Always Walk Proudly Unmasked & Always Push Back When Asked for a Doctor’s Note
Good morning Allan,
I have been reading your posts on LewRockwell.com and have been trying to navigate the mask policy at work with your advice. I believe that I am in a unique situation regarding workplace masking.
I work for a government contractor but receive my paychecks from a much smaller subcontractor. In short, my employer, who is based out of state, sets different guidelines than the company that controls the facility at which I am located.
My employer has required that all employees receive the COVID-19 “vaccine” and prove that they have done so, but I have requested an exemption. The facility I work at has allowed those who have been vaccinated (with no proof) to unmask themselves. This has left me in a situation where I am one of only a handful of people who are still “required” to wear a face mask. I obliged for a couple of weeks, but just this past week I decided to start taking my mask off. At this point in time, no one has said a word to me about not wearing a mask.
To wrap this up, I guess my question is, do you think it is wise to continue flying under the radar? Or should I still request a face mask exemption from my employer? There does not seem to be an official facemask policy – at least from a legal document standpoint. I could be wrong, but I do not want to stir any pots that do not need stirring.
My hesitation is that my vaccine exemption has been sent to leadership, has been acknowledged, but has neither been approved nor denied. I’m assuming at this point that it is just going to be ignored, which is a good thing in my book, but on the off chance it does not get approved, I am concerned I may be pushing the envelope by sending any additional accomodations.
I am sure you are likely inundated with these types of emails, so if you can find the time to reply to this one it would be greatly appreciated!
An Unmasked Man
Dear Unmasked Man,
I would say that you are not only “trying” to navigate the mask policy at work, but you are succeeding at navigating the policy. Thank you for that. Trying matters little, ultimately succeeding matters a great deal. Short term, many battles can be lost, long term success can still be assured. The difference between the two is having the will to make sure success happens. Thank you for assuring that success. I am without a doubt certain that your success in such endeavors ripples out in ways neither of us can never imagine.
If You Can Let The Bureaucrat Check The Boxes, Rather Than Making Them Stick Their Necks Out, You’ll Have A Greater Chance Of Success
If you can protect your freedom while giving them a chance to check their bureaucratic boxes, you avoid conflict with people who are not willing to stick their necks out for your values, which is very important to realize. Only you have your values. We don’t need everyone to share our values, but we need people to leave us alone and allow us to live out our values. That allows us to live free even when we are not inside the safety of our own home.
Any time you expect others to stick their necks out for your values, you are asking too much. Any system that requires that is a system that promises to bring tyranny. For example, great effort right now is being taken to make the medical system the home of American tyranny. All that is needed for that to happen is to connect a medical exemption with a demand for a doctor’s note. Anyone who states “I am unable to do X safely,” must be allowed to do so with no other evidence, and be exempt from X, otherwise tyranny will surely spring from that policy.
Every Doctor Is Now Being Squeezed & To Some Extent, Doctor’s Are Doing What Is In Their Best Interest By Denying Your Exemption Requests & By Even Turning You Away As A Patient
Every doctor in this country is right now being squeezed with the threat of the loss of a license. That means, after spending $300,000 on medical school, being up to their eyeballs in that and other debt, trying to be a good husband and father, trying to keep up on the latest research, trying to do the basics of being a doctor, trying to simply identify all the tyranny thrown at him, trying to push back on all the tyranny being thrown at him — in that environment, if he takes a stand he may be put out of work by having his license revoked, the only work he knows how to do, work he has put such effort into training for.
That’s what you are expecting from a doctor when you ask for a medical note. The doctor probably isn’t the enemy, but they sure act like one, because they cooperate with an awful policy. They don’t believe in your right to wear a face mask more than they believe in their desire to continue being a doctor. They don’t believe in your right to wear a face mask more than they believe in their desire to put food on the table for the kids. They don’t believe in your right to wear a face mask more than they believe in their desire to buy the wife a new car. I can’t blame them for that either. I have one level of dedication to liberty, because I know what a loss of liberty leads to.
They have another level of dedica
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