Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds handled the COVID-19 outbreak better than most governors in the nation. But it wasn’t perfect and did, in fact, leave a lot to be desired. Remember, she ordered churches to be closed. Banned in-person worship. Forced businesses across the state to shut down while determining what business was “essential” and what business wasn’t.
Despite all of that, compared to other governors, she did very well. But keep in mind “other governors” are not the standard.
What’s done, however, is done. Legislators vowed to address the governor’s emergency powers and it doesn’t appear that is going to happen.
More pressing, though, are the number of Iowans who will need to decide whether they want a job, or an experimental drug injected into their body. Not only are healthcare facilities requiring this as a condition for employment, now Tyson Foods is as well.
While Executive Orders are rarely if ever the right thing to do, it should be done in this case. Reynolds is tasked with protecting the rights and liberties of individual Iowans and to uphold the Constitution. She could issue an executive order that prohibits employers from requiring the COVID-19 vaccine as condition for employment — if she wanted to.
Big business in Iowa often cries out for the need of a larger workforce. That’s why big business objects every year to strengthening religious liberty laws in Iowa — and for five straight years the GOP trifecta in Des Moines has listened to them and refused to move on the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act.
Big business in Iowa needed more employees and the legislature acted by throwing money at childcare solutions.
And of course big business wasn’t wanting the legislature to act on Big Tech censorship, so it didn’t.
But at some point the state of Iowa’s elected officials need to take care of No. 1 — Iowans.
It may happen when the legislature convenes for a special session to handle redistricting. But I’m skeptical.
In the meantime, Iowans are being forced to choose now. They are being forced to decide whether they need a job or whether they will comply and allow an experimental drug to be injected into their bodies.
That’s the reality they face. Every morning. Every day. Every night.
And it is only going to happen more frequently as more and more businesses go down that path.
Throughout the COVID pandemic, Reynolds repeatedly said she was confident Iowans would do the right thing.
Now Iowans need her to do the right thing. They need her to protect their bodily autonomy and medical freedom so they are able to make a living and provide for their families.
She needs to put pen to paper and sign an Executive Order prohibiting employers from requiring employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.