Our politics will never recover from COVID.
The COVID-19 pandemic was the first time in modern history Americans were asked to make sacrifices for their fellow citizen, and the request turned millions of otherwise-normal people into raving mad lunatics, driving them headlong into the nation’s ascendant fascist movement – a movement that can’t survive without normies turning into frothing, broken-brained monsters.
Politely asking people to wear masks when indoors with other people as to mitigate the spread of a killer virus for which there was no vaccine instantaneously turned apolitical folks into hardcore fascists. They flocked to the internet and found thousands and thousands of anti-vaxx and anti-mask grifters making oceans of money by spreading lies and half-truths and intentionally stuffing people into the well-oiled wellness-to-fascism pipeline – perfecting the human body of course being a lofty fascist ideal.
An American horrified by the prospect of their child wearing a mask in school could quickly become a QAnon devotee, much to the horror of their family and friends who were mostly OK with doing little shit to stem the COVID tide as 3,000 people in the US died of the virus every single day.
We all saw the online videos: School board meetings descending into chaos as education officials voted on mask mandates in the darkest days of the pandemic, entitled, deeply bigoted conservative parents screaming at teachers and school board members, sometimes threatening violence or other means of retribution because little Timmy might have to wear a mask a few hours a day. Conservatives like Bethany Mandel – of “woke” infamy – outright said they were fine with fellow Americans taking a permanent dirt nap if it meant they could go to TGI Friday’s for half price appetizers. You gotta respect the honesty.