Following Alinsky’s 7th rule, under which the pandemic state has become a drag, states and cities are dismantling their public health tyranny at various rates of speed. Democrats are starting to back away from mask mandates and, a bit more slowly, from vaccine papers and the like.
They’re doing this because polls have indicated that the vast majority of people, including their own base, is sick and tired of it, and want to get back to normal. The messaging is now pivoting to endemic vs pandemic management.
But does this mean that the authority will change behind the scenes just because the policies have? Don’t bet on it. Power transfers are a lot harder to reverse.
The original pandemic state of emergency was declared in March when it was justifiable. Biden has decided to renew it again. Biden had previously renewed it on Feb 24, so he’s a few days ahead of schedule.
How long will the state of emergency be extended? Who knows.
Declarations of emergency are useful things to have because they allow for all sorts of powers, beyond the kind that the public has experienced, especially when it comes to spending money. And when you follow the money, you often nail down the investments that so many politicians have in a cause.
We could easily see a scenario under which the visible signs of the state of emergency might diminish to the point of hardly being noticeable by the average person even as the machinery of the state of emergency keeps grinding on behind the scenes.