Say you trust the right-wing media and Republicans in Congress. In that case, there’s a lot to celebrate in terms of the military’s COVID vaccine mission. The president signed the bill, and the Pentagon rescinded the subsequent mandate that all service members must be vaccinated against COVID in order to maintain uniform.
But what about the thousands of veterans who have been unceremoniously fired because their request for religious exemption was stamped out by the Department of Defense? As things stand today, they were up the creek without paddles.
While it wasn’t for lack of trying, four Republican senators voted against an amendment to the signed bill that would have put them back in service.
So let’s see what happened and how a spineless group of four lawmakers decided not to support these veterans.
If the Military COVID Vaccine Mandate has officially ended, everyone who was fired for not being vaccinated should be reinstated with back pay and an apology.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) January 11, 2023
Republican Senator Ron Johnson introduced the amendment I’m referring to. Not only would the amendment reinstate military members who were fired for refusing vaccinations, but it would also do the following:
- offer arrears
- Adjust leave status to honor
In addition to those important effective parts of the aforementioned amendments, Senator Johnson’s amendment would prohibit the Department of Defense from issuing future vaccine authorizations without authorization from Congress.
All of this sounds pretty remarkable, I think, especially if you’re a Republican politician who claims to care about America’s best and bravest.
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Senator Johnson lays out how many people are affected by COVID vaccine termination, illustrate:
“More than 8,000 terminated for refusing to receive experimental vaccine.”
But that wasn’t enough for the four Republican senators, who sealed the amendment’s coffin nail in a 56-40 vote against. To pass, it needs 60 votes.
I’ll let that math begin.
big winner: @SecDef Have been forced to repeal the COVID military vax order!
This fight is far from over. We are only just beginning to deliver justice for the victims in our military targeted by Biden’s policies.
We must restore these patriots’ ranks and refunded salaries. pic.twitter.com/jNkJXR5xS7
— Rep. Matt Gates (@RepMattGaetz) January 12, 2023
The four Republicans who voted against reinstating veterans retired due to vaccines are:
- Utah Senator Mitt Romney
- South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds
- Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy
- Senator Susan Collins of Maine
senator cassidy Explanation He voted as follows:
“I voted to end the COVID vaccine mandate in the military, but Congress has no power to interfere in the chain of command or set a precedent for military personnel to ignore direct orders.”
Mr. Cassidy’s statement made it feel as if thousands of veterans threw the bird at their commanders and told them where to push it when they were told to get vaccinated. It’s as if they didn’t go through some process to request the waiver, but I’ll get to that later.
Senator Jack Reid, D-Rhode Island, doubled down on this ridiculous oversimplification of what happened to these veterans, illustrate:
“What we tell the soldiers is: If you don’t agree, don’t obey the order, just lobby Congress. … They will restore everything, so the order is just a suggestion. They are not.”
Oh you bastard, there are many mistakes in your statement. Allow me to explain.
Elections have consequences: Republicans take the House and force the Biden administration to end its coronavirus shooting authorization for the military. The next step is to rehire everyone who was underpaid. And take back all taxpayer profits from Moderna & Pfizer because they don’t work.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 11, 2023
There is a process where military members can apply for various vaccine waivers before COVID. When I was in the military and in senior leadership, most of the exemptions I saw were related to religious exemptions, and COVID was no exception.
These religious exemptions are the Religious Freedom Restoration Act or RFRA. The RFRA protects an individual’s religious freedom from government laws that conflict with their beliefs.
There is now a process for reviewing and approving these requests; just because you say you have some sort of religious exemption from vaccines doesn’t mean your request will automatically be approved. There must be some justification, usually provided by statements from military chaplains and members.
But oddly enough, most religious exemptions for COVID vaccines have been denied, with little actual scrutiny.even the pentagon inspector general Report The high level of “potential non-compliance” within DoD for many of these denials.
So not only are most of these denials inappropriate, but once your request is denied, you have to make a decision, said Mike Berry, director of military affairs at First Freedom Institute. illustrate:
“…military leaders are forcing tens of thousands of our bravest men to retire because they chose to live by their beliefs.”
That’s certainly a far cry from the way four Republicans and all the Democrats have portrayed these men and women as wayward children who simply refused to obey orders.
Under the COVID national emergency declaration, Biden can wield 123 emergency powers, including the power to conscript Americans without consent and place medical services under military control.
The Biden regime should not have that kind of power.
Biden’s pandemic power must end.
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) January 12, 2023
If not you, then who?
For those who want to argue that we should win where we can, let me open my eyes to the back door the Pentagon has put in the directive to allow them to continue to persecute those who do not bow to the COVID vaccine mandate.
In the new directive, it state:
“All commanders have the responsibility and authority to maintain the Department of Defense’s strong interest in mission accomplishment. This responsibility and authority includes the ability to maintain military readiness, force cohesion, good order and discipline, and the health and safety of a resilient joint force.”
Now, imagine you’re not good at reading DoD jargon or reading between the lines of bureaucratically bloated military leadership propaganda. In that case, you may not see the back door.
The directive still has the potential to fire those who decide not to vaccinate against COVID-19 if commanders can demonstrate that it will impair readiness, cohesion, good order and discipline, and health and safety.
Defining unit cohesion and good order and discipline is very difficult, especially if your commanders are competing for the next level. But, more often than not, that definition is submission to the ideology of those in power.
Removing the military’s COVID vaccine authorization is a good start, but it’s not enough.
Every soldier who is fired because of this provision should be reinstated.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) December 27, 2022
So, Senator Cassidy, you should intervene in the chain of command when it abuses its power and violates the religious freedom that our veterans have sworn to protect and defend.
So, Senator Romney, after these veterans lobby you to do the right thing, you should restore the good order and discipline that should have been in the military religious exemption process.
But it requires all of you to care about your veterans. And since they have almost no money or political capital that matters to you like Big Education, Big Tech, Military Industrial Complex, Big Pharma and all the other lobbyists, I think these Veterans should do what we are always told to do :
Shut up and color.
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