Josef S. is 101 years old. He served as a guard in the SS Nazi militia. He is now on trial, charged with accessory to 3,500 murders almost 80 years ago. At the time he was young, and just following orders. This young man, in his position, could not have stopped the Holocaust. He may not have even been able to save a single life. If he refused to help in the murders, he would have lost his job and been punished, ridiculed by his peers, and someone else would have stepped in.
I have a situation. Mine is not life and death, but consider this: Was the Holocaust able to occur because one day Hitler convinced a bunch of Germans to murder the Jews? It started out small, hardly affecting the Jews. But at each incremental step more of their humanity, dignity, and rights were taken away. Not enough good men stood against the incremental removal of their rights.
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I thought we’d be safe in Sandpoint, Idaho. I thought businesses in Idaho could stand up to this. But on Monday my employer made it known to me that they’ll enforce the vaccine mandate starting January. My issue is not the vaccine. There are pros and cons to the Covid-19 vaccines, but overall, vaccine technology is a good advancement that has saved many lives. Like any tool, you can hurt yourself if you don’t use it properly, and it can be used for good or evil. The issue I have is people have rights. Forcing people to take it or tracking this data is a violation of those rights. If the President is allowed to issue a mandate like this, the least of our worries is Covid.
Now, I’m not writing to debate the merits or perils of the Covid-19 vaccination and whether or not it contains some form of birth control, causes your body temperature to drop by 1 degree to help fight global warming, will give you superpowers, converts your body into a 5G antenna, or alters your DNA eventually turning you into the Borg–that’s all true*. What I am writing about is the President does not have the constitutional right to mandate a vaccine, and employers don’t have the right or obligation to force employees to get vaccinated. I hold to a principle of subsidiarity. Health decisions are made at the family unit level. Not the employer or state level.
But it’s for your own good. – C.S. Lewis.
I actually don’t care about the politics surrounding Covid-19 or vaccinations at all, I really don’t. I find the topic quite uninteresting. I’ve got better and more enjoyable things to focus on such as my wife, kid, dogs, church, friends, and server rack than discuss Covid topics all day. Now, I recognize that Covid-19 is dangerous like many other diseases. But it is nowhere near the leading cause of death and certainly not something I think about very often.
But somebody needs to stand up to mandated vaccinations. And somebody is me. The line must be drawn here.
At the time, he followed the crowd. But now, Josef S. is being tried for complicity in murder. He didn’t stand alone for good when it was unpopular. It doesn’t matter that a hundred other men complied with him. The trial is not about them. He didn’t do what was right.
Now, let’s not forget that he was put into that position at all because many men before him did nothing to stand up to lesser evils. Josef S. could not have stopped the murders by himself. That was out of his control. But he could control his participation. I can’t stop the vaccine mandate. But that doesn’t mean I have to help it. I don’t have to help a tyrannical government enforce it–that won’t stop it–but at least it won’t be by my hands.
If we stand as individuals alone and let ourselves be picked off as the line moves nearer and nearer to evil, we’ll fail. But if we agree on where to draw the line and stand together, this can be stopped before it devolves into re-education camps.
You might be in a position where you can not enforce the $14,000 fines, not freeze bank accounts, not fire employees, maybe you are in a position to ban the ADP app tracking employee’s vaccination data from the Google Play store. Maybe you can avoid buying things from companies that are forcing the vaccine mandate on their employees and go to small businesses instead. Remember, that regardless of whether or not you are just following orders from those above you, you are responsible for your actions. Be mindful. You have a God-given brain. If enough good men stand up, this won’t continue.
You are men and women, not robots. Don’t do something against your well trained-conscience because you’re just following orders.
Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end. Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. – C.S. Lewis