Desperate to change the subject from his administration’s disastrous handling of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden announced sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandates on Thursday, but much to his certain chagrin, a groundswell of resistance to those edicts is taking shape across the country.
The authoritarian, scolding tone with which Biden unveiled his administration’s new vaccine requirements has already sparked a series of protests nationwide in which American citizens are taking to the streets – and soon the courts – to express their unwillingness to comply with any attempt to negate their right to bodily autonomy.
While Biden likely assumed he would have the lockstep acceptance of the large labor unions on whose support Democrats can typically rely, the Washington Post reports that the issue may not be quite as cut and dried as he may have expected.
Though the American Federal of Government Employees, for example, has taken the stance of strongly encouraging member vaccinations, it has also made clear that compulsory shots are something that should be part of the collective bargaining process, which, in this instance, it was not.
As the Post further noted, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association was among the groups expressing their disagreement over the mandate, with organization president Larry Cosme declaring that “vaccination should be promoted through education and encouragement – not coercion,” and that the “government should trust its employees to make their own medical decision under consultation with their doctor, not mandated by their employer.”
According to Cosme, “This executive order villainizes employees for reasonable concerns and hesistancies and inserts the federal government into individual medical decisions. People should not be made to feel uncomfortable for making a reasonable medical choice.”
Another of the most prolific organizers of expanding demonstrations in opposition to the vaccine mandates is Young Americans for Liberty, a group which, according to Inside Higher Ed, has arranged petitions and protests on 23 campuses of public educational institutions, asserting that its supporters are not “anti-vaccine, but rather anti-vaccine mandate,” but are simply fighting back “against government interference in private medical decisions.”
A host of GOP governors in states across the country have also threatened litigation in response to Biden’s forced vaccines, including Georgia’s Brian Kemp and Kristi Noem of South Dakota, with the Republican National Committee also vowing to bring a lawsuit of its own, as CBS News reports.
The angry, overbearing approach taken by Biden last week suggests a misplaced belief in his ability to compel vaccine compliance, but unfortunately for him, millions of his fellow citizens agree – ironically – with the words of Vice President Kamala Harris who said days ago, “When people are able to make choices without government interference for themselves – in terms of their wellbeing and the wellbeing of their family, in consultation with whomever they may choose – we are a stronger society.”