President Joe Biden told NBC’s “Today” show on Friday that it is a “patriotic duty” for Americans to wear a mask, even if they have already been fully vaccinated for the coronavirus.
With a few sentences, Biden rewrote the course material for basic civics classes, assuming those classes are still being taught to kids, while he also contributed to many Americans’ hesitancy to getting vaccinated.
In an interview with co-anchor Craig Melvin on NBC’s “Today” show, Biden flouted science and asked Americans to engage in what is essentially political theatre — rebranding it as a selfless and patriotic sacrifice.
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“A lot of folks excited that they can now shed these masks if they’ve been double-vaccinated. Are you going to be one of these folks now?” Melvin asked Biden, adding, “Are we no longer going to see the President of the United States outside with the mask on?”
Biden, in a statement which amended to the list of commonly accepted civic duties, answered he would continue to wear a mask, and he thinks you should, too.
“Sure, sure, I mean, but what I’m going to do, though, because the likelihood of my being able to do outside and people not come up to me is not very — very high,” he said. “So it’s like — look, you and I took our masks off when I came in because look at the distance we are. But if we were, in fact, sitting there talking to one another close, I’d have my mask on, and I bet you’d have a mask on, even though we’ve both been vaccinated.”
“And so, it’s a small precaution to take that has a profound impact. It’s a patriotic responsibility, for God’s sake. It’s making sure that your wife, your children, you’re — if, in fact, they haven’t been vaccinated, making sure that they’re not going to get sick,” Biden said of continuing to wear masks, post-vaccination.
The CDC, meanwhile, has issued guidance stating vaccinated individuals “can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart.” So what “science” is Biden basing his claims on?
The president basically signaled that vaccinated Americans risk infecting others with the coronavirus. That of course again raises the question so many people are asking: why get vaccinated if there is apparently no benefit?
Americans are being told to get a vaccine that is so effective that they still have to wear a mask and stay away from other people. Many of them are avoiding the needle and relying on their body’s immune system — and you can’t blame them.
None of this is to discount the reported efficacy or safety of vaccinations. It’s an observation that the federal government is undermining its own messaging. One could argue that avoiding the jab, until government is honest with the American people, is itself a patriotic duty.
We all have a duty to keep elected officials honest and transparent. There is nothing transparent about being told to get vaccinated for a virus you’re most likely to survive with few complications anyway, and then to be asked to essentially go home and stay there.
There is nothing transparent about being inoculated with an effective vaccine, only to be asked to use extreme caution if you indeed dare to venture out. Either vaccines work, or they don’t.
It’s also peculiar that Biden would invoke patriotism when asking people to get vaccinated. Democrats, broadly speaking, are not big on taking pride in their American identity, or in celebrating the country for its unique place in world history. So many of those on the left actually view the country is racist, evil and fundamentally flawed, so why an appeal to patriotism?
Still, per Biden, wearing a mask while immune is as American as leaving the neighbor’s apple pie on the window sill alone, voting, staying out of jail, paying taxes and registering for the Selective Service Act.
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