By David Closson
In sports, “moving the goalposts” is a metaphor for altering the rules to suit one’s needs or objectives, making it more difficult for someone else to succeed, keep pace, or achieve an opposing objective. When asked on Monday what percentage of Americans need to get vaccinated for the nation “to go back to normal,” President Joe Biden replied, “[S]ome industries and some schools — 96, 97, 98 percent.” The president’s response is just the latest indication that the goalposts have been moved again when it comes to vaccines and vaccine mandates.
At the beginning of the month, President Joe Biden promised a forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate on all private employers with more than 100 employees, requiring that their employees either get vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19. The American public was told that businesses that do not comply with the rule could be fined up to $14,000 per violation. The new regulation is supposed to be drafted and implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor. While the order has yet to be officially handed down, some businesses are already implementing vaccine requirements.
As I’ve written and talked about before, there are serious legal, constitutional, moral, and conscience concerns related to the president’s proposed vaccine mandate. Many of these concerns were raised yesterday by Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) when he joined FRC president Tony Perkins on “Washington Watch.”
According to Rep. Massie, “Joe Biden knows that he can’t constitutionally or legally force people to take a needle and [inject] chemicals into their body. So, he thinks if he inserts the Department of Labor and your employer between him and you, that that somehow makes it legal or constitutional, that is not the case.”
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