Anything taken to the extreme carries the risk of danger, including freedom. Most sensible people recognize the need for guardrails to balance freedom with fairness. That's why, for example, we have laws requiring people to wear seat belts. As a society, we've determined it's not fair for the general public and insurance customers to pay the hospital bills of someone who decides he doesn't want to buckle up.
In the case of the Trump Pandemic, the freedom fetishists are up in arms about mask-wearing. The folks at ReOpen NC are calling on people to burn masks to show the mean old governor that he's not the boss of them. Even if it means they're spreading the plague.
Dan Forest, the man who wants to be governor of North Carolina, is closely aligned with the ReOpen cult. If he were in charge, he'd say, "People want to be free. If a few thousand have to die because we don't wear masks, so be it. We must be free to make our own decisions."
The way I see it, North Carolina could be moving much more quickly toward reopening if people like Dan Forest hadn't been bitching and whining about early restrictions. Entire countries have cracked this nut by taking swift and decisive action. But not us. We're prolonging the first wave, with no end in sight.
So to cult members everywhere, I ask that you please shut up and wear your damn masks when you're out in public. It's not going to kill you, but it could very well kill someone else.
And to Dan Forest, what the hell is wrong with you? I haven't seen one picture of you wearing a mask. Not one.