President Biden dropped a bombshell on Thursday. Those of us who do what I do for a living are still trying to figure out the real-life impacts of his vaccine mandate issued by Presidential fiat.
Don’t get me wrong; I am a believer in the vaccines. The vaccine has allowed me to get back to a normal life without any real worry. And I certainly do not know what the long-term effects of the vaccine might be — they could be deadly. But I took a leap of faith and got the jab, and in the process I not only protected myself but also protected the folks who come in contact with me whether they are vaccinated or not.
And because I do not know what the long-term effects of the vaccine might be, and I know that there is a slight chance that those effects could make my life worse on some distant day, I consider that I have made a personal sacrifice for those in the world around me. I have risked my personal well-being for the good of others. I am ok with that. I can’t quite understand why others who have had a chance to live are unwilling to make the same sacrifice.
But I can be spared the talk about personal liberty and freedom and choice, particularly from those who in many other instances are not huge fans of choice.
So President Biden on Thursday, who apparently thinks about these matters the same way I do, announced that he has lost patience with those who refuse the vaccine out of selfish interest. Right on.
I heard a guy yesterday complaining about the order saying that his doctor told him to wait a year and see what happens before getting the vaccine. He wants me and those of you who have gotten the jab to take on the risk before he does his part and gets the jab.
They are giving rewards now to folks in order to get the shot. They should be giving rewards to those of us who got it in the spring for making this corner of the country a whole lot safer while the plague rages in the south and in the plains.
In any event, despite my feelings about the vaccine mandate, I still remain a believer in the law. I believe that the law should be followed, because if we don’t follow the law, anarchy comes. Law really is all that we have separating us from societal breakdown.
So the obvious question is: can the President mandate vaccines? I think he has the Constitutional authority to do so in order to protect the health and safety of the population, as well as the commercial interests of our nation. As he has a rational basis for issuing his order, then I think he has the authority.
Still, I think that the mandate must remain limited by religious and medical exceptions. And I still think that the impacts of the mandate must be negotiated with those workers represented by a union. But in the end, I think that the mandate is going to survive, and I believe that ultimately it will help finally bring an end to the disease that has plagued us for more than eighteen months. Because it is about time that we put this damn disease behind us.