Mask Mandates

If COVID-19 Is Over for Congress, It Should Be Over for School Children Too

Attendees at Biden's State of the Union speech were almost entirely unmasked.


When members of Congress, the Cabinet, and the Supreme Court entered the U.S. House Chamber for President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, they were almost entirely unmasked. Cursory attempts at social distancing were quickly abandoned—and after Biden finished his speech, the country's highest elected officials shook hands and hugged and breathed in each other's faces like it was 2019.

In the remarks themselves, Biden heralded an end to the era of COVID-19.

"Thanks to the progress we have made this past year, COVID-19 need no longer control our lives," said Biden.

It's fascinating that the president would even make this concession; as recently as one month ago, many Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media assailed Republican-controlled municipalities for easing up on pandemic restrictions. But then some focus group polling convinced Democratic strategists that the American people were losing patience, and the party abruptly changed course. (The fact that the vaccines held up well against the omicron surge, at least in terms of severe cases, also helped.)

But it's worth repeating that even now—with the Biden administration heralding a nearly universal return to normal, and Democratic officials celebrating with few masks in sight—there remains a key U.S. demographic languishing under strict mask mandates: school children in some cities controlled by Democrats.

Indeed, in Washington D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Tuesday that students would no longer be required to wear masks while outside. This means, of course, that masks are still required inside the schools.

It's gratifying that children can finally discard their masks while playing sports or enjoying outdoor recess; it's also infuriating that it took this long for officials to throw in the towel. But most of the school day is spent indoors, where D.C. students are still expected to wear masks.

There is no justification for this whatsoever. Young people are not at serious risk of a negative COVID-19 health outcome: Unvaccinated kids and teens are safer from the disease than older Americans who are vaccinated. They are much safer than members of the U.S. House of Representatives (average age: 57), Senate (average age: 62), or Supreme Court (average age: 64). If Biden's State of the Union guests don't have to mask indoors, why should kids?

Biden appeared to understand that schools can and should drop pandemic restrictions immediately.

"Our schools are open," he said. "Let's keep it that way. Our kids need to be in school.
And with 75 percent of adult Americans fully vaccinated and hospitalizations down by 77 percent, most Americans can remove their masks, return to work, stay in the classroom, and move forward safely."

This category—most Americans—must certainly include young people. School districts still clinging to forcible masking should take note.

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  2. "Thanks to the progress we have made this past year, COVID-19 need no longer control our lives," said Biden.

    Karens hardest hit.
    And by "progress" he means "the pandemic running its natural course".

    1. "The FDA has approved the mandatory use Zyklon-B as a preventative treatment for those who doubt the science and are hesitant to accept either of the three recommended COVID-19 vaccines.

      An FDA spokesperson clarified that "early research shows Zyklon-B generates strong immune responses in 100% of the recipients. "

      How about we just get over CONgress?


  3. ...but it is so much easier to indoctrinate children to woke liberalism is you depersonalize them first with mask mandates.

    1. Its a sort of waterboarding. A sick kind of
      ' punishnent and reward' brainwashing.

      Its also a form of indoctrinating them into accepting the previous instances of wearing masks - ANTIFA.


  4. In government sports, goalposts move to you!

  5. ""Thanks to the progress we have made this past year, COVID-19 need no longer control our lives," said Biden.

    Yet we will continue to control your personal lives with pointless economy crushing rules."


    Meanwhile, Buttigegs mask has a red ball...

    What a Freak Show.

    Freak Joe Biden

  6. Remember the Met gala? Different rules for the ruling class compared to those enforced on the serfs.

  7. It is over for schoolchildren. It's just not over in the small number of 'elite' areas you guys frequent.

    Get out to the rest of the country and touch grass - we're all wondering why ya'll keep harping on this pandemic shit when it's been over for us for two years.

    1. They're harping on it because they spent the last two years eliminating anyone from their social circles who didn't drink the covid kool aid, so they have no idea what the rest of us are doing.

  8. (The fact that the vaccines held up well proved to be completely useless against the omicron surge, at least in terms of severe cases which proved to be a milder version of the virus, also helped.)


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  9. I find it interesting that they no longer say anything about vaccination status when talking about masks. That seemed to happen rather quickly. They know that people are done with this shit and they know vaccination (and masking) really doesn't matter when it comes to whether a lot of people are getting infected or not. They want to save face before people really start revolting like happened in Canada. And hope that everyone forgets how badly they handled everything before November.

  10. The fact that they continue to mask children just highlights the complete insanity of this administration and the progressive wing of the democratic party.

    Pretty soon there will be only progressives left in the party.

  11. Oh hey, look what the courts had released yesterday...

    Scroll to pages 30-39 for the various adverse impacts Pfizer has found in their "vaccine." Yes, I do mean all 9 pages of fine print.

    To not even stop a flu. Holy fuck.

    1. Maybe the 186000 people The Safe Vaccine harmed are the reason hospitals are overloaded?

      Those are long term care issues.

      Neurological leads the list. Sum Ting Wong.

      Double Fuck Biden for pushing this poison vaccine. These pepple are damaged for life.

  12. The science® hasn't reached DC yet.

  13. The Atlantic's "Science!" writer rips Biden for ending our collective fight against COVID and making it a personal decision. Imagine, ending the mask mandate when children under 5 still can't be vaccinated! (even though they are at close to 0 risk, to the point where the vaccine may be more dangerous to them)

    Several experts also noted that they wished the CDC had delayed its updates until kids under 5 were eligible for vaccination or effective treatments were widely available. “We should not be moving forward until everyone has the same opportunity to get vaccinated,” Chapple-McGruder, who has a 3-year-old daughter, told me. In her version of the playbook, her community would also need to meet a vaccination rate of at least 80 to 85 percent.

    1. I think at this point I will say the jab probably is worse for everyone.

      Read the list of side effects from Pfizer I linked.

    2. Crazy to jab kids under 17, the death rate is about 0.000016. So no measurable decrease in mortality with unknown long term risks and a fair amount of short term downside. Completely fails any rational risk benefit analysis.

      1. Its not about risk- benefit to those not at risk like the Sciencers.

        Its Profit-Benefit.

        Mo Munny


      2. don't you know: piling risk on young healthy kids to maybe possibly decrease risk in the elderly/infirm is the decent thing to do and not at all at odds with nature

        1. nope. missed that non fact

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