from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:
Should the government – local, state or federal – have the power to force anyone to be vaccinated?
That’s a good question, and assuming President Trump is right and a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, the answer may be forced upon us – and I fear, due to the panic stoked by many regarding this virus, a mandate may follow.
Then it’s just a matter of whether a vaccine edict trumps our “unalienable rights,” granted us “by our Creator,” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” and whether “Governments are [really] instituted among Men, to secure these rights,” or merely to order us around.
We don’t need to look hard to find examples of what may be in store.
There was an outbreak of the measles in New York in October 2018. Local affiliate WABC reported that there had been 214 confirmed cases in Brooklyn and Queens and another 153 in Rockland County.
Because of this, Rockland County instituted mandatory vaccinations. Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced that non-vaccinated minors were then barred from public places.
As of March 28, 2019, it was said: “Anyone who is under 18 years of age and is not vaccinated against the measles is prohibited from public places until the declaration expires in 30 days or until they receive the MMR vaccination.”
MMR stands for the combination vaccine for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German measles).
So again, should government have the power to force anyone to be vaccinated?
As a freedom- and liberty-loving, small-government constitutionalist, one would naturally think I would be against such mandates. And you’d be right.
In cases like this, I always defer to Thomas Jefferson’s rule of liberty: “If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me?”
In other words, if your diseased child doesn’t negatively affect me or my family, it isn’t my problem.