It is reported that one of the first acts of “President” Biden will be to forbid all 331 million of us to leave our homes unless adorned with a mask.
I am pretty sure the Founding Fathers did not intend to give such a power to the President. I am not sure that I will even be breaking any law if I refuse to obey. It seems to be just an order not unlike a diktat by Stalin or Hitler. Even if it is a law it is an unjust and tyrannical one. Will I be punished? Of course, enforcement of this silly order will be impossible. However, it will be easy for the government to pick out a few dissidents to punish harshly in order to frighten the rest of us into obedience, and there will be a mass supply of Christless puritans to report wrongdoers.
So, are we all to go about masked? It might look like we are all pretending to be bandits. No, that won’t work because the real bandits are pets of the regime and will not be held to any diktat. It will be more like a bad science fiction movie.
The last time I willingly wore a mask was about 70 years ago when I played the Lone Ranger. Even then one had to be careful because there were laws against masks to discourage robbers and Klansmen. When I played the Lone Ranger I also carried two (toy) pistols. If the President can force us to wear masks and be vaccinated for our health, then what is there to prevent him from taking our firearms, which, after all, are a potential threat to our health?
There has never been in America such a degree of regimentation and such an assault on personal liberty, even in wartime. And all based on a government-created delusion on the dangers of Covid and the reliability of masks.
Now we have the prospect of being vaccinated by the Army, whether we like it or not. It would be farcical if it were not so gravely evil and if it would not be obeyed by so many who do not deserve the once honourable title of “citizen.”
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews