Friday, September 10, 2021

Enough Already

Via the Washington Post:

President Biden announced sweeping new coronavirus vaccine mandates Thursday designed to affect tens of millions of Americans, ordering all businesses with more than 100 employees to require their workers to be immunized or face weekly testing.

Biden also said that he would require most health-care facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid funding to vaccinate their employees, which the White House believes will cover 50,000 locations.

And the president signed an executive order compelling all federal employees to get vaccinated — without an option for those who prefer to be regularly tested instead — in an effort to create a model he hopes state governments will embrace. He is also ordering all staffers in Head Start programs, along with Defense Department and federally operated schools for Native Americans, to be vaccinated.

“We’re in a tough stretch, and it could last for a while,” Biden said in an address from the White House. He added, “What makes it incredibly more frustrating is we have the tools to combat covid-19, and a distinct minority of Americans, supported by a distinct minority of elected officials, are keeping us from turning the corner.”

Taken together, the moves represent a major escalation by Biden of the pressure against those who have resisted vaccination. The announcement comes amid growing signs that the highly contagious delta variant, and the persistence of vaccine resistance, are combining to drag out the pandemic, slow the economic recovery and prevent Biden from turning his focus to other matters.

Biden adopted a newly antagonistic tone toward the unvaccinated Thursday, underlining his shift from cajoling to coercion as he placed blame on those still refusing to get shots for harming other Americans. “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” Biden said. “And your refusal has cost all of us.”

Amen, brother, with a cherry on top. We have borne the resistance and the bullshit long enough. If people want to refuse to get vaccinated, that’s their own problem, but they cannot be allowed to spread this virus to the rest of us. And for those who think that the president is being some kind of dictator and is violating the Constitution, let them take it up with the Constitution and the laws already on the books that grant the federal government such power over federal employees and those who take federal money to run such programs as Head Start or have contracts with the federal government. And yes, the federal government can implement and enforce those rules. It’s what you get when you sign up. Read the goddam fine print for once.

As for those who claim their “freedom” is at stake, just show me where in the world anyone has the right to endanger other people because they insist on being an asshole. Every state has laws against driving while intoxicated, not to keep people from drinking but to keep the other people on the road from being killed. And frankly I am quite tired of explaining that to imbeciles. So screw your “freedoms.” Get the shot and shut up.


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