You gotta wonder sometimes if Republican legislators in Madison are maybe sitting around the bar having a beer, or five, and as the mood shifts from slightly tipsy to verifiably drunk one of them shouts ” Hey, what’s the dumbest, most pointless and destructive damn thing we could do right now?” Another shouts gleefully ” I got it! Let’s legislatively overturn Governor Evers mask mandate!” A chorus of hoots and raised bottles ensues. ” Yippppeeeeee!”
How else to explain the fact that 27 Republican state legislators have signed on to a resolution to overturn Governor Evers mask mandate? Has there ever been a more” hold my beer” moment, one with such potentially disastrous consequences?
We’re at a critical point in this pandemic. People are fatigued from almost a year of social distancing, isolation, missing gatherings with family and friends, mask wearing, etc. There is a dangerous sense that, with a vaccine on the way, perhaps we can begin to relax, get back to normal, let our guards down a bit, that the worst of it is over. That’s simply not the case.
The latest coronavirus variant is already known to be much more transmissible than the original, and evidence is mounting that it may be more deadly. Now is not the time to relax anything. The confluence of all these factors could easily result in yet another steep and protracted spike in infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
What we need right now is a unified effort from everyone, politicians, community leaders, public health officials, everyone, to strongly encourage face coverings in public. Instead we have a politically grandstanding pack of bloviating maskholes attempting to undo a fundamental public health practice that can save lives. And they’re attempting it just because Tony Evers is a democrat.
For the love of God, people, just stop it. Stop. Lives are at stake. Some of those lives could be your family members, friends or neighbors. Or my family members, friends or neighbors. Think about what you’re doing for a change. Withdraw your resolution and let’s all get on with doing our best to contain this pandemic.