Coronavirus vaccine coercion continues to mushroom in America, despite tapering off in media reports of late. A Columbus, Ohio judge has made getting the jab a term of probation for defendants appearing before him, while the U.S. Army has reportedly “directed commands” to prepare for the mandatory vaccination of all personnel in September and the Veterans Affairs Department is mulling making getting the vaccine a job requirement.
‘Encouraged’ By Authority
“It occurred to me that at least some of these folks need to be encouraged not to procrastinate,” Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye told The Columbus Dispatch in an interview for a June 29 article. “I think it’s a reasonable condition when we’re telling people to get employed and be out in the community.” The newspaper reports that Frye “discussed the matter in open court with the defendants, and they attributed their unvaccinated status to procrastination. None raised any philosophical, medical or religious objection.”
Of course, there is good reason for these people to be hesitant to object. A judge wants them to get vaccinated, and their probation status is in his hands. The impropriety of this power arrangement is so apparent that even the leftist activists at the American Civil Liberties Union aren’t running away from it. “It doesn’t have any real relationship to community control,” ACLU lobbyist Gary Daniels told The Dispatch. “At a minimum, it appears to be problematic.”
Are we witnessing the first tentative baby steps in making anyone who falls under direct government control get the jab? Two other recent news items do not bode well.
From an Army Times report:
“Army Times obtained a portion of a recent update to HQDA EXORD 225-21, COVID-19 Steady State Operations.
‘Commanders will continue COVID-19 vaccination operations and prepare for a directive to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for service members [on or around] 01 September 2021, pending full FDA licensure,’ the order said. ‘Commands will be prepared to provide a backbrief on servicemember vaccination status and way ahead for completion once the vaccine is mandated.’”
Is this merely preparing for a possible eventuality? If so, why is there a specific Sept. 1 date attached to it? “The Pentagon has not put out any guidance to the services to prepare for a mandatory vaccine roll-out in September, a defense official separately told Army Times,” the publication reported.
‘Permitted to Compel’
If Defense Department intentions are unclear, another branch of the U.S. government is not so shy. Military Times also reported on July 1 that the federal Department of Veterans Affairs is considering making the coronavirus vaccine a condition of employment:
“Veterans Affairs employees could be required to get the coronavirus vaccine to keep their jobs, under a plan being considered by department leadership.
VA Secretary Denis McDonough said [June 30] that no decision on such a move has been made yet….
However, he also emphasized that increasing the number of vaccinated employees is critical for plans to fully resume operations at VA hospitals and offices, for the safety of both other staff and visiting veterans….
‘We are making sure we understand the full range of options we have, not only the current legal environment… and our existing legal authorities. It would be negligent to not be considering the full range of opportunities we have to ensure we’re taking every step possible to protect veterans.’”
McDonough openly declared that he feels he has the authority to make the vaccine mandatory. “I believe I am permitted to compel people to take the vaccine, but we’re taking a look at all of our options as we watch [the nationwide spread of] the Delta variant,” he is quoted as saying.
President Biden also raised hackles with his July 6 call for federal vaccination personnel to appear at Americans’ homes to induce them to take the jab. “Now we need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes, door to door — literally knocking on doors,” Biden said of the effort. This may present a particularly ugly image of government overreach, but as of now there is nothing to prevent citizens from simply slamming the door. But what if you need to renew a passport or your federal tax refund is at stake? It is the moments when government has you in its power that Americans who do not want to be force-vaccinated should fear most in the months ahead.
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