WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - President Joe Biden proclaimed last week the COVID-19 pandemic is "over," but his administration continues to target Americans across the country with draconian vaccine mandates.
Speaking with 60 Minutes on Sunday, Biden acted as if the country is now past the pandemic.
"The pandemic is over," the fake Catholic opined after Democrat-backed COVID measures have been ravaging the nation for nearly two years. "If you notice, no one's wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape."
Despite the unelected president's claim that the American people are "in pretty good shape," about 850 teachers and classroom aides were fired this month for opposing the COVID vaccine mandate pushed by New York City's Department of Education. The educators refused to take the jab by a Sept. 5 deadline.
These firings boost the total of dismissed public school teachers to 1,950 since the vaccine mandate was established in October 2021.
New York City's Democratic Mayor Eric Adams has also targeted other city employees. Adams led the charge to fire more than 2,600 city workers due to their vaccination status. New York City's recent mass layoffs provide a stark contrast to Biden's "everybody seems to be in pretty good shape" line.
While taxpayer-funded employees like teachers and city staffers have lost their jobs resisting vaccine mandates, other workers have seen their medical freedoms affirmed in the court system.
The U.S. Marine Corps released a statement reversing its vaccine mandate after a federal judge issued a temporary order barring the corps from punishing Marines who are unvaccinated due to religious objections.
"The Marine Corps will not enforce any order to accept COVID-19 vaccination, administratively separate or retaliate against Marines in the class for asserting statutory rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)," the Marine Corps notice reads.
The directive demands that commanders "pause all administrative actions related to the involuntary separation of a class member, regardless of the current status of the separation process."
While this reversal is good for unvaccinated Marines, it comes after months of vaccination pressure in the military. More than 60,000 unvaccinated U.S. Army National Guardsmen and Reservists were removed from their duties in July, losing pay and benefits, because of their vaccination status.
"Soldiers who refuse the vaccination order without an approved or pending exemption request are subject to adverse administrative actions, including flags, bars to service and official reprimands," an Army spokesman announced. "In the future, soldiers who continue to refuse the vaccination order without an exemption may be subject to additional adverse administrative action, including separation."
Ignoring the devastating effects of his vaccine mandates on American workers and their families, Biden now claims the pandemic is "over." This may be a stratagem to garner support for Democratic candidates in the November midterm elections and minimize COVID-19 fearmongering.
An Axios-Ipsos poll released Sept. 13 found that among survey respondents, "nearly two in three (65%) say there is a small risk or no risk in returning to their normal, pre-COVID life."
The report adds that COVID-19 worries are at an all-time low, with only 57% of Americans identifying as concerned. "Of those who are concerned, a plurality is more concerned about spreading the virus to people who are at higher risk of serious illness (28%) than for themselves, whether it's developing long COVID (18%), being hospitalized (12%), or dying (11%)," the report noted.
Despite Biden's remarks on 60 Minutes, and large numbers of Americans seeking to move beyond the pandemic era, the Biden administration recently extended the COVID-19 public-health emergency through Oct. 13.
As a result, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., called on Biden to take action consistent with his rhetoric concerning the pandemic. "If 'the pandemic is over' as Biden says, then all of the president's emergency powers predicated on a pandemic, all COVID vax mandates, the emergency powers of every governor, Emergency Use Authorizations and the PREP act should all be voided tomorrow," Massie said.