Mask mandates have persisted even as COVID-19 numbers continue to fall. Yet the Supreme Court is not doing anything about it.
Justice Clarence Thomas rejected an appeal to remove the transportation mask mandate put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Examiner reported. The injunction was sought by a Florida man with generalized anxiety disorder who claimed he couldn’t fly due to the requirement.
Journalist Lucas Wall was ejected from an Orlando International Airport early last month after refusing to wear a mask, prompting his legal action. Thomas slapped down the challenge Tuesday that even the man who initiated it called a “long shot” as it had not been heard in the Orlando courts yet.
“For now, the federal government has prevailed in muzzling all travelers and banning tens of millions of Americans including myself who can’t tolerate having their face covered from using any form of public transportation,” Wall said of Thomas’ rejection. The mandates have stayed in place even as it has fallen away in other settings, especially for vaccinated individuals.
This refusal from Thomas comes amid a push by legislators to dispense with mask mandates altogether. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has pledged to introduce the “Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act of 2021” co-sponsored by fellow GOP Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Mike Braun of Indiana, and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
“The federal government forcing the American people to continue to wear masks despite the fact that we’ve already reached herd immunity is ridiculous and needs to end immediately,” Paul told Fox News. “I am introducing the Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act of 2021 to put a stop to this nanny state mandate of requiring masks on public transportation,” he announced.
“In a free county,” he continued, “people will evaluate their personal risk factors and are smart enough to ultimately make medical decisions like wearing a mask themselves.” The current mask mandates don’t allow for personal decisions but rather impose sweeping requirements for all.
Similar legislation against the mandates was introduced last month by Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott. His bill, the Freedom to Fly Act, included additional language to prohibit the Transportation Security Administration from requiring proof of vaccination, though the White House insists so-called vaccine passports are not on the table anyway.
COVID-19 is waning, but the tyrants in government continue to grope for whatever power still within their reach. Americans are tired of this endless, anti-scientific nonsense, and its about time it all ends — with our without the Supreme Court’s involvement.