Make no mistake about it, the CDC’s reversal of the mask “recommendations” is a strategic move to help clear the way for vaẍ mandates in the near future. From a political standpoint, that is the only purpose it could serve for the Biden Administration.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidance on Tuesday. The agency’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, told reporters:
“in areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks in public, indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta variant and protect others… this includes schools… CDC recommends that everyone in K-12 schools wear a mask indoors, including teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall with proper prevention strategies in place.”
The reason for the change is supposedly due to the reported spike in CoVid-19 cases related to the Delta variant, which the CDC cited as responsible for 83% of recently analyzed CoVid-19 cases nationwide. Walensky claims that the updated guidance is aimed at protecting immunocompromised people and unvaccinated individuals, including children under 12 who are not yet eligible for the shots. Walensky added, “This is not a decision that we… have made lightly… this weighs heavily on me.”
The Biden Administration and much of the medical community continues to insist that the CoVid-19 vaccines, still approved under temporary emergency status by the FDA, are highly effective. The CDC itself warned of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” when it announced last week that 97% of people hospitalized recently from CoVid-19 are unvaccinated.
Many Americans are confused about the rationale here; if the vaccines work, why do vaccinated people need to wear masks? If they don’t work, why is the government pushing so hard to make us take it? With the public’s tolerance for more mandates wearing thin, it’s unclear how this move will shake out politically for the Biden administration. Voices on the left will likely cite the reason for the change as an abundance of caution – and those who are not politically savvy may actually believe that. There is mounting scientific evidence that masks did little or nothing to slow the spread of the coronavirus the first time. Now, with roughly half the population vaccinated, they make even less sense. Additionally, the public’s tolerance for more mandates is wearing thin; it doesn’t make political sense to throw a confusing and irritating new mandate out there… at first.
The reason for this mask mandate is to lay the groundwork for a vaccine mandate – whether it be explicit or de facto. By forcing the vaccinated to don masks again because of the ‘selfishly unvaccinated,’ the Biden Administration is building a foundation on which to lay an outright vaccine mandate. Vaccinated leftists will feel entitled to direct the rage they already feel towards those on the Cultural Right, using their “unvaccinated status” as a mere pretense, and the Administration will gain the momentum it needs to push vaccine mandate – something liberals would normally be uncomfortable with – across the finish line.
Many Americans are also confused about the authority of the CDC, a bureaucratic agency operating as part of the Biden Administration. Technically speaking, the CDC does not have the authority to unilaterally create public policy; however, many state and local agencies which do have the authority, as well as private institutions such as schools, automatically defer to the CDC’s guidance. Consequently, the CDC “recommendations” are implemented as a matter of law, having the practical effect of imbuing the unelected officials at the CDC with lawmaking powers. Many believe this to be an extraconstitutional use of federal power.
It’s unclear at this point how local jurisdictions will react to the new CDC guidance. Unlike the first round of mask recommendations/mandates, many states, especially Republican-controlled states, will push back against the recommendations. Currently eight states have flat-out banned schools from requiring masks; an rule which now flies directly in the face of CDC guidance.
The only thing for certain is that this move is sure to turn up the already scorching political temperature across the nation.
You can listen to Dr. Walensky discuss the new CDC guidance in the embedded YouTube video below.