Unvaccinated People Are Increasing the Chances for More Coronavirus Variants. The Unvaccinated, With Few Exceptions, Are Selfish, Uninformed Extremists. When Interviewed By The Media, They Offer No Evidence Of Being Educated On The Science Of Viruses. They Spout Conspiracy Theories About COVID Straight Out Of The Trump And Fox News Playbook. Yet, When They Catch COVID And Become Severely Symptomatic, They Rush To The Hospital, Causing Over-Crowding And With The Expectation Of Cutting To The Front Of The Emergency Room Line.
The widespread resistance to COVID vaccine mandates by anti-vaxxers and their misguided definition of what “freedom and liberty” means is an embarrassment to America. In an October 2021 article, The American Bar Association reprinted a 1905 opinion by Justice John Marshal Harlan regarding the key mandatory vaccination case is Jacobson v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, related to the small pox vaccine:
“The liberty secured by the Constitution of the United States to every person within its jurisdiction does not import an absolute right in each person to be, at all times and in all circumstances, wholly freed from restraint. There are manifold restraints to which every person is necessarily subject for the common good. On any other basis organized society could not exist with safety to its members. Society based on the rule that each one is a law unto himself would soon be confronted with disorder and anarchy.” Persons and property are subjected to all kinds of restraints and burdens in order to secure the general comfort, health, and prosperity of the state.”
In the “Constitution for dummies” version, this opinion means you don’t always get to do what you want to do, where you want to do it, how you want to do it, and when you feel like doing it. Freedoms have restraints. We learn that in grammar school. A significant problem with cult followers and conspiracy theorists is they drop some IQ points in service to their leaders.
Americans who are rebelling against the rule of law in our country and support authoritarian candidates need to study how civil liberties look in authoritarian countries. For example, authoritarian countries limit rights and freedoms related to gun possession. In Russia, gun laws are tight. The government does not support complete, widespread gun ownership. 3% of Russians own guns. Venezuela has brought a new gun law into effect, which bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition. In China, civilian firearm ownership is restricted to non-individual beings, with few exceptions. In North Korea, institutions, businesses, groups and the public are prohibited from possessing or transacting firearms according to their gun laws.
The MAGA ideology is a movement towards authoritarianism. Despot leaders will lie and make false promises to get elected. However, once elected, their pathological hunger to embolden their power and control everything will diminish the importance of civil liberties for the general population. Those wearing Trump 2024 hats better be prepared. If he becomes president again, he would no longer need your support for future elections. Therefore any liberty our democracy guarantees that he believes would threaten his power would be eliminated. FIND ANOTHER REPUBLICAN WITH DEMOCRATIC, CONSERVATIVE BELIEFS. ANYTHING MAGA WILL EVENTUALLY LEAD TO AN ANTI-FREEDOM AMERICA.