Biden Says He’d Mandate Face Masks As a 'Patriotic Duty'

P. Gardner Goldsmith | August 23, 2020
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There’s something peculiar about Joe Biden’s love of masks.

Since 1987 -- when he hid behind words that sounded eerily similar to a speech delivered by British politician Neil Kinnock – to 2018, when he bragged to a fawning gaggle of internationalists that he threatened to withhold an already unconstitutional $1 billion “foreign aid” package unless Ukraine fired the man investigating Burisma, the energy corporation on which his drug-troubled son, Hunter, had been placed, Joe seems to like hiding the real world from public scrutiny.

And now, he’s pushing for more mask-wearing.

Breitbart’s Kyle Olsen and many Americans noticed that in his 2020 Democratic Party Presidential Nomination teleprompter lullaby, Mr. Biden told the artificial audience that he wants…

…a national mandate to wear a mask – not as a burden, but as patriotic duty to protect one another.

Which is curious for numerous reasons.

First, even if mask-wearing were shown to be effective at “protecting others” while not presenting serious negative health downsides, Mr. Biden’s law school experience, his glorious time in the U.S. Senate, and eight wonderful years as Vice President should inform him that there’s nothing in the Constitution granting anyone in the U.S. federal, state, or local governments the power to “mandate” masks.

It’s possible that Joe got his hands on some heretofore unknown copy of an Alternate Constitution, from BizarroAmerica, but, so far, no one has come forward to show us that astounding document.

And isn’t it cute to see how a politician threatening people with actual government violence if they don’t comply with his mandate also displays the unalloyed cheek to claim that what he wants to command is not “a burden” but is “a patriotic duty?”

Leave it to a politician to define for others how those folks should feel about his diktat – claiming not only the power to give the order, but the omniscience to tell others how to feel about his order.

No one can say that Mr. Biden ever suffered from a surfeit of “pluck.”

And, given the fact that vast swaths of the U.S. population already have accepted the disastrous Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), without bothering to mention to Joe and the general political mafia that there’s nothing in their U.S. Constitution granting powers for any of them, it’s quite possible that many of those Americans would accept the magical muzzles, even as they sneer at people who stand for individual liberty and the rules of the Constitution.

Sure, the Tenth Amendment explicitly says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

But that hasn’t stopped bureaucratic metastasis, nor has it stopped many bleating American sheep from surrounding the hairy legs of one of their glorious shepherds as he ushers them into their Kafkaesque corral.

Don’t bother reminding them about the Constitution, nor about the fact that the most popular masks feature a warning on their box saying that they “don’t provide protection” against spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus for those who wear them. Don’t bother mentioning that the masks are only of extremely limited use to stop viral loads carried on vapor expelled by the wearer, because, of course, the N95 mask only stops things that are .3 microns in size, while the Wuhan Coronavirus particle is .1 micron.

Don’t bother showing the sheep a recent report – or a report from June -- showing that asymptomatic people generally are not the ones spreading the virus, but, as with most transmitted diseases, those who are symptomatic and carrying a huge viral load are the main source of COVID19 transmission.

Don’t bother mentioning to the sheep that the drawbacks for asymptomatic and healthy people to wear masks likely outweigh any possible plus they might derive from the voodoo ritual. Heck, even Gavin Newsom’s California Department of Public Health warned folks that people with lung and heart trouble and little kids shouldn’t wear them because they interfere with breathing.

And don’t EVER tell the sheep that the fatality rate for COVID19 is comparable to the seasonal flu, meaning that if they comply with Uncle Joe’s Stalinesque mandate should he get to issue it, they will have to accept any such mandate every flu season in order to protect the old and immunocompromised.

Just remind people of what Joe says, and let them nod like bobbleheads.

As Breitbart’s Olsen notes:

Last week, Biden called for mask-wearing while Americans are ‘outside.’ “Let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide,’ he said. “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they are outside for the next three months at a minimum.’

And, just like he didn’t have any constitutional power to offer or withhold American tax cash to or from politicians in Ukraine, Uncle Joe doesn’t have any power to do that in the U.S.

Despite what the sheep might bleat.