HIV “would wipe out our worldwide destruction of human bodies with AIDS,” MP Joseph Chaplik told his colleagues in Phoenix yesterday when he asked them to give up the state mask mandate for private companies. “We heard about that in the 80s. However, no masks were required. “
Which is technically correct. No one proposed laws mandating face masks to prevent the spread of a blood-borne virus that was transmitted during the AIDS crisis. Nice job, rep.
However, we have strongly encouraged people to wear penis masks and AKA condoms to prevent the “global destruction of human bodies with AIDS”. And while the AIDS death toll was shockingly high in the 1990s, when reliable statistics became available, it peaked at 41,699 in 1995. Except for the fact that the coronavirus is in the air and killed 518,000 Americans in the past year alone, perfect analogy!
The Arizona Daily Star reported last night on the debate over House Bill 2770, which said, “Regardless of any other law, a company in this state is not required to enforce a mask mandate on its premises by that state, city or city City or county or other jurisdiction of that state. “
As the former president’s refusal to endorse masks as a cheap public health measure cemented party politics, the principle-based debate broke down.
“Nebraska never had a mask mandate,” Chaplik said, adding that other states like Mississippi (false) and Georgia (true) would have got on well without them. “I would think that because of these arguments, these states would have accumulated deaths all over their state because no one else would live because no one wears masks.”
For now, ignore that Nebraska, with a population density of 24 people per square mile, may make less money for its mandate than Arizona, of 63 people per square mile, much less Phoenix, with a whopping 3,349 people per square mile.
Mississippi ranks fifth in the country in terms of per capita deaths (just before Arizona) and is the only state in the top 5 off the severely affected northeast coast. Perhaps Rep. Chaplik’s celebration of the magnolia state’s low death toll could use a fact-checking.
To which Republican MP Bret Roberts replied, “If they work, how do people still catch COVID?”
“Masked mandates are a textbook example of government ensuring one of its fundamental purposes, namely maintaining public health and safety,” argued Democratic MP Diego Rodriguez, adding “What you are essentially saying is that [an] Every single business owner has the right to expose every other member of their community to the risk of infection. “
But Republican David Cook, R-Globe, argued that the bill protected sacred individual rights.
“Given your constitutional rights to make your dreams come true in this country and in this state, the issue of free market and property rights is at stake,” he said.
When one of his colleagues quoted Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 US 11 (1905), in which the Supreme Court upheld that mask laws did not violate “your constitutional rights to pursue your dreams,” the star did not report it. The bill was passed along party lines (31-28) and is now being passed on to the Republican-controlled Senate.
And the band kept playing.
ALERT TOP STORY AIDS argument used in the Arizona House vote to allow companies to ignore mask mandates [AZ Daily Star]
Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore, where she writes on law and politics.