Posted September 22, 2021 at 10:09 am by

In the SJ Update Mail­bag today we have this let­ter from the SJC Repub­li­can Par­ty Chair, Daniel Schwartz…

State­ment on Vac­cine Mandates
San Juan Coun­ty Repub­li­can Par­tyThe Repub­li­can Par­ty is not anti-vac­cine:  it is for the right of a free and informed cit­i­zen­ry to make its own health choices.Never in our 245-year his­to­ry have fed­er­al, state, and local politi­cians imposed manda­to­ry vaccine/personal med­ical pro­ce­dure require­ments that force cit­i­zens to com­ply or risk los­ing their jobs, their rent­ed homes, par­tic­i­pa­tion in free com­merce, and free trav­el with­in and between states.

Cre­ators and enforcers of these man­dates call them­selves believ­ers in “The Sci­ence”.  Their Sci­ence is not the sci­en­tif­ic method, rather it is Sci­en­tism; favor­ing sci­ence that jus­ti­fies a polit­i­cal agen­da. Exam­ples of Covid Sci­en­tism and its hypocrisy are all around us:

  • Con­ser­v­a­tive ral­lies and church/synagogue atten­dance are poten­tial “super spread­er events,” but mass riots with loot­ing and arson, along with VIP and Hol­ly­wood celebri­ty par­ties are not.
  • Com­pa­nies with 101 employ­ees must man­date vac­cines.  The US Postal Ser­vice is exempt, as are mem­bers of the US Con­gress and their staffs.
  • Tax-pay­ing U.S. cit­i­zens must mask up and get vac­ci­nat­ed.  The 200,000+ ille­gal aliens tres­pass­ing our bor­der every month – at the invi­ta­tion of the Demo­c­rat admin­is­tra­tion — are not required to do so.
  • Peo­ple who had the virus and then recov­ered have pow­er­ful nat­ur­al immu­ni­ty, but they still are being required to take the vaccines.
  • Pres­i­dent Biden, in announc­ing his man­dates, made the absurd asser­tion that those who don’t get vac­ci­nat­ed threat­en the well-being of those who are already vaccinated.
  • The vac­cine is there­fore not as reli­able as the Sci­ence has told us. And, for some peo­ple it is dangerous.
  • Politi­cized sci­ence, and its hand­maid the media, have delib­er­ate­ly induced a state of pan­ic and fear among many vul­ner­a­ble Amer­i­cans, even though there are suc­cess­ful ther­a­peu­tics avail­able, the cur­rent Delta wave of infec­tion has peaked, herd immu­ni­ty is increas­ing, and death rates have sig­nif­i­cant­ly fallen.

These are but a few exam­ples of how un-sci­en­tif­ic and anti-sci­ence the man­dates are.  Indeed, the man­dates have lit­tle to do with sci­ence or health, but every­thing to do with control.

Many coura­geous cit­i­zens across our econ­o­my are risk­ing their employ­ment by resist­ing these uncon­sti­tu­tion­al man­dates.  Why would health care work­ers quit their jobs or allow them­selves to be fired rather than sub­mit to forced vac­ci­na­tion?  What do they know? Here in the San Juans, trans­porta­tion work­ers are push­ing back, which affects the func­tion­ing of our fer­ry service.

Our lives and busi­ness­es are dis­rupt­ed when fer­ries are can­celed due to the absence of required U.S. Coast Guard-licensed crew per­son­nel. That hurts all of us regard­less of our polit­i­cal align­ments. Nev­er­the­less, we, the San Juan Coun­ty Repub­li­can Par­ty, stand in sol­i­dar­i­ty with our fel­low cit­i­zens who still believe that the Con­sti­tu­tion and the Bill of Rights have mean­ing in the 21st Cen­tu­ry.  The answer?  Don’t can­cel lib­er­ty and the right of cit­i­zens to choose their med­ica­tions; rather can­cel these uncon­sti­tu­tion­al intru­sions, sup­pos­ed­ly jus­ti­fied by politi­cized sci­ence, into our per­son­al free­dom.  Para­phras­ing Ben­jamin Franklin; those who seek safe­ty at the cost of free­dom will get neither.

Con­stant fear-mon­ger­ing, lock­downs, mask­ing man­dates, and now vac­cine man­dates, have giv­en pow­er hun­gry politi­cians a path­way to a total­ly man­aged anti-Amer­i­can soci­ety.  Will we now be told that glob­al warm­ing is a health emer­gency requir­ing man­dat­ed restric­tions on the use of our auto­mo­biles?   Or told that own­ing guns is a pub­lic health cri­sis, jus­ti­fy­ing aban­don­ment of the 2nd Amend­ment?  The cri­sis of vio­lence is not a health cri­sis, it is a crime cri­sis caused by vio­lent crim­i­nals, who increas­ing­ly are not pros­e­cut­ed and are released and returned to soci­ety to com­mit more crimes.

Over the last dozen years, we’ve heard talk about “red lines,” which imply that oppo­nents cross them at their per­il.  The God-giv­en rights and lib­er­ties enshrined in our Bill of Rights make up our red line.  As Repub­li­cans, and as Amer­i­can cit­i­zens, we will nev­er allow our lib­er­ty to be canceled.


Capt. Daniel S. Schwartz, USMM Ret.
Chair, San Juan Coun­ty Repub­li­can Party

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  1. Unfor­tu­nate­ly this mis­sive is near­ly com­plete balder­dash using high­ly cre­ative con­fla­tion of non-issues, erro­neous con­clu­sions and unteth­ered, strained polit­i­cal rhetoric. Were it more con­cise and less hyper­bol­ic, dis­course could arise.
    In terms of vac­ci­na­tion against a dead­ly and invis­i­ble con­ta­gion sweep­ing the globe and dis­rupt­ing economies I come out as an Amer­i­can, polit­i­cal­ly unaf­fil­i­at­ed, and wise enough to know that com­mu­ni­ty rights often must trump indi­vid­ual rights for the greater com­mon good.

    Steve Ulvi

    Comment by Steve Ulvi on September 23, 2021 at 10:00 am
  2. Jacob­son v. Mass­a­chu­setts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905)

    Comment by Mike Sato on September 23, 2021 at 3:02 pm
  3. It’s strange to read a polit­i­cal state­ment that goes around the barn to ask its sup­port­ers to be will­ing to get very sick if they hope to be called Repub­li­cans. Sounds Dar­win­ian, an entire polit­i­cal par­ty telling its mem­bers to become losers in the bat­tle of the sur­vival of the fittest. 

    This Repub­li­can state­ment also declares that covid is more a polit­i­cal issue than a med­ical one. To become a lover of free­dom, I too have to stop pay­ing atten­tion to abun­dant sta­tis­tics offered by med­ical experts who offer mere facts to prove beyond the shad­ow of a doubt that we put our lives at risk when we don’t wear masks and don’t get vaccinated. 

    This state­ment also sug­gests that it is patri­ot­ic to stand strong and unit­ed against some pie in the sky extreme bur­den of wear­ing a mask and get­ting vac­ci­nat­ed just to pro­tect loved ones, the phys­i­cal­ly com­pro­mised, the elder­ly, and the entire com­mu­ni­ty in which we all live. 

    Assured­ly, the writer will nev­er call me a patri­ot for the sin of tak­ing cer­tain small steps to keep from infect­ing peo­ple I don’t even know, includ­ing the espe­cial­ly vul­ner­a­ble who refuse to get vaccinated. 

    Comment by Jim nollman on September 27, 2021 at 6:08 pm
  4. Good pup­petry here, ref­er­enc­ing all the cur­rent Repub­li­can talk­ing points. The argu­ments are a blend of con­fused lib­er­tar­i­an­ism spiced with “Amer­i­ca’s busi­ness is busi­ness” and a kind of cul­tur­al resent­ment. He speaks of sci­ence, but there is no sci­ence in his screed. I would expect some­thing bet­ter from the local head of a once-great par­ty. The death of the Repub­li­can par­ty has been like watch­ing a slow motion train wreck. Can­not avert my eyes!

    Comment by Roger Ellison on September 29, 2021 at 5:11 pm

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