California used to be a great place to live and practice medicine. Now it’s on the road to totalitarian police state. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
In January of this year the California state government formed the “Vaccine Work Group” which was tasked to construct a series of draconian bills designed to silence the large percentage of the population that refuses to comply with covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates. Most of these bills have since been attempted and have failed to pass or have been shelved. They included:
A bill that would have required all schoolchildren to get vaccinated against COVID, another that would have made all employees in California show proof of vaccination, and legislation that would have required local law enforcement officials to enforce public health orders.
All of these measures fell apart for obvious reasons, but for the sake of clarity let’s consider these facts:
1) School children are at virtually no risk of facing extreme illness or death from covid and the vaccine does nothing to prevent transmission of the virus. So, there’s no legitimate scientific reason to vaccinate them.
2) Proof of vaccination is what we call a “vax passport.” They are using this system now in China to apply even more oppression to the citizenry, and that type of thing is just not going to fly here in the US, not even in California. Furthermore, if the vaccines actually work, then the vaccinated have nothing to fear from the unvaccinated. If the vaccines don’t work, then there’s no reason to force people to take them in the first place.
3) Finally, they can pass any law they want to pressure law enforcement to bully people with covid mandates, but these would still be unlawful orders according to the constitution. Beyond that, what is the Vaccine Work Group going to do if LEOs still refuse? Fire them? You can’t fire a Sheriff. You can fire a city cop, but who are you going to replace them with if large numbers do not comply? And there are plenty of other LEO jobs in other states waiting for them if they do get fired. The state government has zero leverage; they are scrambling desperately for control that they will never achieve.