Biden and Vaccine Mandates Are Threatening the Security of the Nation
We’ve seen the rampant disruption caused by vaccine mandates such as those pushed by Joe Biden.
But, it isn’t only disruption that’s being risked here. It’s the very security of the nation: from the safety of our streets to the safety and defense of the country as a whole.
The mandates are endangering the jobs of people who play vital roles in protecting Americans.
Imagine the insanity of what they’re doing right now in Chicago. Yesterday, the deadline was for all police, fire, and other city workers to “report their vaccination status.” The police union is fighting the mandate, and officials were concerned that as many as 50% might not comply with the mayor’s order and have to be sent home.
They might have to declare a state of emergency and call in the National Guard; some were speculating. The city is doing this to themselves voluntarily because of their mania over the virus and control. The only thing that’s saving their attempt to commit a ritual suicide of the city is their incompetence — that it may take a little while, into next week, to tell who is resisting and who isn’t. If there’s one city that needs police, it’s Chicago.
Seattle, whose union is also standing firm, and the city is threatening mass firings come Monday. The town is already stretched thin, and they have a significant, radical leftist protest problem. But the city is preparing to fire as much as 40 percent of the police force, 403 officers, for not getting the jab and/or not complying with providing evidence that they have done so.
“The environment has been pretty toxic and negative,” an unnamed officer told Fox 13 News. “Not just from this whole mandate, but prior to that as well. I’m not sure this would be a good place for me to work long-term for my mental health. It has been very stressful.”
A total of 292 officers had yet to provide proof of COVID vaccination as of Oct. 6, the station reports. In addition, 111 officers are awaiting the results of exemption requests, said Seattle PD spokesperson Sgt. Randy Huserik.
The Seattle Police Department has already lost more than 300 officers since the Black Lives Matters riots and the “defund the police” movement roiled the city in 2020, putting officers in the crosshairs of political and public ire.
These are two high-profile examples. But this is happening to a greater or/lesser degree across the country with police departments and other first responders, where politicians are trying to push these mandates.
That’s not all. While I have questions about the TSA’s efficacy, their alleged purpose is to protect our safety at airports and on planes. At this point, about 40% of them are not vaccinated, with the deadline for them fast approaching, after which they can face disciplinary action up to termination. The Office of Personnel Management said the deadline could be enforced by November 9. So, that may pose a safety question to our flights if a large segment there is terminated or sidelined.
The Biden folks like to talk about the “science.” But it’s also affecting those responsible for some vital national defense work.
In New Mexico, dozens of scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are not taking kindly to the mandate. One hundred fourteen scientists, nuclear engineers, research technicians, designers, project managers, and other lab workers are fighting the mandate.
Some are specialists and have high security clearance for the work they do, which ranges from national defense to infrastructure improvements and COVID-19 research.
The workers claim the mandate is a violation of their constitutional rights and that lab management has created a hostile work environment.
Their attorney has a great argument — that if you look at the science with 96% of the workers vaccinated, why are you concerned with the small amount who aren’t?
With such a high percentage of vaccinated workers, critics have argued that forcing the remaining holdouts to get shots would make no epidemiological difference.
Jonathan Diener, an attorney representing the workers, said the plaintiffs are considering an appeal. Arbitration also is possible pending court proceeding on the merits of the case. The workers have requested a jury trial.
“The main thing is we wanted to stop people from being thrown out of work,” said Diener, expressing disappointment with the judge’s decision.
Perhaps one of the most problematic areas for the mandate to hit is on our military, which has already been hit on various levels with efforts from the left to “fundamentally transform” its nature.
Joe Biden requires everyone to be vaccinated, and that’s hitting the military hard, particularly the U.S. Navy SEALS, some of the top operators necessary for protecting our nation. Highly trained over the years, they are invaluable, and obviously, it’s hard to replace such training and investment. But the military under Biden seems to be going out of its way to threaten them and harass those SEALS seeking a religious exemption to the mandate, according to Fox.
First, Fox says the religious exemption process is nearly impossible to complete.
Then, the Navy promises severe punishment “including demotions, pay cuts and a ban on travel for SEALs, and other Navy service members, who do not comply with the vaccine mandate.” Part of the “punishment” may require the SEAL to pay back the government for what it spent on training them, a horrifically burdensome thing for exercising their rights.
A new directive by the Navy’s COVID Consolidated Disposition Authority (CCDA) issued Thursday states that if SEALs decline the vaccine, the Navy may seek to recover from each individual SEAL the money the government has spent on training them. For an individual SEAL, the training costs alone is estimated to amounting to several million dollars.
“The CCDA may seek recoupment of applicable bonuses, special and incentive pays, and the cost of training and education for service members refusing the vaccine,” reads the document. [….]
Another internal document reviewed by Fox News states that SEALs, as special operations (SO) duty personnel, who refuse to get vaccinated based only on religious or personal beliefs, will be “disqualified” from SO duty. That would mean a SEAL seeking a religious objection would lose his or her “special warfare” pay due to SO status. However, this does not apply to SEALs who are seeing medical objections to the vaccine.
One SEAL was even threatened with the loss of his Special Warfare pin, resulting in him being removed as a SEAL.
Michael Berry, First Liberty Institute’s general counsel and Lt. Col. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, who represents some of the SEALS, says this violates their First Amendment rights.
“Purging our military of its elite servicemembers is detrimental to national security. Doing so because the Commander in Chief refuses to accommodate their religious convictions is abhorrent to the Constitution. Their years of experience and leadership in service to our nation is immeasurable and irreplaceable,” Berry told Fox News.
Berry continued, “Remove a SEAL from special warfare, reduce his salary, and force him to repay his training is purely vindictive and punitive. And it’s illegal. They have nothing to do with a virus.” Berry’s clients have a combined more than 350 years of military service and more than 100 combat deployments.
Berry said the SEALS have invested their lives into protecting the country, “Yet the Commander in Chief would simply kick them out of the Navy, send them to jail, and force them to repay the nation for their training—all for simply declining a vaccine.”
November 14 is the deadline for active-duty members.
Most of these people cannot be easily replaced and have had years of training. And then who are you going to replace them with? Terminating them would do significant damage to our national security and force readiness, long term, beyond just the immediate chaos it would cause. Oh, how our enemies must be looking at all this insanity, thinking how crazy we are and salivating. This is beyond dangerous to do to ourselves — and one has to wonder if Biden deliberately wants to do in the country when he does things like this.
Cross-posted from Red State
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