National Politics On Steroids – No Good Will Come From This

On October 11th, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning any entity in Texas, including private businesses, from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for employees or customers.

President Biden however has requested that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) develop rules requiring all employers with 100+ employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly.

Both American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are based in Texas. They will now have to choose to either follow United Airlines and other major air carriers in compliance with the proposed federal rules or answer to the governor of their home state of Texas. *American Airlines and Southwest Airlines announced late Tuesday they would not comply with the governor’s order.

President Biden’s plans also require health care employers to mandate worker vaccinations at facilities that treat patients with public health insurance. Facilities that don’t comply risk losing federal reimbursement – a sticky wicket to say the least.

So far, 21 states, all with Republican Governors have enacted laws or issued executive orders banning proof of vaccination requirements.

A State order prohibiting a private business from complying with the Federal governments’ rules puts those businesses between a rock and a very hard place.

With no consistent rule of law, these businesses face the ire and wrath from a very passionate public that will no doubt come at them from all sides of the argument.

To be clear this is an argument and not a debate. COVID is real. Vaccines greatly reduce the negative health impacts of COVID. States with higher vaccination rates have lower COVID infection and death rates. These are the facts and no YouTube video is qualified to dispute them.

Ultimately the courts will decide that federal law, rules, and executive orders will preempt any conflicting state law or executive order. Trust me on this one. I’ve some experience with preemption law.

Whether the various Governors, State legislators, members of Congress, or the general public will choose to respect, honor, and trust the courts’ decision is another matter.

It’s all very unsettling and some would say, downright destabilizing. Still others would say it’s all part of a grand plan that will result in a “strong man” (read – oligarch, narcissist, compulsive liar, who denies losing his most recent election) stepping up to lead (read control) the country, crackdown on the craziness, and bring order, peace, and safety (read fascism) to America.

I prefer to believe that rather than some complex plan being orchestrated by smart rich people somehow connected to the Illuminati – what’s going on today is simply politics on steroids. Like an out-of-control car hurtling down a mountain road without brakes. The speed of the car just continues to increase and no one knows what’s around the next corner.

As simple and basic as it sounds, the answer here in the islands is to think global and act local. Focusing here locally to increase affordable housing, protect our natural environment, increase local food production, become energy self-sufficient, and in general support local residents – is our answer.

Fortunately, we have the Pacific Ocean to protect us from the madness occurring now on the continent. We should be thankful as well that our government leaders have so far anyway, not drank the Kool-Aid offered by the far-right, and operate from a space that is calm and thoughtful.

We might not always agree with our Mayor and Governor, but it’s clear their decisions are based on what they truly believe is best for our community, and not driven by ego, arrogance, or concerns about the next election.

Yes. Lucky we live Hawai’i. Let’s keep it that way.

About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator, and Majority Leader, and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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7 Responses to National Politics On Steroids – No Good Will Come From This

  1. Jon Olsen says:

    In rebuttal, please go to this link:
    and scroll to around p. 50-55 and see the credentials (first) and then the sworn testimony of Dr.Meryl Nass in a court case last week here in Maine. As you will she, she is more than eminently qualified to discuss the safety and effeceiveness of these injections. She is a true expert in the field. Another testimony is by Dr. Peter McCollough, credible the world’s highest authority on covid (far out distancing Mr. Fauci) with 46 peer-reviewed publications on the subject and editor of several medical journals.
    If you find this as credible AND AS PONO as I have, I’d ask you to forward along the info. The case has to do with the “state of emergency” here in Maine that “justifies” these oppressive mandates, in this case nurses who have been given until mid Oct to get vaxxed or be fired. Decision due imminently. This is an antidote to the unrelenting non-stop propaganda from all sides against the actual clinical evidence.

    • garyhooser says:

      Jon, With all due respect, please state what you mean to say rather than ask me to go to a link and scroll to page 50-55 to read and figure out what you are trying to say. Are you denying that: COVID is real. Vaccines greatly reduce the negative health impacts of COVID. States with higher vaccination rates have lower COVID infection and death rates. ??

      • Jon Olsen says:

        No, Gary, I am not denying it at all. In fact I met and defeated Mr. Covid in September. I felt like a zombie for two weeks. Trust me, what I posted (and I hope you did not censor it out) is truly worth anyone’s time and effort. The scrolling can be done in a matter of seconds. Her testimony is long too, but one need not read it all to sense the gravity and depth of her sworn presentation in court.

      • garyhooser says:

        Jon you gotta summarize what this information is about. I took the time and risk of clicking on the link…and then it wants me to download a file. I am not interested in clicking on links or downloading files unless I have some clear indication of the information at the other end. So…if you want me to do more…you can summarize the argument being made. What is the position taken and what is the reasoning to back up that position? Or point me to a news story summary published in a newspaper​ or media source that I will recognize.

      • Jon Olsen says:

        That will take sometime to prepare, but I’ll try. Did you leave the link in for others to see?

      • garyhooser says:

        Jon this is all public. You can and should review the comments and you will see I left the link in. All your comments and my comments are public. So your point is the vaccine is killing more people than is being reported? If that what you are trying to say? Do you have any documentation from any media or news source or organizational source – that I will recognize as being credible?

  2. Tha anti -vaccine stance boggles my mind! I have 5 close friends – maybe more – (definitely not Republicans) that are adamant vaccines are bad. I love them, respect them…. but so struggle to understand their reasoning.

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