The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
The reason seatbelts are mandated by law is that everyone is safer who’s in your car in the event of a crash. The reduction of injuries and fatalities also lowers insurance premiums. (Of course, politicians aren’t always rationale. In Rhode Island, where they’re seldom rational, the passenger on a motorcycle must wear a helmet, but not the driver. Go figure.)
You can’t smoke when you’re pumping gas not only because you could blow yourself up, but because you could blow up people around you. You can’t smoke in restaurants and airplanes because second-hand smoke can injure or kill others.
Now, excluding underlying medical problems that preclude it, why is it a gross violation of personal liberty to require vaccinations when, not having them, can cause others’ illness, death, or businesses to fail? Is there really fear that the government is going to track us with microchips, or the vaccines are unproven (despite empirical evidence to the contrary), or this is the first step in our giving up our freedoms?
What we need is a vaccine for paranoia.