Mandates for mandatory masks and vaccinations set by Joe Biden and Democratic Party officials begin to encroach on Americans’ freedoms by interfering with their power to decide whether or not to immunize themselves against COVID-19.
In December 2020 Biden went so far as to say he would not enact a vaccine mandate: “I don’t think it should be mandatory,” he said at a press conference in Delaware. Yet less than a year later he is going back on his word.
Mandatory vaccines for public and private entities
The sweeping rules in the wake of the pandemic have completely changed the way Americans live to the point where they are prevented from attending restaurants, social events and schools if they do not prove they are vaccinated; or worse, they may even lose their jobs for not being immunized.
While immunization is necessary to reduce mortality, lessen symptoms and somehow prevent the emergence of new variants, the new impositions infringe on the free will and freedom of each individual.
The new list of strict rules through Executive Orders and federal regulatory changes mandates that all private employers with 100 or more employees ensure that their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly. The rule would impact more than 80 million Americans according to White House estimates.
In addition, Biden’s new mandates also require all federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated, with no opt-out testing option, so those who work for the government will not have a choice.
But, in addition, the president’s new conditions do not only affect employers and the public sector. Biden also decided to interfere with requirements that impose privately owned spaces.
“The president’s plan calls on entertainment venues like sports arenas, large concert halls, and other venues where large groups of people gather to require that their patrons be vaccinated or show a negative test for entry,” the White House said.
With the new measures, Biden creates a dangerous precedent by interfering in the intimate decisions not only of Americans but of private business owners.
Following the announcement Biden was criticized because his impositions violate the rights of employers and individuals to make their own medical decisions.
“He doesn’t have the power to mandate this,” U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie said on Twitter.
“If government could mandate the vaccine for federal employees & contractors, it would require a vote of Congress. It’s medical tyranny. People will remember those who did this to them & who did not speak out,” he added.
But the more than 80 million Americans are not the only ones affected by sweeping mandates. In Los Angeles, California, the Unified School District also approved mandatory vaccination for students over the age of 12. Previously, school districts in Culver City, California, and Hoboken, New Jersey, had also enacted mandatory vaccination or testing for students and staff.
Republicans plan to sue
The Republican National Committee said it plans to sue the Biden Administration after it issued the two sweeping Executive Orders requiring mandatory vaccinations.
“Joe Biden repeatedly promised he would not impose vaccine mandates. He lied. Now small businesses, workers and families across the country will pay the price,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
“Like many Americans, I am pro-vaccine and anti-mandate. Many small businesses and workers do not have the money or legal resources to fight Biden’s unconstitutional actions and authoritarian decrees. That is why when his decree goes into effect, the RNC will sue the administration to protect Americans and their liberties,” she added.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said his state “is working to stop this power grab” which is “an assault on private businesses. Likewise, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon warned the state attorney general to be prepared “to take all necessary steps” to block this administration’s “unconstitutional overreach of executive power.”
In the same vein, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia pledged to implement “all available legal options” to stop “this blatantly illegal overreach.”
“Give it a try”
Biden, moreover, challenged Republicans Friday to put his new vaccination requirements to the test in the Courts.
“Give it a try. I’m very disappointed that, in particular, some of the Republican governors have been so neglectful of the health of these children, so neglectful of the health of their communities,” Biden said.