, Tom Brown!

Glen (@guest_1248322)
4 months ago

Why do we have to see Pelosi’s ugly mug at the top of every American Digest article?! ugh

McRant (@guest_1248496)
4 months ago

Two new, reputable large studies (one by Stanford) clearly demonstrate that masks are 100% ineffective against SARS-type respiratory illnesses. That includes COVID. 100%. And that 6 foot crapola? Just a made-up distance. 6 ft or 60 feet, same level of infection rate.

McRant (@guest_1248499)
4 months ago

Definitely will be censored.
COVID survival/never infected percentage: US 99.89% (out of 100.00%)
Worldwide 99.97%. Canada 99.96%. Canada has had less than 28,000 COVID deaths yet they are under tyrannical control.

Sarah Horne (@guest_1248852)
4 months ago

It’s about time that the mask mandate was debunked. It brings to question – who is profiting from all this? Someone, somewhere is getting kickbacks.

SHINGAO (@guest_1249871)
4 months ago

TRIAL RUN FOR THE MARK OF THE BEAST 666????????

jerry d. bresee (@guest_1250245)
Reply to  SHINGAO
4 months ago

SHINGAO, trial run for communism.

Pollty (@guest_1250122)
4 months ago

People who drive alone with masks on are total idiots with no thinking skills

Renee Palmer (@guest_1250734)
4 months ago

since ALL this Cluster FCK —— i believe NOTHING, That They Try And Cram, Slam, Down Our Throat’s …
They’ve Worked Over-Time .
Stick AFork In ME —— I’m Done!
Bottom Line, It’s ALL About $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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