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On September 10, The Hill reported that “powerful business groups whose members are directly affected by President Biden’s vaccine requirement applauded Biden’s effort to boost vaccinations,” and the article continued with quotes from leaders of the nation’s largest and most influential business groups expressing their support. This is the unfortunate reality complicating Biden’s overreach on vaccine mandates. A lot—I’d even say a large majority—of large company management is very happy to have the federal government mandate action that they are already wanting to take. The Biden administration has given them cover and justification to force employees to get vaccinated. The action will also help cover those companies below the mystical hundred-employee threshold who just need any excuse to impose mandates.

In his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned, “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

Eisenhower did not foresee the misplaced power of the broad political-industrial complex we are faced with today. That political industrial complex—an amalgam of the political industry, the industry politic, media, corporatists, crony capitalists, and the permanent federal bureaucracy—represents a serious threat to individual liberty in America. State governors bloviating, pledging defiance, and even taking legal action against the federal government will not be sufficient on its own to significantly turn the tide crashing in on individual liberty. That threat will not be mitigated by targeting efforts solely at government agencies.

In the declaration of American independence, it was declared that individuals “…are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.”

That last sentence cannot be over-emphasized. We

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