The other night, early in the morning, I read that Brian Kemp had banned mask mandates made by various cities in Georgia. I became so enraged that I could not write about it without using a ton of curse words and wanting to tell him where to shove it. I did, however, tweet him that night soon after that and had to stop myself from sending a second tweet and tell myself to calm down. Yet, every single Georgian has the right to be that angry. We have the right not to calm down. And we have that right because our governor is not making sound decisions for any of us at this point.
Weeks ago, people were amazed that we were such an anomaly because cases had not yet arisen. I think part of that is because people had not been tested yet. I say that because now our numbers are skyrocketing, a popular convention venue is in the talks of being converted back to hospital space, and this man does not care about us. Brian Kemp does not care about our families. He does not care that this is only going to get worse because people aren’t wearing masks. He does not care. Period. He showed he didn’t care at the beginning of this when he made us all guinea pigs by reopening too soon.
Anti-maskers are the most selfish people by far. There are videos and images showing people why masks are so important right now. They will keep your family from getting sick. They will keep you from exposing others. And yet we are listening to a man who claims he didn’t even know that asymptomatic people could present weeks into a pandemic were proven. Not only does he not care, but Brian Kemp also is not even paying attention to the actual facts. Only I don’t think that’s true. If he were not paying attention, I think the governor’s mansion would be open for tours.
In fact, it should be open for tours since our state is reopened. The reason it’s not reopened is that he’s scared of getting this virus. He’s proving he’s scared by not opening. He knows how serious this is for Georgians, and yet he continues to attempt to kill us by banning mask mandates. To make this worse, he is now using taxpayer dollars to sue the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms. Yes, you read that right. Our governor is suing our mayor. I even had a friend go as far when I sent her the link of asking, “Is this a joke?” Unfortunately, it’s not a joke.
Our governor would rather fight to keep the city drowning in coronavirus cases when over 100,000 people have already been diagnosed. Over 3,000 deaths have occurred in Georgia alone. This virus is not going to stop wreaking havoc on the U.S. until we come together and actually wear a mask. And the fact that people are arguing as the reason they aren’t wearing a mask is that they have worked this whole time without receiving extra money. They have been continually putting food on the tables of those who have been laid off. They are also upset that other people are getting vacations out of this because they’re deemed essential.
I’m not saying that people shouldn’t receive more money during this time, because they should. That’s another article I plan on writing even, so be on the look for it. But we should not be pitted against each other either. A lot of people that were laid off need the money just as much as anyone else. Yet we live in a society that acts like they don’t want anyone else to do to better than them. They want to be able to be on top no matter what, and that’s a shame. And if you are going as far as to feel like you’re sticking it to those who have stayed home, to keep people safe like yourself, you’re only revealing how selfish you are as a human being.
I saw so many people talking about how these masks suffocate them, and I cannot understand it. I’ve worn my mask for over two hours on some days, and the only time I felt uncomfortable was the day before the Fourth of July this year. And that was more so because so many people were in Walmart without a mask. They also were not practicing social distance in the least. The store was packed, and everyone was around everyone else, and that did almost send me into a panic attack. But it wasn’t the mask itself. It was others, and knowing that people do not care about each other way they should.
Instead of looking at each other as one, we continue to look at each other and not care whether someone’s mother dies from this virus. People don’t care if someone loses their child because children aren’t in the primary demographic that get this. People are not looking at those with autoimmune deficiencies because they do not care. They are right up there with Brian Kemp, and that’s how they like it because it is more about power, control, and feeling like they are better than everyone else. After all, they’ve been out there the whole time while some of us have worked at home.
Wearing a mask is not about fearing a virus. Wearing a mask is to protect others when you’ve been exposed. Wearing a mask is to protect the mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, and everyone else because this virus doesn’t discriminate who it attacks and kills. Instead, people keep talking about how they don’t want to pay their tax dollars to take care of people. The fact of the matter is they will continue to pay their tax dollars to take care of people because these hospital bills are unpayable, and people will have to get financial aid. So if you’re choosing not to wear a mask and not care like the governor of Georgia, just know your tax dollars will be hard at work no matter what.