I have a hunch that voluntary outdoor mask-wearing drives a certain slice of conservatives crazy because they themselves do a lot of small but symbolic public acts of political affiliation, so they assume masks are just that, political symbols, rather than earnest health choices.
To be clear, I don’t wear a mask outdoors in public, and I think at this point I’m generally against mandates to do so. But it would never occur to me to be bothered by someone wearing one voluntarily, and I find it quite intriguing that a sizable number of conservatives are.
I think the error here is that for many people—maybe even a majority of people—there’s no conscious political content to the decision to wear or not wear a mask. It’s literally not a dimension of their thinking on the subject.
But for a tiny fraction of mask-wearers, it *has* become a sort of political statement, of affiliation with progressives. Which in turns leads to many overtly political conservatives to see the politics first in all outdoor-maskers.
I’m sure there are plenty of issues where we could observe the opposite phenomenon—overtly political liberals finding symbolic conservative politics in things normal people just choose to do. I don’t think this is exclusive to conservatives. I just find it interesting.
As @RevGrey points out, owning a gun is a big one in the opposite direction, as is, to a lesser degree, just going to church.

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Someone photoshop this photo into the TV.
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Maybe it’s just Twitter, but I feel like a heck of a lot of people are doing really bad risk assessments, in both directions.
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Hear me out on this one: what if Congress—the “master”—decides it wants to provide for a city council, or, heck, make DC a sovereign entity.

If we are so sure the capital city should be ruled by Congress, why the beef when Congress decides how to administratively rule the city?
It’s should be the be most natural thing in the world for people who believe Congress has unilateral authority over DC to accept that Congress might want to shrink DC and spin-off a sovereign state, or provide for a less-than-sovereign measure of self-government.
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But that’s *not* what Congress chose. They chose democratic home rule. Now maybe statehood.
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