May 19, 2021
Many people across the country were rejoicing last week when the change in mask guidance came from the CDC. Finally, the vaccinated could toss out their face coverings in most situations and have “the science” on their side. Those who got the shot can literally breathe easy again.
But not everyone saw the beginning of the end of oppressive, arbitrary mask mandates at the federal level as a cause for celebration…
As a result, you’re now witnessing another phenomenon: forever maskers. These are fully vaccinated adults who are choosing to ignore “the science” and keep masking up. They’re all over the country, clasping their cloth masks as a child clings to a security blanket.
Outside, inside… it doesn’t matter where they go or who is around, forever maskers don’t feel safe enough. Some say they plan to double-mask and even wear goggles for years to come. Millions of them watched too much CNN and MSNBC, and believe everything they read in the pages of the New York Times and The Washington Post must be true. They never asked questions, and don’t intend to start now.
A National Face-Off: Viral Politics
For others, it’s not fear of the virus but politics that is driving their perma-masking…
It turns out, as some of us had been saying all along, masks have been deeply politicized for more than a year. For these individuals, the new CDC guidance creates a dilemma. Do they continue to show how “seriously they take the virus” by masking up, or do they allow people to think that maybe they’re a conservative because they don’t have a mask on?
Our deeply unimpressive CDC didn’t help the situation with the sudden announcement last week. Our top federal infectious disease doctors have failed us at every stage of the pandemic, especially when it comes to messaging.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky appeared on Fox News this past Sunday to convince Americans that, almost like magic, “the science” around vaccines advanced dramatically over the last two weeks. Seriously, this is what she said to Chris Wallace…
We have vaccines now across this country, widely available for anyone who wants it. And we now have science that has really just evolved even in the last two weeks that demonstrates that these vaccines are safe, they are effective. They are working in the population, just as they did in the clinical trials, that they are working against are variants that we have here circulating in the United States. And that if you were to develop an infection, even if you got vaccinated, that you can’t transmit that infection to other people. Some of that science was really evolving as late as last Thursday.
This is obvious bullcrap, and everyone knows it. The science didn’t suddenly become clear, it has been known for months. Let’s not forget it was Walensky who, a matter of weeks ago, warned the country about her sense of “impending doom” from another COVID surge. Now, she acts like the new data made this an easy call…
The man who made twenty-three 1,000% recommendations just unveiled his #1 stock live on camera right here.
Anyone can see that the sudden change in policy was a political maneuver. The CDC bosses were looking like idiots as they insisted that vaccinated folks act as though nothing changed. The Biden administration was feeling the heat, and the lab-coat tyrants at the CDC were losing their grip on the public’s throat. If they didn’t change course, mass non-compliance with the mask mandate was coming anyway.
Jeffrey Tucker of RealClearMarkets wrote yesterday about the CDC’s recent turnabout…
If not science, what caused the change? The announcement came after the worst week for the Biden administration. It came like a torrent: bad employment numbers, retail spending flattening, inflation galloping in many sectors, a border crisis, rockets and explosions in the Middle East, and, above all else, a week of shocking gas shortages all over the Eastern seaboard.
If there would be one good time to declare the COVID-19 pandemic to be over, and call for a return to normal life, this would be it, politically speaking. It’s easy to see how this cacophony of bad news could inspire a “wag the dog” scenario.
This is all an effort to cover up the giant deception of the CDC’s and the lockdowner approach to the pandemic… that “the science” was an objective, irrefutable force making all the decisions. In reality, it was just a group of (liberal) bureaucrats in a room at places like the CDC making de facto laws and calling it “guidance.” All of these decisions involved the application of judgment and should have been presented as questions of competing values.
There was never any public debate about these measures… Mask mandates were just the raw exercise of power by the apparatus of the Democrat party, the permanent bureaucracy, and the corporate media. “Shut up and do what you’re told” was the lockdowner approach to everything COVID, with completely unnecessary and awful consequences for millions of people – many of whom knew that the pandemic theater was a power grab from day one.
Tucker continued, spelling out the bigger issue of mixing citizens’ health and politics…
And thus is the problem with feeding science and disease mitigation through the meat grinder of politics. It causes a loss of trust. It will take generations to restore after this disaster to which the world has been subjected.
With the mask mandate fading, we’re entering the end of this pandemic phase. But the authoritarian-minded people who pushed for an unprecedented increase in state power to battle COVID with lockdowns (an abject failure) have tasted a level of power that is intoxicating.
And as some of them continue to walk around with masks on for no rational scientific reason, just remember that another respiratory virus season will be here soon, and they have plans for you… and those masks that are collecting dust by your front door.
John Podhoretz’s recent fantastic piece about the ridiculously “woke” Oscars really resonated with readers, and we’ve received an outpouring of e-mails.
Today, we’re sharing a few…
Thank you, John Podhoretz, for your reflections on the Oscars, and more generally, the culture of Hollywood. Refreshing! – Zahn M.
Excellent article on the Oscars and actors and it has sucked for a long time. I am one that does not watch it anymore because of all the things mentioned here. – Ron P.
Well, I must say, “PERFECT”! I’ve been involved in the “industry” in front of the camera, behind the camera and, well – annoyed, irritated and disappointed by what I realized along the way. Now, I’ve been out of it for 10 years after my wife and I took off on our motor yacht (don’t get snooty – it was 48′, we sold everything because we planned never to return except to hug our kids, grandkids, and now great grand kid).
Then, while anchored somewhere in the Sea of Cortez, I began to feel a restlessness, meaning, “I’m not done – yet.” A few weeks later, while in the protected waters of La Paz, my beautiful wife (truly) said to me, “I think we’re supposed to go back, our work is not done.”
Here we are, 2021, back in So Cal, anxious to find out “what’s next.” Since always producing our films independently (save ‘Gridiron Gang’, starring The Rock) we started sniffing around. After three years, things had changed (understatement). Who the hell was calling the shots – what was commercial, what “the audience” craved for… and what gets produced. Sorry, folks, the “shot callers” were not in one accord with our thinking. And by-the-by, who anointed them to decide what everybody wants to see (all confirmed by watching this year’s nominations for Best Pictures). They had no idea what the masses wanted. But we don’t call the shots – “they do.” And of course – they get to blame the indifference of the audience to COVID-19.
Are we bitter? Hell no. We are inspired… to continue to make independent films that touch heart, inspire the hungry and affirm that life can be good – without preaching, pontificating, or pointing fingers. So, we are now kicking the bushes for like-minded souls who have funding, have vision, have guts and want to touch hearts… and touching hearts is what we have done, and will continue to do once again – God willing!
Thank you for the incredible article that hit the nail on the well-known head. Keep up the truth. – Lee S.
John, This is the BEST, WELL WRITTEN article I have read in years. You have summarized our sad state of what the U.S. has become. In this politically correct world, it’s fantastic to see someone still has the guts to “say it like it is.” The entertainment industry’s once-positive influence on American society has reversed course and is now extremely detrimental to our future.
Specific note on the Oscars: I do miss Johnny Carson and before that, Bob Hope, as hosts. They truly made the Oscars an event not to miss. Thanks again for stating the truth. – Jim W.
Fabulous read on the sinking Hollywood ship. Great study of the history of the demise of the Oscars and you canned that self-absorbed, thinks he is wonderful, George Clooney. Passed the article on to 13 people at least with a high recommendation to read. Bravo! – Jeff M.
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