Biden flip-flops on promise of 50-state mask mandate

Thursday, September 17, 2020
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Chris Woodward, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Biden wearing mask at podiumJoe Biden is vowing to make mask-wearing mandatory if he is elected to the White House but a government watchdog calls it a civil liberties issue.

“When we think about the mask mandate, which is that the government has said that we must put a barrier between us and the air that we breathe,” warns Twila Brase, “what the American public needs to understand is that if they can do that, they can do anything in the name of public health.”

Brase, a registered nurse, is no stranger to warning about the federal government and its powers after fighting the Affordable Care Act. At the time, she dug deep into Obamacare and its mandates, and blasted Democrats at the time for their 2,700-page bill whose details were largely unknown by the public and even many lawmakers. 

Brase, Twila (CCHF)Brase co-founded Citizens Council for Health Freedom to fight Obamacare, using that controversial legislation to push for patient-centered health care free from federal laws and corporate-run health insurance.

Regarding the current controversy over mask mandates, Brase tells OneNewsNow that being forced to wear one violates a person’s right to “breathe freely” and “talk freely." She also tells OneNewsNow it violates our freedom to “engage freely” in everyday life, since failing to wear one prohibits you from visiting the dentist, buying groceries, and mailing a package at the post office.

Brase’s warning about government power was mirrored this week by none other than Attorney General Bill Barr, who called the stay-at-home orders issued during the pandemic the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.”

coronavirus outbreak mapBarr was speaking at Hillsdale College on Constitution Day, where he said elected officials who represent “free people” should be making decisions that affect them, not a “person in a white coat.”

The coronavirus pandemic, in fact, has created heated debates over civil liberties and public health as demonstrated most recently by Pastor John MacArthur, who is fighting to legally open his California church alongside bars and abortion clincs. Before the pastor and others pushed back, Americans were assured that staying inside your home would stop the virus while selfishly keeping your business open, or your church, meant you were literally killing people by exposing them to the virus. 

The mask debate remains a major issue, too, since Americans who are now masked were assured by medical professionals earlier this year that sanitizing door knobs, shopping carts, and grocery bags was preventing the spread of the virus.

Brase and CCH Freedom, meanwhile, have launched a "Face Freedom" campaign to urge the public to go maskless on Fridays to push back.  

Biden made his mandated-masks comment Wednesday during a question-and-answer session with reporters.

Joe Biden wearing mask“The question is whether I have the legal authority as president to sign an executive order,” Biden said. “We think we do but I can't guarantee you that yet, okay?"

“But if you did, you would?” the reporter pressed.

“If I did, I would,” Biden responded.

That was not the first time Biden has talked up a mask mandate. During a June interview with KDKA in Pittsburgh, Biden said he would require masks if he were president.

He then backtracked from that statement earlier this month. "There's a constitutional issue whether federal government could issue such a mandate," Biden said in remarks published by The New York Post. "I don't think constitutionally they could so I wouldn't issue a mandate."

“The fact that Joe Biden thinks that he could mandate it means that he doesn't really know what he's talking about,” Brase retorts, “because, indeed, the federal government cannot mandate that the states require masks or that the American public put on face masks."

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