Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a so-called “conservative” when it’s convenient for him, recently issued a statement warning Americans that lockdowns could return in the fall if more people don’t get the vaccine.
“These shots need to get in everybody’s arms as rapidly as possible or we´re going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don’t yearn for — that we went through last year,” the Republican senator said in a news conference on Tuesday. “This is not complicated.”
There are a couple of things to take away from this statement. In the video below, you’ll see other prominent figures in Republican circles making similar statements — including Florida Governor Ron Desantis and Fox News host Sean Hannity. But, there is an important difference. McConnell is the only person in this clip threatening to use the heavy hand of government to get what he wants. Desantis, by contrast, is advocating for vaccinations while also having pledged to never do that again.
Florida did in fact place restrictions on businesses and implemented mask mandates. Unlike California in New York, however, citizens weren’t severely punished for breaking those rules, and counties were largely left to their own to decide which policies were best for them. The state was effectively open for business within months. Governor Desantis now admits the initial lockdown was a mistake on his part. Good on him.
When it comes to vaccines, Democrats and RINO Republicans have taken virtually the same approach — threatening the American people into accepting what is essentially an experimental drug.
We have a very simple take on vaccines here — if you want one, get one. If you don’t want one, don’t get one. As a free American, this choice is entirely up to you. Americans take risks every day. At this point, you put yourself in more danger by commuting to work than you do by taking a stroll through the grocery store without a face mask on. That said, if you feel like you’re vulnerable, by all means — mask up. The line we’re drawing in the sand is this: you don’t get to force Americans that don’t agree with you to bend to your will.
Mitch McConnell is setting himself up to learn this lesson the hard way. Here’s the full statement from his press conference.