President Joe Biden’s broad vaccination mandate is the biggest intrusion on civil liberties since the pandemic began, and one of the most egregious in history.

It will be shocking if such an affront to individual rights — and to federalism — withstands a legal challenge. Note that a federal judge Thursday extended a halt to Western Michigan University’s athlete vaccine mandate.

The president is ordering everyone working for businesses and organizations with more than 100 employees be vaccinated, or get tested weekly. Also included are all federal employees and contract workers and those employed in health care facilities.

In all, 100 million Americans are covered.

The order is arbitrary. What science says that employees of large companies are more at risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 than those of smaller businesses? None.

Employers should be allowed to decide whether to impose vaccine mandates. And such public health orders, if necessary, should come from the states, which are better positioned to decide whether the prevalence of the virus merits such a broad trampling of individual freedom.

Biden said Tuesday “our patience is wearing thin” with those who refuse vaccinations. He didn’t mention is own culpability in sowing doubt about the vaccines during the 2020 presidential campaign, when he said he didn’t trust a shot brought to fruition by Donald Trump.

If a president is allowed to order an individual American to take a vaccine they may have countless good reasons for avoiding, then there’s nothing he can’t compel private citizens to do.

The courthouse doors can’t open soon enough today.


GOPUSA Editor’s Note: The entire speech is posted above. Here are some of the most startling moments:

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