What’s your vaccine discrimination story?
“For the health of our nation, everyone must eat tomatoes on Tuesdays.”
How would Americans respond to an announcement like this from the White House?
It wouldn’t be pretty. We would be up in arms, declaring our independence.
“Yuck! I don’t like tomatoes!” some would say.
“I’m allergic to tomatoes,” others would lament.
We’d hear, “I’d rather have a non-GMO tomato but they’re not available. What do I do now?”
There’d be cries of, “Who’s going to pay for my tomatoes?”
And, simply but powerfully, “You can’t tell me what to put in my body.”
But what if the President added, “Anyone who can get a doctor’s note saying tomatoes make you sick or prove tomatoes are against your religion gets a pass.”
Phew! Dodged a bullet there, right? No problem! I can just claim my exemption.
“But I’m not religious.”
“I don’t get sick, I just don’t like them, or they don’t make me “sick enough” for a doctor to put their license on the line for what my body is telling me.”
“I don’t think I need a tomato to be healthy; I eat lots of spinach!”
So, do I lie about my beliefs? Do I forge a medical note? Do I become a criminal in order to do what I know is best for my body and my conscience? Is this America?
Back to reality… So, what’s the problem with a vaccine mandate if you can claim an exemption?
My dear health freedom fighter, you know the answer: everything.
Let’s break it down.
#1: Mandates cause discrimination
You’ve probably experienced vaccine discrimination yourself.
The mandate-and-exemption style of law fosters discrimination by design. The government claims the power to make everyone do (or not do) a thing. A minority of people can go through a government-controlled process to ask permission to have that thing not apply to them. If they’re granted permission, they’re marked as different. Remember the song, “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just isn’t the same?” (Big Bird used to teach useful lessons about discrimination before he sold out.) When you exercise an exemption, you are marked as different, and you are treated differently by your government, your employer, and your school. That difference opens the door and encourages your colleagues, friends, and family to do the same, because people are hard-wired for the safety of being in the majority. Exemptions are not enough to protect Americans.
#2: Mandates hurt businesses
Mandates not only hurt individuals but businesses as well. Because Americans cannot sue the government, the vaccine maker, or the person who administers the vaccine, employers are left with liability and loss. People are leaving their careers over mandates, taking all of their years of knowledge and experience with them and causing worker shortages. Employers face expense because of having to train new employees, as well as lost employee time due to getting the jab, injury, unpaid leave for noncompliance, and more. And employers will face lawsuits if employees are injured by the mandated vaccine, since there is no one else to sue.
#3: Mandates are power grabs
Wanna talk government gaslighting? Fighting for the right to refuse something implies the thing can be done in the first place. When we agree we have the right to say “No,” we also agree the government has the power to make us ask.
When we allow government (or employers or schools) to tell us how to live in our body or align with our spirituality, as long as some people may be allowed to opt-out, we lose the right to be the decision-maker for our own body and the bodies of our children. Who can say no and under what conditions? Where is the line drawn when your “No” is not honored? Can you say “No” without needing to justify it, or is recognition of your “No” conditioned upon whether it is judged appropriate? What if absolutely no one qualifies for the opt-out; is the law still valid if the option is lip service? (You can ask any midwife who practices in Delaware about a law like this, chilling laws with phony options get put on the books until they are fought.)
Governments only have the power we give them. And they will take it all, while they tell us to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Take action: A buffet of ways to fight!
First, we tell our lawmakers that we will not stand for mandates. We educate them on how harmful mandates are to the fabric of society and the values Americans hold dear. We explain that employers, the engine of the economy, are left holding the bag. Mandates hurt people, our economy, and our country. You can see that the truth here is the exact opposite of the propaganda, and for this reason we need to talk to our lawmakers. Click below to send a message!
Second, tell your story. You have probably faced discrimination, hardship, side glances, and alienation because of your vaccine choices. When stories are hard, they are powerful. Like Sadness in the movie “Inside Out,” difficult memories bring people together, knowing they’re not alone, and activate our compassion and love. Your story could be arguments or alienation with family and friends. It could be job loss. It could be moving or homeschooling, shifting the entire foundation of family life. It could be the betrayal of having done your part and gotten yourself or a child vaccinated, only to suffer injury followed by abandonment by loved ones and the medical system. Tell your story to family and friends. Tell your story to your elected officials. Tell your story to SHF to help us put a face on vaccine discrimination.
Watch a short and powerful mashup of White House lies and hypocrisy around vaccine mandates. Health freedom candidate Dr. Scott Jensen points out the immorality of vaccine mandates while the facts speak for themselves. Have a look!
Next, we can protect medical choice through antidiscrimination bills in our states. Montana is leading the way on this with the first Vaccine Antidiscrimination Law in the nation. With an antidiscrimination bill, we are saying everyone has a right (to bodily autonomy), but for some reason, some entity (government, business, school) is singling out a select group (who do not want to get vaccinated) and treating them differently (discrimination). That different treatment consists of job loss, masking, testing, exclusion from certain locations or events, and more. With antidiscrimination bills, the law protects the minority group from injury to rights everyone has. In other words, it stops an actor from being able to treat them differently than every other human. Contrast that with a mandate and exemption model, where we say the government has the power to make an imposition, but we want to make sure the government remembers we can say no.
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