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If you want a good idea of what it would be like to live under a socialist regime all you have to do is listen to a Democrat speak for about five minutes.

At the end of the day, they want to control pretty much anything that you do. I don’t think it is so much the idea that they want us to do certain things, but the idea that they are telling us that we have to do them. That’s the big problem here.

Can the president or Congress declare a nationwide mask mandate? Two Senate Democrats would like to find out.

Sens. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut introduced the “Encouraging Masks for All Act of 2020” on Wednesday, according to Forbes.

The bill would make $5 billion in federal funds, directed through the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, available to the states via grants contingent on their having a program that encourages the wearing of masks in all public spaces.

Lacking only a tortuous name that can be easily turned into an acronym, this is pretty much everything you’d expect from legislation designed to make quick headlines but that isn’t going to pass the Senate as the majority Republican body currently constituted. This includes the usual groan-worthy pro forma statements from Sens. Markey and Blumenthal.

“Masks and face coverings are the essential public health tool to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Markey said in a news release with the ambitious headline: “Senators Markey and Blumenthal Announced National Face Mask Mandate Legislation.”

“As President-elect Biden recognizes, we need to use every technique available to us to encourage mask use, from clear communication of the need for masks, to providing masks to those who need them, to leading by example, and even to mandating mask use nationwide. Our legislation would move us closer to goal of ensuring universal mask adoption during these dangerous winter months. It would also ensure that essential workers in transit, health care, and retail settings all over the country are protected with face masks. Mask up!”

He demands it! With an exclamation point! If I could have formulated a less effective pitch for Americans who are recalcitrant about wearing masks, I don’t think I could have come up with anything more thuddingly terrible than how Markey ended his statement.

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