EDITORIAL: Who is a socialist now? Business, Not Government, Know Best How to Protect Workers and Customers | Editorial
Such workplace mandates are good business, especially when undertaken by savvy business owners and owners, not the almighty and omnipotent state.
Yes, some oppose company-mandated vaccinations, including the decision of local hospitals to mandate vaccination of staff and contract labor. Yet these workplace decisions are primarily made not only to protect a valuable workforce that is so often overburdened, but also to reduce the possibility of unvaccinated employees infecting innocent customers who should be able to walk into a business. being sure they won’t come out with COVID-19.
For all but the blind, what is happening is obvious. We marvel at how quickly the Republican Party continues to stake its conservative tenets, one by one. Abbott’s order is clearly issued in his fear of Allen West, a challenger in the 2022 primary and right-wing agitator recently hospitalized with COVID-19, as well as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, likely rival for the Republican presidential nomination of 2024 and now busy compromising public safety throughout the Sunshine State.
And if the lives of Abbott’s constituents are to be put at the stake for his political ambitions, so be it.
As one Democratic Democrat joked, it is indeed a curious strategy that seems to want to eliminate many of the Republican Party’s own followers. The “Don’t Tread On Me” crowd should be angry, but they are no longer interested in preserving capitalism but rather in a form of absolute individual freedom that sacrifices everyone and their dog. For those of us who grew up in Republican environments where personal freedom was perfectly balanced with the public good, one wonders more and more if the Republican Party can rally to the socialist malignancy that is now infecting it.