After six months of donning a P100 respirator, chemistry googles and nitrile gloves in public, my boyfriend recently mused as to why–of all the verbal assault we had heard about–none had been directed at the most cautious person around. Yesterday afternoon, I received a text stating “It finally happened” and I knew exactly what it meant.
He was making a trip to Costco for printer ink, produce, and bulk everything when a middle-aged woman lifted her face from her phone and scowled with a look of disdain clearly evident due to her failure to adhere to Costco’s mask policy. Her face grew red as she huffed and puffed, “You Democrats are a bunch of f***ing pussies!!” My boyfriend smiled and walked away, pleased at the hilarity of her reaction and amused with the incongruity between her assumption and reality.
As a science-minded Libertarian, he is intimately familiar with both his constitutional rights and the mechanisms of viral infection, as opposed to having been swept up whatever narrative the mainstream media was spewing out that day. He wears personal protective equipment because it harms no one while minimize the chances of spreading infection to loved ones. As a Futurist, he is considering the long-term consequences of a widely-infection nation on the future of Medicare/Medicaid, taxation, and socialist agendas. This is a common sense issue, not a question of constitutional rights. The benefits of the short-term inconvenience outweigh the risks of perceived loss of freedom.
But instead, he was gifted this glimmering gem of ignorance:”You Democrats are a bunch of f***ing pussies!!” Ah, welcome to America, where public health is politicized because we apparently don’t disagree enough as is.