“Sir, I realize there is only so much you can do…but, I would be remiss if I didn’t pass on the concerns of myself as well as those of all of our brothers who find ourselves in this particular position. I and many of our Countrymen are in desperate need. We are about to lose our jobs for refusing the COVID Vaccine. I am a DoD civilian employee and we were given the warning today to get the shot or be reprimanded and terminated. I am currently recovering from COVID-19 so I have naturally acquired immunity. This coupled with the fact that serious side effects are more prevalent among those with prior infection makes me even less willing to get the vaccine. We served together, I freely gave 20 years of my life in service to our Nation with the Army and have continued my service as a DoD Civilian. My reward for over 30 years of service: get a vaccination for a disease I have already had (that may hurt me) or lose my job. I am at a loss, If I stand my ground I lose my job, and if the mandate holds no one will hire me. Then what? I am a man I want to support and protect my family that’s my job. I can’t do either if I take an experimental vaccine and die. It should be an individual choice. There are countless people like us in Alaska and all over the Nation. I have emailed every elected official I can. Sir you have the platform to make our voices heard, you can help. Please take our message to the Government and stop this before it’s too late.”
What will we say to the freshman student who was forced to forfeit a $200,000 scholarship when the risk of paralysis prevented her from taking a vaccine?
What will we say to doctors and students forced out of medical school because conscience would not allow them to take a vaccine that had been developed using the cells of an aborted child? (Note: All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S. relied upon the use of one or more aborted fetal cell lines during product development and/or testing.)
And what of the student who relents in order to graduate from medical school, or the employee who relents in order to feed her family, but is then tormented for having betrayed her conscience?
What will we say to the survivors of those who were denied medical treatment or organ transplants as punishment for not taking the vaccine? It was to protect extremely vulnerable patients like these that many Americans initially agreed to become vaccinated in the first place.
Fred Korematsu was the American who refused to consent to losing his job and being sent to an internment camp at the outbreak of the war. The Supreme Court case that sanctioned Japanese-American internment, Korematsu v. U.S., bears his name. Writing to the Supreme Court in 2005, he cautioned: “…history teaches that we tend to sacrifice civil liberties too quickly based on claims of military necessity and national security, only to discover later that those claims were overstated from the start.”
First They Came
My first introduction to Martin Niemöller’s famous recitation “First They Came” was in junior high. It begins: “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist…” In different audiences and at different times the author adjusted the words of the various verses, but the final verse always remained the same: “Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
As a teen, I took the author to be initially apathetic about the plight of the socialists and the others he mentioned, including the Jews. I utterly failed to grasp the fear behind his words. To speak out on behalf of someone targeted by the state was to make yourself a target of the state; to be treated no better than the Jews, or any of the various groups being targeted by the German government. In the 1930’s, one did not make the decision to speak out lightly. There would be a cost. For many, it would be a death sentence.