Every Republican legislator, governor and attorney general in the country is preparing to go to war with the Biden administration over the president’s vaccine mandate that seems to be inching closer and closer to reality.
Whether or not they have the ability to fight this mandate is one thing, and whether they are serious is another. Texas and other states are banning vaccine mandates via executive order and making it clear that essential workers and others who have worked throughout this entire pandemic will not be tossed by the wayside for not submitting to a vaccine mandate.
Alabama has done nothing.
There was a special session on prisons, but nothing.
There is a special prison looming on redistricting, but nothing.
If you listened to State Representative Andrew Sorrell (R-Muscle Shoals) Wednesday on WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show,” you would think he is pretty optimistic about the chances of a ban on vaccine mandates reaching the legislature during an upcoming special session.
The only way this happens is if Governor Kay Ivey inserts the topic into the business of the session or if legislators decide to take it up themselves, but that can only happen if two-thirds of the legislature agree to take it up.
Regardless, this will be a big swing.
Sorrell wants Ivey to step up to the plate.
He outlined, “I want to publicly call on Governor Kay Ivey to include medical freedom bills in the call of her special session.”
Ivey has been silent on the topic, and the business leaders apparently want nothing to do with this issue. The media would instantly go apoplectic.
Unfortunately, there are too many in this state that worry about what the traditional media outlets write about them even though their voters have abandoned those outlets because they are organs of the national Democratic Party and exist solely to do messaging for an inept Alabama Democratic Party.
But it is the right thing to do.
The legislature has a chance to ban the mask mandates in local schools and forbid employers from mandating vaccines. This is the last chance they will have to do it while it actually matters.
Jobs are already being lost, lives are being destroyed, and this is happening to people who bravely served during the pandemic.
Sorrell noted that the public pressure is building and at a “boiling point.” He believes these bills would pass if the governor included them in the next special session.
It is time to step up, and if Ivey won’t do it, legislators need to.