Something has been bothering me for a while now, and with this latest revoltin’ development I can remain silent no longer.
See the problem here? That’s from the Liberty Daily, a news aggregator I use quite a bit for blogfodder purposes, and I do like ’em. They’ve been selling a whole selection of these masks for a while now. I didn’t much care for seeing the ads and all but, y’know, fine, everybody’s gotta make a buck where they can, right? No skin off my nose, really.
I very nearly piped up a cpl-three weeks ago, though, when they ran one for a face diaper sporting the slogan “I Hate Wearing This.” I mean, come ON, guys. If you really hate wearing it, then…don’t wear the damned thing, ‘kay? There are easy ways of dodging those unconstitutional edicts—such as claiming “medically exempt” any time you’re pushed on it, which is perfectly acceptable in most states. Heck, I even went so far as to just yank my T-shirt up over my head in one of my favorite restaurants once, just as a joke to amuse my daughter. The people at the pizza joint, a place I take the young ‘un to regularly and whose small staff I am friendly with, just about fell over laughing at me as I flailed around crashing into walls and such.
Even with the up-front, irritating ludicrousness of the “I Hate Wearing This” mask—the sad admission of weakness, submission, and lack of self-respect implicit in the message—still, I held my peace. I’m aware that there are plenty of people who really do have no choice in the matter; having been a lifelong scofflaw my whole life, noncompliance is second nature to me by now anyway, so I have no wish to be too hard on normal people who have to put up with the damnable things in order to hold onto their job. Whatevs. Live and live, I always say.
But really now: Live Free Or Die? Printed on a Mask Of Submission? Guess y’all must be dead then, guys. Because if you’ve accepted the bit to the point that you’re willing to disgrace yourself in public by donning the face diaper—even though You Hate Wearing This, mind—then Living Free is the very damned thing you are NOT doing, by even the most malleable of definitions.
We’ll just leave the concomitant damn-foolery of any putative American being willing to drop 15 bucks for a five-dollar insult to the Founders alone for now. Although I do have to wonder how many of them have been sold. I’m pretty sure that I truly do not want to know. I am not about to ask, for fear of what the answer might be. Again, nothing against Liberty Daily, but I have to hope sales have been somewhat less than brisk.
Of course, it isn’t helping matters any that “Live free or die” is the official state motto of a certain New England Democrat-Socialist stronghold so liberal it’s not only shown little to no interest whatsoever in bothering to live up to said motto, it actually seems to have become openly hostile to it in recent years.