The North Dakota House of Representatives is showing the rest of the country what it looks like to grow a spine and actually follow the science and not just listen to so-called “experts” who have political agendas to push and Democratic overlords to appease.
The state’s House passed a bill on Monday that will “prohibit state and local officials, schools, and businesses from mandating face masks.”
The bill passed by a slim margin in a 50-44 vote and will now head over to the Senate.
Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum put a statewide face coving mandate in place three months ago, but it reportedly expired in January. Before the mask mandate was enforced across the state, other cities and counties — including Fargo, Grand Forks, and Bismarck — had already required masks in public.
The sponsor of the bill, Republican state Rep. Jeff Hoverson, said North Dakota should be free like South Dakota. The Grand Forks Herald reported in January that both states’ coronavirus case numbers have dropped, while North Dakota imposed a mask mandate and its southern neighbor did not, rather providing information to citizens and allowing them to make the decision themselves. Experts warn against comparing the two states, however, because of their varying tactics.advertisement — content continues below
Hoverson called mask mandates “diabolical silliness” and reportedly discussed government-issued mask mandates as part of a larger conspiracy led by “unelected, wealthy bureaucrats who are robbing our freedoms and perpetuating lies.”
Others who threw their support behind the bill made the claim that wearing masks doesn’t really stop you from catching COVID-19. The only lawmaker who spoke out against the legislation was Republican Rep. Jason Dockter who said the state should allow counties, schools, and businesses to decide the issue for themselves.
If masks really did work to stop the spread of the illness, why haven’t they been effective in truly slowing down the number of cases popping up everywhere? It seems to me that just about everywhere I go there are folks with these masks on, but the cases are still pretty high.
Maybe, just maybe, strapping a piece of cloth over your face isn’t going to stop this illness? Is it possible this whole thing is really about control and pushing people to see how much they will take as long as word comes from the “experts?”