Commentary: Mask Mandates Promote Servitude, Not Safety

Man on escalator with mask on
by Drew Allen


The other day, for the first time since March 2020, I embarked on a journey outside of the slave state of California. My wife and I drove to Montana. While I had heard tales of the existence of freedom in other states, I had yet to experience the thing firsthand.

My experience in Montana confirmed what I have long suspected and known, but not witnessed or experienced for myself—that there are two Americas and two very different types of Americans. There are free states and slave states. There are fearful, obedient slaves, and fearless, free Americans.

I didn’t wear a mask for an entire weekend in Montana—not entering my hotel, not walking down the street, not entering a grocery store or gas station convenience store, not getting a coffee, and not entering numerous restaurants and bars. At no point did I put on that filthy face diaper. Nor did anyone else.

While the constant and uninterrupted flow of oxygen into my lungs was a relief, it is the feeling that filled my soul that was more wondrous still. It is difficult to put the feeling into words. But freedom is a feeling—a sensation—as much as it is, even more than it is, the ability to choose whether or not to wear a mask.

I wrote in my book, Uncommon Sense, that “our freedom is like oxygen. It is that which sustains each and every one of us. It does not belong to one man or another. For any man to seize it, or stifle it from another, is to commit a violation against the most fundamental right of mankind—that of life.”

In Montana, it wasn’t merely oxygen that filled my lungs, but life itself.

Upon returning to the slave state of California, my imagination has been stirred by thoughts of our founders. They, too, experienced life under the rot of totalitarianism. But for their experience as freemen, the liberty that we have since enjoyed would not have come into existence. For our founders, the taste of freedom was like sweet fruit, and they were determined never again to taste the rot of totalitarianism. Thus America was born.

Over the past year in California, while I objected to the mask mandate, I also complied with it. Even as I despised and resented it, the constant scenes of the vast masked masses had become familiar, common, and accepted. But now, after having experienced freedom in Montana, these scenes now strike me as obscene.

In slave states like California, men, women, and children have not tasted the sweet fruit of freedom for a long time. Worse, many children have never tasted it. The danger of this cannot be overstated. While our natural state is freedom, tyrants have always tried to confine mankind to an unnatural state of slavery.

The mask mandates are not merely an inconvenience, but a threat to the American way of life. Religious and zealous mask-wearing represent a regressive mentality of the citizen to once again adopt their role as servant and view the government as master.

Mask mandates are not merely a mandate to cover one’s face, but a mandate to abandon our long climb from the swamp to the stars. The longer Californians, and others, live under this kind of tyranny, the more likely they are to accept their unnatural state.

Ronald Reagan famously said that “freedom is a fragile thing and it’s never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. And those in world history who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” But freedom can only be fought for by those who cherish it. Freedom can only be cherished by those who have experienced it.

The purpose of mask mandates isn’t to promote safety, but to promote slavery. I experienced freedom for a weekend and lived to tell the tale.

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Drew Allen is a Texas-bred, California-based conservative author and speaker, who writes a weekly column at Uncommon Sense. Fluent in Italian, Allen has lived and worked in Italy in the fashion industry and in New York City and Los Angeles as an actor, screenwriter, and independent film producer. 







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8 Thoughts to “Commentary: Mask Mandates Promote Servitude, Not Safety”

  1. Jay

    Embrace the Fouch.

  2. Cannoneer2

    Worked in the fashion industry…. that’s a far cry from virology or epidemiology…. You are, however, entitled to your opinion…

  3. LM

    I will happily tell that to the virus as soon as you can isolate it.

  4. LM

    Obviously you don’t know who the rats are. In addition the COVID shot is not a vaccine , and it does not prevent viral spread. Neither does a mask. I suggest you do some research.

  5. Phil Merlot

    Tell it to the virus you whiny little children. Of course you still need to wear the mask otherwise rats like you would lie that you’d been vaccinated and carry on spreading it.

    1. Steve Allen

      Mr. Merlot:
      This virus has a survival rate of >98%. It was released intentionally by china and it was created in a lab. The number of people who truly died from the virus is minuscule compared to the number of death certificates that state COVID 19 as the cause of death. If you still believe what the MSM is telling you, you’re re a fool. I for one am not going to become an experimental subject for a vaccine that is not approved nor that I can hold anyone liable for unintended medical issues, including death. This whole over reaction is nothing more than a political tool to control the masses. And, apparently you’re one of them.

    2. Bill

      The only virus is the democrat party. The antidote is conservatism

  6. LM

    Mr. Allen is 100% correct. We should never have let this lie happen to begin with. Now the mask is being replaced by the jab- oh , wait – you still have to wear a mask after you get the jab.