Biden is committing the same abuse of power that I’ve criticized Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for, just in reverse. DeSantis was telling private businesses that they could not implement a vaccine requirement. Biden is trying to use the force of government to compel private businesses to enforce his policy preference.
I’m pro-vaccine and believe they save lives. In this regard, Biden’s objective is much nobler. But in principle, both examples are equally pernicious.
If this outrages you, it’s probably because you are focused on safety and security—but not on liberty. That’s clearly where Biden is. “This is not about freedom or personal choice,” he said on Thursday. “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you, the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love.”
But both safety and freedom should be considered because both are vital for a flourishing democracy.