President Joe Biden took another “L” after a federal court ruled that he is not allowed to require government employees to take the vax. After three years of Democrats imposing burdensome and silly COVID restrictions, it appears their days of exploiting the coronavirus might be numbered.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rejected an argument that, like a CEO of a company, Biden can order his employees to get vaccinated, according to the Associated Press. The order upholds a previous preliminary injunction that blocks the mandate. Biden and his lawyers have fought to reinstate it, despite nearly 98 percent of federal employees being vaccinated as of January 2022.
The White House is still defending the order, saying in a statement that “vaccination remains one of the most important tools to protect people from serious illness and hospitalizations.” Yet the Biden administration is allowing the COVID-19 emergency order to end on May 11.
The court’s decision follows years of back-and-forth between the two parties, with the Biden administration advocating for more stringent measures and Republican governors resisting such mandates.
According to a recent study published by the Lancet, there appears to be no direct correlation between a governor’s political affiliation and the number of COVID-related deaths. Surprisingly, the highest death rates were reported in traditionally Democratic strongholds such as Washington, D.C. and New Mexico.
Despite this ruling, the Biden administration has not wavered in its efforts to implement strict pandemic measures. In January, the administration fought to reinstate the mask mandate on airplanes, citing public health concerns. More recently, Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, advised Americans to receive COVID-19 booster shots “at least once a year.”
As the country grapples with the ongoing pandemic, it remains to be seen how this ruling will impact the Biden administration’s pandemic response strategies and the ongoing debate surrounding vaccine mandates and COVID-related measures.
However, the president seems to know that the time for using COVID to control people’s lives is coming to a close. The Associated Press reported earlier in 2023 year that Biden informed Congress that “he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11.”
“The move to end the national emergency and public health emergency declarations would formally restructure the federal coronavirus response to treat the virus as an endemic threat to public health that can be managed through agencies’ normal authorities,” the report noted.
Biden’s announcement comes as lawmakers and governors have already taken steps to end “elements of the emergencies that kept millions of Americans insured during the pandemic.”
With the decrease in federal COVID relief funding, this step would mean that the federal government would no longer by directly managing the development of vaccines and treatments. To put it simply, the proverbial writing is on the wall.
This is a welcome development, isn’t it? Yes, it is about two years too late, but at least the Democrats’ effort to exploit COVID-19 to expand the government’s power has met with a significant impediment. Nevertheless, as the report suggests, this will not be the end of the battle just yet. The authoritarian left does not give up that easily and will certainly continue fighting to implement its restrictions.
However, now that COVID-19 is not as useful in 2023, it seems that the Democrats’ efforts are on borrowed time – at least until the next pandemic hits.