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Saturday, September 11, 2021

President Biden tried to persuade people hesitant to get a coronavirus vaccine, making reasoned arguments and emotional pleas to try to win them over while embracing requirements in limited circumstances. That hope was not realized.



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President Biden's initial approach to the pandemic did not include widespread vaccine mandates, a policy that some advisers and public health officials wanted but that was viewed as a step too far. His aides said the government's role was to advocate for vaccinations, not mandate them, as they maintained hope that the vaccine skepticism stoked by misinformation on social media, conservative commentators and some Republican politicians would fade.

On Thursday, Biden abandoned his initial strategy, instead embracing the growing frustration among the vaccinated with the country's roughly 80 million unvaccinated citizens and announced a sweeping set of mandates, including compelling businesses with more than 100 workers to require vaccinations or weekly coronavirus testing.

It was an acknowledgment that his strategy was not working, with the virus continuing to rage in parts of the country, and a nod to how much it is hurting him politically, with his approval numbers sliding in recent weeks. "This is a political fight the president is happy to take on," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. "What people elected him to do is get covid under control. And these are steps he needs to do in order to do this."

"This was not our first preference. This was not our objective," Psaki said in an interview Friday morning. "We wanted to try everything we could to give people the option to protect themselves.

And when too many individuals put their own false beliefs and erroneous notions of unfettered personal freedom over the public health need to control the spread of death and disease related to a once-in-a-century global pandemic, the President has been forced to embrace vaccine mandates deemed legal and wholly consistent with the controlling Supreme Court opinion, unilaterally upheld in numerous legal challenges over the last century plus.

Not to mention Trump's own jurist, Amy Coney Barrett, allowed Indiana University's vaccine mandate for its students to stand less than one month ago on August 12th.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-11 09:43 AM | Reply

The anti-vaxxers lost the argument in the most dramatic way possible, with thousands of deaths. Any anti-vaxxer now is mentally ill or a Trump supporter. As if there is any real difference.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2021-09-11 09:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It's cognitive dissonance Zed. Republicans actually believe that courts will be sympathetic to their pleas that mandating vaccines is unconstitutional while everyone making that argument has personally taken mandated vaccines during the course of their lives due to our society's established need to stop or eliminate the spread of diseases.

No one has the right to harm other individuals with their own reckless choice when it affects others besides themselves. Anti-vaxxers have every right not to become inoculated if they decide to stay on their own property and never enter the public square or interact with others outside of their property.

Once one enters into public settings, they have the same communal responsibility that all of us have, which is to follow rules, laws, and regulations enacted to protect the collective from harm - including the following of health requirements codified to protect the whole of society from communicable disease.

Nothing is more common sense constitutional than that. You can't have liberty without life first, and when individual behavior or conduct threatens the lives of others, the state has every right to regulate said conduct.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-11 10:41 AM | Reply

"Anti-vaxxers have every right not to become inoculated if they decide to stay on their own property and never enter the public square or interact with others outside of their property."

You don't have to get vaccinated anymore than you have to stop smoking. However, just as you can smoke in the privacy of your own home but can't smoke in public places, you can remain unvaccinated in the privacy of your own home (and in the homes and businesses of other anti-vaxxers), but you can't be unvaccinated in shared, public spaces. Makes sense to me.

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-09-11 01:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

...but you can't be unvaccinated in shared, public spaces.

Nonsense. Everyone else should just be wearing M-50 gas masks.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-09-11 01:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Doctor says 'death is imminent' for a woman on a hospital bed in Michigan who refused the COVID-19 vaccine 'adamantly'

... Kathy has since been released on hospice care to spend time with her family as her symptoms continue to worsen. Ahead of her release, Kathy and Linder hugged goodbye.

"It was too late for her," said Linder, who got permission from Kathy to share her story. "Despite everything that could possibly be done for her, she's going to lose her battle and lose her life. And she's vivacious and gregarious and just a wonderful person and this did not have to happen. Her family didn't have to lose her."

#6 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-09-11 01:24 PM | Reply

You can't smoke in public spaces because secondhand smoke can negatively effect the health of others. The same logic should apply to being unvaccinated. Kids need to have certain vaccinations in order to attend public schools. If you don't want to vaccinate your kids, then homeschool them. You need to have certain vaccinations in order to be in the military. If you don't want to be vaccinated, then don't enlist. Why this suddenly such a contentious idea is beyond me.

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-09-11 01:30 PM | Reply

It's not a true mandate if you have a very reasonable alternative in providing proof of a negative test once a week. Take home tests are quite affordable now. You would just think it would be more convenient and cheaper to get vaccinated than having to test every week AND wear a mask. But, I guess one must turn to masochistic tendencies if only to own the libs.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-09-11 05:58 PM | Reply

Anyone on a government payroll or contracting with the government needs to be either vaccinated or tested.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-11 06:11 PM | Reply

"When are we going to stop putting up with the idiots in this country and just say it's mandatory to get vaccinated?" Stern said to listeners on his eponymous SiriusXM program.

"As I remember, when I went to school, you had to get a measles vaccine. You had to get a mumps vaccine," Stern said.

"F--- them. F--- their freedom. I want my freedom to live," Stern, 67, said. "I want to get out of the house. I want to go next door and play chess. I want to go take some pictures. This is --------."

#10 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-09-11 06:26 PM | Reply

So let me get this straight - Donnie Fail spent billions on the most amazing vaccine ever, took it (in secret) yet his minions think it's full of microchips from Bill Gates and turns you into a human snake.

#11 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-11 07:08 PM | Reply

Pence blasts Biden's vaccine speech: 'Unlike anything I'd ever heard from an American president'

"I have to tell you the president's speech yesterday was unlike anything I'd ever heard from an American president," Pence said on "Fox & Friends."

"I mean, to have the president of the United States say that he has been patient but his patience is wearing thin " that's not how the American people expect to be spoken to by our elected leaders," Pence said.

The biggest tragedy of 1/6 may be that those idiot Trumpers didn't actually hang Mike Pence.

#12 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-09-11 08:59 PM | Reply

Re-upping this in case @GregAbbott_TX continues whining about @POTUS's vaccine mandate for federal workers.

Texas currently mandates - yes, mandates - that schoolchildren get the following vaccines:

Hepatitis B
Meningococcal (MCV4)
Hepatitis A

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-09-11 09:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well, this is what happens when you have a system that comes down to one person. It is anti-American not to follow your leader. .... what is the solution? How about 3 Presidents?

#14 | Posted by Brennnn at 2021-09-13 09:43 AM | Reply

How about 3 Presidents?


I see your 3 Presidents and raise you 11 Supreme Court Justices.
(keep it up and I will make it 15)

#15 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-09-13 09:48 AM | Reply

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