Biden Defies Federal Appeals Court on Vaccine Mandate The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals says his mandate raises “grave” constitutional issues, but the White House tells businesses not to “wait.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last Saturday suspended the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate on private businesses, saying that “the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the mandate.” But the White House is defying the court. “People should not wait,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “They should continue to move forward and make sure they’re getting their workplace vaccinated.”

The arrogance of the Biden White House is on open display. “I’m quite confident that when this finally gets fully adjudicated, not just a temporary order, the validity of this requirement will be upheld,” White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain breezily proclaimed last Sunday. “If OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] can tell people to wear a hard hat on the job, to be careful around chemicals, it can … put in place these simple measures to keep our workers safe.”

Biden is using the pretext of safety in the “workplace” to stamp out a constitutional freedom beyond it.

Contrary to Klain’s spinning, Biden’s mandate is a blatantly unconstitutional and burdensome imposition on private businesses. It is not a “simple” workplace regulation but an audacious attempt to dictate the personal health-care decisions of millions of Americans.

“The Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate represents the greatest government overreach of our generation and we are elated that the court recognizes the ‘grave danger’ it poses not only to our clients, but all Americans,” said Patrick Hughes, president of the Liberty Justice Center, which, along with the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, filed the petition for a Louisiana business owner and six employees of CaptiveAire Systems before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“No matter how you feel about the COVID vaccine, every American should be outraged,” said Daniel Suhr, managing attorney for the Liberty Justice Center. “Apparently, the Biden administration’s COVID strategy is this: circumvent Congress, ignore the Constitution, then threaten and bully millions of Americans to get vaccinated against their will. It’s an assault on the U.S. Constitution, which the President has sworn to uphold.”

The Biden administration’s defiance of the court is part of its unconstitutional bluff. It wants businesses to think that the mandate is sure to pass legal muster. But, as Jacob Sullum points out, courts have tended to view OSHA’s infrequent use of the “emergency temporary standard” (ETS) skeptically:

OSHA rarely issues emergency standards, and it is not hard to see why. Six of the nine OSHA emergency standards issued from 1971 to 1983 were challenged in court, and those challenges were partly or fully successful in all but one case. On July 21, when OSHA published an ETS requiring specific COVID-19 precautions in health care settings, it was the first time the agency had attempted an emergency standard in 38 years. It was also the first time OSHA had cited the danger posed by a communicable disease as the justification for an ETS.

Even the New York Times thinks Biden faces an “uphill battle” in this fight. “It was unclear whether the stay would be a procedural blip for the Biden administration or the first step in the unwinding of the mandate,” it allowed.

“More than two dozen states, businesses, business groups and religious organizations have sued, calling the rule issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration an overreach of government authority,” reports NPR. (RELATED: Pittsburgh Police Union Fights Vaccine Mandate That Could Bench Hundreds of Officers)

It obviously is one. Biden is using the pretext of safety in the “workplace” to stamp out a constitutional freedom beyond it. Biden is advancing a tyranny in the name of “public health,” provoking a welcome backlash from patriotic Americans who refuse to surrender their liberty to grasping central planners. The White House’s hectoring of businesses not to “wait” for the courts to rule on the mandate is typical of that tyrannical spirit.

It would have been inconceivable to the Founding Fathers that the executive branch could concoct out of thin air a vaccine mandate and coerce businesses across the country to enforce it or face crushing fines. Biden’s fiat represents the antithesis of that founding vision. Presumably, the case over his mandate will end up before the Supreme Court. The outcome of the case will determine whether we live under a limited federal government or a limitless one.

Another job for Spanky McFarland and the DOJ.

Nothing will be done as he DOJ is answers to the WH.

It doesn’t take a court to know all this bullshit is UNCONSTITUTIONAL !

It’s about Biden ignoring the courts.

Looks like a showdown is getting closer.

Some of the questions by the court are so obvious.
The policy claims to protect workers from danger. Why, then, does it only seek to protect workers at companies that have 100 or more employees? Don’t the workers at smaller companies deserve protection, too?

The government tells us that the COVID vaccines are effective. On the other hand, the government tells us that we should get vaccinated in order to protect others. If the vaccines are effective, everybody who gets them is protected and is therefore not endangered by the people who choose not to get them.

The administration itself admits that most workers are vaccinated and therefore not at great risk from COVID-19. The other workers, it would seem, are at risk, if at all, not from workplace conditions but from their own decision not to get vaccinated. So how is an OSHA ETS an appropriate response to their needs?

The mandate is to protect workers from dangers in the workplace yet the government cannot demonstrate that COVID is present in all the workplaces it is trying to regulate.

The Fifth Circuit reminds us of something important that has been overlooked by many commentators and politicians throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic: the federal government has no direct authority over public health.

Yet Biden tells business to go forward with the mandate.

I’m guessing that you know the DOJ answers to the White House….Just as it did during the Trump administration, and as it did the Obama administration, and Bush and Clinton and on and on…

Of course hardened partisans only notice that when the party they don’t like is in power. And that’s the perennial hypocrisy I point to here….

And as far as ignoring the courts, you remember all the times Trump did that right, or was that covered on Newsmax and Fox….:thinking:

So slick Willie Clinton was talking about grandparents stuff on that tarmac ? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Nothing to see here folks , pay no attention to the corruption behind the curtain , you can trust the dems and the Clinton’s … :rofl: :rofl:

Sir Monte, the DOJ answers to the White House.It answered well to Shaka Zulu Obongo!!!

Yep, said that in the first sentence of my post, how’d you possibly miss that.

But I also pointed out that the DOJ always answers to the White House as it did during the Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton White House’s……:wink:

So you condone Biden giving the finger to the courts?