Is there a strong chance that mask requirements in airports and on airplanes might be on their way out? Less than a week after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration that would force it to end the restrictions, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) indicated Republicans in Congress would also be making a move.
During an appearance with Fox News’ Dan Bongino, Paul declared he plans to force a vote to halt mask mandates on airplanes. He pointed out that many Democratic leaders have been rescinding mask requirements in public places because Americans have grown weary of being compelled to wear face coverings. “[T]he science isn’t changing, but the polls sure are,” the senator claimed, adding:
“But the interesting thing is that the Democrat governors are finally giving up on some of this stuff. Even D.C., the most Democrat city in the entire country, the mayor put on vaccine passports two weeks ago, put businesses — put restaurants out of business. Well, she’s already relinquished it.”
Paul explained that he has drafted a bill that he is “going to force a vote on in the next two weeks on getting rid of the mask on airplanes.” Requiring face coverings is “only theater,” he argued, noting that one “can take them off for 15 minutes and breathe air which is recirculated to everybody else.”
The senator concluded by speculating that Democrats would live to regret their insistence on making everyone wrap their faces in cotton:
“And the thing is is, I think ultimately the Democrats are going to wake up one day and say, ‘My goodness, everyone hates us now because we’re the nanny state,’ and so it’s happening, and it’s happening in a big way, and some of the Democrats are finally waking up.”
The federal mask mandate on airplanes is set to expire on March 18, but the White House has not yet indicated whether it will attempt to extend it.
Last week, Paxton partnered with Representative Beth Van Duyne (R-TX) and the Texas Public Policy Foundation to file legal action against the White House to end mask requirements in airports, on airplanes, and other methods of travel.
“Biden’s repeated disregard of the individual liberties of Texans is not only disrespectful to the U.S. Constitution, it is also troublesome that any president thinks they can act above the law while hardworking Americans stand by,” Paxton said in a written statement. “President Biden cannot continue governing through executive edicts.”
Support for mask mandates is in decline as more Americans wish to return to normalcy despite the left’s insistence that the nation must continue to live under onerous restrictions. With several Democratic governors ending mask mandates, despite the White House’s guidance to keep them in place, it is not hard to see that liberating airports and airplanes could be the next step in the post-COVID era.
With the emergence of the less severe Omicron variant, the country is pivoting toward a world in which people manage to live with the virus. The recent news that 73% of the U.S. population has now been infected with the variant is yet another sign that times have changed. Greater immunity to the virus means fewer reasons to continue living under strict COVID measures. The question is: How much longer will the COVID regime hold on?
~ Read more from Jeff Charles.