Northam has hinted that he will issue an order Tuesday requiring the wearing of masks in public places.
It disgusts me that he is probably right.
In Federalist 51, Madison opined that ‘If men were angels, no government would be necessary.’ The sad corollary is that in a nation of selfish sociopaths, a police state is required.
Wile I have written that people should wear masks out if concern for others voluntarily just because it is the right thing to do, a rare trip outside the compound to Home Depot has convinced me that we have enough selfish sociopaths among us that it will be necessary for government to step in. That breaks my heart.
But I found myself in the minority of customers there wearing a mask or making any effort to keep distance, and worse, fewer than half the employees were masked.
People often point to the better outcome in the pandemic in South Korea and Japan as an example of what our government should be doing, but in reality, it is what the people there are doing. They have worn masks to protect others during flu season for decades without any legal requirement to do so, and that is what makes the difference, a concern for others.
It is shameful that our citizens cannot take that choice just because it is the right thing to do.