You see the word “mandate” a lot in the news media and their social counterparts. Particularly used in the context of Coronavirus prevention, such as mask mandate followed by the vaccination mandate when the vaccines became available are all the rave and debates.
Not a big fan of “mandate,” I believe the term is often used or abused by unscrupulous individuals to claim legitimacy in their motives. Take the Covid-19 vaccination for instance. Clearly, there is a majority support within the US for the immunization (55% fully vaccinated and 64% received at lease one dose) [source].
However, with that level of public support, or even public mandate, it is still a far cry from being a legal requirement. To be legal requires a due process involving potentially all three branches of the government in this case.
On the flip side, the protection of individual freedom is in the US Constitution. The reason is clear. Our democracy has a system of checks and balances designed to prevent government overreach.
President Biden is, understandably, frustrated with the 8 million Americans still holding out on the vaccination. Speaking about them the other night, he said, “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us.”
Be that as it may, individual choice is still the rule of the day until a law is passed. Moreover, President Biden was careful in his speech and did not use the word “mandate.” For that I am glad, knowing our system of checks and balances still govern.
Do you believe the costs of democracy is a just burden or investment?