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Tucker Carlson Unhinged Over Masks

I know that will not sit well with many of his most devoted fans. But I tend to prefer those who can advance compelling intellectual argument in support of conservativism rather than go for the jugular with hyperbolic analyses.

While I tend to agree with his GENERAL conservative views, I found him unpleasantly smug, arrogant and condescending – the triple crown of personality traits I find repulsive.  I also find his spin on many of the issues to be beyond credible and needlessly provocative – giving those on the left too easy a target to malign conservatives across-the-board.  In my judgment, Carlson too often makes contemporary conservativism look bad.

I was shocked that the honchos at FOX decided to give him the primo spot – replacing Bill O’Reilly.  Since I need to explore ALL the news, I do occasionally tune into Carlson.  I rarely find anything he says to be helpful.  And too often, I find myself wincing.

Yes, I know he has a huge audience.  I do believe that it has as much to do with the time slot and personal popularity – which automatically is the most popular time for cable television commentary.  If Carlson was replaced, his successor would inherit the bulk of that audience automatically – as he did from O’Reilly.

Carlson also benefits because of the competition on the left.  I mean, Anderson Cooper on CNN and Chris Hayes on MSNBC?   Really?  While the left-wing elitists control most of the mainstream cable content, the general American audience has always shown a preference for conservative programming.

Remember when the left tried to resurrect Phil Donahue?  Failed.  When they put together a show featuring former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and former Texas Governor Ann Richards?  Failed. And when they launched the radical left network Air America?  Failed.

One only need check out the ratings between FOX and the network’s chief antagonists, CNN and MSNBC – two stations that have made destroying FOX a major part of their daily programming strategy.  Talk radio is dominated by conservative programs because liberal talk is not very popular.

Recently, Carlson went completely over the edge.  In essence, he said the non-mask wearing folks should accost mask wearers in public.  We should claim that seeing those masks makes us uncomfortable and uneasy.  Conservatives are not that fragile.  He further recommended that if you see parents with masked children, you should call the police because that – in Carlson’s opinion – is child abuse. That is just plain nuts.

Carlson seems to forget that one of the major tenets of conservatism is individual choice.  “Free to Choose,” as Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman titled his seminal book on American freedom.  I pushed back against the self-righteous on the left who confronted non-masked citizens and want government imposition – and I have no more tolerance for Carlson’s approach.

If you follow my writings, you will know that I have been a critic of unnecessary mask-wearing.  Anyone who is vaccinated does not need to wear a mask because the chance of getting or giving Covid-19 is EXTREMELY unlikely – close to zero.  As one doctor noted, the odds are so long that it would have to be expressed with several zeroes after the decimal point.

But I do recognize that a lot of people feel better if they wear masks.  Some do not follow the science and have excessive fears.  Others may see it as a symbolic gesture in support of those unvaccinated.  And yet others may fear being shamed or criticized by the activist mask-wearers.  They may see it as a political statement since the whole thing has been sadly politicized for more than a year.

Even if I think it is unnecessary, I still hold to the fundamental conservative position that others are free to choose without government or individual interference.  There is no real harm in wearing a mask, so let them.

To promote in-your-face confrontation over the question … to mask or not to mask … is not only silly, but potentially harmful to improving the civic comity we should all like to see more of.

And to say that having one’s child wear a mask is child abuse – and the police should be summoned – not only dilutes the seriousness of real child abuse, but it creates unnecessary inter-personal conflict and unnecessary burden on the police – who are already reeling by the left’s defunding campaign.

Personally, I do not like to see young boys with teenage hairstyles – such as Mohawks.  But I would not charge their parents with child abuse.

We can only hope that no one will take up Carlson’s counterproductive call-to-harms.  But I fear that the left-wing media will dig out some rare examples to further demonize all conservatives with the broad-brush of propaganda.  Thanks a lot, Tucker.

So, there ‘tis.

Larry Horist
So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.
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4 COMMENTS

  1. Unfortunately these times almost require hyperbole to get a message through to the masses of ignorant intolerant seemingly uneducated and indoctrinated leftists. We live in a time where tolerance and balance is only seen as weakness and opportunity for those koolaid drinkers that take very little if any time to apply analytical thought to any and every subject. Even those who seem relatively intelligent and hold degrees fall into the lazy pattern of regurgitating leftist nonsense. Preferring to espouse the rhetoric of lame stream media rather then logical thought and discussion. Any and all opposition is quelled and dismissed without an opportunity to show why they just might be mistaken. Given the leftists incessant onslaught day after day with an unrelenting message of all conservatives being racist misogynistic along with cancel culture destroying the lives of anyone who even appears to disagree it’s not so difficult to understand the frustration of those who few who stand stalwart against constant lies. When logic and common sense are considered outdated foolish and even ignorant does speaking with those qualities have any effect on the indoctrinated? There is no difficulty in getting the support of those who already agree with you but this is not the point of a conservative news opinion outlet. The idea is to convert those who tend not to think for themselves and sometimes if not always hyperbole and intolerance work towards that end. It’s evidenced by entire colleges and most every university churning out more liberals daily. Politics is a ditty game that requires the speaker to reach their audience by whatever means necessary regardless of the need for commonality or understanding the implications of their speech. The left has come to understand this and has completely abandoned the principles of each of us having the right to their own opinions and ideals. In the face of nonstop rhetoric by the left I’m simply not sure Tucker is mistaken in his approach only because the message is lost when it can’t be heard against the roar of the liberal agenda and its clear opposition to any thought that might challenge them. When attempting to have a logical discussion and your opponents shout over you there are two options. One is walk away which doesn’t get your message across at all. The other is to shout louder than your opponent. This would appear to be bad form but bad form is a clearer message than silence. Unfortunately this the landscape by which all conservatives must accept as fact and therefore the choice is clear. The high moral ground though is the right ground doesn’t get through because those who have abandoned it won’t allow the message to be spoken or written. If the message can’t be heard it can’t reach its intended audience. Perhaps when the ridiculous policies of the left are tried and failed once again lessons that have been lost will have been relearned common sense logic and considered discussion will again prevail but until then we of the right must be willing to get dirty along with the muckrakers of the left or our voices will never be heard again.
    Sad but true these are the realities conservative Americans face today.

  2. Tucker tells the truth, the whole truth, not like ANY of the Dems. and he uses commonsense not frenzy in his reports. If we paid attention to what he says and quietly and thoughtfully questioned him about his thoeries and comments both he and would be much better off ! ! !

  3. Well said Tucker does have a tendency to trivialise important issue by making stupid analogies.

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