Biden Urges States To Maintain Mask Mandates As A ‘Patriotic Duty’

Biden Urges States To Maintain Mask Mandates As A ‘Patriotic Duty’

President Joe Biden urged leaders across the country Monday to reinstate mask mandates and pause reopening efforts, claiming it’s “the only way we will ever get back to normal.”

“I’m reiterating my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate,” Biden said. “Please, this is not politics. Reinstate the mandate if you let it down. And businesses should require masks as well … Look, as I do my part to accelerate the vaccine distribution and vaccinations, I need the American people to do their part as well.”

Biden said mask mandates are the “only way” Americans will be able to attend events like graduations and weddings again.

“Mask up. Mask up. It’s a patriotic duty,” he said. “It’s the only way we will ever get back to normal. To cheer together in stadiums full of fans. To gather together in holidays again safely.”

Despite the president’s claims, several states that have lifted mask mandates, or never forced citizens to wear face coverings, have equal or in some cases, fewer COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per capita than states that did enforce such policies.

As Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, “Florida got it right and the lockdown states got it wrong.”

For ages 65 and up, Florida is below 40 states in per capita mortality for seniors, as well as has a 4.8 percent unemployment rate. New York and New Jersey, which enforced extreme lockdown measures and extended mask mandates outdoors, are the two highest infections per capita states in the country right now, according to Axios.

Biden’s claim that “this is not about politics” is dubious given the fact that he is calling for an abandonment of federalism, and instead, demanding for states across the country to heed his COVID-19 alarmism and wear face coverings on his command.

The president’s insinuation that masking is “a patriotic duty” that will allow Americans to resume their lives is preposterous. Evidenced by the influx of people to Florida and other states to spend time with family and friends in a non-restricted location, Americans are not waiting for the federal government at the drop of a hat to tell them what they can and can’t do.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 cases have drastically decreased in the past 10 weeks. The seven-day moving average in January was at its peak about 283,000 cases, whereas there are only 47,464 cases as of March 28. In terms of deaths, there were 560 compared to a peak of 6,585 on April 15, 2020.

As of March 24, 130.5 million vaccination doses have been administered. More than 25 percent of Americans have received one of two doses, and 70.3 percent of those 65 or older have gotten one of two doses.

Nonetheless, Biden seeks to use the power of the federal government to demand people obey his tyrannical orders. Vaccine passports are next.

Gabe Kaminsky is a senior contributor to The Federalist. His writing has appeared in RealClearPolitics, The American Conservative, the American Mind, the New York Post, and other outlets. Follow him on Twitter @Gabe__Kaminsky and email tips to [email protected]
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