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Thu Dec 24, 2020, 03:25 PM

Why Freedom Became Free-Dumb in America

By now, you might have heard North Dakota is the world’s worst Covid hotspot. The world’s worst, with South Dakota not far behind. Things aren’t just desperate there — they’re bizarre, at least to the rest of the world. Nurses talk about patients in the Covid ICU lashing out at them because…they don’t believe Covid exists…while they’re dying of it. Meanwhile, the governor refuses to make mask-wearing mandatory, because she thinks that masks and lockdowns don’t work. You might think all that would infuriate Dakotans, but quite the opposite is true: they’re firmly behind her, as they are Donald Trump, the President who let Covid spin out of control, and make North Dakota the world’s worst Covid hotspot.

What the?

The rest of the world is staggered by all that, because it is staggering. How many twisted levels of illogic are even in there? Too many to count. People in the world’s worst Covid hotspot dying of Covid who don’t believe Covid exists so they won’t fight Covid and back a President and Governor who’ve just let it explode. It’s so awesomely weird that you can’t really find this level of backwardness and folly anywhere else in the world, which is exactly why Dakota is the world’s worst Covid hotspot. But it’s not just North Dakota. Nine of the ten world’s worst Covid hotspots are American states.

And that is because something went badly, badly wrong in America.

In these states, which are mostly red states, Americans have become effectively martyrs for a certain idea of freedom. They are willing to sacrifice anything — and I mean anything — including themselves, their families, their health and wealth, their futures, their towns and cities, and their democracy. But what good is freedom if it’s just the right to…self-destruct?

America became obsessed with free-dumb: the idea of freedom as the removal of all restraint, the right to harm others, the ability to do anything you please, no matter how destructive, toxic, foolish, or inane. Covid’s a jaw-dropping example of it. Think about the example above: it involves at least three levels of free-dumb. The right to “believe” Covid doesn’t exist, the right not to have to wear a mask, the right not to have to lock down. All these effectively add up to the idea that Americans should be free to infect anyone they please with a lethal disease. What on earth?

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Dec 2020 OP
grumpyduck Dec 2020 #1
Thomas Hurt Dec 2020 #2
ret5hd Dec 2020 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2020 #4
Faux pas Dec 2020 #5
love_katz Dec 2020 #6
chriscan64 Dec 2020 #7
Skittles Dec 2020 #8

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 03:30 PM

1. "Cut off your nose to spite your face."

Not quite applicable here, but that's the general idea: I'll do this regardless of what it does to me.

I live in a liberal area, but I've known so many people over the years who have this mentality. It's like they're wearing blinders.

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Thu Dec 24, 2020, 03:31 PM

2. I don't think that conservatives in this country every really believed...

in individual freedoms or equal protection under the laws.

What they believe is individual freedumb for society's betters. The betters of course being themselves.

The libertarians play this scam up the most.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 03:33 PM

3. Yeah but damn did we ever piss those libtards off!!!"

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 03:43 PM

4. Interesting article, a lot of truth there.

Our hyper-individualism, mistaken as freedom, has made us less free. Deprivation does make people dumb and mean; so now too many Americans, lacking decent access to the basics of existence, are competing with each like scorpions in a bottle in order to have enough for themselves - which means depriving those who are "lesser." It's a sad situation and I don't know how we get out of it.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 04:22 PM

5. Kicketty Kickin'

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Fri Dec 25, 2020, 12:32 AM

6. Huge kick and rec.!!!!!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Dec 25, 2020, 09:12 AM

7. I see it in Texas just in the way people drive.

They will pull out in front of you from a stop sign with no regard of whether you have to slam on the brakes or change lanes. If you let someone merge onto the freeway, the person behind them rides two feet off of their back bumper feeling like they too are entitled to get on in front of you.

I see it with the covid restrictions also. The "law and order" part of their reptile brains makes them comply with the mask mandate, but they gripe about it incessantly, regurgitating stuff they heard on Fox all the while. I believe some of it stems from fundamentalist religion. The core tenet of this religion is not only that you go to Hell for having the wrong religion, you also go to Hell for not correcting the wrong religion of the people around you.

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Response to chriscan64 (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 25, 2020, 04:24 PM

8. hoo boy do I hear you on that

I ALWAYS look left and right when a light turns green, because running red lights is a way of life here. And many of them think wearing a mask is tyranny while supporting efforts to overturn and election. INSANE!

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