Fresh off issuing orders mandating COVID vaccinations for people traveling into the U.S. from overseas, Joe Biden has been preparing to mandate them on Americans before allowing interstate travel.
Biden has been busy launching a boatload of this kind of coronavirus tyranny on Americans over the past few months.
Early in July, Biden announced plans to use a Gestapo-inspired approach to forcing people to get their COVID vaccination shots where government bureaucrats would go door-to-door to ensure compliance. “We need to go community-by-community, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and oft times door-to-door, literally knocking on doors,” Biden said in an address to the America people.
Biden’s intentions were confirmed by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra when he said at the time, “it is absolutely the government’s business” to know people’s vaccination status.
Along the lines of “knowing people’s vaccination status,” Biden’s CDC director, Rochelle Walensky, stated in late July that government-mandated COVID vaccine passports were being discussed as “the path forward” to giving a small piece of liberty back to the American people.
Earlier this month, Biden abandoned his oath to protect and defend the Constitution when he caved to the browbeating he was getting from far-left members of the Democrat Party by issuing a new eviction moratorium even though he admitted that it was unconstitutional and would likely be rejected by the courts.
“The bulk of the constitutional scholars say it’s not likely to pass constitutional muster,” Biden said during his press conference announcing the new eviction moratorium before adding, “By the time it gets litigated, it will probably give [renters] some additional time.”
Early last week, Biden was asked if he had the authority to override state governments and mandate universal masking of children in response to coronavirus, and his answer sounded for all the world like that of a dictator prepared to do as he pleases . . . Constitution be damned! “I don’t believe that I do [have the authority] thus far,” he said, speaking from the East Room of the White House. “We’re checking that.”
Of course, “we’re checking that” is politispeak for “I’m looking for a way to do it anyway.”
And that brings us to Biden’s plan to mandate COVID vaccinations as a condition for interstate travel (via Associated Press):
Even as Biden becomes more aggressive, he has refrained from using all his powers to pressure Americans to get vaccinated. He’s held off, for instance, on proposals to require vaccinations for all air travelers or, for that matter, the federal workforce. The result is a precarious balancing act as Biden works to make life more uncomfortable for the unvaccinated without spurring a backlash in a deeply polarized country that would only undermine his public health goals.
Vaccine mandates are “the right lever at the right time,” said Ben Wakana, the deputy director of strategic communications and engagement for the White House COVID-19 response, noting the public’s increasing confidence in the vaccines and adding that it marks a new phase in the government’s campaign to encourage Americans to get shots.
White House officials say Biden wanted to initially operate with restraint to ensure that Americans were ready for the strong-arming from the federal government. (emphasis mine)
In addition to “strong-arming Americans to get their COVID vaccinations, the Biden administration is also looking at “changing how the federal government reimburses treatment for those who are unvaccinated and become ill with COVID-19.” In other words, if you receive government assistance with healthcare (Medicare, VA, etc.), your benefits could be withheld if you refuse to be vaccinated.
All of the options are on the table, but as the AP noted, “the administration is worried that they would be too polarizing for the moment.”
Gee, ya think?
By the way, if Biden should pursue withholding healthcare benefits for the unvaccinated, he’ll be able to do so with the full support of a growing number of so-called conservatives who are already onboard with the idea of vaccine mandates and other coercive measures designed to “make it almost impossible for people to live their lives without being protected” by the experimental vaccine.
There are some in the Biden administration who claim that mandating vaccinations for interstate travel isn’t under consideration at the moment, but as the AP notes in its report, one official stated (off the record, apparently), “That’s not to say they won’t be implemented in the future, as public opinion continues to shift toward requiring vaccinations as a means to restore normalcy.” (emphasis mine)
Obviously, mandating COVID vaccinations for interstate travel would face significant legal challenges regarding its constitutionality. But when you consider that Biden openly admitted that his eviction moratorium was unconstitutional before issuing it anyway, I’m thinking he won’t let the Constitution get in the way of doing whatever his tyrannical heart desires.
When coronavirus hysteria reared it’s head early last year, I expressed the concerns held by many conservatives that a government long desirous of turning America into a tyrannical, socialist state could use the so-called pandemic to permanently alter, if not outright eliminate, liberty.
Sadly for constitutional conservatives and other lovers of liberty, all signs point to the reality that tyranny and the end of liberty is much closer than we realize.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.