I’m so confused. Is a mandate the same as a law? When I looked up the differences between the two, I was met with lots of legal gobbledegook – words that added to the confusion. I would never have made a good lawyer, having to wade through tons of legalese and wordy phrases that simply complicate my thinking.
The way I read it, which is certainly not based on any fact or knowledge, is that a mandate is not enforceable as a law, because it has not been voted upon by the elected officials. However, mandates for the general well being of the population are necessary. Since we haven’t been living in normal times, we’re having to learn new things every day.
So if we don’t wear a mask for whatever logical reason, we aren’t breaking any written law, but if we don’t wear a mask, we’re also placing others in jeopardy, which just ain’t right. However, if we are protesting and our voices need to be heard, we don’t necessarily have to wear a mask. If we don’t wear one, however, we are making a point and isn’t that what peaceful protest is all about?
I guess my thinking is that we use common sense in the case of masks. I will wear one because it’s mandated that I do. However, if I pass out while wearing one, who is responsible? Or more to the point, who can I blame? Maybe this will encourage people to cocoon once more. Who is going to willingly wear a mask? Wouldn’t it just be easier to stay home and have all your meals delivered.
Yesterday I purchased a package of cloth masks. It was a five pack and reasonably priced. When I put one on it barely reached from ear to ear. In fact, instead of a training bra, I had acquired a set of training masks. Maybe I’ll sew two of them together to get the right fit.
The problem is, we’re facing this thing with new information on a daily basis. We’ve not seen a pandemic like this before. We don’t know how to treat it. We’re isolating ourselves (by mandate) and in the process unable to build any immunities to it. Doctors aren’t sure what the protocol is because it changes from day to day. I feel OK about grocery shopping, but I still fear going to church and singing my lungs out. I’ve found technology fills the need to worship, but it just isn’t the same.
So getting back to my original question. A law is something which must be voted on by the legislative branch of our government – the voice of the people. A mandate is issued by a governor or president for the benefit and safety of the population. Did I get that right? Maybe some lawyer out there can explain it better than I.