People have been giving up on masks around here. We’ve had an indoor mask mandate since May 2020. There was a short pause in the mandate last spring when people bizarrely assumed against all evidence that vaccines would stop infection and spread. Then it was back to the masks.
Compliance has been complete and enthusiastic. This is a region of deeply introverted rule followers.
But then this month it stopped. Compliance is at about 60% now and it’s dropping. Even that guy at the gas station who freaked out in the Fall because I forgot my mask now is barefaced and stares at me like I’m an idiot for still wearing one.
On a negative note, it’s a very strange feeling to hold a product at the grocery store that’s the same brand, size, weight, etc but costs exactly 20% more than it always did. What have we done, people? What have we done?
That extra money I paid – and you paid and will pay today – has been taken directly out of our pockets by Mr Biden and Co and put into the pockets of the people who organized a massive Soviet-style media campaign that won them the election. By 2024, every single one of us will be poorer. Services available to us will be worse. The quality of our lives will be lower. And the only thing you get in return for this robbery is a feeling of cheap moral superiority.