By Chris Rossini
Each of our individual lives are extremely personal...to us! We experience the consequences of our own decisions. No one else experiences them for us. When we choose (and we are constantly choosing every second of the day) we subsequently experience the results of those choices and must deal with them.
Oftentimes, we a pleased with our choices, but since no human being is all-knowing, we quite often make choices that we end up regretting after the fact. It's impossible to have all the information ahead of time. It's impossible to know every implication and all the variables that are at play in each moment. But in this life of perpetual uncertainty, we must choose nevertheless, and then experience the results of those choices. That's what it means to be human.
In this environment, other humans, who deal with the same uncertain world that we deal with, come along and attempt to impose their choices on others. Naturally, these individuals gravitate towards government and attempt to use the force of government (which is meant to keep the peace, not coerce the peace) to their advantage.
Today, a politician actually has a "vaccine goal" of 70% by July 4th. Now, it appears this goal is not going to be reached, but the fact that such a "goal" even exists shows just how warped the role of government has become.
How can one person even have a "goal" for hundreds of millions of other people? That's not how humanity works. We choose our own goals, and when it comes to medical treatments, that's one of the biggest choices that we ever make.
Medical treatments are extremely personal. You can't get much more personal than your very own physical body! As such, medical treatments must always be voluntary. No one should ever be "pressured," or "bribed," or "coerced" into sticking a foreign substance into their own body. And most of all, medical treatments are absolutely none of the government's business!
And yet, today we see all of these tactics on full display. The pressure campaigns are relentless. The bribes are beyond ridiculous. Stick a foreign substance into your body and get a free burger, or beer, or be entered into a lottery? This is how Americans are viewed by their elected (and unelected) officials? Really? It's beyond insulting.
And amongst the most sad of all are the workers who are losing their jobs, or being forced to quit, because they refuse to be part of the biggest medical experiment in mankind's history. No one deserves such treatment.
Ironically, even healthcare workers themselves are a part of this group. A few months ago, they were hailed as heroes. Today, many are being kicked to the curb unless they roll up their sleeves. This is how heroes are treated now?
It's wrong. In fact, the word "wrong" doesn't fully capture how wrong it is.
And so, many people in many different professions are apparently coming to the conclusion that they can always get another job; but they only get this one life. So they ditch the job in favor of preserving their life.
A big lesson is on display today. It's a lesson that libertarians have been shouting from the mountaintops for ages. One should never sacrifice personal liberty to the government during a real, or even perceived, crisis.
Once that sacrifice is made, a price will have to be paid. That price is never worth it.
The government will forever try to convince you that "it's different this time."
It's not different. It's never different. Liberty is absolute.
We have one life each. We make our choices in an uncertain world, and will experience the consequences of those choices. The consequences cannot be passed off onto anyone else.
Sacrificing liberty is much too high of a price to pay. Doing so can end up ruining one's life completely.