We were surprised and delighted to read the Aug. 28, 2023 Wall Street Journal Opinion piece: “No Covid Compliance This Time Around,” and we hope that it is reflective of a nationwide desire to ignore and dismiss any future rounds of masking and/or lockdowns.
Just last week, masking was rearing its ugly head, with internet reports of a TSA intel leak, detailing full airport masking required by mid-September. Lionsgate Entertainment in Santa Monica reinstated “mandatory masking,” as did Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. Celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis began sporting masks on their social media, encouraging their fans to do the same.
As the State of California imposed New Covid Guidelines, we informed you that it’s up to YOU to stop this madness and not allow Round Two of tyranny to take hold. Mandates ARE NOT law, and there is ZERO scientific evidence to support the efficacy of masking to stop a respiratory virus, not even by N-95 masks worn by health-care workers, as shown in this gold-standard Cochrane review. Even the New York Times earlier this year admitted that mask mandates did absolutely nothing. (Read archived NYT article for free, here.)
Within days of imposing new mask mandates, both Kaiser Permanente and Lionsgate reversed course, and the Wall Street Journal published this poignant article, “No Covid Compliance This Time Around,” a reflection of one man’s journey from full compliance to defiance. We encourage you to read it on the WSJ if you have a subscription. It is also archived for free, on archive.today.
I went along with ‘social distancing’ and avoided my father’s house as he was dying of cancer. Never again.
By Matthew Hennessey
Aug. 28, 2023 6:02 pm ET
Summer’s nearly over, and cold-and-flu season is on the way. Soon everyone will be sniffling and sneezing, hacking and coughing. You know what that means: Covid hysteria is poised for a comeback.
You can feel it in the hot, wet, politicized air. News reports say case counts are on the rise. A new coronavirus variant is circulating, and researchers are worried. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking a surge in Covid-related hospital visits. A few college campuses and business offices are demanding masks.
President Biden told reporters Friday he’s asking Congress “for funding for a new vaccine that is necessary, that works.” Why should we believe that after the long litany of noble lies and the coercion they were used to justify?
Every year since 2020, autumn has brought fears that the killer virus would emerge like the biblical fourth horseman. These fears have often been exploited for political gain, and with the presidential race kicking into a higher gear, the stakes will likely be higher this time around.
The old anxieties return. What if it’s worse this time? What if they call for lockdowns? How can we be sure people won’t fall into line again? Can my business survive another test? Can the country?
I’ll take my stand. Whatever happens, I won’t participate in meaningless gestures. That means no masks, under any circumstances. Never again.
I’ll also pledge no fist bumps, no grocery washing, no crossing the street to avoid my neighbors, no locking myself away from the world, no health attestations. I won’t present my papers. I won’t swab my nose morning, noon and night. And I won’t submit to mandates that fill my veins—or, more important, my children’s veins—with new drugs and vaccines that haven’t been tested the way drugs and vaccines normally are.
When I was a kid, the loudest voices urging me to “question authority” and “fight the power” came from the left. Now those same voices urge obedience to state control. Conservatives once stood for social conformity and personal discipline. Now they preach resistance and revolution.
When the world’s gone crazy and nothing makes sense, the only rational option is to think for yourself. Do what feels right, regardless of what people say about you on television. “Don’t follow leaders,” as Bob Dylan once sang. “And watch your parking meters.” We could use a some of that spirit.
To my mild shame, I largely did as I was told during the pandemic. I wore the masks, got the shots, worked from home, worshiped online. I even stayed away from my father’s house as he lay dying from cancer. I should have been there. I’ll never get over that.
I complied because everyone seemed to be complying and I didn’t have the guts to say no. In hindsight I can’t help but feel I sold my God-given freedom too cheaply. I won’t get fooled again.
Mr. Hennessey is the Journal’s deputy editorial features editor.
Aria Morgan is the Managing Editor of Free Now Foundation. Aria is a passionate and accomplished editor with a diverse background in writing for various industries, including music, film, health and yoga, and with published covers and feature credits in national magazines. Aria is dedicated to protecting civil rights and promoting health and medical freedom, and is thrilled to be a part of the Free Now Foundation team.