Guest columnist John Coster: Logic matters when it comes to vaccine mandates

  • White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain in 2014. I AP

Published: 12/6/2021 10:53:26 AM
Modified: 12/6/2021 10:52:57 AM

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain recently made a statement about President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates on NBC that should alarm all Americans: “If OSHA can tell people to wear a hard hat on the job, to be careful around chemicals, it can put in place these simple measures to keep our workers safe.”

This statement about the administration’s “simple measures,” like many statements that have emanated from the Biden administration, is so egregiously illogical that it leads one to conclude that the administration is either dangerously incompetent or dangerously motivated.

Klain falsely equates the consequences of wearing a hard hat with those of taking an experimental medical treatment that promotes genetic changes in your body. Theoretically, both actions could protect you from harm, but beyond that, the implied comparison is absurd.

The role of messenger RNA is to carry genetic instructions to the cells; that’s what mRNA vaccines do by design. Since they do not block the transmission of COVID but according to their manufacturers simply mitigate symptoms, calling the injections “vaccines” is itself dubious, but that is another issue.

What’s clear is that the White House and mainstream media have been carrying out a public relations campaign for the COVID vaccines that has about as much scientific integrity as those magazine ads from the ’50s in which doctors in white coats with stethoscopes around their necks promoted cigarettes. Yes, such ads really did exist.

By attempting to force an experimental medical treatment on the population, the administration is violating not only the U.S. Constitution but the Nuremberg Code, the state is inverting the meaning of the slogan “Our Bodies, Our Choice.”

The Biden administration is arguing that it can make a one-size-fits-all medical decision for the whole population, even 5-year-olds who are at minimal risk from COVID. Even if the government’s own statistics as reported in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System did not show the highest amount of deaths and injuries ever recorded, this government overreach would represent an unprecedented assault on individual rights and our ability as a nation to deal rationally with a crisis.

Moreover, the kind of coercion the Biden administration is currently engaging in is defined in the U.S. legal code as a felony. This is not the way to promote a medical intervention intended to save lives. No one ever got an anaphylactic shock or severe autoimmune response from putting on a hard hat.

These mandates are particularly disturbing given the known effectiveness of safe and fully approved but out-of-patent medications like ivermectin. Logic matters.

John Coster lives in Amherst.

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