HealthPandemicUnmask Colorado

2020-06-01by Donna Walter

It’s time to unmask Colorado.  Unmask the rioters.  Unmask law-abiding free people so we can live and work. These masks do more harm than good. They serve neither public health nor public safety.

It’s time to restore order and unmask Colorado. We must restore our constitutional order (free speech, free assembly, freedom of religion) and abandon the order of fear.

Free speech doesn’t protect violent protests. It does protect political speech and peaceful assembly.  It protects against restrictions on speech but also protects against state-compelled speech.

Compelled Speech

Mask mandates are symbolic, according to medical professionals and public health officials, including Dr. Fauci. Public mask wearing is symbolic speech, nothing more. State authorities can’t use public health to compel symbolic speech, especially harmful symbolic speech.

“I want to make it be a symbol for people to see,” said Dr. Fauci, ”That’s the kind of thing you should be doing.”  Further, “As a society, just forget about shaking hands”, Fauci said, on the other hand, endorsing internet hookups, “If you’re willing to take a risk – and you know, everybody has their own tolerance for risks – you could figure out if you want to meet somebody.”

“We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection”, reports the New England Journal of Medicine.  “The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal,” they write, “The desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”


Pandemic fear is killing people. Strokes fell by 40 percent during the pandemic, it seems.  We know that patients are refusing critical care out of fear.  600 doctors signed a letter to the President, calling lock downs a “mass casualty incident”.  Naturally, suicide is rising.  Meanwhile, pandemic fear is destroying the independent medical practices who provide our healthcare.

“Masks are not only tools, they are also talismans that may help increase … perceived sense of safety,” says NEJM but, “Such reactions may not be strictly logical … One might argue that fear and anxiety are better countered with data and education”.

Public health can’t compel us to scare people to death.  Yes, Colorado Public Health was unmasked for overstating Covid deaths. Yes, public health models, “They were all wrong. They were all wrong,” argued NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  No, public health cannot compel us to wear symbols – not masks, not political symbols, not religious insignia.


Masks bring more fear than safety.  Fear is the real killer.  Authorities should remember the Hippocratic oath, “First, do no harm”. Great harm is being done in the name of public health. It costs lives. It destroys trust in public health. That’s why we’re calling on authorities to end mask mandates. They’re harmful and unconstitutional.

Let’s lead traumatized people away from fear. It’s time for leaders to lead the unmasking of Colorado. I’ll take leadership on this, as your advocate, as I should. (I think the job description for leader includes “lead”.) This fight is about more than face coverings. It’s about freedom: free speech and freedom from fear.

We need your help. This fight is about you, the people of Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado. Please, join our fight.  Donate to our campaign, at

Thank you,
Dr. Donna Walter
Republican Candidate for Colorado House District 52