Stop Using ‘mandate’ to Describe Policies That Aren’t Mandates

Stephanie Stevens and Alan Jacobson of Bismarck stand in opposition of a citywide mask mandate in front of Bismarck's City/County Office Building on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Kyle Martin / Special to The Forum.

MINOT, N.D. — Not a single North Dakota city has passed a mandate for mask use.

That statement may confuse you because you’ve read headlines and news articles telling you that communities such as Minot and FargoDevils Lake and Grand Forks have implemented mask mandates over the last couple of weeks.

They haven’t.

They’re using the word “mandate” to describe resolutions instructing residents to wear masks but attaching absolutely nothing in the way of consequences for ignoring the instruction (notwithstanding the Fargo Police Department’s threats of criminal charges for jabronis pretending to have COVID-19 as a “joke”).

In Fargo and Minot, specifically, the verbiage put in place by the elected officials juxtaposes, with not a hint of irony, the words “mandate” and “recommendation” as if those words don’t completely contradict one another.

It would be funny if it weren’t so stupid.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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