“I’m a naval officer who’s spent the last 15 years on active duty. I’m now potentially facing forcible discharge if I won’t submit to taking the COVID vaccine. Here’s a thread on just what a scandal that is. All data claims will be linked,” wrote a poster on Twitter in a thread that is ongoing.
“It seems this thread is taking off. It also seems @TuckerCarlsonis reading long Twitter threads on air. If there’s any chance we can shine more light on this issue, feel free to tweet this at him. The careers of a lot of exceptional service members hang in the balance.”
The following is a set of tweets and links, (more links on Twitter) that are noteworthy for the point of view of an enlisted Navy Officer:
Last week the Army released an EXORD (execute order) telling its troops to prepare for mandatory vaccination in September. Though he has the authority, it’s not likely the President will mandate vaccination without full FDA approval, so look out for that development.
The Department of Defense (DoD) will assuredly move as a whole, meaning all branches will require vaccination on the same schedule.
I’ve spoken to two command chaplains regarding religious exemption (I’m a Christian abortion abolitionist and cells from aborted children were used in the vaccines’ development), and am told exemptions won’t likely be granted.
My choices are vaccination and forcible discharge. We’re just a few years removed from the military’s mandatory anthrax vaccine debacle, and here’s hoping the administration remembers what a disaster that was.
Numerous service members were harmed by a vaccine they didn’t need; many more had their careers cut short, were dishonorably discharged, court-martialed, and even imprisoned for their refusal to get the shot.
So let’s take a look at the rationale behind the forthcoming DoD mandate. By their own accounting (as of two days ago) 202,567 active duty service members have had COVID, of whom 26 have died.
Even allowing for the absurdist definition of a “COVID fatality” (death for whatever reason within 28 days of a positive RT-PCR test run to 40+ cycles), for military personnel, COVID has a better than 99.987% survival rate.
Here’s the plain truth: COVID-19 is utterly inconsequential to the military. Don’t get me wrong: our response to it has been anything but inconsequential.
We’ve halted training, destroyed unit cohesion and morale, strapped worthless pieces of cloth over everyone’s faces for the last year, and spectacularly destroyed our warfighting readiness in the name of COVID, but the pathogen itself is meaningless.
I defy you to find a group of 2 million US adults at lower risk from COVID. It doesn’t exist. We are overwhelmingly young, fit, and free of comorbidities. Compared to other causes of death, COVID isn’t even on the radar.
Between 2006 and 2021, roughly 400 service members died annually of accidents. 300 committed suicide. More than 200 died of random illnesses and injuries.
Over 1,000 service members were killed on motorcycles between 1999 and 2012, yet we still permit their use.
Beyond the laughably insignificant threat posed by COVID to the force, consider the aggressively unintelligent plan to expose the entire force to a drug with zero long-term safety data.
What if there are short-, mid-, and long-term negative effects? Who will defend the nation once the entire force is compromised?
There’s a reason drug trials always contain a control group, yet the political appointees and Flag and General Officers running our military seem perfectly willing to potentially jeopardize 100% of the force in the name of political agreeability.
We do a lot of talking about “forceful backup” and “warrior toughness,” but you won’t hear a word from that cadre of esteemed “yes” men motivated by varying mixtures of a desire to get promoted and a fear of getting fired.
For those who’ll respond with “But you’ve taken plenty of vaccines in the military.” You’re right. I have. And the FDA’s multi-year safety data were available for each. Not so for this vaccine.
There’s a reason we maintain Material Safety Data Sheets on all hazardous chemicals on ships. Or would you tell our Sailors, “You volunteered. Now shut up and stick your hand in that acid”? Sure hope not.
And for those who’ll invariably respond with “George Washington forced all his troops to be inoculated against smallpox,” that’s cute. Be sure to follow it up with “For every 1 soldier lost to action with the British, 10 died of disease.”
Offer me an experimental drug for a pathogen that kills 10x more soldiers than bullets during time of war and I might have a different reaction.
In sum, we’ve learned to live with countless threats infinitely more serious than COVID, and all without resorting to extreme measures. COVID, however, is different.
This thread until now has merely demonstrated how absurd the argument for mandatory vaccination is. From this point on, I’ll explain why I think the argument is being made despite its absurdity.
Remember if you can the 2020 election. We haven’t seen anything as contentious or as unusual in a lifetime. Whatever your politics (I genuinely don’t care), the fact remains that roughly half the electorate is convinced that something fishy happened around November 3rd.
Whether you believe the theories around ballot manipulation, burst pipes in Atlanta, etc., the interference in elections by several state governors and subsequent top cover from various wings of the judiciary are matters of fact, not opinion.
The Consitution clearly states that state legislatures wield authority in conducting elections. Here’s the Constitution: LINK
Still, governors in numerous key states appropriated this authority to themselves, mailing unsolicited ballots, extending deadlines, suspending or weakening signature verification, etc.
Various courts nearly universally permitted their usurpations, reasoning that, if everyone is sufficiently scared of a virus, the Constitution can be disregarded.
Why do I mention the election? Is it sour grapes over who won the White House? Not a chance. I’ve served under four Presidents, and I don’t much care who’s in the Oval Office.
Given the chance, I’ll serve under a couple more, whoever they are. One of America’s great marvels is the constancy of its military, no matter which party is in power.
I mention the 2020 election because it and COVID policy are inextricably intertwined. Despite the glaring unconstitutionality of what happened during the election, if enough of the populace are convinced that the situation really was dire enough to warrant suspending the Constitution (without actually saying so), then what happened during the election can be permitted.
This position, however, cannot withstand dissent. It requires absolute fealty, particularly from the Armed Forces. And how do you prove your allegiance to this narrative? By rolling up your sleeve.
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You’d have to be genuinely convinced of the existential threat posed by this virus to volunteer for an experimental vaccine for which no one – not the pharmaceutical giants nor the government mandating its acceptance – is liable in case things go wrong. That’s real faith.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776