My ear tags are a hit! So far, all of the responses have been positive – smiles and chuckles and open comments in the affirmative. I take this as good news, an indication that not everyone is a Corona Cow.
I also noticed something else – about the Corona Cows. These are the people who are too afraid to say anything openly. Fear being their dominant emotion. Of everything. Including a guy wearing an ear tag. I wasn’t able to make eye contact with a single mask-wearing bovine; all of them shuffle stoop-shouldered, as if into a bracing wind. Looking down rather than forward.
But one of them apparently was unsettled by my ear tag – and the bumper sticker I made that I have on the rear window of my car that reads: Fear the Police State More than the Virus.
She – it was obvious by the handwriting – left a scribbled note on my windshield that read: Trump is the virus!
Apparently, to question Corona Fever means one loves the Orange Man.
And Orange Man Bad!
This is what we’re up against, those of us who aren’t Corona Cows. Fearful, but angry – and vengeful – people who are itching to have us clobbered but too afraid to do it themselves. They are the ones siccing armed government workers on people not “social distancing” and businesses that have the temerity to do business, in defiance of the Gesundheitssicherheitsdeinst (Health Security Department).
We are stronger than they are, because we are fighting for ourselves, directly while they are cringing behind mercenaries – who do their bullying for money. You can only pay a man so much to put his life in harm’s way. But men whose lives are put in harm’s way – and who are still men – are men who will fight for themselves, whatever it takes and no matter what it costs.
Right now, the cost is the little bit of courage it takes to do something such as ignore outrageous decrees that you “shelter in place” (house arrest) and “social distance” (practice cattle-chuting and isolation) at the risk of a fine. Maybe arrest. The same that people risked to protest a war 50 years ago.
I have much more respect for the “dirty hippies” – per Nixon – than I used to.
Let’s all of us wear ear tags!
Show the world we’re not afraid – and that we’re getting mad. Getting sick of being bullied because “someone” might get sick. The same line of bull used to speed traps and all the rest of it (“someone” might get hurt!).
That we are sick of saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety!
Can you imagine the power of such a display of contempt for Corona Fever? How quickly this whole thing would fall into ridicule?
And ridicule is a powerful weapon. Authority rendered a laughingstock cannot maintain its Authority.
Let’s take it even farther. How about “Non Essential Human” baseball caps and T-shirts? A reader suggested this and I think it’s brilliant. Even better, we can make such things easily and quickly at home. No need to buy anything. Or at least, not much.
I made my ear tags out of yellow cardboard, using a black sharpie to write the number, etc. A sixth grader could do it in 5 minutes.
Let’s all do this – so as to avoid having to do something else.
Peaceful protest is the best form of protest if it avoids what follows when people no longer have the right to protest. I hear talk all the time about the Second Amendment and why it’s there. Let’s use the First Amendment first – and with any luck, it will not be necessary to use the second.
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