On Saturday November 6th, and again this Friday, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled to temporarily halt President Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 employees or more. The challenge to the mandate included Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Utah and South Carolina.
The Biden administration responded on Monday the 8th of November by directing employers to continue moving forward getting their employees vaccinated in the name of “safety,” similar to putting on your hard hat at the construction site.
Employers are directed to comply with an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “Emergency Temporary Standard” regarding keeping employees safe from COVID. This raises the question about the urgency of the emergency. We’ve had vaccines available to the public since before Biden took office. Biden talked about a vaccine mandate as far back as September but failed to get it quantified in writing and issued through OSHA until November 4th.
This “Emergency” is so dire that the order doesn’t even go into effect until the 4th of January. If it was truly an emergency, our legislature could have passed the mandate by majority vote and with the will of the American People behind it. Instead, we exist as subjects to the whims of the executive and his politics driven timeline.
Putting aside the arguments about the efficacy of the vaccines, the variants, the benefit of natural antibodies, the actual morbidity of COVID, the infringement of civil liberties, experimental spike protein build-up, Federal involvement in private business, etc., what I’d like to address is the claim that we have to have this mandate reinstated because of a dire emergency, because the Government must save the American People, because “The administration claimed that pausing the requirements “would likely cost dozens or even hundreds of lives per day” as the virus spreads.”
If Biden was actually concerned about Americans dying of preventable illness by the dozens or hundreds per day, then why doesn’t the administration put mandatory measures in place to address Obesity and Cardio Vascular Disease?
Approximately 42% of American adults are obese according to the CDC. Obesity related conditions “include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. These are among the leading causes of preventable, premature death.” Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. In fact, it’s estimated by the CDC that nearly 700,000 Americans die EVERY YEAR from heart disease. That’s one person EVERY 36 SECONDS! Where is the panic? Where is the Federal Government with their altruistic actions saving the average Joe from the #1 killer in the United States? “Dozens or even hundreds of lives per day” they said.
The solution? Stop with these vaccine mandates and misspending the COVID Recovery money. We need the Biden Administration to get into every town and municipality in this land and start running State run fitness centers. These places can provide cushy Federal jobs to those that are collecting stimulus money so they can hand out towels, water and wipe down the sweat off the machines. These same employees can also scan in your official government ID ensuring you spend your “mandated” 45 minutes on the treadmill, and 30 minutes moving some weights. There’s nothing experimental about exercise and getting your heart rate up.
Sounds absurd? Just as absurd as “emergency measures” that take months to implement in response to an “emergency” that really isn’t an emergency. If you’re under the age of 55, you’re more likely to expire in a car crash today, than you are to catch COVID at work and be counted (0.009%), among the “dozens or even hundreds of lives per day” that Biden claims is an emergency.
The fear mongering about COVID must stop. It’s no longer an emergency and no longer an excuse for government overreach and infringement on our civil liberties. Americans must stand strong and stand up against these mandates. It might be uncomfortable - standing up and doing what’s right isn’t always, but not nearly as uncomfortable as giving up our God given freedoms in the name of a false emergency, only to never see those freedoms return.