As mask mandates heat up with the increase of seasonal colds and flus, there is also a rise in non-compliance to mask happening around the county, creating a perfect opportunity for proponents of “Big Government” powers using control and dominance tactics, to rear their ugly head upon a free and open society.
Under the guise of “emergency powers because of the pandemic” numerous Democrat state leaders have expanded their Constitutional authorities to push their political agenda to change everything from shopping to eating to voting.
Control is a political agenda, and abuse survivors and victims do not enjoy having Government dominance pushed down on them, and people are starting to speak out against what they see as unnecessary control over their lives.
“Linda Belt’s trigger is the mask, the ones we’ve all been wearing in public places through the pandemic to help stop the spread,” one local NC News station reported.
“This happens to be the one trigger for me,” the Wake County mother of four said.
The masks bring back to the trauma of her childhood when she was molested by an adult. She said the face coverings unearth those same feelings of being restricted; someone covering her mouth; she says masks send her into a panic attack.
“Putting on a mask, for me, and rebreathing my own air fills me with anxiety, fills me with that panic feeling — that fight or flight, or freeze feeling,” Belt said.
It’s not political, she says. Belt is not an “anti-masker,” someone who argues that the face coverings violate her American liberty. She proclaims her willingness to do her part in the pandemic but insists she and others like her deserve more understanding about the trauma they’re facing.
Instead, she says essential trips to the grocery store or attempts to take her daughter to the pediatrician are met with scorn.
“I’ve tried taking time to explain my situation to those people. They literally don’t care. They’re still going to shame me for not wearing a mask,” Belt said.
WakeMed behavioral health expert Dr. Nerissa Price doesn’t treat Belt but has other patients facing the same challenges of masks triggering post-traumatic stress disorder.
“No doubt there’s really no easy answers here. It’s a very difficult situation,” Price said. “I have tried to work with my patients to slowly make some inroads to feeling more comfortable with wearing a mask.”
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“It really does kind of box people in if they’re not able to use a mask,” Price said.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776