Three pieces to consider today as President Biden announces new requirements that Americans working for companies with 100 or more employees must get the COVID-19 vaccine or else be tested at least once weekly.
- Biden Plans COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for 80 Million Private-Sector Workers by Jack Phillips, The Epoch Times
- President Biden announces sweeping vaccine mandate for employees of large businesses; plan will affect more than 80 million Americans by Carlos Garcia, The Blaze
- Governors Immediately Push Back On ‘Unconstitutional’ Biden Plan: ‘Will Fight Them To The Gates of Hell’ by Ryan Saavedra, The Daily Wire
Fair warning: some of the “push back” from governors here in the last piece are a bit weak sauce, in my opinion. The remarks quoted carry what could be construed as a signal of a readiness to surrender from the outset despite a desire to look to constituents like a fighter before surrendering.
‘We don’t like it either,’ they seem to say. ‘And we hope this gets defeated in the courts. But we still want you all to get the vaccine. And you should get the vaccine. But we also want you to believe we are opposed to you being forced to get the vaccine. But we also are not pledging to do anything to protect you from such forcing. But we want you to believe we would if we could. But we wouldn’t even if we can right now.‘
Test of Character
This then is just one more in a series of important character tests as-late. And the question in our minds ought to be one of principles and precedent – both ours as citizens, and theirs as governing officials.
If 100 million Americans can have their livelihood and income and businesses threatened with abolition if they do not inject themselves, or else require injection of a vaccine in their subordinates which so many of our countrymen do not feel is satisfactorily safe, what precisely separates this Republic from tyranny?
Really, now. What separates this from tyranny?
But ‘Oh, ho!’ you may say. ‘Garrett. This tyranny is being exercised for our own good. Therefore it is not really tyranny after all. It cannot be!’
But then I would remind you of the quote by Clive Staple Lewis, and I will leave you with it as food for thought, whether we are not in the thick of such a circumstance as he describes here.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
At the risk of stating the obvious, I happen to believe we are in such a circumstance as CS Lewis describes here.
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