Biden’s War on Unvaccinated Is Un-American

The unpredictable nature of COVID-19 shocked the whole world.

We were already a nation divided by decades of cultural conflicts and politics in the United States. COVID’s carnage could have sparked a moment of national unity in the battle against this unknown foe. It has become one of the most polarizing political subjects, unfortunately.

Both political leaders from both parties are responsible for our current predicament. While we may disagree about who or which side is responsible for the current predicament, we can all agree that our political leaders failed us.

For the sake this column, I will concentrate on President Joe Biden. I’m concerned that the president is slipping into a rhythm of pitting one group of Americans against another, something he vowed not to do as a candidate.

If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, it’s the president’s relentless juxtaposition of the unvaccinated against the vaccinated. While I appreciate that the president’s first responsibility is to keep Americans safe, I think that this may be accomplished without further dividing our society.

It is possible to urge and counsel Americans to get vaccinated, while also respecting the rights those who choose not. I’m not pushing anybody to be irresponsible or dangerous, but we do live in a society where we should respect the rights of individuals who disagree with us on this issue, which includes their freedom to refuse vaccinations.

Regardless of one’s political convictions, declaring war on and condemning “otherly” Americans is disturbing and un-American. It creates a new topic for Americans to be divided on at a time when all should be working together to defeat COVID, and move forward as a united nation. This seems strange these days.

Rhetoric from Democrats, especially Biden, has been cause for concern, not just for our country, but also for the Democratic Party’s future.

The Biden administration recently posted what appeared to be a death wish for those who are unvaccinated, a prediction that they appear to hope will come true: “For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm,” they wrote.

These vile statements do not unify Americans or persuade unvaccinated people to get vaccinated. While it remains to be determined if this remark is true, it is still heinous for such a bold and repelling forecast to be treated as fact when it hasn’t yet happened.

Not everything is bad. Despite the fact that Biden has caused considerable division and failed in many ways to unify Americans, it would be dishonest to not acknowledge his legitimate efforts to unite the country and contribute to its success.

Biden has been vocal against government shutdowns in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. This has clearly not had a long-term impact on its spread. Biden is finally allowing individuals to exercise their individual freedoms and not being controlled by the government for the first time.

In any case, despite the good news from Biden on shutdowns, the president’s stance on COVID-19 vaccine mandates overall has political ramifications that I don’t believe will favor Democrats in the fall 2022 midterm elections.

Many Americans don’t like the idea of being threatened by their beliefs. For one, shaming and intimidating them, and treating them as second-class citizens won’t just fail to bring understanding, but it will only increase suspicion and conflict in a society already torn by it.

People generally distrust authority in general, and now, when the government is telling you that you can’t have the beliefs you desire, it’s only logical that such rhetoric will not only sow more distrust, but also generate more adversaries for them.

Americans have enjoyed the freedom to choose what options they want, and the right to refuse any form of compulsory force to get the vaccine is something that is deeply ingrained in their culture.

However, when government bureaucrats try to force something down Americans’ throats without giving them a choice, you’ll see reluctance, which is exactly what Democrats are seeing now. Their tactic isn’t working, and the more vaccination requirements are pushed, the more Americans are saying enough is enough.

Millions of Americans have been vaccinated and many are declaring that they are done. They won’t take a booster shot, or any more shots for that matter, since they don’t believe it will work.

Democrats have no one but themselves to blame for their dysfunctional messages to voters. The issue at the helm is that we now confront a unique challenge unlike any other, because despite how bad things were in the past, there was always hope and a way out, yet looking at our current trajectory, it appears as if we’re trapped in an indestructible cage.

We need leadership that can heal divisions, unite and devise a plan to defeat COVID, regardless of the American position on the topic. I’ll be the first to say that this method isn’t simple, but it’s our political leaders’ and the president’s responsibility to sort out hard issues; after all, that’s why we elected them.

Biden, on his part, has chosen a different route and his party will pay for it in 2022.


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