Just about everyone knows the folk wisdom definition of insanity, “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

That quote is usually and wrongly attributed to Albert Einstein – a very smart guy – and, in keeping with that definition, many county citizens don’t see the new mask mandate as a smart move at all.

This week, after the Guilford County Board of Commissioners voted to restore a mask mandate for people in stores, offices, restaurants or other public establishments, former Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Jeff Phillips unloaded on the move that he said was “incompetent” – and that he, frankly, implied was insane.

“I guess all the lockdowns, restrictions, mask mandates, and massive global vaccination push hasn’t worked yet, huh?” Phillips stated in a text message to the Rhino Times.  “A Covid-19 spike following the most significant vaccination campaign in modern history? In the middle of the summer, no less? Head scratching, to say the least. Just more of the same ineffective rinse and repeat rhetoric and restrictive policies that didn’t work the first time around and, unfortunately, won’t eradicate the virus this time either.”

Phillips, who has severed as chairman of the Board of Commissioners, served on the board for eight year between 2012 and 2020 before deciding not to run again. Throughout the pandemic he has been publicly critical of the actions taken by the Board of Commissioners.

“You know what repeating the same misguided responses over and over hoping for a different result is called, right?” Phillips continued.  “Exactly. Great leadership, guys! Just what the doctor ordered. Not. When are Guilford County citizens going to wake up and start calling our elected decision-makers out for what they really are? Incompetent.”

Philips, a Republican, has plenty of company in his disdain for the new mask mandate.

There were two county commissioners who voted no to the new mask mandate: Commissioners Justin Conrad and Alan Perdue, the board’s two Republicans.