Is the narrative changing from mask mandates to domestic terrorism?
Earlier this week, I mentioned in my stories how it's not a coincidence that Democrat Governors are starting to lift mask mandates. Although this is good news, it's only happening for political reasons, not because there has been any change in science.
For two years, anyone who questioned the efficacy of masking was censored or shamed. People who spoke against mask mandates, especially children, were villainized and called selfish.
First, it went from cloth masks aren't as effective. We should be wearing higher-quality masks. Even the mandate demander in chief Leanna Wen said they were nothing more than face decoration. Two weeks later, the CDC now acknowledged they don't prevent infection nearly as well as advertised. The agency quietly updated its guidelines on Jan. 14, conceding that "loosely woven cloth coverings" provide the least protection compared to higher-quality N95 and KN95 masks.
On Feb. 3, the Financial Times reported that Dr. Fauci said that the U.S. is nearing the end of the "full-blown" phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"As we get out of the full-blown pandemic phase, which we are certainly heading out of, these decisions will increasingly be made on a local level rather than centrally decided or mandated," Fauci said in an interview published Tuesday. "There will also be more people making their own decisions on how they want to deal with the virus."
Less than a week later, on Feb. 9, ten blue states announced ending mask mandates. However, the mask mandates aren't over for everyone. California, Illinois, and New York have yet to announce when masks mandates for children in school will end. I wonder if that could have anything to do with the very influential teachers' unions in those states?
It is also worth noting that all of these mandates are ending just before or after the State of the Union (SOTU) on Mar. 1. Which means that Biden will take the opportunity to declare a victory or a near end to COVID. But we will still have to continue to be cautious, so mask when in crowds and get vaccinated.
Is this a coincidence that this is all happening right before the SOTU and impending mid-term elections? And shortly after the release of a new study January 20-24 Monmouth University poll, 70 percent of Americans think it's time to accept that "Covid is here to stay and that we need to get on with our lives," including 47 percent of Democrats, 71 percent of independents, and 89 percent of Republicans? Democrats have also weathered months of critiques from Republicans who've sought to frame them as the party of lockdowns and questioned the need to mask children in schools.
I do not think so.
Does this mean that with the end of mask mandates and the failed attempt of vaccine mandates for 80 million Americas, the Administration will stop with its divisive rhetoric?
No, it does not. In fact, I think the attention and the narrative are already shifting.
The focus now will be domestic terrorism. I am willing to bet that as soon as Biden declares some quasi victory on COVID during the SOTU, he will shift gears and warn us that mis- and dis-information contributes to the increased threat of terrorism and violence.
On Feb. 7, DHS issued a bulletin warning against "the proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions."
The bulletin blamed an "online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis-, dis- and mal-information introduced and amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors."
"These threat actors seek to exacerbate societal friction to sow discord and undermine public trust in government institutions to encourage unrest, which could potentially inspire acts of violence," DHS went on. "Mass casualty attacks and other acts of targeted violence conducted by lone offenders and small groups acting in furtherance of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances pose an ongoing threat to the nation."
It would be fair to think that the DHS is focused on increased threats due to COVID mis- and dis-information considering that the news cycle has been saturated with news reports on the subject. But don't forget the mid-terms are around that corner, which means elections or election integrity.
Included in the bulletin's key factors contributing to the current heightened threat environment is this:
Some domestic violent extremists have continued to advocate for violence in response to false or misleading narratives about unsubstantiated election fraud. The months preceding the upcoming 2022 midterm elections could provide additional opportunities for these extremists and other individuals to call for violence directed at democratic institutions, political candidates, party offices, election events, and election workers.
I do not share this to dismiss the warning of DHS. We should always be aware of what is happening around us, and if you feel in your gut that someone is up to no good, you should contact your local authorities.
I share this timeline because as much as I hope I am wrong, I see where the potential narrative is headed, and we must be aware.
We can no longer blindly trust. We must take personal responsibility for information and use discernment to know what is true and what is propaganda.
You cannot be controlled if you are aware.