Horowitz: Struggling to pass medical freedom even in ruby-red Wyoming
The GOP controls half the state governments, most of them with supermajorities in the legislature. However, absent a plan for surgery by the conservative base, these red states will continue to operate as lobbyist havens for the woke corporations with just a pro-gun tinge to an otherwise left-of-center state government. We should have at least 20 states that are our equivalents of California, but with the absence of meaningful Democrat numbers in deep red states, many Republicans operate as proxy Democrats, thereby giving a governing majority to the left. Are we on the cusp of this finally changing?
With a 29-2 GOP majority in the Wyoming Senate and a 57-5 majority in the House, there aren’t even enough Democrats to populate the committees. It’s a reflection of the state voting for the Republican presidential candidate typically by 40+-point margins since 1996. Wyoming should easily be our version of California. Yet thanks to the fact that half the Republicans are really Democrats, it’s often more like their version of California, with the exception of legacy issues like guns and abortion.
The core of what it means to be a conservative is to conserve the most basic individual liberties. It should be clear that forcing an individual to cover his mouth or inject a substance that alters his immunological system is a non-starter in the Equality State, which supposedly exudes a sense of rugged individualism. Yet to this day, children are forced to get any shot pharma deems necessary in order to attend school. And to this day, there hasn’t even been a bill meaningfully limiting lockdowns and emergency powers, much less one banning COVID shots and masks, despite two years of data repudiating them.
Enter HB66 and the House Labor, Health, and Social Services Committee. It’s a very simple bill that should be the baseline law in every state. It prohibits any public or private institution from forcing a jab or a mask on any human being, including in schools and hospitals, where every state continues, to some degree, to push these immoral and inhumane policies.
Let’s put aside the safety issues with masks and the COVID shots specifically. What any of us should have learned from the past few years is that there is never a legal or moral justification to force another person to utilize even an effective medical procedure. If it’s so safe and effective to justify such a mandate, then the person who wants it has the prerogative to go and utilize it himself, regardless of the other person’s choice. If we are at the point where we can force another human being to take an action against his own body in order to function in society, there is quite literally no limit to government’s power and no contours of human liberty preserved. This is why even more accepted and established vaccines should never be forced on someone. If they work so well, that is the loss of the refuser.
Yet with an 8-1 GOP majority on the House Labor Committee, the one Democrat, Mike Yin, was able to work with the committee chair and other Republicans last week to gut the bill. The prohibition on mandates was limited to just COVID shots, and then the enforcement mechanism – criminal penalties with up to a year in prison – were removed from the bill. Even with the slimmed-down bill, it only passed 5-4, and one of the Republicans, Rep. Kevin O’Hearn, indicated he’d vote against it on the floor.
Rep. Ken Clouston, one of the GOP no votes, indicated that he supported the effort but was concerned about severe COVID variants arising in the future.
“We’ve lost the trust in the CDC; a lot of our personal rights were violated,” he said. “We haven’t controlled it, these vaccines haven’t worked. I just don’t want to handcuff us in the future that if something worse with COVID comes on that we’re not able to take precautions that we may need.”
What in the world does that have to do with anything? The shots and masks do not work and cannot work for any variant. Moreover, he is missing the entire point. Even if something does work, why should that be forced upon another person?
What is the core definition of a fundamental human right? During the floor debate over the 14th Amendment, Senator Jacob Howard described a fundamental right affecting an aspect of a citizen “lying at the basis of all society and without which a people cannot exist except as slaves, subject to a despotism.”
Very few things truly meet that definition. Most of what we consider as “muh rights” today don’t necessarily fit that description. But when it comes to biologically altering medical procedures on or in our bodies, we quite literally cannot live freely if any government has the right to force that upon us. The harm to liberty is irreparable, whereas any benefit to society from a potentially “safe and effective” mandate would only be lost by the individual who refuses to participate.
For example, a meta-analysis of 40 pooled studies found that vitamin D supplementation correlated with a 65% reduction of risk for ICU admission. Thus far, there have been 104 treatment and 144 sufficiency studies showing a positive association with COVID outcomes, many of them showing that a high vitamin D level reduces the chance of even contracting COVID, something even the most ardent supporters of the vaccine acknowledge it doesn’t do. So, should we mandate that every hospital worker and school child supplement with vitamin D and take a test to ensure his serum level is above 50 before entering?
Obviously, that should be a personal choice. People who believe in it so strongly that they are inclined to coerce others to join them have the ability to unilaterally seek that protection for themselves without drafting others into their medical choices. The same should apply to all vaccines and certainly the COVID therapies. The notion that your bodily autonomy should be subservient to “the greater good” of a genetic purity medical nationalism is a road that dead-ends in a dark place.
So here we have a shot that should have been taken off the market a long time ago, yet we are struggling to get a basic anti-mandate bill passed in the reddest state in America. This is because conservatives have failed to focus on legislative affairs in their own back yards for decades. This has allowed the lobbyists and special interests like the medical cartel to rule the roost.
There are signs that things are changing. The sponsor of HB66, Jeanette Ward, represents a new crop of legislators getting elected to be responsive to the people’s interests, not the corrupt and dangerous medical cartel. Wyoming, like ten other states, now has a state freedom caucus seeking to push back against special interests and expose the fraud of sleeper Democrats running as Republicans.The question is whether the people who voted against Biden for president by a 43-point margin rise up and demand that the political representation reflect their values and not what they so resoundingly repudiated.