“Medical Tyranny:” Republicans Vote Against Vaccine Mandates, Despite Virus

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Ex-Rep. JoAnn Windholz (center).

As scientists across the globe are racing to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, Republicans in key Colorado counties voted overwhelmingly in recent weeks against any state vaccination requirements for children or anyone else.

In a platform position passed by a 58 to 19 vote last week, the Adams County, Colorado, Republican Party, condemned “any form of mandated vaccinations.

Asked about the plank, JoAnn Windholz, Chair of the Adams County Republican Party, told the Colorado Times Recorder that the resolution was about the “parents’ right to choose what’s best for their children,” and it would apply to “any type of shot.”

If a coronavirus vaccine were developed, parents should decide whether their child should be vaccinated, said Windholz, a former Colorado Republican lawmaker from Adams County, which is north of Denver, adding that the resolution was not passed in response to the pandemic.

“It has to be the parents’ decision,” she said.

Colorado allows parents to opt out of vaccination requirements for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons, but many states do not have such nonmedical exemptions.

The Adams County resolution reads, in full: “Be it resolved that the Colorado Republican Party condemn any form of mandated vaccinations; support the right for all citizens to accept or decline any or all vaccinations; condemns any use of tracking systems to track citizens based on vaccination status; condemn discrimination against citizens based on their vaccination status; and supports the rights of citizens to live free of tracking and discrimination (medical tyranny).”

Republicans in El Paso County, which is located around Colorado Springs and has more GOP voters than any other county in the state, passed two resolutions that reject vaccination requirements, without exceptions.

One resolution titled, “Parents’ Rights to Choose Vaccinations” minces no words in stating that the El Paso County Republicans “condemn government mandated vaccinations that are against an individual’s, religious, philosophical or medical beliefs; including parents’ rights to choose all, or no, vaccinations for their children.”

Republicans in El Paso County, which has the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Colorado, also condemned “discrimination against any person based on their vaccination status, which includes discrimination in eligibility for employment based on their vaccination status.” The resolution further condemns “government tracking of individuals based on their vaccination status.”

Douglas County Republicans passed a more succinct position, by a 68% to 32% margin, opposing “any state-mandated vaccinations.”

“Only individuals and parents have the right to decide vaccinations for their children or themselves,” states the Douglas County Party’s resolution.

In county assemblies in recent weeks, GOP activists approved not only anti-vaccine measures, but also dozens of other conservative planks. But the vaccine planks stand out due to the timing.

Both Democrats and Republicans have county-level organizations that pass party platforms, which are used, in part, to create a statewide party platform that is approved by delegates at a state convention.

County-level Democratic and Republican groups are run by volunteers and are responsible for organizing caucus-related gatherings, fundraising, get-out-the-vote efforts, and other party activities in their counties.

County groups report to the state party organization. In the Republicans’ case, that’s the Colorado Republican Party, led by U.S. Rep. Ken Buck.

A bill that cleared the Colorado Senate this year would provide additional vaccine information to parents, as well as require that parents use a state-issued form to obtain a philosophical (neither medical nor religious) exemption from school vaccination requirements for their children or complete an online education class.

“You talk to medical providers, and they say we would not be in the situation we’re in if we had a vaccine,” said State Rep. Kyle Mullica (D-Northglenn), a sponsor of the bill, who’s an ER nurse currently treating potential COVID-19 patients at a Denver hospital.

He said he’s proud of his Democratic colleagues for “showing they care about the community by passing policies that “make sure people are safe.”

Legislation proposed by Republicans at the Colorado Capitol would loosen vaccine rules in Colorado, even though Colorado’s immunization requirements are already considered lax compared to other states, and it has some of the lowest vaccination rates.

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Hopefully, all these people will attend packed Easter services and MAGA.

  2. Genghis says:

    Ah yes, the GOP way: "You must educate my nauseating idiot spawn for free, but you must do it on MY TERMS."

    You've also gotta give it up for the slavish adherence to the "children as chattel" approach, under which children are stuck living with whatever idiot decisions their idiot parents make, cuz muh rytz.

    But hey, if these dumbasses have an unqualified right to go commando with regard to vaccines, then the rest of us have an unqualified right to defend ourselves. Forcibly moving the morons into their very own Galt's Gulches would be a good start.

  3. spaceman65 says:

    May they all suffer and know no peace

  4. marklane1351 says:

    This is not complex. You have the right to make medical decisions about your child as long as those decisions to not place the lives of others in danger.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Ah, grasshopper….the lives of others are of no concern to the Orange Destruction and the Famille Orange. As you may have noticed, everyone who does not publicly genuflect to Donald the Inept is expendable. No exceptions.

      Other peoples' children are …well, OTHER peoples' children.

  5. JohnInDenver says:

    I'm wondering … the government established a fund for vaccine injuries.  Do you suppose there could be an equivalent fund started for the non-vaccine injuries?  Parents choosing to NOT vaccinate their children would support all those illnesses which result from non-vaccination?

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    Nuttering is not a contagion . . .

    . . . it’s an addiction.

    A ‘Liberty’ Rebellion in Idaho Threatens to Undermine Coronavirus Orders

    (Even some public officials have challenged social-distancing requirements, calling them assaults on the Constitution. One group wants to gather up to 1,000 people for Easter.)

    Inside an old factory building north of Boise, a few dozen people gathered last week to hear from Ammon Bundy, the man who once led an armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge.

    The meeting, which appeared to violate orders by Gov. Brad Little of Idaho to avoid group gatherings, was an assertion of what Mr. Bundy said was a constitutional right to peacefully assemble. But Mr. Bundy said he also hoped to create a network of people ready to come to the aid of those facing closure of their businesses or other interference from the government as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

    “If it gets bad enough, and our rights are infringed upon enough, we can physically stand in defense in whatever way we need to,” Mr. Bundy told the meeting. “But we hope we don’t have to get there.”



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