Mask-holes

Having a hole in a barrier renders it either compromised or ineffective. The last time you went to the dentist and he or she said, ‘open wide’ you would have been aghast if the dentist were not wearing a mask. When your surgeon enters the operating room and the anesthesiologist instructs you to count backward from ten, the last thing you see is the doctor’s masked face. In 1850, obstetrician Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis told an assembled group of colleagues in order to save lives, “wash your hands.” Up until that time, the simple step of washing your hands had not been considered as the main source of post-surgical infection. The simplicity of the idea now seems like something a five-year-old would conclude.

There is an often-used bastardized quote that  reads, “your rights end at the tip of my nose.” That brings me to the subject of this essay. I have listened to the mask-wearers debate the mask deniers and if you listen to science, the logic of Dr. Semmelweis, common sense, and the aforementioned five-year-old, you can only come to one conclusion.  Those who wear masks are conscientious Americans who care about their spouses, older citizens, parents, children, workers, and themselves, if not, you are a selfish mask-hole. Monday night, America’s mask-hole in chief wantonly tossed off his face covering after being released from the hospital and endangered every member of the White House staff.

His [Trump] wife is ill, his top advisers and the members of the Joint Chiefs are in quarantine. America is in turmoil and the mask-hole’s first thought was to tell the public, “Feeling really good! Don't be afraid of COVID. Don't let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!” said Trump. Besides the narcissistic obsession to heap praise upon himself, the statement reveals a callous disregard for the 210,000 who died not having the advantages of the presidency and all its accouterments to get well.   So as the virus ravages people who work inside and outside the White House, the administration initially refused to allow the CDC to contact trace potential victims to at least warn them.

What now seems like a decade ago, the Democrats were in a pitched battle for the party’s presidential nominee. At the start of the political fracas, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota was accused of mistreating her staff.  Klobuchar admitted she was a tough boss but said she loved her staff and many praised her. Of course, a discussion of sexism could easily be inserted here but that is a separate conversation that deserves more than a few words. I brought up that incident because the same GOP that pounced on Klobuchar, because she may have asked someone to sacrifice a weekend, are loudly silent as the GOP  watches there standard-bearer’s attempts to murder his staff.  

Kristin Urquiza, famously said of her father who died of Covid-19, “He died alone, in the ICU, with a nurse holding his hand,” she said.  “My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump and for that, he paid with his life.” Yesterday she said, “People like my father were told to go home [until you couldn’t breathe any longer]. We often hear the disaffected say ‘they don’t care’ or ‘they are all the same’ when speaking of politicians—in subjective terms. Maybe in the case of Trump, it is an interrogative, does he care; or is he the biggest mask-hole in American history?  

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