It's about liberty, not vaccine

Taking the shots should be a personal choice

Posted 10/4/21

By Rep. Bill TaylorSpecial to the ChronicleI'm not anti-vax.I have experienced covid and I have been vaccinated. My choice. What I stand for is the foundational American principle of individual …

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It's about liberty, not vaccine

Taking the shots should be a personal choice

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By Rep. Bill Taylor
Special to the Chronicle
I'm not anti-vax.
I have experienced covid and I have been vaccinated. My choice. 
What I stand for is the foundational American principle of individual Liberty.
All Americans have the right to decide for themselves the best medical options for their unique situation. 
Medical decisions are most personal, and it is not the government's job to force Americans to take a vaccine that has proven to have deadly consequences for 15,000 victims, according to CDC statistics.
Another 91,000 have suffered severe injuries, and more than 700,000 adverse events. 
These are just the reported cases, It is believed many more go unreported to the CDC.
Of course, the government authoritarians glance over these inconvenient facts, shrugging them off as collateral damage or statistically insignificant. 
What is inconsequential to them is very personal to those who died and their families. 
Biden contends his vax mandate is about protecting you and those around you.
Grave Consequences
SC Attorney General Alan Wilson views it far differently than Biden does.
Wilson writes, "Suppose President Biden's executive action is allowed to stand. In that case, any President can use this reasoning to justify taking any unilateral action on any issue they want without any authority granted by Congress. 
Who is to say this justification cannot be used to support the regulatory confiscation of guns, a regulatory prohibition on smoking, a regulatory prohibition on the consumption of unhealthy foods, and even regulatory limits on free speech – after all, it's not about freedom or personal choice but about protecting us from ourselves and each other."
The Attorney General recognizes vaccine mandates have existed for decades and that the courts have granted broad police power to state governments when applied reasonably. 
State governments can implement mandates (with specific accommodations) to protect public health through a constitutionally prescribed process. 
Private employers have the right to run their businesses how they see fit and can make mandates if they want to. 
Tthe government can also pass legislation prohibiting mandates. 
 "But that is not what is happening here. 
"With President Biden's policy, there has been no debate and no action taken by Congress. Instead, the President has decided to put the Constitution on the proverbial chopping bloc.," 
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