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"Let's Declare a Pandemic Amnesty," writes Emily Oster for The Atlantic. The subheading reads "We need to forgive one another for what we did and said while we were in the dark about COVID."

No.

I will not be forgiving or forgetting what these people did to me during the pandemic. I won't give them amnesty for their tyrannical public health policies that infringed on Americans' rights to operate businesses and go to school. They tried to shut down Churches, something that goes directly against the Constitution and the freedom of religion.

I won't forget the public figures - from dopey talk show hosts of all stripes to aging rock stars - who said that I and other unvaccinated individuals should lose their jobs and starve for not getting the vax. I will not forget the blue checkmarks who cheered on employer vax mandates and celebrated people losing their jobs for refusing to submit to an experimental vaccine. I will not forget being asked by my employer to get the vaccine or risk losing my job. I will not forget the middle-aged woman who cursed at me in the hallway for not wearing a mask. I will not forget the coworkers who casually agreed with the vax mandates and repeated the line "if you don't get vaxxed, you don't pay your bills." I was turned away from a family gathering at Christmas for coming into contact with an individual with coronavirus - never mind the fact that I had tested negative.

I suffered the least of anyone during the pandemic.

The worst victims of the pandemic polices were the students, the elderly, the sickly, the children, and the business owners. School was shut down, and many teens missed graduation, prom, or friendship. My wife graduated college in 2020, and her ceremony was cancelled; seeing her brothers graduate in the years prior is what inspired her to finish school herself, and yet she was never given the graduation ceremony as a reward for her efforts.

The elderly and sickly likewise suffered the most. They were often kept isolated in rooms. I saw some sick things during 2020, but all of the horrifying stories were rebranded as "heartwarming": a grandmother hugging her two grandchildren through a shower curtain-like tarp that separated them; an elderly couple in a nursing home reunited after being in solitary confinement for 6 months; a child left to die alone with cancer, only able to be visited by his parents one at a time. These horrific stories were presented as heroic to the public, not horrific.

In addition to the horrifying, the pandemic era gave us the stupefying. I saw people playing flutes with holes cut into the masks. I saw restaurants require a mask to be worn for the 30 seconds it took to be seated at the table. I saw people driving by themselves in their cars and wearing masks. I guess anything related to wearing masks qualifies as stupid. And yet to this day, I still see people wearing masks voluntarily.

I also saw non-mask related stupid things, too. Sand was piled into skate parks in Venice Beach. The California beaches were closed. A lone paddle boarder was arrested. What sense was there in any of this?

Now that it's becoming clear that the lockdowns hurt more than they helped, the masks didn't work, and the vaccine is dangerous, the same petty tyrants who berated anyone not wearing a mask, who cheered on my employer while they threatened to fire me, and who not only openly mocked but called on others to join them in making fun of the deaths of the unvaccinated are now asking for "amnesty".

Will we who rebelled against tyranny grant them amnesty for their willingness to become eager servants of the despotic medical surveillance state?

No.


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