Suppose you imagine the right-wing media and the Republicans in Congress. In that case, there may be a lot to have a good time on the army COVID vaccine mandate entrance. The President signed the invoice, and the Pentagon rescinded the following mandate that each one army members should get the COVID vaccine to stay in uniform.
However what concerning the 1000’s of veterans discharged unceremoniously as a result of their spiritual exemption requests had been rubber-stamped DENIED by the Division of Protection? Because it stands right now, they’re up the creek with no paddle.
Whereas it wasn’t for lack of making an attempt, 4 Republican Senators voted towards an modification to the signed invoice that will’ve granted them their service again.
So let’s take a look at what occurred and the way a spineless group of 4 lawmakers are of their choice to not help these veterans.
If the army COVID vaccine mandate has formally ended, everybody who was discharged for not taking it must be reinstated with again pay and an apology.
— Tim Younger (@TimRunsHisMouth) January 11, 2023
Righting The Flawed
Republican Senator Ron Johnson introduced ahead the modification I’m referring to. The modification would’ve not solely reinstated army members who had been discharged for declining the vaccine, however would’ve completed the next:
- Offered again pay
- Adjusted separation standing to Honorable
On prime of these important legitimate elements of the above modification, Senator Johnson’s modification would have prohibited the Division of Protection from issuing future vaccine mandates with out Congressional authorization.
All of this sounds fairly superb, I’d suppose, notably in case you are a Republican politician who claims to take care of America’s finest and bravest.
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Senator Johnson illustrated simply what number of are affected by the COVID vaccine terminations, stating:
“Over 8,000 had been terminated as a result of they refused to get the experimental vaccine.”
However that wasn’t sufficient for 4 Republican Senators who hammered the nails within the coffin with the modification failing 56 to 40. To have handed, it will’ve wanted 60 votes.
I’ll let that math set in.
BIG WIN: @SecDef has been compelled to REPEAL the COVID army vax mandate!
This combat is way from over. We’ve got solely simply begun to hunt justice for the victims in our army who had been focused by Biden’s coverage.
We should restore these patriots with their rank and full again pay. pic.twitter.com/jNkJXR5xS7
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 12, 2023
The 4 Republicans who voted towards reinstating veterans discharged over the vaccine had been:
- Senator Mitt Romney of Utah
- Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota
- Senator Invoice Cassidy of Louisiana
- Senator Susan Collins of Maine
Senator Cassidy defined his vote within the following method:
“I voted to finish the COVID vaccine mandate within the army however it’s not Congress’s place to intervene within the chain of command and set a precedent for army personnel to disregard direct orders.”
Mr. Cassidy’s assertion makes it appear as if 1000’s of army veterans flipped the chook to their Commanding Officers and instructed them the place to shove it when instructed to get the vaccine. As in the event that they hadn’t gone by means of some course of to request an exemption, however I’ll get to that in a bit.
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Democrat Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island doubled down on this ridiculous oversimplification of what occurred to those veterans, stating:
“What we’re telling troopers is: For those who disagree, don’t comply with the order and simply foyer Congress. … They’ll restore the whole lot, so orders are simply type of a suggestion. They aren’t.”
Oh, you jackass, so many issues fallacious along with your assertion. Permit me to clarify.
Elections have penalties: Republicans took Home & compelled the Biden administration to finish the covid shot mandate for army. Subsequent step rehire all who had been fired with again pay. And take again all taxpayer income from Moderna & Pfizer for covid photographs as a result of they don’t work.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 11, 2023
There’s a course of in place, and it has been since earlier than COVID happened for army members to use for numerous vaccine exemptions. Whereas I used to be within the army and a senior chief, probably the most exemptions I noticed had been in relation to spiritual exemptions, and COVID was no totally different.
These spiritual exemptions are a part of the Spiritual Freedom Restoration Act or RFRA. The RFRA protects people’ spiritual freedoms towards authorities legal guidelines contradicting their beliefs.
Now there’s a course of for reviewing and approving these requests; simply since you say you’ve some spiritual exemption to a vaccine doesn’t imply you mechanically get your request accepted. There have to be some justification usually offered by army chaplains and statements from the member.
Oddly although, most spiritual exemptions regarding the COVID vaccine had been denied with little-to-no precise assessment. Even the Pentagon Inspector Common reported a excessive “potential noncompliance” throughout the Division of Protection with many of those rejections.
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So not solely had been the vast majority of these denials not acceptable, however as soon as your request is denied, you could decide which the director of army affairs for First Liberty Institute, Mike Berry, illustrates:
“…army leaders are forcing tens of 1000’s of our bravest out of the service as a result of they’ve chosen to dwell in line with their religion.”
Definitely a far cry from how the 4 Republicans and all of the Democrats characterize these women and men as simply petulant youngsters refusing to comply with orders.
Beneath the COVID nationwide emergency declaration, 123 emergency powers could be invoked by Biden, together with the ability to draft People with out consent and place well being companies below army management.
The Biden Regime shouldn’t have that energy.
Biden’s pandemic powers should finish.
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) January 12, 2023
If Not You, Then Who?
For these of you that need to argue that we must always take wins the place we are able to get them, let me open your eyes to the again door the Pentagon has put within the directive to permit them to proceed to persecute troops who don’t succumb to the COVID vaccine mandate.
Throughout the new directive, it states:
“All commanders have the duty and authority to protect the Division’s compelling curiosity in mission accomplishment. This duty and authority consists of the power to keep up army readiness, unit cohesion, good order and self-discipline, and the well being and security of a resilient Joint Drive.”
Now, suppose you aren’t adept at studying DOD jargon or studying between the traces of bureaucratic bloated army management propaganda. In that case, you may not see the again door.
This directive nonetheless leaves the likelihood for Commanders to discharge those that determine to not get the COVID vaccine if they will show it damages readiness, cohesion, good order and self-discipline, and well being and security.
It’s awfully tough to outline unit cohesion and good order and self-discipline, notably in case your Commanding Officer is vying for that subsequent rank. However, as a rule, the definition is bending the knee to the ideology of these in energy.
Eradicating the army’s COVID vaccine mandate is an efficient begin, but it surely ‘s not sufficient.
Each single soldier fired over this provision must be reinstated.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) December 27, 2022
So, Senator Cassidy, it’s your place to intervene within the chain of command when that chain of command has abused its energy and infringed on the spiritual freedoms that our veterans swear to guard and defend.
So, Senator Romney, you need to be restoring the great order and self-discipline that ought to’ve been within the army spiritual exemption course of after these veterans lobbied you to do the precise factor.
However that will require you all to offer a rattling about your veterans. And since they don’t have practically the cash or the political capital to matter to you as a lot as different lobbyists like Massive Training, Massive Tech, Army Industrial Advanced, Massive Pharma, and all of the others, I suppose these veterans ought to do what we’ve at all times been instructed to do:
Shut up and shade.
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