By Melissa Martin
The vaccine mandates were challenged in the highest of the highest place for the prevailing of justice, the U.S. Supreme Court. The battle commanders fought against vaccine mandates: patriots, heroes, liberty-lovers. Legal eagles with a deep-down-to-the-bone knowing in their knowers. Peaceful avengers of the U.S. Constitution. These American citizens and their liberty-loving supporters recognized the emperor has no clothes. And it’s not a pretty sight.
Victory for the first case but defeat for the second case.
The first case was challenged by a coalition of large and small business groups, 27 states, and individuals. Courageous citizens speaking out for the “…the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Well done!
National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor – the first case at the center of the vaccine-or-test mandate issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It requires employers with 100 or more employees – roughly two-thirds of the private sector – to compel those employees to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly. Plus, wear masks at work. The only exceptions are employees who work at home or outside.
But did freedom ring? Or was it disconnected? “We’re sorry, but you have a reached a working number that is no longer in service.”
The second case defuncted freedom of choice for millions of Americans.
Biden v. Missouri, the second case examined whether the Biden administration could enforce national rules that require all health care workers at facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption. The Department of Health and Human Services issued the rule, which applies to more than 10 million workers, in November.
The second case smacks of strings tied to federal funds. We pay you – we own you. The government under Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is no longer a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It’s a government usurping the people. Any political party that mandates any vaccine in order for you to keep your job, send your children to public school, receive access to healthcare, buy your groceries, or travel is totalitarian.
Since the COVID vaccine is not really a vaccine because the vaccinated continue to contract the coronavirus – then why is the Biden bunch so obsessed with more shots and more boosters? Should any type of vaccine have severe side effects? What’s up with the Anthony Fauci and Big Pharma dance? Is something going on behind closed doors?
The fate of freedom was truly in the hands of the Justices of the Supreme Court. The future of individual liberties was decided by 9 Americans. And they threw myriad Americans under the freedom bus.
Will the Star-Spangled Banner cease to wave? Will the red-white-and blue be shredded? Will freedom be fractured?
I do not write my column as a Republican or as a Democrat. I write as a peaceful American that cherishes freedom.
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” – Abraham Lincoln
Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an author and syndicated opinion-editorial columnist.
The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.