by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
We are still 434 days out from the 2024 presidential election, but that is not stopping the Left from reaching back into its old bag of tricks.
Fearmongering surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic fueled the Democrats to victory in 2020, so with the Big Guy (almost) asleep at the wheel and economic optimism dwindling, it makes sense to attempt to go back to the well.
Universities can always be counted on to push irrational fear on the next generation of Democrats. Washington Examiner contributor Brad Polumbo reported that Trinity Washington University in D.C., Roosevelt University in Chicago, DePauw College in Indiana, California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Harvard University in Cambridge, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, among others, all still have some sort of vaccine mandate for students and staff, despite the fact that these measures have been proven to be entirely ineffective against the novel virus. Rutgers University is even unenrolling students who refuse to take the jab.
If you enjoy breathing air or seeing the smiles of children, I have some bad news for you if you live in liberal precincts. Masks are coming back, science be damned. Cloth masks are only effective in filtering out particles smaller than 0.3 microns, over three times larger than the average SARS CoV-2 particle. Researchers from St. George’s Hospital in London, over a 10-month period, found that masks made no impact on the spread of COVID-19.
But it was never about protecting American citizens, was it? Politicians and bureaucrats alike discovered that if they can convince the general public to wear a piece of fabric over their faces for absolutely no reason, for months, or even years in some cases, convincing them to vote a certain way or accept American decline more generally is not too far a bridge to gap.