By Jaz McKay
Metaphor #1 Texas Holdem
If you’ve ever played Texas Holdem I’m sure you’ve played against someone who couldn’t resist going all in before the flop on every hand. After 2 or 3 times you know their bluffing, and no matter how often they’re called and lose, the next hand they just do it again. Rather than learn any true poker playing skills to use in combination with critical thinking and the understanding of basic odds of the game, they rely on the off chance that their opponent will be intimidated and just fold. These people are sometimes called a ‘fish’ or a ‘donk’, in other words, a very bad poker player.
After playing just a few hands with these types it’s pretty obvious to any moderately experienced poker player to see what’s going on and at that point you can simply crush him like the bug he is. That’s pretty much the way I see this entire Covid19 panic. And it should be evident to anyone experienced enough in the poker game of life to understand.
Over the course of the past year we’ve seen this play out time and time again with the power crazed leftist governments of major cities and states regarding Covid restrictions. Regardless of how many lockdowns and mask mandates they put in place the rate of infections remain the same or even greater as states and cities with far fewer restrictions on their citizens liberties.
Couple that with the audacity of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her nephew, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, California Senator Dianne Feinstein, Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Ingrid Lewis-Martin, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and countless others violating the very mandates they themselves put into place by dining out without masks, traveling out of town or even the country, attending parties and getting their hair done in beauty shops that should have been closed.
At what point do you say to yourself, “They’re bluffing, this whole thing is a practical joke and we’ve all been played.” When are you going to wake up to the very real possibility this has all been one giant hoax? And yet here we are with what seems like 320 million people standing line for a vaccine they know nothing about and more than willing to continue to wear masks even after receiving one of these questionable injections into their body.
Metaphor #2 The Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Do you ever feel like you’re living inside The Invasion of the Body Snatchers? A place where the entire world’s population has turned into a horde of emotionless, single-minded replicated drones? Anyone else notice a slight sense of creeping paranoia and isolation, or is it just me?
It’s almost as if Covid19 is really some alien life forms interstellar seeding project, spreading spores that duplicate human beings, reducing them to dust in the process; and the menacing spore-people who remain are robbing us of the basic freedoms of our contemporary society. Yep, that’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers all right.
Metaphor #3 Devotion to the Face Diaper
The pro-mask people, both leftists and those on the right all seem to be repeating the same tired slogans and rational for their devotion to the face diaper. “I do it for the children.” “I wear it to protect the elderly.” “I’ve been vaccinated but I wear it anyway as a sign of respect.” “It’s the polite thing to do.” “It’s the science.” (Actually it’s not about science in as much as all studies seem to show the only face covering that is effective against Covid19 is the N95 mask. And virtually nobody is wearing N95 masks anywhere.)
Let’s be honest here can we? The real reason people are still ‘masking up’ at this point is because everyone else is.
Most people have a tendency to like to fit in. They naturally want to be accepted and be part of the crowd and by wearing a mask they don’t feel self conscious. They don’t want to be singled out as a trouble maker so they’ll gladly strap a useless piece of cloth to their head if they can accomplish that endeavor.
While that explains why uninformed and less intelligent people wear them what’s the reason for the others? Why would people who are paying attention and are aware of the studies and the CDC’s back peddling position on the efficacy of masks still be married to the idea?
It strikes me that some otherwise intelligent pro-maskers won’t back down because of their over inflated, stubborn ego. It’s just that simple. They’ve became so emotionally and ideologically invested in the idea of wearing a mask that they just can’t admit they were wrong and they refuse to let go. They’ve also become so brain washed by their own virtue signaling they have lost the ability to apply any logic or common sense.
Metaphor #4 The Freedom Speech from Easy Rider
For one more metaphor of the mask debate let me take you back to 1969 and one of my favorite films of that era, Easy Rider. In the film Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) are freewheeling motorcyclists. After smuggling cocaine from Mexico to Los Angeles, they sell their haul and receive a large sum of money. With the cash stuffed into a plastic tube hidden inside the Stars & Stripes-painted fuel tank of Wyatt’s chopper, they ride eastward aiming to reach New Orleans, Louisiana, in time for the Mardi Gras festival.
Along the way they meet up with a lawyer, George (Jack Nicholson), who has spent the night in jail with them after overindulging in alcohol. George and the guys become friends and so they ride off together into the deep dark south. Along the way they encounter some rednecks in a small town diner. Wyatt, Billy, and George decide to leave without any fuss and they make camp outside town. In the middle of the night, Billy and George get to talking about the aggression they’ve experienced in what has become known as “The Freedom Speech” scene.
George says “You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.” Billy says that everybody got chicken, he explains that because of their long hair they can’t even get a room in a cheap hotel because people are afraid they might cut their throats in the middle of the night. A reference to the Sharron Tate murders. He says “They’re scared, man.” George tells him they aren’t scared of you, they’re scared of what you represent to them, which is freedom.
Billy asks what’s “Wrong with freedom? That’s what it’s all about.” George explains, “Oh yeah, that’s right, that’s what it’s all about, all right. But talkin’ about it and bein’ it – that’s two different things. I mean, it’s real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. ‘Course, don’t ever tell anybody that they’re not free ’cause then they’re gonna get real busy killin’ and maimin’ to prove to you that they are. Oh yeah, they’re gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom, but they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ’em.”
Billy responds, “That don’t make ‘em runnin’ scared.”
George says “No, that make’s ‘em dangerous.”
Metaphor #5 Being Rude & Selfish
I’ve recently lost a couple of friends over this whole mask debate. I have always taken the position that if you want to wear one, if it makes you feel comfortable is public then go for it. Just do not start preaching at me about it. I refuse to pander to anybody’s insecurities and that’s all there is to it.
However that just wasn’t good enough for one old friend on Facebook who launched an over the top attack on me for my refusal to comply with what he believes is proper decorum. Now, remember this was all about a meme I posted on my own Facebook page and was in no way directed toward him personally.
He said I should wear a mask in public even if I don’t believe in their effectiveness because it’s just ‘the right thing to do.’ He suggested that by not wearing a mask I was causing other people discomfort, pain and suffering.
He said that even though he’s been fully vaccinated he wears a mask anyway because he’s a good polite man and that I was ‘rude, disgusting and selfish.’
I reminded him that the whole, “selfish” comment was nothing but a tired and worn-out accusation commonly used by leftists in an attempt to shame those who don’t wish to follow the herd into the dark hole of totalitarian rule. He was half right though. I can be rude. But I also practice restraint, as evidenced by holding back a little when addressing him on the topic in the past due to our friendship.
However, the “selfish” accusation deserved a more bold response from me, because in point of fact it was he, and his kind who are selfish.
That’s when I let go on him; I reminded him that the pro mask people can’t stand it when others don’t see it the same way as they do. Pro-makers DEMAND compliance from we non mask people which is the very definition of selfishness. Whereas I prefer to make a stand for liberty regardless of the consequences socially and politically, the pro-maskers will gladly surrender to tyranny and central control.
And I make this stand not just for my own sake but the sake of my grandchildren and all future generations of Americans, and for the memory of all those who have spilled their blood in defense of freedom and liberty on battlefields around the world.
Too many freedoms have been taken from us already to give up any more. I told him that while he’s certainly allowed to hold to his own opinion, and that I would fight for that right, how dare he attempt to shame and insult me for mine? And despite the damage I may cause to the fragile feelings of the sheeple I encounter in public every day, I’m not even close to being the selfish one.
Metaphor #6 The Real Selfish Ones
The folks who are selfish are the politicians like Andrew Cuomo who shoved the infected into nursing homes to drive up death rates just to blame Trump and government autocrats like Rachel Levine who did the same while moving her mother out of the nursing home and into a hotel.
The selfish ones like Nancy Pelosi who made others stay home while she went out for a visit to her local hair stylist, then had the nerve to blame the owner of the shop for leaking the video evidence.
The selfish ones are all the teachers unions who prevented children from going to public school for a year while sending their own kids to private schools or hired private tutors to come in 5 days a week.
The selfish one is Dr. Fauchi who spent months lying to us, telling us NOT to wear masks because they wanted to horde them. Then doing a complete 180 and insisting we wear two or three masks while showing up in public himself maskless when he thought nobody could see him.
The selfish ones are the corporate CEO’s and media moguls who promoted a culture of fear to inflate their own bottom line by selling that fear on television and radio the way they sell soap or wrinkle cream or the latest gadget the world can’t live without.
I’m not the selfish one and I could not care any less if the sight of my bare naked face causes those around me to recoil in horror or not. Nor am I in any way concerned if they think I’m rude.
As a matter of fact I hope my refusal to ‘mask up’ encourages them to remove their mask as well. I’m actually doing them a favor because I’m demonstrating to them; it’s okay to be normal. But if they see me as rude and selfish that’s fine. I’m a natural born cynic & I’ll choose selfish and rude over being an insecure, pompous, virtue signaling, sheep any day.
Metaphor #7 The Final Solution
What was my friend’s response? How did he react to my little Facebook rant? Well, he responded by doubling down. He said something that really sort of stunned me at first.
He said that people like me should be arrested or at the very least forced to lockdown in our homes until at which point we agree to comply with ‘the rules’, suggesting mask mandates and lockdowns are a small price to pay for safety and security.
It rarely ever happens but I’ll admit I didn’t know what to say next. For a moment I was speechless, I mean my friend was a conservative Republican that I’d known for years and that wasn’t what expected him to say.
So, after a few minutes I simply thanked him for admitting his true feelings about his deep desire to live in a draconian and totalitarian utopia where people he disagrees with are shipped off to concentration camps for re-education. And so it goes, we haven’t spoken since and I doubt we ever will.
Metaphor #8 The Division of the Masses
But I will not change my stance, and I will never back down. Call me a stubborn Irishman or call me rude, disgusting and selfish. I really don’t care anymore. And while I don’t claim to know what’s really going on with all this, I do know that if I wanted to conquer a country as solidly secure as the United States of America, I’d start with the name, and get rid of that United part.
Author: Jaz McKay is a 45 year veteran of Talk Radio, a story teller, a public speaker, an activist, and is the editor and publisher of The Deplorable Patriot website. He lives in Bakersfield, California with his wife and their dog and two cats. He’s been called the Uncommon Voice of the Common Man and is a Super Spreader of the Truth.
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