The COVID-19 Authoritarians Panic Over the End of the Mask Mandates

Federal judge in Florida overturned a federal mandate for masks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Throughout the COVID-19 era, a large number of executive branches agencies have acted authoritarianally. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration tried to impose a vaccination mandate on all private employers in America. This policy was rescinded by the Supreme Court. The CDC stopped evictions for more than a year based upon the premise that millions could be thrown out of their homes if the agency didn’t act. The CDC’s travel-mask mandate is particularly bothersome for Americans. This is because Americans all across the country have been vaccinated and/or acquired natural immunity. Furthermore, there are no facts to support the claim that surgical or cloth masks protect against COVID-19.

Despite the fact that Title 42 was a regulation that allows Border Patrol to refuse illegal immigration at the border, Title 42 was not extended by the CDC. This regulation was grounded in the idea that asylum seekers could be processed legally if there were a COVID-19 crisis. The White House didn’t provide any reason for the CDC to extend its extension. Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, tried to explain why children on planes shouldn’t be masked. However, White House journalists weren’t required to. “I’m not a doctor,” she spat. 

Psaki has no medical training, but that doesn’t stop her from declaring that minors with gender confusion should receive puberty blocks on their way to genital-mutilating surgeries. Americans can’t expect the White House to be consistent in their morality.

The Left was apprehensive after the ruling by a judge rescinding the CDC’s mask mandate. This decision came on the basis that the CDC had not followed its own regulations. Public figures began posting pictures of themselves donning masks on planes: former Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett tweeted, “Wearing my mask no matter what non-scientists tell me I can do”; Roland Martin tweeted, “I don’t give a damn what some grossly unqualified Donald Trump judge said. On this Nashville-DC flight, I am double-masked with goggles. In December, I was prescribed COVID. You can make fun of me for not wanting it back. And any fool saying they don’t matter is a damn liar.”

However, no one has banned the wearing of a mask. As innocuous as it may seem, you have the right to choose whether or not you want one. However, those who are Left have the misinformed belief that everything not allowed is now required. This is a result of the Left’s obsession with collective rulesmaking. Individual freedom is a danger to all; allowing individuals to make their own decisions undermines the whole scheme. This mindset is projected by those on the Left onto others. They believe anyone opposing mask mandates will want to make everyone unmaskable.

This truth is not only untrue but also obvious: the Left views the collective as the ultimate unit of political power. Individuals are not possible. And anyone who disagrees is, in the words of Robin Givhan of The Washington Post, “childish and selfish.”

Perhaps the selfishest and most childish of us all are those who ask government agencies for more authority than they have. This is to make sure that everyone follows their preferred priorities. It’s possible that those who spend two years declaring that they have the power to control every facet of American’s lives should consider that while we are happy for them to ruin our own, we prefer that they let us go. Maybe the COVID-19 paranoiacs need to take a second and consider whether there might be a gap between obligatory and prohibited, where others may have some liberty.  

Ben Shapiro, 38, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” and editor-in-chief of He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “How To Destroy America In Three Easy Steps,” “The Right Side Of History,” and “Bullies.”

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