The Patriot Post® · Tyrants Keep Mask Mandates

By Nate Jackson ·

The clear message from Democrat tyrants is that vaccines don’t work. We’re only partly serious, of course, because while that is indeed the message Democrats are sending, the real story is that they just won’t let go of power.

We’ll start with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Despite the CDC’s big announcement Thursday to grant fully vaccinated Americans “permission” to go maskless, Pelosi says the House will still require masks. “No,” she said in answer to a question about ending the mandate. “Are they all vaccinated?” She added, “We cannot require someone to be vaccinated.” No, but she can cling to that mask mandate.

President Joe Biden did, after all, give every American an ultimatum: “The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do. The choice is yours.”

One hundred percent of Democrat members of both chambers have been vaccinated, while the numbers are at least 45% and 92% for House and Senate Republicans, respectively. Many of those who’ve not been vaccinated have antibodies from already having had COVID, though Brian Monahan, the attending physician to Congress, insists that’s not good enough.

Thus, we’re left to conclude that Pelosi is deeply concerned about the health of her friends on the Republican side of the aisle.

Okay, we’ll admit to sarcasm. In truth, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise nailed what’s really going on, saying, “It’s about control.”

Next, we’ll move to New York, where both Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not yet relax mask mandates despite the CDC guidance. Both explain that they’re “reviewing the guidance.” Cuomo boasted, “In New York, we have always relied on the facts and the science to guide us throughout the worst of this pandemic and in our successful reopening.”

Yes, this from the guy who issued an order last spring sending thousands of New Yorkers to their COVID deaths in nursing homes. Regarding COVID in nursing homes, New York has a worst-in-the-nation death toll of more than 15,000. Not to worry, though — Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, who helped Cuomo cover up that deadly scandal, will be reviewing the CDC’s recommendations and advising Cuomo on what to do.

De Blasio? Don’t mind him — he’s just eating a burger at a press conference and offering free French fries to the vaccinated.

On the other side of the country, California Governor Gavin Newsom has been another of the strictest lockdowners. He says residents of his state can finally forgo masks … maybe after June 15.

Perhaps we’re being too hard on these Democrats for refusing to follow the science as decreed by the CDC. After all, this is the CDC we’re talking about — an agency that has dishonestly manipulated the numbers, colluded with the powerful teachers unions to keep schools hampered by unnecessary restrictions, and obviously timed its sudden announcement Thursday to relieve Joe Biden from a horrible week of inflation, gas lines, and Middle East violence.

Regarding schools, despite relaxing guidelines for most Americans, the CDC kept the least vulnerable among us — children — under strict orders of wearing masks for the remainder of the school year. Maybe that’s understandable because children under 12 still can’t be vaccinated. But the guidance applies K-12, and the same CDC also says, “Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all.” Forgive us for concluding this mandate is less about protecting children than about bowing to the teachers unions.

We’re hearing one thing from the CDC and another thing from CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “This is not permission for widespread removal of masks,” Walensky said Sunday, three days after the agency did indeed condone widespread removal of masks — at least if you consider the nearly 125 million Americans who are now fully vaccinated as constituting “widespread.” Besides, it wasn’t political, she says; it was the “evolving data on the science.”

The end result of all this? A lot of confusion in the public, including angry shoppers who simply want to follow the science but whose governors and mayors won’t let them.

This is America. The heavy hand of government has never been a good or acceptable tool for determining the behavior of free citizens. If the CDC had been actually reliable and respectable from the beginning, and if the ruling class hadn’t become so quickly addicted to power with COVID as an excuse, we’d all be better off today. We call it the ChiCom Virus pandemic because this virus has proven to be communist in more ways than one.