While the mainstream media wants to blame President Trump for Americans who aren’t wearing a mask during the Coronavirus, what they conveniently ignore is the fact that we had this same exact mask debate during the 1918 pandemic as well.
While The Clown News Network spent Monday screeching about people not wearing a mask, and how evil President Donald Trump, and VP Mike Pence are. While at the same time ignoring Hunter Biden’s egregious emails, and covering for Joe Biden not knowing who he’s running against.
Our ancestors have been through it all before and America survived.
In 1918, the most deadly outbreak of influenza of the 20th century killed nearly 50 million people across the world and around 675,000 people in the United States.
The virus affected the respiratory functions of everyone who caught it and could be spread through particles in the air – no one was safe. Sound familiar?
Similar to today’s COVID pandemic, in 1918 and 1919 people were asked to wear masks and to social distance, as it was the only way scientists believed would ensure our safety.
But just like today, there were plenty of people who claimed that the masks didn’t work, and the U.S. constitution gave us the right to choose not to wear a mask. Some of them even ended up in prison for their beliefs.
Of course, politicians targeted policies to fight the pandemic, and those laws varied from state to state. But without a doubt, the most prominent, and most controversial law of the era was the order to wear masks outside the home to prevent spreading the disease.
Most people, who today some would describe as sheep, adhered to the rules and wore masks without question. But one group known as the Anti-Mask Leagueod San Francisco (ALM) argued that such orders were a violation of privacy and civil liberties.
Of Course, Liberal San Francisco Lead The Way On The Mask Debate
When the flu of 1918 broke out, one of the first cities to adopt mask laws was San Francisco.
By October 1918, the city had 2,000 cases, leading the Board of Health to ban get-togethers. Schools and theaters were closed, and people were asked to avoid crowds of all kinds.
By October 25, San Francisco passed an ordinance that required everyone in the city to wear a mask every time they ventured out in public or gathered in groups of two or more.
The masks could only be removed for the purpose of eating, and those who defied the ordinance were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace.
The Anti-Mask League (AML)
As the mask controversy raged on, tensions grew between the city officials and the Anti-Mask League. Even San Francisco Mayor James Rolph, who unlike today’s ‘Do as I say, not as I do” Democrat politicians, was fined for not wearing a mask, begged the AML to give up the fight, arguing:
We should give our minds to serious matters instead of fighting the little inconvenience occasioned by the wearing of a mask for the protection of the general public … Do you think I am going to stultify myself here against the wish of 99.5% of the doctors; against the officials of the Army and Navy?
But the AML kept right on holding their maskless meetings and carried out a letter-writing campaign to inform the uneducated about something we call the U.S. Constitution.
Their campaign to inform Californians of their rights, and the threat of bringing a lawsuit ultimately convince officials to repeal the order, and on February 1, 1919, they did just that.