Opinion: Pandemic coverage places freedom first

They know the government gets out of hand when different entities start suing each other for the best possible control over the people.

Freedom lovers, for example, are outraged by the latest COVID-19 vaccine mandates that President Biden announced last week.

Biden stated that companies with 100 or more employees must require workers to be vaccinated. Employees who reject the vaccine must be tested for COVID-19 at least weekly.

The Texas Republicans immediately urged Attorney General Ken Paxton to file a lawsuit in hopes of blocking the White House mandate as unconstitutional. And Texas Governor Greg Abbott described Biden’s plan as an “attack on private business.”

Abbott’s words are confusing because he signed a law in June that prohibited Texas business owners from requiring customers to provide proof of vaccination.

First, he says that private business owners must obey government mandates. Then he says it is “an attack on the private sector” when the government gives mandates.

Most of us are in a COVID fog these days, even if we haven’t contracted the potentially deadly virus.

We all have an opinion on whether these vaccines are effective and what long-term side effects we may see from them.

We shouldn’t be debating whether the government should decide whether or not we should get one, and we shouldn’t be debating whether private entrepreneurs should decide how best to do their business.

Of course, government agencies can require government employees to do almost anything. Don’t like it? Don’t work there.

The same standard should apply to private companies. Don’t like it when the boss asks you for an injection? Don’t work there. Don’t like Widget City asking for proof of vaccination to shop there? Do not shop there.

These decisions should be made by the business owners who have their livelihoods to lose in this pandemic. These decisions can mean financial gain or bankruptcy and are always risky.

At the same time, every individual should have the right to decide for themselves whether to be vaccinated. This decision also has consequences. You might lose a job or a favorite place to buy widgets.

The Centers for Disease Control reported last week that unvaccinated people are 10 times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 and 11 times more likely to die from the virus than vaccinated people.

Biden said last week, “This pandemic policy … is making people sick and causing unvaccinated people to die.”

But “my body, my choice” is also a compelling argument, even if followed by concerns about the DNA changes being manipulated by Satan. To each his own.

These debates continue to rage. Here we all agree:

Our freedom is always at stake when the government says you must do something. And our freedom is always at stake when the government says you can’t do something.

To sum up, your freedom is at stake in everything related to government.

– David Stevens


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