A war is being waged against people who exercise their freedom to choose how to protect the health of themselves and their families. While many worry about vaccine mandates, we forget another slightly lower level of tyranny imposed on us by leftists: mask mandates. We have spent the last year forced to cover our faces if we wanted to so much as buy groceries. If we failed to do so, we were ostracized and mocked. Now, mask mandates are making a comeback — and Biden just doubled TSA fines for maskless passengers.
When most people think of the TSA, they think of flying. While the TSA is of course heavily involved in security for flights, they also control trains, buses, and other public transportation. Passengers already face fines if they try to board anything TSA-controlled without a mask, but now those fines are doubling to $500 to $1,000 for the first offense. And if you defy the pro-mask crowd a second time, you could be out $1,000 to $3,000.
Biden announced the new fines Thursday, saying that “If you break the rules, be prepared to pay.” Biden cited the new Delta variant, which is being used to justify mask and vaccine mandates across the country. Biden also pushed vaccine mandates:
So, tonight, I’m announcing that the Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ over 80 million workers, to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.
Some of the biggest companies are already requiring this: United Airlines, Disney, Tysons Food, and even Fox News.
The bottom line: We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers. We’re going to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by increasing the share of the workforce that is vaccinated in businesses all across America.
My plan will extend the vaccination requirements that I previously issued in the healthcare field. Already, I’ve announced, we’ll be requiring vaccinations that all nursing home workers who treat patients on Medicare and Medicaid, because I have that federal authority.
Dark times are coming. The concept of individual freedom is about to be tested in ways we have not yet seen in America. The TSA, the White House, the House of Representatives — they’re just the beginning. It’s up to us to ensure that, yes, we make sure we are protected from this virus — but that we also preserve our rights to protect our health and that of our loved ones in a way that we feel is best.