Late last year, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis rolled out the red carpet for law enforcement officers who had either lost their careers or were being threatened with termination from states that were enforcing the vaccine mandates. The Governor even went so far as to offer a $5,000 relocation bonus to move to Florida for officers, telling them, “We’ll treat you better.” Blue states like New York continue to enforce mandates at the expense of first responders, who were heroes during the early portion of the pandemic but are now somehow expendable.
California is also currently extremely aggressive about discarding its first responders. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem specifically called Los Angeles Sheriff deputies threatened with termination. In a statement, the Governor made a strong case for medical freedom in South Dakota, saying, “In South Dakota, you will not be fired for making personal health decisions.” Incredibly, over 4,000 Sheriff deputies are threatened with losing their jobs for non-compliance. In a state where people leave so fast, you cannot even get a U-Haul. You would think bureaucrats would be doing everything they can to keep human capital from moving away.
Regardless of what you think about the jab mandates (and if you thought about them for longer than five minutes, you would realize they are unscientific, authoritarian, and un-American), the actions of Governor DeSantis and Governor Noem shows the genius of our founding fathers.
Recent events in countries like Australia show how easily Western democracies can quickly fall into authoritarianism. Federalism has allowed individual states to craft responses to the COVID pandemic, making each a laboratory of successes and failures. People are voting with their feet. South Dakota and Florida are better for it. Time will validate those who are taking the position of valuing medical freedom.