Joe Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Unnecessarily Antagonizes the Unvaccinated

President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccines at the White House in Washington, D.C., August 23, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
At this point, between widespread vaccination and natural immunity, Biden’s efforts hurt more than they help.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D onald Rumsfeld said once that “you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” This is true. And it’s one reason why it’s a good idea to keep the army prepared to fight.

Pandemic response is also, in its own way, a war. The government goes to pandemic war with the public it has, not the public it wishes it had. The American public includes a wide spectrum of people in vastly different circumstances and with vastly different attitudes toward their health.

In a long pandemic, leaders should try

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Jim Talent, as a former U.S. senator from Missouri, chaired the Seapower Subcommittee. He is currently the chairman of the National Leadership Council at the Reagan Institute.


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