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Gary Bauer / October 20, 2021

Stop the Mandate Madness!

“Even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.”

As you know, I am adamantly opposed to the left’s effort to penalize people over their vaccine status. Good people, including many frontline heroes, are being threatened with losing their jobs and homes by left-wing politicians who are on a massive power trip.

In many cases, these individuals have already had the virus, meaning they have antibodies or “natural immunity.” That’s science! In a free country, people should be able to bank on that science without risking their livelihoods.

But these vaccine mandates by leftist politicians are a power grab on steroids!

Joe Biden, the media and left-wing politicians should stop demonizing our frontline heroes — our doctors, nurses, police officers and military personnel — the very people who risked so much to save and protect us last year when there were no vaccines.

In California, a deep Blue state, Governor Gavin Newsom is requiring all children at public and private schools to get the vaccine. This is outrageous!

Children have very little risk from the disease. For them, it’s the equivalent of a bad flu season.

  • Roughly three dozen children in California, a state with 40 million people, have died from COVID.

  • In 2019, the same number of children just five years-old and under died in California from drowning in pools.

  • Fully vaccinated seniors are at more risk than unvaccinated children.

There is no possible way medical professionals can tell us what the vaccines’ long-term effects on children will be. How could they tell us? You would need years of research — years of research they don’t have.

Worse, they’re taking away authority from parents, the adults most responsible for the care and wellbeing of their children. It smacks of totalitarianism.

As Justice Neil Gorsuch declared in defending our churches from COVID closures, “Even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.” We do not lose our rights in times of crisis.

The mandate madness must stop!

I am pleased to report that thousands of parents are fighting back and protesting Gov. Newsom’s mandates. Homeschooling in the Golden State is also up dramatically. In addition, I joined dozens of conservative leaders in calling on Congress to oppose funding for vaccine mandates.

Manchin’s Meetings

Democrats control virtually all the levers of power in Washington, D.C. Joe Biden occupies the Oval Office. Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House. Chuck Schumer is the Senate Majority Leader.

As a result, Republicans are powerless to stop the obscene socialist “human infrastructure” bill Democrats want to ram through Congress on party-line votes using the complicated reconciliation process. The only thing stopping Democrats from getting it done are disagreements and divisions among Democrats.

The socialist “Progs” like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez want to spend $3.5 trillion to radically expand the size and scope of Big Government, fundamentally transforming the United States into a socialist state.

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are trying to hold the line at $1.5 trillion, and that’s forcing all kinds of internal arguments about what policies Democrats can cram into a much smaller bill. It turns out that Biden and Pelosi don’t even agree on what strategy to pursue at this point.

But Monday night there were disturbing indications that Senator Manchin may be caving in to the left’s demands. Manchin met privately Monday with Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who leads the House Progressive Caucus. After her meeting with Manchin, Jayapal went on MSNBC and confidently declared that Democrats would get it done.

Yesterday, Biden met with Democrats at the White House. Was it to put the finishing touches on his legislative proposals or to salvage what he can of his radical agenda?

Here’s a word of warning: Many conservatives are mistakenly focused on the price tag of the bill — $3.5 trillion vs. $1.5 trillion. But the socialist policies and programs are the real danger.

The price tag is easily fixed just by reducing the number of years you initially fund the programs. As Obamacare proved, these programs are virtually impossible to repeal once passed into law.

Democrats desperately need a victory right now, and I believe they are willing to accept a lot of concessions to get it. I also believe they are hoping to get it before the off-year elections in Virginia in order to boost Terry McAuliffe’s flailing campaign for governor.

Speaking Of Virginia…

Once again, the party that is constantly attacking religious liberty and wants Christians out of politics is using black churches to keep them in power.

Starting this past Sunday and continuing through November 2nd, a video of Kamala Harris endorsing Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor is being played in hundreds of black churches across Virginia. There’s nothing unusual about that kind of politicking. It happens every election cycle.

But what is so frustrating is that many conservative churches are still dragging their feet when it comes to simply urging their members to vote, let alone vote for someone who shares their values.

A church I attended for years in northern Virginia has gone in the exact opposite direction from what it was doing years ago when it distributed voter guides and had an active citizenship committee. And while the church operates a Christian school, it will be the first to be surprised and horrified when a liberal state government tries to restrict its rights.

At some point conservative pastors have got to wake up if we’re going to save our country. There are notable exceptions, like Pastor Gary Hamrick at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia, and I’m sure there are leaders who stand out in your state.

But America’s churches can no more sit out today’s battle over religious liberty, the sanctity of life and the future of America than they could sit out the fight for independence during colonial times or be excused for sitting out the battle over slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War.

America’s Communist “Evangelists”

Virtually every day there is new information about the military advances communist China is making or the latest Chinese spy we arrested. Communist China is threatening all of our allies and promising death to America if we dare to defend them.

Meanwhile, American capitalists like Blackrock CEO Larry Fink and Bridgewater Associates CEO Ray Dalio, along with American corporations like Apple and Disney, are pouring billions of dollars into communist China, a nation that every day is figuring out new ways to kill more of our sons and daughters in uniform in the event of war.

These same corporate CEOs don’t hesitate to punish U.S. states that demand fair and transparent elections, yet they’ll do business in communist China, a slave labor nation that is neither fair nor transparent about anything.

These CEOs can’t do business in states that want to protect innocent babies or preserve privacy in restrooms, but they’re eager to do business in a country that commits genocide.

Fink, Dalio and others have been called “American evangelists for communist China.” Why would they do that? It’s all about greed. They want to beat quarterly estimates so their stock prices go up, making their stock options more valuable, so they can become even bigger billionaires.

Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. American capitalists are betraying our country for their own wealth.

These “evangelists for communist China” are the ones who should not be able to eat in peace. They are the ones who should be harassed and shamed in public. They should not be called “socially responsible companies” when they are investing in a slave state.

Donald Trump was right to rebalance America’s relationship with communist China. Kudos to those like Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Rep. Michael Waltz who are speaking out against the threats from communist China. More need to step up now!

The Republican Party could score “bigly” with the American people if they would aggressively take on these corporations, strongly advocate for American workers and the “reshoring” of jobs, and expose Joe Biden and other so-called “progressives” as defenders of these pro-China corporations.

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