On Sept. 9, President Biden announced a new mandate that would implement a six-point mitigation strategy meant to combat the different known strains of COVID-19. Though his strongest supporters praised this announcement, many Americans were enraged. The one statement within this announcement that really stood out from anything else Biden said was “This is not about freedom or personal choice.”

I never thought I would ever hear that said by a president and, to be honest, I am enraged. Yes, I know I’m late to the game when it comes to me writing about the controversial vaccine mandate, but I felt now (after much research and finding the right words to type) was the best time.

Nolan Schmidt is an independent filmmaker, and serves as Vice Chair for the Guadalupe County Libertarian Party.

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