Anger, frustration and dispair were only three of the emotions that swept over me when I heard of President Joe Biden’s plan to mandate COVID-19 vaccines.
But, logic took over as I decided to check out the historical context.
As it turns out, various vaccines have been mandated on US soil almost since this country’s founding.
I still don’t like it. We’re supposed to be a na- tion of freedom and liberty.
This is where the two sides of my being begin to contradict each other, because I also know and appreciate that my freedom stops where yours begins and there is a lot of good to be had from the “for the public welfare” thought process.
I still don’t like it. Of course, I’ve never liked being told what to do.
If the federal government really believes in the vaccine, perhaps they should not have allowed Dr. Fauci to provide so much contradictory information. If you recall, he’s the one that apparently can’t decide whether we need one mask or two, or whether masks do more harm than good.
Talking heads complain about all the misinformation being distributed, but they never call out the so-called experts for their part in the confusion.
Add to that the fact that this virus was politicized from the get go, and you have a recipe for distrust.
There is a segment of the US population whose trust in government waned well before the pandemic. I’m not sure they’ll ever be trusted again.
It just seems to me, and I have no good evidence to back this up, that they’re more concerned with having us behave as a herd than promoting herd immunity.
Mary Wayt, The Beacon’s publisher and editor, may be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.