Have you noticed that every picture of Biden and the people around him involve wearing masks?
Even if Biden is all by himself signing executive orders? He wears a Mask.
When he is getting off Air Force One? He wears a Mask.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
Hanging out with his wife Jill? Wears a Mask.
Biden has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, and probably everyone in close proximity to him has, too. So why the continued need for the Mask Theater? Apparently, this is why:
Pres. Joe Biden says he’s keeping his mask on during his remarks to NIH staff, after consulting Dr. Collins and Dr. Fauci.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 11, 2021
President Biden on Thursday stressed the importance of wearing masks until at least 2022 to save lives — despite declaring the US will have enough supply of vaccines by the summer to inoculate 300 million Americans.
The president told reporters during a visit to the National Institutes of Health complex that he would not take his mask off even though he was standing more than 10 feet away from Dr. Anthony Fauci and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins.
“You know that wearing this mask through the next year here can save lives — a significant number of lives,” Biden said. “And so I apologize if you don’t hear me as clearly as you, maybe you should.”
Biden warned that the country is still “in the teeth of this pandemic” with new, highly contagious variants spreading.
“January of 2021 was the deadliest month we’ve had. We lost over 100,000 — 100,000 of our fellow citizens. We’re on track to cross 500,000 dead Americans this next month,” he said.
“The new strains emerging create immense challenges, and masking is still the easiest thing to do to save lives. But we need everyone to mask up.”
We have gone from 15 days to slow the spread to 333 days with COVID still active, along with new strains. We went from only those most vulnerable should wear masks in March, to we’re masking up until 2022 to “save lives.” Candidate Biden blamed Trump for COVID deaths and poor response to the pandemic, and said he would work to create a plan to end the pandemic. Apparently, plans to end the pandemic have been put on pause, if not given up altogether. What we have is forever pandemic language, with its symbol being normalizing Mask wearing—and maybe wearing several.
It seems it doesn’t get better.
Biden said in that same Thursday conference that the “end goal” is “beating COVID-19.”
But with each new press conference, he keeps moving the goal posts, and the American people have noticed.
You underestimate the American public. Lots of people like the mask now and are using it to advertise their business, or to support their sports team, etc.
— brownrice23 (@brownrice23) February 12, 2021
Part of making something “normal” is to make it ubiquitous and also trendy. Everyone you see, from your waitress, to your news anchors, to your favorite television characters are wearing their masks. We now have masks in fashionable colors and designs to match your outfits, emblazoned with logos and representative statements — or better yet, you can market your work or product instantly!
Despite the fact that we have several vaccines, we are wearing our masks, that evil Trump is now out of office, people are still dying as a result of COVID, and hotspots still exist. Biden claimed in December that help was on the way.
So, what gives?
More Americans have died of COVID during Joe Biden's extremely short presidency than died in the entire Vietnam War.
Let that sink in.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 16, 2021
New York Post journalist Karol Markowicz has drawn a line in the sand and is having none of it.
Repeat after me: Vaccines will end the pandemic.
This bears repeating, as some elites seem bent on prolonging restrictions for a long time, perhaps indefinitely. If they have their way, we will wear masks for years, continue to socially distance and never get back to our regular lives.
The sane among us need to make sure none of this transpires.
However, Markowicz gives no recommendations on how we can do this. The Biden administration has already shown it is pushing for more restrictions, not less, particularly with his recently signing an executive order requiring masks for air travel.
I'm very worried about forever pandemic rhetoric taking hold. No, we shouldn't wear masks after vaccination. No, you're not a “clear and present danger” to someone fully vaccinated. No, we don't need an avalanche of funding to open schools. https://t.co/zPcJu0NFYH
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) February 16, 2021
Markowicz is insistent that now that we are getting people vaccinated, we should move on with our lives and not accept the narrative. But she does not give any directives on how to do this.
Vaccines won't end it. Effective TREATMENTS/therapeutics will. We should've focused most of our energy there from the get go. Once we know COVID can be effectively treated at both early AND later stages, we can strip away the fear AND the masks, and finally take our lives back.
— LLRad (@LLRadcliff) February 16, 2021
But, Americans are creative, and it will require creativity to push back on these restrictions on our freedoms, which are indicative of this insistence of wearing masks when the science is still not settled. Even before the Biden installation, many were pushing back on this Mask cult theater, as my colleague Nick Arama documented.
There’s been a growing movement that’s just starting to get some attention. But it’s spreading in various areas throughout the country, and it’s not hard to understand why.
That’s the anti-mask flash mob.
As more and more news comes out that asymptomatic spread is basically zero and the science behind the efficacy of masks is questionable, more and more people are saying enough: open everything up and stop with the masks and restrictions.
The flash mobs go on masse to a store, speak against wearing masks and then go out again.
The Daily Caller mentioned California’s anti-mask protests in January, which involved entering big box stores and shopping maskless:
Today, “anti-mask” protesters went to Ralph’s and the Westfield Shopping Mall in Century City to defy masking requirements. As with previous “maskless shopping” events in the county, the demonstrations led to many verbal and a few physical confrontations.
— The Beverly Hills Courier (@BHCourier) January 4, 2021
And it’s not just Americans who are pushing back. Other countries are also suspicious of the intent of their leaders and their shifting goalposts, that only seem to produce more control over your life, while not actually saving lives.
Libertarian and former Reason editor Nick Gillespie evokes historians and psychologists who saw this coming:
"forever pandemic rhetoric" is what Foucault and Szasz both warned about, the control of society through seemingly beneficent medical/public health interventions. https://t.co/ySKJZPBunS
— Nick Gillespie (@nickgillespie) February 16, 2021
While Markowicz lacks solutions on the how, she is still insistent that this rhetoric must be rejected. The “forever pandemic” message only takes hold if we accept it as normal.
If we insist on a society of zero risk forever, people will never see their elderly parents again. The forever pandemic and the zero-risk society bear heavy costs.