As the nation awaits word on the precise mechanisms and timelines for federal enforcement of President Joe Biden’s recently announced vaccine mandates, the American electorate would be well-advised to take note of just how drastic a reversal such policies represent, given that as recently as July, the White House provided assurances that such requirements would not be implemented, as Breitbart reports.
Back in September, Biden delivered divisive, angry remarks in which he chastised those who have declined COVID-19 vaccines, declaring that “our patience is wearing thin” and that he would be ordering required vaccination for upwards of 100 million Americans in a range of sectors, as the AP noted at the time.
Pursuant to regulations to be developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), all employers with at least 100 employees would be forced to mandate vaccination or demand weekly testing, and all workers at healthcare facilities receiving federal Medicare or Medicaid funding would also be required to receive the jabs.
Those proclamations stood in stark contrast to the stance taken just weeks earlier on July 23, when during a press briefing at the White House, administration spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked whether it was indeed time for the federal government to “step in and issue mandates.”
Rebuffing the notion of top-down mandates, Psaki said, “Well, I think the question here – one, that’s not the role of the federal government; that is the role that institutions, private-sector entities, and others may take.”
Indeed, Psaki went further to characterize the administration’s proper function as one of increasing the availability of vaccines and combating so-called “misinformation” about the shots themselves.
That was not the first time Biden or his proxies made statements about the likelihood of vaccine mandates on which they have since completely backtracked, a fact evidenced by comments made by the then-president elect in December indicating that he was not in support of such a dictate.
“I do not think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory,” Biden said at a news conference approximately a month after Election Day, according to The Hill, adding, “I’ll do everything in my power as president of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing and when they do it, demonstrate that it matters.”
Whether Biden has simply forgotten his earlier promises to ensure Americans’ right to bodily autonomy, or his handlers are deliberately prodding him to pursue the path of ever-increasing authoritarianism, this sharp reversal is an instructive lesson in the dishonesty and hypocrisy that continues to permeate the nation’s leadership.