Yesterday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first public policy speech. As most of you know, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Therefore, one would have expected their initial policy announcement to be comprehensive, well-constructed, and significant. One would have anticipated a statement dealing with the economy, racial inequality, healthcare or some other similarly weighty issue that Americans really care about. Instead what we got was an inane and gratuitous mask mandate.
What, you say? Isn’t it safer to wear a mask at all times? How can it hurt? Please see my response below.
- Yes. We should wear a mask whenever we are inside or in close proximity to other people. Six feet of separation has become the standard. In point of fact, in my experience, we are already complying with that with few exceptions. If one wants to enter any public place there are signs reminding one of the requirement. If you don’t comply, you don’t get in. In that context the Biden-Harris dictatorial mandate is gratuitous and unnecessary.
- Many people will view this as unnecessary, non-beneficial, and yet another infringement on our liberties, which have already taken multiple “hits” since “9/11.” America is a republic, not an autocracy. If Mr. Trump had promulgated such a policy he would have been castigated as a “dictator.”
- I have not seen any science that supports wearing a mask when, for example, you are alone in your backyard.
- Are we supposed to wear a mask when swimming in the ocean, when eating outside at a restaurant, or when we’re alone with no one in the vicinity? Incidentally, have you ever attempted to eat or drink through a mask? Or kiss your wife?
- How will this be enforced? Are we going to ask police who have been instructed to standby and ignore looters and criminals to fine or arrest non-mask wearers? Are we going to be encouraged to inform on our friends and neighbors? Did I go to sleep last night in the US and wake up this morning in Soviet Russia circa 1930?
- I’m sure that the governors are just thrilled to have been put on the spot to enforce this.
- I’m not a lawyer, but I doubt that this is even constitutional? Perhaps, a president could issue an Executive Order, but Biden is not the president. Thank God!
I could go on and on, but I think I have made my point. Obviously, this was a clumsy, hasty, contrived attempt to “win the day” with the media. It was not well thought out. All the various ramifications were not considered. I hope that this will not be a typical example of their policies, but I fear it might be. They didn’t even take any questions from the media to explain the finer points of the policy. That was probably a wise decision, since any questions would likely have exposed their mandate to the ridicule it deserved.
In normal times, this policy would be mockingly portrayed on Saturday Night Live. Alas, don’t hold your breath for that. Remember Harris is “untouchable, immune from criticism.”
Perhaps, Harris should join Biden in his basement, and the two of them should stay there permanently.