Where are the social justice warriors’ outrage, over disabilities’ rights? I personally haven’t seen any rush to my defense as the ADA was trodden by the mask mandates in the name of “safety” from a virus with nearly 100% survival rate. (1) While it’s not clear to me why it is required, or even suggested that healthy people wear facemasks to avoid a virus with such a high survival rate, I’m flummoxed at the notion of mandating something that is not only incredibly deficient in scientific evidence, denoting efficacy (2), but has a superfluity of evidence indicating, adverse physiological, and psychological, health effects. “Is has been hypothesized that facemasks have compromised safety and efficacy profile and should be avoided from use.” (3) It’s particularly odious that people with disabilities, many whom like myself have spent a lifetime developing coping mechanisms are now being put in further risk and detriment by being forced to wear a facemask. It’s obvious how facemasks pose a challenge to those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other respiratory disabilities (4) but there are many less obvious contraindications of no less significance.
If you’re anything like me, prior to any major, potentially life altering decision you seek as much information possible to best adjudicate the risks vs rewards. Americans like to exclaim “my body my choice”, and while I fully echo that sentiment, I wonder how well equipped we are to handle some of the most precarious medical dilemmas. I embarked in my research concerning the various experimental, prophylactic pharmaceuticals currently available, in the hopes of finding clear concise delineations between risks, efficacy, and benefits concerning each of them vs taking none at all. Much to my chagrin, the tremendous opacity I faced, rendered me far more questions than answers! Since I lack the answers, I hoped to lay out for you, I will instead share a fraction of the questions that plague me. For the purposes of this article my focus will adhere to the three covid related injections currently offered in the United States.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’… I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Republicans said “no” to pushing the Senate over this precipice. When I could have tried to grab this power, I turned it down… I am grateful that’s been reciprocated by at least a pair of our colleagues across the aisle. I’m glad we’ve stepped back from this cliff. Taking that plunge would not be some progressive dream. It would be a nightmare. I guarantee it."
“What is Trumpism?” A new term being used more and more. I’m hearing that term more and more. I didn’t come up with it. But what it means is great deals, great trade deals. Great ones, not deals where we give away everything, our jobs, our money, like the USMCA replacement of the horrible NAFTA.
“Let me tell you who we conservatives are: We love people. [Applause] When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims. We don’t see people we want to exploit."
Currently there is a little over $1.5 trillion worth of student debt owed to the federal government. $123.14 billion of that is private loans which leaves almost 93% of federal student debt remaining. There are several variations of this potential policy that have been presented, some of which include partial and others complete debt forgiveness. The practical and fiscal impact varies depending upon the numerical nuances of the currently hypothetical policy, but it appears the notion of debt forgiveness is not a feasible nor fair proposal.
In High School I was the only girl willing to run the two-mile race. Girls and boys ran together, but they were scored separately. I was a very slow albeit determined athlete. I’ll save you the stories of my personal athletic journey, only to say I had the opportunity to compete because despite being the last runner to finish, I scored first place being the only female in the race.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -Amendment I, The U.S. Constitution. Despite the first amendment’s protection of free speech, it seems daily we learn of another entity or person who has been banned by one or many of the big tech platforms. Judging from the current cancel culture, no one, including the president of the United States, is safe from the wrath of the big tech overlords who appear to be competing for who can silence, cancel and censor the most entities and voices.