09.08.2021 0

Elected Officials Pushing Back Against Covid Vaccine Mandates

Every American has the fundamental right to make their own choices when it comes to vaccines.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich in campaign ad.

By Richard Manning

There is growing evidence that the nationwide grassroots campaign to oppose Covid vaccine mandates is working.  In the latest example of an elected leader opposing vaccine mandates, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued an official finding this week stating that a Tucson city ordinance requiring city employees get Covid vaccinated or face suspension is illegal.

The city was in clear violation of a law passed by state lawmakers in June which specifically prohibits state and local governments from requiring any person to be vaccinated for Covid.

Americans for Limited Government applauds AG Mark Brnovich for standing up for the rule of law. Progressive, power-hungry politicians have trampled on our civil liberties and individual freedoms during this pandemic. We need more elected officials fighting back against this unconstitutional takeover of our country.

While it is true the state law doesn’t take effect until the end of September, Brnovich was right to put a halt to vaccine mandates now. An employee forced to obtain a vaccine now cannot go back and undo any harm that might occur.

Americans for Limited Government is fighting these government mandates across the country. So far, our supporters have sent one million emails to local, state, and federal lawmakers rejecting Covid vaccine mandates and passports.

We need more lawmakers to stand up like Brnovich to protect our freedoms. This is not a case against vaccines, just against vaccine mandates. Every American has the fundamental right to make their own choices when it comes to vaccines, and what they choose to do is no one’s business, least of all the government’s.”

In a letter to city officials, the solicitor general, writing for Brnovich, said the Aug. 13 vote by the Tucson City Council directly conflicts with a statute approved in June by state lawmakers. It specifically prohibits state and local governments from requiring any person to be vaccinated for Covid.

The letter states that strictly speaking, SB1824 does not take effect until Sept. 29. But the attorney general wants an immediate halt to prevent what he said could be harm to city workers who are forced to roll up their sleeves, even for a law not yet in effect.

“Nothing is more coercive than a government mandate to do something that’s soon going to become illegal,” Brnovich told Capitol Media Services.

Before adjourning for their August recess, House lawmakers backed legislation prohibiting dishonorable discharges for troops who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., an Army veteran, requires only honorable discharges for anyone who is separated from the military over refusing to be vaccinated. It was added to the fiscal 2022 defense authorization bill, passed by the House Armed Services Committee.

“No American who raises their hand to serve our Nation should be punished for making a highly personal medical decision,” Green said in a statement after the committee vote.

The House legislation barring dishonorable discharges now must go to a vote in the full chamber. The House version of the massive, must-pass defense authorization bill also must be reconciled with the Senate version in conference, where controversial measures often are eliminated.

In any case, the bill is unlikely to be signed into law until months after all the military services are enforcing COVID-19 inoculations.

According to Military.com, a Marine corporal who said she was discharged for refusing to wear a mask, is possibly the first service member to be pushed out of the military in connection with COVID-19 rules.

According to the Pentagon, roughly 63% of all U.S. forces had received at least one dose or were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Aug. 18.

Richard Manning is President of Americans for Limited Government.

 

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