"I have a real hard time with the topic of this thread."
I believe you, but I don't think it's as difficult as you think.
"I am very opposed to coercive and punitive measures being taken to try and force someone to do something against their will, especially if it comes from government"
I don't believe you, but I also don't think you realize you're full of it.
Pre-employment drug screening, that bothers you as much as this. Fingerprinting teachers. Having to get a TB test before working in food service. Registering for Selective Service. Paying your taxes or going to jail. Seat belt laws. Parking tickets. Library fines.
"These kinds of measures tend to piss people off and cause them to dig in their heels."
I don't think so. This story shows half got vaccinated. I have another one up about United Airlines, where again about half chose to keep their job and get vaccinated.
These programs work.
"Honestly, I think if Trump and Biden stood side-by-side"
I think so too, but Trump is never ever going to do that, because he's an ------- and all he cares about is himself and he thinks it would make him look bad.
"I'd be willing to bet if handled properly"
Trump can't handle things properly, and neither can Republican governors aspiring to the Presidency.
"If after that we are still below 70% I will quietly root for more authoritarian measures to get us there."
Well you ended up with the right answer, even if the way you got there was wrong. I'm a results guy, so good job.