As I have written about many times, the lack of critical thinking – thoughtfulness in this country is scary. One of the things I have found maybe most outrageous over these last few months is the hypocrisy of the Republican party when it comes to masks, personal freedom/responsibility, and how it relates to their viewpoint on abortion. Their hypocrisy on this issue is almost so outrageous it is funny….but I sometimes need to stop myself from laughing as it is quite terrifying example of society’s (in this case Republicans) inability to be thoughtful, ask questions, and use critical thinking vs. just emotionally reacting.
So, what is the issue? Well, stats show that maybe 40% of Republicans are against masks and do not wear them vs. 15% Democrats that do not wear masks. Note this is changing by the day as Republicans seem to be finally start to believe in science/common sense/math on this issue. Or maybe I should say Republican leaders are following public opinion vs. leading the country.
While I have no idea how science and common sense around a mask has become political in the US (after all, isn’t it common sense that a mask reduces chance or amount of droplets from say a cough or talking from from spreading?), regardless the main reason that Republicans are against masks is they feel it is their personal freedom to make their own decision. The Republicans apparently do not want the government to “tell them what to do”. Now repeat that a few times and remember that in red as you read below.
So Republicans do not want the government to tell them what to do with their bodies? OK. Got it. But Republicans do want the right to tell women what they should do with their bodies? Republicans want their personal freedom and want the ability to make their own decision(s) while at the same time they want to take away women’s personal freedom and ability to make decisions. Not only that, Republicans also want to tell women they can’t even use birth control and take away that freedom from women, but the proper use of birth control is one of the main tools to lower abortion rates. The hypocrisy is so outrageous.
But you say there is no comparison between masks and abortion
I agree. There is co comparison. Refusing to wear a mask during is exponentially worse that abortion. How should I count the ways it is worse?
I bet some Republican reading this is saying abortion is killing an unborn baby. While that is a very simplistic and uneducated view of a complex issue, lets for argument sake here say I agree with that simplistic view of abortion. But not wearing a mask is doing the same thing…it is directly killing people. (not to mention the economy as noted below). As not wearing a mask can (and does) kill people (maybe more than one person a Republican can kill) and not wearing a mask also hospitalize countless others. As not wearing a mask affects the health of your loved ones, neighbor, or your grocery store clerk, medical professionals or your bus driver.
One thing that is so shocking to me about this hypocritical, selfish Republican mindset as well is Republicans may come back and say “only 125K” (and counting) people have died. But COVID kills “only” about 20% of people who are hospitalized. So that means about 400,000 to 500,000 ADDITIONAL people have been so sick they have been in the hospital, with tens of thousands of those in the ICU. The point being COVID is not just about “death”, it is also about hundreds of thousands of others that go the hospital for days on end as they are so sick. There are many who are on the brink of death. This means the Republican mindset of personal freedom has negatively impacted getting close to a million Americans and counting. Abortion does none of that, it does not put innocent people at risk.
So does the Republican party believe in personal freedom or not? They want to take away personal freedom and choice from women but they want to have their own personal freedom to not wear masks and kill/hospitalize people. I guess they want to pick and choose when they believe in personal freedom? It is so ridiculous.
Not enough for you? How about an example of another way in which there is no comparison between abortion and the simple act of wearing a mask. The refusal to wear a mask due to a personal freedom/hypocrisy of the Republican party is also greatly negatively impacting the economy and contributing to immense financial hardship. As every other advanced economy in the World (Europe, SE Asia, etc.) has controlled COVID. They have close to zero cases and their economies are also quickly recovering. But the US…..we have never even made it through the first wave of COVID and can’t even safely open the economy.
Abortion does not contribute to any of this economic destruction, but refusal to be selfless and wear a mask does lead to economic hardship, potential hunger/homelessness/people not getting medical care they need, etc.
How about this? If you want your personal freedom, and don’t wear a mask, then don’t take the next round of government stimulus money. And stop taking the additional unemployment benefits, and give up access to health care if/when you get COVID. As Republicans apparently want both personal freedom to not wear a mask but they want government assistance at the same time. What a hypocritical mindset. It is sadly comical. The current Republican mindset is the party apparently is saying they refuse to do their part to help society, but at the same time want society to give them financial help and take care of them medically….In other words, they refuse to do the “Work” but want the financial benefits. And this is the party that claims they are about personal responsibility? Abortion is not a public health issue, while contagious diseases like coronavirus absolutely are. Your body, in other words, is a disease vector.
Abortion does not put at risk the life of innocent medical professionals, nurses, their families and societies at large. COVID, and refusal to wear a mask, does.
In fact, while the data is very hard to get and unclear, there are now approaching 1,000 medical professionals in US who have died from COVID and about 15% of COVID cases (excluding nursing home COVID cases) are from front line medical people like nurses, doctors, etc. Now of course all of those medical professionals did not get it at the hospital, clinic, etc. but the fact is COVID is disproportionately impacting first responders. People who refuse to wear a mask and show total selfishness are putting first responders at risk….abortion does not do that.
I thought Republicans were suppose to value first responders, like police, nurses, etc? Once again, I guess Republicans pick and choose when they value first responders….as when it comes to COVID they clearly do not value them as their ignorant, selfish desire for personal freedom in a pandemic is putting all those people at risk.
As I have been writing about as far back as April, the fact is it is a false choice between economy and coronavirus. Republicans are ignorant to not have known this. But it seems like maybe they are finally waking up? Maybe they will finally wake up to the other major issue in society, which is white and male supremacy in their party. But then again, it seems like the Republican party is “following” public opinion these days and responding to cultural and societal changes and the party is not “leading” on any issue.
Other examples of Republican mask hypocrisy
Abortion and Republicans wanting to take away women’s personal freedom around abortion/birth control/their own personal health is one example of hypocrisy. But there are many other comical examples that shows the lack of critical thinking among Republicans. Why do Republicans think wearing a mask is taking away their personal freedom, but needing to wear say a shirt into a restaurant is not? Or needing to wear shoes into a store is not taking away their freedom? As stores/restaurants, etc. require customers to have basic dress codes (such as shoes, shirts, etc.) and how is that different from a place saying wear a mask? Why have not Republicans been protesting their so called lack of personal freedom in needing to adhere to a basic dress code?
Why don’t Republicans protest their inability to drink and drive? As the government took away their personal freedom to drink and drive too…right? Why is that not protested? (Note COVID kills many more innocent people then DWI)
Why don’t republicans protest their lack of personal freedom around needing to drive wearing a seat belt? could go on and on with examples of the lack of though fullness, selfishness, and critical thinking with the Republican mindset around masks. It is really so strange to me?
Republicans talk about self-sacrifice of military, police, nurses, etc. Republicans claim other people dot not recognize or appreciate the sacrifice of those groups. I agree with 100% the sacrifice of those groups. But now think about how quite frankly “lost” and “twisted” the Republican party has become these days. Think about the hypocrisy with masks and sacrifice….Republicans can’t even make a “tiny sacrifice” of wearing a mask for the small portions of the day it may be needed (that is even if you can even consider wearing a mask a sacrifice as it is such a simple act). Republicans can’t even make a tiny sacrifice for trying to stop COVID for the greater good of the country. It is ridiculous….what hypocrisy.
(On this issue of masks, for those who have the ability and desire to learn, educate themselves and look at the facts, the truth is Democrats recognize and appreciate the sacrifice of others as Democrats are making a small sacrifice of wearing masks for the greater good.)
Multiple studies do show, including Pew research, that the Democratic Party leads in college educated voters by about 18% and post-graduate voters by about 25%. Could the answer to these issues which show lack of though-fullness and critical thinking of the Republican Party, could the answer be so simple that Republican party is attracting people with much less education and more educated people are fleeing the Democratic party? I don’t know, but it is fascinating to watch the collapse of one of America’s political parties.
I like these quotes from Republican leaders:
- “People say we are destroying their liberty (by enforcing masks), but if you are spreading the disease and killing people, you should not have the liberty to do that”.
- “This isn’t complicated (wearing a mask). It’s a piece of cloth that could save you life and the lives of those around you. And it is the right thing to do”
- “When you’re exposed to someone who does not wear a mask, that takes away your personal freedom. You’re infringing on other people’s choice” when you do not wear a mask.”
So Republicans, who ignorantly/recklessly claim personal freedom, are in TAKING away other peoples personal freedom to live their life.
Republican party has lost their way
The truth is I have nothing against the Republican party. As I have written about, I write articles on positions that maybe Republicans would like and some they would not. But when you look at it objectively, the party has really, truly lost their way over these last few years. It is really sad. I do not even know what they stand for as there are so many contradictions in what they do and what they have use to do in the past. There is something wrong with the Republican party and they have really negatively changed these last few years and have lost their way….which is another post. What do they really stand for now? Is it just a bunch of poorly educated white males? As that is what the demographics of the party are shaping up to be….survey after survey shows this. (maybe it is angry white males)
I suspect the upcoming election will be utter destruction for the Republican party, and they will need to re-invent themselves again and find out what do they truly believe. I hope the party does that do, as I do miss some of the old Republican beliefs. I think history will look back on the current period in such negative light on the Republican party.
Side note on abortion
And on a side note, abortion is not that simplistic. While the word itself of “Abortion” often brings up emotions (either for it or against it), The fact is that Abortion is really a complicated issue for those that read, study, and look at this issue using facts in a thoughtful, not emotional way. For those that do not know the history/facts of it (which is most Americans), the fact is that thousands of clergy in the church actually helped women safely get abortions in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, prior to Roe vs Wade. There were an estimated 3,000 clergy/priests, etc. that helped hundreds of thousands of women safely get abortions, and these clergy were part of Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion. In addition, the Southern Baptist Convention and their reporting arm were supportive of pro-abortion laws in the mid to late 1970s. The anti-abortion wave did not pick up until close to 1980 due to various reasons unrelated to Roe vs. Wade, which is another post for another day.
Another fact is that a woman who wants an abortion will get one, whether they are legal or not. It is estimated that about 500,000 to 1.2 million Abortions were occurring prior to Roe vs Wade in often unsafe environments. And just like everything in America, even if something is illegal people will still do what they want. In other words, even if abortion is illegal people will still get it if they want one, it is just a matter of making it more risky.
And I love another contradiction of the Republican policy – they want to prohibit access to birth control at the same time they complain about abortion. Huh? That makes zero sense. Would not a more common sense approach be to stress proper use of birth control, make easy and affordable access to birth control, while maybe at same time trying to get rid of abortion? So they are trying to both take away a woman’s personal freedom and also take away the tools they have around preventing pregnancy. It is really ludicrous.
And, I leave you with this. A 2013 Pew research poll showed that about 44% of people under 30 years of age even knew that Roe vs Wade was about abortions. Which shows, once again, that most people know nothing about the issues facing our country, much less the history of events such as systemic racism, sexism, COVID, etc.