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Gwendolyn Sims | It Is Time for Reasoned Freedom, Not Reflexive Fear

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Due to a death in the family, I recently traveled to, and stayed for several weeks, in the American Midwest and the South or what I call, Real America.

It was an unexpected cross-country trip, my sixth since the virus hysteria began. This time, unlike being in hyper-restrictive California, it felt like entering seemingly magical lands where people eat inside of restaurants, aren’t hysterical about dubious mask usage, and treat their fellow human beings with the kindness and respect they deserve.

The trip was a distinct lesson in the joys of living in reasoned freedom versus the joylessness of living in reflexive fear.

Not only were businesses more open, but the people were, too. Attitudes were different, more reasonable. Adults were expected to act as responsible adults and they did so. Having grown up in the Midwest, I instinctively knew this was so, but this trip solidified my conviction that it’s always better to live under the so-called dangerous freedom of the Right than under the paranoid subjugation of the Left.

Living in northern Los Angeles County, I hadn’t eaten inside a restaurant since sometime in March. I’d also had the pleasure of living under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mask edicts, which led to multiple close encounters with hysterical pro-maskers even when I had on my own correctly-worn mask.

By contrast, in the magical lands of Real America — even when I........

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