Don’t mess with the rights of Americans. We are individuals. We are free. Mask and vaccine mandates are tyrannical. They are un-American. Don’t people know that the Bill of Rights is divinely inspired?
I am not convinced that the kind of individualism and “rights” talk we are seeing today in response to mask and vaccine mandates is something the founding fathers would recognize. But for the sake of argument, let’s just say that those who invoke their individual right not to wear a mask or get a vaccine have the founders on their side. If America was founded solely on individual liberties, then it appears as if the American experiment is failing.
We are now reaping the consequences of our so-called “freedoms.” Of if you prefer the Bible, read Judges 17
Here is Geoff Lifferth, a doctor with the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee:
There are no beds.
In Middle Tennessee right now it is impossible to find an empty, staffed ICU, ER, or med/surg bed. As an ER doc and a healthcare administrator, this past week has been one of the most exhausting and disheartening of my career.
The delta variant has burned through us with a ferocity that’s hard to describe. 6 weeks ago there were 200 Covid patients in hospitals in Tennessee. Today there are 2000. A 1000% increase. In 6 weeks. It has overwhelmed tired doctors, nurses and healthcare systems that were already stretched thin.
The vaccines? They’re good. No, they’re not perfect. And yes, we are seeing more breakthrough infections with the Delta variant. But there’s a reason 96% of physicians got it – the risk/benefit analysis overwhelmingly favors the vaccines. Get one.
There’s been a lot of talk about personal freedoms, and mandates, and government overreach, and such. And, someday when the sun is shining again, we can sit down and have some interesting conversations about all that. I might even agree with you on some of those points.
But I can’t do that today. Not today.
Because there are no beds.