Back Off, Buckeye!

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Representative Steve Stivers, a Republican from Ohio, wants you to have your $1400 stimulus money. He also wants you to be forced to take a Covid-19 vaccine in order to receive it. The government overreach isn’t even being hidden anymore. I don’t know which to prepare for first: the Hunger Games, or some Hawkins, Indiana, Upside-Down bullhonky.

Let me be clear on something…I am NOT an anti-vaxxer. I am actually very pro-vaccine. What I am more, however, is pro-liberty, and individual freedoms are more important than political grandstanding.

I’m old enough to remember when, in 2007, then Texas Governor Rick Perry tried to mandate the HPV preventative Gardasil vaccine for all 11-12 year old girls. I also remember the absolute uproar this caused within the state, and how he reversed his mandate decision rather promptly.

We may have a problem in this current situation, however, if we go by Supreme Court precedent. In 1905, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of forced vaccinations:

From Wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobson_v._Massachusetts):

“Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court upheld the authority of states to enforce compulsory vaccination laws. The Court’s decision articulated the view that individual liberty is not absolute and is subject to the police power of the state.”

So, based on that precedent, people like Rep. Stivers are correct in assuming that they can force these vaccinations on the masses with the threat of withholding stimulus payouts. What people like him are incorrect about, however, is the assumption that people won’t push back against this.

They will, and I’ll be one of them.

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