In addition to doing her best to block student debt relief, Iowa Governor #CovidKim Reynolds reminded people she’s against all commonsense measures to combat COVID-19. She joined 20 other GQP Governors wanting the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for the armed forces ended.
She and the other GQP governors are claiming that the mandate is causing recruiting shortfalls along with causing thousands to be discharged because they refuse to get the shots. CovidKim had the nerve to say that the vaccine mandate interferes with Iowa’s ability to respond to natural disasters and interferes with the country’s defense. CovidKim justified her position with the President’s statements that the pandemic was over. (In all fairness, I think it was a mistake for the President to say that it was over because it gave the GQP an excuse to oppose the President’s COVID response).
Ever since George Washington mandated smallpox vaccinations, the US has mandated vaccinations for the military. John Bolton once said if mandatory vaccinations were, “good enough for George Washington, it’s good enough for me.” Ted Lieu admitted he didn’t much care for the anthrax vaccine but said he had been given a lawful order, so Lieu got vaccinated. The US has the flexibility for those who have medical reasons they can’t be vaccinated, retiring soon, or have sincere religious issues beyond, and those administering the vaccines know what they’re doing.
What CovidKim and the other governors fail to realize is not vaccinating can affect military readiness a lot more than the reasons they gave. A military doesn’t do much good if they’re too sick to operate. Iowa may be stuck with CovidKim for another four years, but we need to work now to get as many Democrats as possible elected next year or in 2024 to replace the Branch Trumpvidians who want to “own the libs.”