It seems we are in a midst of an influenza epidemic, so far 18 children have died, and 2,287 children under 18 have been hospitalized. USA Today even has a weekly flu update map so you can check the progress of the flu. It’s bad and you know it is only a matter of time before there are calls for everyone to be vaccinated, whether they like it or not.
Does that bother you? Do you believe you should have the right to decide if you or your children should be vaccinated or be injected with any substance against your will? How about the government telling you to vaccinate your daughters against HPV? Don’t think that can happen? Well folks the precedent has been set and it is only a matter of time.
You see the Supreme Court has already ruled that it is okay for the government to mandate that every one has to purchase healthcare through Obamacare. How is ordering you to vaccinate yourself or your children any different? Maybe they’ll just tax you so heavily you have to choose between food for a month and the basic, self evident right to choose what goes into you and your child’s body?
This is what mandates are, ordering you to do something “for your own good”, “for the children” and “for the common good”. whether you want to do it or not. It doesn’t matter if you might thing a vaccine is wrong or might be harmful in some way, the bureaucrats in government know what is best.
Look at the Obamacare and the mandate which says everyone has to be covered for birth control. It doesn’t matter if you are using it or not, you are forced to buy it. Same thing with abortions. You don’t even have to be a woman, you are still paying for them, it is part of your coverage whether you are morally against it or not. You have no choice.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating for or against birth control, abortion or even flu vaccinations. I am advocating against the government telling me I have to either do something which is against my own better judgement, or pay for someone else to do something I might not agree – no matter what that may be.
Do you think this cannot happen? It already has, even prior to the Obamacare mandate. NBC News reported in its article back in 2008 titled Preschoolers’ parents protest required flu shots that “New Jersey parents are furious over a first-in-the-nation requirement that children get a flu shot in order to attend preschools and day-care centers. The decision should be the parents’, not the state’s, they contend.”
The article goes on to state “Among the speakers was Robin Stavola of Colts Neck, N.J., who said her daughter, Holly, died in 2000 at age 5 less than two weeks after receiving eight different vaccines, including a booster shot.”
CBS reported back in 2009 in an article titled Health Care Workers Protest Mandatory H1N1 Vaccination where health care workers planned to take to the streets at a rally in front of the Albany, N.Y. state capitol to protest mandatory vaccination. The article states “The rally is intended to call for “freedom of choice in vaccination and health care” and to protest mandatory vaccination for influenza and the H1N1 swine flu.”
This is just another reason we need a Mandate Amendment to the Constitution. The government should not be allowed to dictate what we, as free citizens, can do. If we want to take a chance of getting the flu, and yes, even dying from it, that is our choice. Without a mandate amendment, the government can mandate anything it wants to, flu shots, sterilization, abortions for any child which might have a birth defect, it doesn’t matter. Am I over reacting? Do you want to take a chance that I am? I don’t. That is why I support the mandate amendment. You should too.