Ever since Tucker Carlson Tonight first aired, Carlson's commentary has always been among the best in America, with The American Conservative rightly dubbing him "the Populist Paladin of Primetime."
But last night's monologue was something much greater: it was a rallying call to action, remniscient of Peter Finch's epic monologue in the movie Network, in which the newscaster Howard Beale tells his audience to shout from their windows: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"
Carlson began with a righteous tirade against our evil government officials having issued tyrannical orders that the public wear masks, even when outdoors, when science has known for over a year that the Chinese coronavirus doesn't spread outdoors.
Most importantly, he called out the American people's shameful inaction. Too few of us fought back.
Carlson noted that we have known the government's orders were all based on lies since last June, "when America's so-called public health community united as one to tell us that coronavirus restrictions do not apply to BLM rioters. They're exempt from the virus!
"You're still not allowed to get married, or go to church, or see your elderly parents as they die alone, but if you break things on behalf of the Democratic Party's power structure, you can loot the dollar store, and no one gets sick. That's science!"
Tucker continued: "And the second they told us that, we knew for certain they weren't serious.
"So why did we keep playing along? That is a sincere question. We should ponder that question. We acquiesced to their power grab. We let it happen."
After another round of observing the sheer lunacy of so many government orders, including demanding children wear masks when playing tennis and standing 30 feet away from anyone, Carlson repeated:
"Future generations will mock us for this, but we allowed it."
And then, Tucker Carlson told his audience that it's time to stop being meek and start calling out the Cult of the Mask when we see them in public.
The only people who wear masks voluntarily outside are zealots and neurotics.
How neurotic are they? Well, we know. A Pew survey from last March found that 64 percent of white Americans who classify themselves as "liberal" or "very liberal" have been diagnosed with an actual mental health condition.
And you see them everywhere, when you walk down the street in any major city. If you dare to go on foot from Union Station to the Capitol, for example, in Washington without wearing a mask, angry Biden voters will snort at you and judge you.
"How could you?" They're saying from behind the gauze.
How could you?
That's the question that we should be asking of them in return.
The rest of us should be snorting at them first. Theyíre the aggressors. Itís our job to brush them back and restore the society we were born in. So the next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or on the bike path, do not hesitate. Ask politely but firmly, "Would you please take off your mask? Science shows there is no reason for you to be wearing it. Your mask is making me uncomfortable."
We should do that and we should keep doing it until wearing a mask outside is roughly as socially accepted as lighting a Marlboro on an elevator. Itís repulsive. Donít do it around other people.
Thatís the message we should send because it's true.
As for forcing children to wear masks outside, that should be illegal. Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response to seeing someone beat a kid in Walmart. Call the police immediately. Contact Child Protective Services. Keep calling until someone arrives. What you're looking at is abuse, it's child abuse, and you are morally obligated to attempt to prevent it.
If it's your own children being abused, then act accordingly. Let's say your kid's school emailed you and announced that every day after lunch, your sixth-grader was going to get punched in the face by a teacher.
How would you respond to that?
That's precisely how you should respond when they tell you that your kids have to wear masks on the soccer field. That is unacceptable, it is dangerous, and we should act like it, because it is.
Tucker is right, and as the most prominent conservative figure in the American media, if ever there was a call to action that the conservative movement should amplify and breathe life into, this is it.
It's time to stop being meek toward the mask cultists. And it's time to encourage our fellow citizens to stop obeying them.
But one thing Tucker Carlson missed: While direct, personal action is needed to snap our fellow citizens out of the mask mind control, what is also needed is effective political mobilization to remove from power every politician that has supported and condoned this barbarity.
That is why Rescue Michigan is asking every citizen to organize right in your own community. That is why we give you the tools and training to organize and mobilize.
That is the only path to victory.
As Tucker said: "They will not stop until we make them stop."