Editor’s note: This was originally written and published on November 1.
(Family Research Council) – On the calendar, November 1 is All Saints Day – but in cities across America, it’s “all shots day.” As vaccine mandates kick into effect in places like New York, the morning everyone was dreading arrived. Firefighters, ambulance drivers, police, and even waste management employees will have to prove they’ve been at least half-vaccinated or be forced into unpaid leave.
While Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) insists that he isn’t having “second thoughts” about the dictate, plenty of locals are. Vinny Argo, who lives across the street from one of the 26 closed fire stations, looked at Brooklyn Engine Co. 284 and shook his head. “We’re going to toast like marshmallows,” he warned.
Those feelings were mutual at FDNY headquarters, where spokesmen tried to tamp down the fears that this mandate will literally cost people their lives. The department’s Jim Long, who was sent to put out the PR fire, tried to reassure people that the closings weren’t permanent, and that some stations were just “temporarily out of service.”
That did little to comfort leaders like Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R), who fumed, “If someone dies due to a slower emergency response, it’s on Bill de Blasio and his overreaching mandates!”
Councilman Joe Borelli agrees, saying the mayor’s order defies common sense. “The firefighters who are unable to work have all been tested within the week and are not COVID positive. I doubt New Yorkers care about the vaccine status of the person applying defibrillators to their chest,” he argued.
And yet, Monday’s arbitrary deadline for city employees is closing firehouses, delaying trash pickups, and putting fewer cops and ambulances on the streets. That’s bad news for the people of New York, who suffer – on average – 65 serious fires, 1,400 life-threatening medical emergencies, and 80 heart attacks every day.
FDNY Firefighters Association President Andrew Ansbro was asked point-blank, “Will people die?”
Well, he replied, if the city is short-handed and you increase the response time for any of these emergencies, the answer is yes. “There are heart attack victims that are going to be out of the window of survivability if a normal response [which] would have been eight to six minutes goes and becomes 15 to 20 minutes… Fires are going to burn longer. Heart attack victims are going to be laying on the floor longer. People in stuck elevators are going to be stuck there for hours if not days.”
And for what, most employees want to know? A majority of first responders have already had the virus, and yet their natural immunity continues to count for nothing.
U.S. Senator (and doctor) Roger Marshall (R-Kans.) brought this up again in his press conference for the GOP’s new bill to exempt essential employees from the federal vaccine mandates. These frontline workers, he insisted, were the “first people out there” during the pandemic.
“And now what’s happening is they’re getting slapped in the face. They’re being told even though they have natural immunity … [they] have to choose – the jab or the job. I’m a big believer in natural immunity,” he said, adding it is “sad” that so many Leftists are demanding a “one-size-fits-all” approach.
It's official: Joe Biden has announced that his Administration will be forcing COVID vaccinations on nearly 1/3rd of American citizens, blatantly disregarding the personal objections of millions of people and moving America ever closer towards a medical dictatorship.
We cannot stand for this unprecedented overreach, and we will not submit to Biden's tyrannical public coercion efforts.
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On Thursday, September 9th, Joe Biden announced the latest round of federal orders meant to further coerce large swaths of the public into getting the COVID vaccine -- many against their will.
While the legal standing of these measures is, at best, dubious, the Biden Administration appears more ready than ever to gut our individual rights and practically erase medical autonomy in our country.
This latest escalation in overreach was announced via a televised speech in which Biden outlined a new "six-point plan" that includes far more than just six avenues to achieve mass medical compliance.
Among the most egregious new federal mandates are the following:
- A requirement that all private businesses employing more than 100 people mandate their workers get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing (to be implemented by way of a new Department of Labor rule)
- A requirement that all federal employees and federal contractors get the COVID vaccine
- A requirement that all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and/or Medicaid (an estimated 17 million) get the Covid-19 vaccine without an alternative testing option
- A requirement that all Head Start teachers get the COVID vaccine
- A federal effort to lobby states to implement vaccine mandates for all school employees, and require regular testing of all students and school staff
- A federal effort to lobby entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing in order to grant entry to the public
- A continuation of mask mandates on all federal properties and during interstate travel (i.e. planes, trains, buses)
All in all, these new vaccine mandates, which will go into effect within the coming weeks, will affect an estimated 100 million American workers -- 2/3rds of the entire workforce!
And, according to an administration official, violations of these unconstitutional requirements could result in fines of up to $14,000.
While this is clearly a political ploy on the part of the Joe Biden and his team of power-hungry Washington insiders to shift the focus from their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American public knows better: After nearly a year and a half's worth of arbitrary, ever-changing, and unconstitutional government mandates in response to the COVID outbreak, it was always a given that the Biden Administration would ramp things up even further when it behooved them.
And now, it would seem that time has officially come.
"This is not about freedom or personal choice," Biden uttered in his remarks, confirming his administration's blatant dismissal of all Americans' right(s) to accept or decline the experimental Covid-19 vaccine.
This is a stunning reversal from Biden's declaration last December that "I don’t think [the vaccine] should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory."
In fact, Biden even confirmed his intention to flout states' rights in the process, warning that "If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way."
These are not the words of an "empathetic" leader; these are the words of an aspiring dictator. And, for the time being, the only way to stop Joe Biden's tyranny is through mass noncompliance.
As we've said from the beginning, science, basic logic, and common sense should dictate policy regarding COVID and the Delta variant.
But Joe Biden and the federal government have long abandoned those principles throughout this crisis, culminating into this disturbing yet inevitable flurry of intrusive vaccine mandates that use people's jobs, individual autonomy, and livelihood as leverage.
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And to most of New York’s affected workers, it’s about government control – not about keeping people safe. There are plenty of ways to keep both sides happy without trampling on people’s freedom, firefighter Jackie-Michelle Martinez argues. “If the weekly testing is working, why are you, Mayor de Blasio, eliminating it?” For the same reason that Joe Biden has: for more power and control over Americans’ lives.
In places like Chicago, where leaders can’t afford to sideline police and first responders, even the deadly crime wave is taking a backseat to vaccine tyranny. There, Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) is taking her unpopularity to new levels by threatening not only police officers’ jobs but their retirement benefits as well.
Her ultimatum stunned local families, who have been complaining that Chicago can barely keep up with the lawlessness as it is. Shelving even more cops and first responders would create even more chaos in neighborhoods already under siege.
That argument doesn’t seem to matter to urban Democrats, who are more than willing to see their police presence diminished (either by vaccine mandates or defunding them altogether). Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva still can’t believe the city’s leadership is willing to sacrifice law and order for their stubbornness on mandates.
“I have repeatedly stated the dangers to public safety when 20 to 30% of my workforce is no longer available to provide service, and those dangers are quickly becoming a reality,” he told reporters. “Homicide rates will continue to rise, response times will increase, solve rates will diminish, arrests will decline, patrol services will significantly decline, and patrol stations will close.”
North of Los Angeles, Seattle is living proof of the dilemma, as taxpayers are shelling out tens of thousands of dollars in overtime each day just to keep the city’s fire department operating. “They’ve called… 60-80 firefighters [to] those vacant seats who would normally be off that day, and they’re paying them time and a half to do so, and that equates to, conservatively, $100,000 a day in overtime. That’s totally unnecessary,” Lieutenant Jeff Vale told one conservative talk show host.
This is the price of the Left’s vaccine madness – a price that’s being paid in dollars, freedoms, careers, safety, and personal well-being. When will Joe Biden’s party wake up and realize that their unreasonable mandates pose a bigger threat to Americans than the unvaccinated? When it’s too late. But that day is coming – and sooner than Democrats want to believe.
Reprinted with permission from Family Research Council