Are we allowed to debate where that point of balance should reside?
Are we allowed to protest where the bureaucrats place that point of balance?
Are we allowed to express alternate ideas or question the science behind the states decision?
Of course. If you have accumulated real data to share and can demonstrate proficiency in medical or pharmaceutical or public health research, and if you are willing to submit your data, findings, and conclusions to a review of your peers, then join the discussion.
The problem we have today Mike, is that we have a whole bunch of people who think that their stay at the Holiday Inn Express last night entitles their opinions to enjoy the same weight as those with the credentials who are doing the work. They don’t- not when it comes to evaluating the science behind public policy.
As long as we accept whatever consensus emerges from the research/clinical/scientific community- we can then debate public policy… which gets us into the realms of how best to apply that consensus, or whether to apply it at all…. individual freedom vs common good.
But first, we have to agree on basic facts and the scientific consensus about those facts. Granted, revolutions in scientific consensus happen all the time, but until a new consensus emerges, we’re best off sticking with the existing one…. and right now the consensus is that the current vaccines work and work well, that side effects exist, but are minimal, and that the risk:benefit ratio is a very positive one.
I’d be comfortable with a vaccine mandate because unvaccinated people form a large pool, within which new variants can arise, some of which could overwhelm the vaccines and threaten everybody.
The larger the pool, and the longer that pool exists, the greater chance that random mutations will produce such a variant.
From my perspective, a clear case of mandating vaccines for the common good.
Think of us as on a lifeboat in which one guy claims his own freedom not to grab an oar. That person risks all of our lives.
Does his freedom outweigh the danger he poses to the rest in the boat?