Some guy from Texas who vocally opposed mask and coronavirus vaccine mandates died of covid last week… and his wife has the gall to put up a GoFundMe page asking us to help pay for her husband’s medical expenses.
Caleb Wallace said the following to City of San Angelo officials at a public meeting on November 13, 2020:
“My health has nothing to do with you. As harsh as that sounds, but our constitutional, fundamental rights protect that. Nothing else.” said Wallace.
“I’m sorry if that comes off as blunt and that I don’t care. I do care. I care more about freedom than I do for your personal health” [Jeff Caldwell and Russell Falcon, “Caleb Wallace, Anti-Mask Organizer and Co-Founder of the San Angelo Freedom Defenders, Dies of Covid-19,” wire via KELO-TV, 2021.08.28].
Wallace was, of course, stunningly wrong: if you live in community, if you come within shouting distance of anyone (and Wallace certainly did that for public meetings and interviews), your health has a great deal to do with the people around you.
But if Wallace’s health had nothing to do with us, then the failure of his health has nothing to do with us, either. Wallace cared more about freedom than anyone else’s personal health. Freedom is about making choices… and choices come with consequences and responsibilities. He chose not to wear a mask. He chose to prioritize political grandstanding over preventing the spread of disease. He got sick, took his worm pills, and died, leaving his wife without a husband and his children without a father.
This may come off as blunt, as saying that I don’t care. I do care. I care more about Wallace’s freedom (and freedom’s inextricably correlate responsibility) than about his and his family’s personal health. I can say and we all should say to his widow, without remorse, go fund yourself.
At least, that’s what we would say if we held Wallace’s beliefs.