The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted face mask recommendations for vaccinated people Thursday.
“Fully vaccinated people,” the CDC wrote, may “resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
Lockdown advocates and leftists who adopted the face mask as a political marker, however, despite full vaccination, pledged to maintain their obedience to strict pandemic mask protocols for fear of even the slightest appearance of association with conservatives they hold in contempt.
This idea to engage in such self-restriction was first mocked online after the CDC relaxed recommendations for vaccinated people outdoors. The DCist published an anonymous “Overheard in D.C.” post which featured an individual conceding the face mask is unnecessary but added, “I really don’t want people to think I’m a Republican.”
not wearing a mask is the new MAGA hat https://t.co/ePzpZLTQEZ
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) April 30, 2021
MSNBC’s Joy Reid celebrated how she, fully vaccinated, would continue to jog in the park with two masks on regardless of the new CDC guidance. For leftists, the agency’s guidances used to be taken as sacred gospel, especially under the Trump administration. Reid is now not only rejecting those she previously revered at the CDC, but hurting herself while she engages in the performative theater.
The movement to adopt face masks as a permanent fixture for the sake of signaling a political team appears to have expanded beyond an anonymous “overheard in D.C.” post and into an actual concept pursued by pro-mask, and therefore anti-vaxxer, leftists.
On Friday, Parkland shooting survivor-turned liberal activist David Hogg wrote, “I feel the need to continue wearing my mask outside even though I’m fully vaccinated because the inconvenience of having to wear a mask is more than worth it to have people not think I’m not a conservative.”
The responses to President Joe Biden’s Instagram post announcing the new CDC guidance is also telling.
“New CDC Guidance,” Biden wrote. “Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask.”
Some users were outraged.
“Yeah I would but I’m not tryna be looking like an anti-vaxxer,” one wrote.
Another said, “I don’t want to look like an anti-masker. That’s my only problem.”
“I’m still wearing my mask cause I don’t want to be mistaken for a Republican,” wrote another.
Those demanding strict compliance with face masks, even post-vaccination, are essentially expressing how little faith they have in the efficacy of the vaccine. If one got vaccinated and is therefore protected from the virus, why treat others’ behavior as a life-threatening risk?
It seems those demanding life with absolute zero risk also never got the memo they could stay home and refrain from participation in the activities they disapprove. That was true even before the arrival of vaccines.
Biden tweet his new masking “rule.”
“Get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do,” Biden wrote. “The choice is yours.”
There is no rule, and I have always had a choice to do either, both, or neither. Americans are citizens, not subjects. https://t.co/ygCF9EmvzT
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 13, 2021
In a sane world, where the left still possessed regard for liberty, those with elevated concern of the virus would hold faith in their own vaccination, and allow others to make their own decisions for their health. The face mask however, is an empty signature of self-congratulation, where a hollow sign of moral righteousness has led the vocal anti-vaxxer left addicted to contempt will continue to seek submission from their political opponents, no matter the science.