While the Democrats and their mainstream media cohorts want to claim that the COVID-19 mask controversy America finds itself in is only due to one man, President Donald J. Trump.
But what they conveniently overlook is the fact that America has had this same exact ‘wear a mask, not wear a mask’ debate in 1918 as well.
While media outlets such as the Clown News Network spend their day screeches about Masks, Trump, and Superspreaders.
It’s comforting to know that our ancestors have been through it all before and America survived.
In 1918, the most deadly outbreak of influenza of the 20th century infected at least 27% of the Earth’s population.
The Spanish Flu, which liberals today would declare a racist name, killed close to 675,000 people in the United States, and nearly 50 million people worldwide.
The virus affected the respiratory functions of everyone who caught it and could be spread through particles in the air – no one was safe.
Similar to today’s COVID pandemic, in 1918 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 state’s mandating their residents to wear masks to prevent spreading the disease.
Many people adhered to the draconian laws 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 Was At The Forefront Of 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 by the bay had 2,000 cases, leading San Francisco’s 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 took it a step further and 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.