The illegitimate Biden DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel recently wrote an opinion detailing that they have no intention to prosecute any states or businesses for mandating vaccinations.
They write: “As access to the COVID-19 vaccines has become widespread, numerous educational institutions, employers, and other entities across the United States have announced that they will require individuals to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, enrollment, participation, or some other benefit, service, relationship, or access. For instance, certain schools will require vaccination in order for students to attend class in person, and certain employers will require vaccination as a condition of employment.”
Generally speaking, the DOJ has decided, like I said earlier, to not prosecute the entities which mandate vaccinations for their employees or other people in general. That is the extent of their power, but for some reason, there are those who believe this means the Biden DOJ has “ruled” that vaccine mandates are “legal.”
For example, though they are largely conservative sources, both TrendingPolitics and The Gateway Pundit have the following headlines: “BREAKING: Department of Justice Declares That All Vaccine Mandates are *Legal*,” (Trending Politics). “Breaking: Biden DOJ Declares COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Legal,” (The GP).
Despite those brow-raising and perhaps blood-boiling headlines, the matter of fact is that the Biden DOJ, nor any DOJ for that matter, can “rule” anything as “legal.”
The DOJ is part of the executive branch. They prosecute, investigate, etc., but they can’t create laws nor can they rule anything as legal or illegal. Now, I can understand that when a Democrat is in the White House (legitimately or not), things like that tend to sort of go by the wayside, such as when Obama signed the DACA executive order and everyone, including judges and the SCOTUS, pretended as though that was a law.
However, the Biden DOJ “declaring” or “ruling” vaccine mandates as “legal” has as much legitimacy as if they were to “rule” murder, kidnapping or rape “legal.” All it means is that the federal Department of Injustice won’t prosecute, in this case, states and businesses which mandate people get vaccinated. It doesn’t mean that vaccine mandates are legal or constitutional – such rulings can only be done by the Supreme Court.
So if you are at all fearful that this means states and businesses have the “green light” to mandate vaccinations, like TrendingPolitics suggested, then don’t be. The federal DOJ might not prosecute such entities but both state AGs and private citizens have the ability to do so.
In other words, not a damn thing changes with this “ruling.” I don’t think anyone alive expected the Biden DOJ to prosecute states and businesses for mandating vaccines. So let’s not pretend as though this means that the DOJ can take the place of the SCOTUS or Congress. Vaccine mandates are still illegal and certainly unconstitutional and just because the federal DOJ won’t prosecute it doesn’t make it legal.
If the DOJ were to stop prosecuting federal marijuana cases, that wouldn’t mean that weed would all of a sudden become legal across the country.
So why is anyone pretending as though vaccine mandates are now something which we can hardly fight against? Nothing, realistically, has changed. Hell, I doubt even the Trump DOJ would have prosecuted vaccine mandates (in part because the Trump DOJ was largely a rogue entity and went against the President’s wishes a lot of the time, but I also doubt Trump himself would have ordered such prosecutions, seeing as he is inexplicably supporting the vaccines even if he doesn’t think there ought to be mandates). So effectively, nothing at all has changed with this declaration from the DOJ, and that’s all that it is: a declaration.
Again, they aren’t the Supreme Court. They can’t “rule” that something is legal or not legal. So let’s not spread the idea that that’s what’s happening here.
While there are other reasons for concern regarding tyrannical actions from both state and federal governments, this simply isn’t one of them and conservatives shouldn’t be all “doom and gloom” over something like this. It’s not necessarily a good thing and I would far rather the DOJ prosecute vaccine mandates, as that would make it a lot easier to defeat it, but it’s not like we are screwed and out of options here.
Again, state AGs can still sue businesses which mandate vaccines and private citizens can both sue businesses and their own states if they mandate vaccines. Whether or not such lawsuits would get that far is another matter entirely, but it is utterly unnecessary and frankly shameful for conservative news sites like TrendingPolitics and The Gateway Pundit to fearmonger people on their own side.
There are still tools available to us to fight against tyranny in this country, and one such tool is information. Understanding what the enemy is capable of is of utmost importance, but it’s also important to not be misled about what they can do.
This whole ordeal reminds me of the story of the 12 spies in the Book of Numbers.
The thirteenth chapter of the Book of Numbers talks about how the Lord told Moses to send men to explore Canaan, “which I’m giving to the Israelites,” as God specifically said.
These 12 were leaders from each of the tribes of Israel, among them being Hoshea (who Moses named Joshua) and Caleb.
The 12 explored Canaan and 40 days later returned with their report. They explained to Moses and the people of Israel that Canaan was a great place with fertile land, flowing with milk and honey, and generally was great. However, they also explained “… the people who live there are strong, and the cities have walls and are very large. We even saw the descendants of Anak there,” Numbers 13:28.
Despite that, Caleb, one of the 12 spies, said “Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it.”
Numbers 13:31-33 then explains the protestations and even deception of the other spies (apart from Joshua, of course): “But the men who had gone with him said, ‘We can’t attack those people! They’re too strong for us!’ So they began to spread lies among the Israelites about the land they had explored. They said, ‘The land we explored is one that devours those who live there. All the people we saw there are very tall. We saw Nephilim there. (The descendants of Anak are Nephilim.) We felt as small as grasshoppers, and that’s how we must have looked to them.’”
Perhaps not to the same extent, this is what TrendingPolitics and The Gateway Pundit are doing. Yes, the Biden DOJ declared they wouldn’t prosecute states and businesses for implementing vaccine mandates, but to treat that as a “ruling” equal to what the Supreme Court does is disingenuous. Give people the information that they need without making it seem as though we are facing giants.
Even if we are, do you want to know what the ten spies forgot and which many of us often forget? At the beginning of the chapter, God specifically said: “… Canaan, which I’m giving to the Israelites.”
The spies were so concerned with the size of the enemy that they forgot all about the size of their God. He had already promised and declared that He would be giving Canaan to the Israelites, and yet, the spies did not believe they would be capable of taking it from the giants which they saw. Even worse, they began to spread lies about what they saw to discourage other Israelites from action.
This is what people do sometimes and make things worse for themselves, even on our side. Let’s not pretend that what we are fighting are unbeatable giants who would crush us were we to engage them. Let’s not pretend as though the DOJ declaring they won’t prosecute states and businesses for vaccine mandates means such mandates are legal, constitutional and unbeatable.
And let’s not pretend as though the tyranny of Man can stand against the Might of the Lord. He gave Canaan to the Israelites, despite the apparent gap in size and power between the Israelites and Canaanites. He led Gideon to victory against the Midianites with an army as small as 300 soldiers (the real story of the 300). He led Saul to defeat thousands and David tens of thousands.
God is the God of victory. He triumphs over all who stand against Him, always. So why would we ever be afraid of what the Biden DOJ declares? Why would we pretend as though it has as much legitimacy as a Supreme Court ruling (particularly from an illegitimate DOJ)?
Fight lies with truth, not more lies. That is my message to TrendingPolitics and The GP. You’re not like CNN or the NYT – you’re not fake news – so don’t act like it. Point out the real tyrannies of the illegitimate Biden administration, not make up other ones.
“For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.”
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