Governor Kay Ivey joined a growing list of governors around the country by mandating everyone wear a face mask to combat Covid-19, at least until the end of July.
Good for her.
This virus is roaring across the state like a fire travels through a pine thicket in the middle of a drought. We have now had 1,200 deaths from the virus. Some 1,933 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.
I saw a Montgomery doctor on national TV say that if everyone would wear a mask we would be in much better shape in just six weeks.
Of course, the naysayers immediately took the governor to task. Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth, who is running for governor every day, said the order “oversteps property rights of business owners.” I have no idea what he means by that. But since when have I understood a lot of the mindless utterances of politicians?
And freshman Republican house member Will Dismukes just called Ivey’s action, “a ridiculous crock.”
In some form or fashion, those who oppose mandated face masks hide behind some contrived definition of “constitutional rights.” By that I guess they mean things like the government saying you should wear a seat belt, or a motorcycle helmet, or not pass a stopped school bus, or drive more than 70 miles per hour on I-65.
Ask any of the naysayers if they are religious and you will get an immediate and chest-thumping AMEN.
Have they then never read Luke 6:31 that says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you?”
I wear a mask. It ain’t no big deal. If it will protect me from getting the virus, great. If it might protect someone else from getting it, that’s great too. It’s a very small price to pay for living under the form of government we have. One where some people really do believe in Luke 6:31.
I think Governor Ivey did the right thing. And most importantly, she did do SOMETHING. The naysayers are just wanting publicity. She wants to stop so many of her fellow citizens from getting this virus.