By Michael V. Wilson
Joe Biden, also known as President Asterisk, says he’s become impatient with us exercising an unapproved version of “My Body, My Choice” and issued a so-called mandate for the Covid memory RNA shots for all businesses with more than 100 employees, an unmistakable first step to mandating that everyone in America get the shots. In all the ensuing Sturm und Drang I’ve yet to hear a single person enunciate the glaringly obvious but widely overlooked fact that Mandates Equal Slavery (MES).
This simple fact isn’t based on whether or not the memory RNA shots (usually mislabeled as vaccines) work to protect recipients from Covid but even if they worked exactly as the proponents claim it wouldn’t make any difference. This argument isn’t based on their effectiveness or lack thereof, whether or not they work is completely irrelevant to the question of slavery.
Also irrelevant to the argument are any possible side-effects of the memory RNA shots, up to and including death. That’s not to say disabling side-effects or death are irrelevant to the person involved or their families; just the opposite, those things are incredibly relevant, heartbreaking, and life-changing to them. When a person is disabled, hospitalized, or killed by a shot the manufacturers, hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and policymakers, all of whom are completely insulated from the effects it has on you, have assured you is completely safe, the results can be devastating. Included in those consequences are unexpected financial burdens, loss of health and mobility, loneliness, depression, and long-term loss of trust in formerly respected institutions. Yet all of these things, as terrible as they are, have no bearing on the argument that mandates equal slavery.
It’s also moot whether or not the memory RNA shots prevent their recipients from transmitting Covid to others. Nor does the survivability of Covid itself factor into the matter – in the absence of any co-morbidities, it’s over 99% for anyone under the age of 65. None of these things; effectiveness, safety, transmission interference, or Covid survivability has any bearing whatsoever on whether or not the mandate to take the shot has the practical result of turning you into a slave to the United States government and/or the private company trying to force you to take the shot or lose your job.
Legitimate Powers of Government
Before going any further, it bears mentioning that government has some very legitimate powers visa vie our actions, specifically it has the power to prevent or stop our actions when they would hurt someone else. These powers are sometimes referred to as negative powers, meaning they subtract from what we’re allowed to do. By way of example, the second half of the Ten Commandments are a list of negative powers because all of them start with Thou Shalt Not; Thou shalt not murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, and Thou shalt not covet.
In the first half of the Ten Commandments, three of them explicitly contain the words Thou shalt not even if they don’t start with them. The first verse of the fourth Commandment, to remember the Sabbath, implies Thou shalt not but the full text of it is an explicit command against working on that day.
The legitimate powers of the American government fall into the same general categories and are mainly derived from the Ten Commandments. Therefore, laws against speeding in a school zone during the school day are a legitimate negative power of government. They are intended to keep us from hurting children who may not have enough maturity to keep from running out in the street chasing a runaway ball. Other laws against such things as murder, rape, robbery, lying, fraud (lying with intent to make money), slander, trespass, and similar acts are all legitimate negative powers of government. Those kinds of negative laws are what make civil society possible.
If we didn’t pass and enforce such laws, we’d all have to walk around in suits of armor ready to fight to the death at moment’s notice to protect ourselves, our families, and our homes. Without them, America would become a barbaric country run by Jack London’s “Law of Club and Fang” from his book Call of the Wild.
But there are limits.
America is unique in the world in that our Constitution prohibits many government actions by explicitly listing our God-given rights the government is required to respect and protect. Whenever this is brought up most people immediately turn to the Bill of Rights but they need to turn a bit further.
The 13th Amendment to the Constitution
The United States Constitution currently has 27 amendments to it. The first ten, as already mentioned, are often referred to as the Bill of Rights and were added as a group soon after the Constitution was ratified as a replacement for the Articles of Confederation. Since then, the Constitution has been amended an additional 17 times. The 11th Amendment dealt with judicial power when a citizen is being sued or prosecuted by a foreign power, the 12th dealt with the Electoral College, and the 13th, enacted after the Civil War, dealt with slavery. Here it is in its entirety:
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
That’s it. That’s the whole kit and caboodle, short and to the point, but a couple of those points bear examining.
To the first point, Merriam-Webster defines slavery as the state of a person who is held in forced servitude, submission to a dominating influence. Dictionary.com defines slavery as the condition of being enslaved, held, or owned as human chattel or property, bondage, a state of subjection. The legal-dictionary defines slavery as a civil relationship in which one person has absolute power over the life, fortune, and liberty of another. Finally, the Cambridge dictionary defines slavery as owning other people who are forced to work for or obey you. All of them also define involuntary servitude as slavery under compulsion or force.
In all the definitions, slavery is pictured as using force or the threat of force to compel someone to work or act against their will for someone else. None of the dictionaries differentiates between private slavery (a person or business enslaving a person) or public or government slavery (a government enslaving a person). Importantly, neither does the Amendment. The Bill of Rights specifies things government can’t do but the 13th Amend simply says slavery and involuntary servitude shall not exist in the United States. Remember, slavery in America wasn’t practiced by city or state governments or even the federal government, it was practiced by people against other people.
So, the 13th Amendment bans slavery and involuntary servitude, except under very narrow circumstances, which is the second point. Those circumstances are that it has to be a punishment for a crime and the person has to have been convicted of the crime. This means you can’t arrest someone for breaking the law and subject them to involuntary servitude, such as making license plates before they’ve been tried and convicted. The involuntary servitude has to come after the conviction, not before. It’s important to note this type of involuntary servitude can only be inflicted by a government because businesses, regardless of how big or powerful they are, can’t arrest, prosecute, or convict anyone for anything. That power is reserved exclusively for government.
“Slow Joe” Biden’s mandate, which was never actually registered as an executive order, for businesses to force their employees to take the memory RNA shot or be fired fits the definition of slavery and involuntary servitude. Force or the threat of force (the threat of losing your job is force) is being used to compel people who haven’t been convicted of anything to obey the orders of another. To be blunt, the Covid mandate is a clear and present danger to your freedom under the 13th Amendment.
Slavery on the Installment Plan
Our growing enslavement didn’t start with the Covid mandates, of course. It’s been creeping up on us for years. Such things as the requirement to buckle your seat belt is slavery and involuntary servitude. Regardless of whether or not wearing a seat belt is a good idea, requiring you to do it before you’ve been convicted of anything or be faced with a legal penalty for refusing to obey, is but a tiny first step on your way to becoming a full-fledged slave without any rights at all. We’ve gradually become conditioned to obey the government because we’ve been letting them get away with it, one step at a time, for decades.
Years ago I questioned a lawyer about creating a test case against seat belt laws by using the 13th Amendment as a defense against them. He freely admitted I was right in my analysis and the government would almost certainly lose in the long run but the cost of fighting such a case was so prohibitive as to preclude the possibility of them taking it. He said it was simply too expensive to fight the government in court.
That was then, today it’s many orders of magnitude worse. Today they’re ordering you to inject a still-experimental memory RNA drug into your own body with no regard for your preferences in the matter; obey or else, and the “or else” is becoming pretty frightening. It’s terrifyingly clear Mandates Equal Slavery and they’re dead serious about it. They’re weaponizing the entire governmental apparatus against We the People to keep us from defending ourselves from their demands. Just ask Kyle Rittenhouse or the parents being investigated by the Department of Justice merely for questioning what’s being taught to their children.
It’s time to take back our country, by any means necessary, or else be prepared to watch your whole family turned into slaves for daring to disagree, perhaps sooner than you think.