Kyrie Irving, Vaccine Shaming and the New Divide in America

Kyrie Irving, Vaccine Shaming and the New Divide in America

To me that is the issue, doing what you feel is best for you. The fact that the government is putting itself in a position to make that decision for you, seems wrong on so many levels. Even worse, to restrict your ability to make a living or partake in the activities of the norms of society seems criminal.  

It seems that some American workers feel the same way about the issue. In Chicago, a third of the police officers have not taken the shot and refuse to work under the mandate. The workers for Southwest Airlines put up so much of a fuss that it halted some of the services for the company. In response to workers’ refusal to take the shot, Southwest changed its plans to put its employees on unpaid leave. “This is a change from what was previously communicated. Initially, we communicated that these Employees would be put on unpaid leave and that is no longer the case,” it wrote in a letter to its staff.  

It is sad, that the country is putting our citizens in a position where they have to choose between taking a shot or feeding their families. It goes totally against the doctrine of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It should be noted that statement is only included in the Declaration and not the Constitution. And unfortunately, the Declaration of Independence has no legal standing in the United States. There are only three states that have included the pursuit of happiness within their legal framework. Those three states are Virginia, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts.   

However, your right to do what you please with your body is a common-sense theory that should be recognized around the world.  We should not be shamed or penalized if we don’t take the shot and shouldn’t be criticized or praised if we decide to take the shot. “It’s not always about the money. It’s about choosing what’s best for you. You think I really want to lose money?”  Kyrie Irving said.  “Once again, I’m going to repeat this. This is not about the Nets, this is not about the organization, it’s not about the NBA, it’s not politics,” he continued. “It’s just about the freedom of what I want to do.”  

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