Protecting the public health is an utmost priority for the governor, but that duty should never be abused to trample on individual freedoms. We now have access to multiple vaccines. Encouraging—not mandating—those who are unvaccinated to get the vaccine is a reasonable approach. But it is the prerogative of parents to decide whether their children should be vaccinated, and the prerogative of every individual to decide whether he or she will be vaccinated.
The virus and its variants should not lead to panic or overreaction. It is long overdue for California to return to normalcy. After all, scientists have assured us repeatedly that the vaccines are effective. By now, everyone who wishes to be protected by a vaccine can get one. As such, Californians who assume the risk of not wearing a mask or not getting vaccinated should not be forced to do so.
Remember the original reason for the lockdowns? It was to prevent hospitals from reaching capacity and overrunning our healthcare system. No such threat exists today. Instead, our ruling classes—with Governor Gavin Newsom as their poster boy—have repeatedly imposed mandates and moved the goalposts—which they themselves think they’re above—and shut down our businesses and inflicted unnecessary pain on ordinary Californians.
I will govern as your governor, not as your tyrant.