The Civil War cost 618,000 US lives. That up to now has been the “Costliest War” we have had. World War II cost 402,399 US lives. Covid -19 has cost 700,285 US lives up to 10/1/2021, and it is not over.   We are in a War with the greatest mortality of any War we have ever fought and are still fighting.  It has become painfully obvious that the only real weapon is vaccination. 
Rand Paul’s idea of immunity from having the disease isn’t working out so well. The reason being that immunity from the disease has two problems. 1. It still has not affected nearly enough (the required 80%) of the population which is needed for “herd immunity” and 2. The strength and durability of disease immunity is not known. It might even be weaker and not last as long, according to many researchers’ opinions. Monoclonal antibody treatment is also not the best way to fight this scourge. Monoclonals are administered after the horse is out of the barn i.e., when the person is already infected, spewing their poison on others. Biden, believe it or not, has also limited the shipment of Monoclonals to those States who have the higher Covid infection rates.

It is time for all the States to wake up to the reality that vaccination mandates are the only way we are going to beat this disease. The states that are most tardy in this War are Idaho with 41.9% positive Covid tests, Iowa with 39.8% positive, and Florida who has shamefully refused to share their new case data.  
It is unfortunate that the effort to vaccinate the entire population has become a failure.  To date, only 54% of the population is vaccinated. We are the 57th ranked country in the world, a dismal showing for the richest country in the world.
Civil liberties are a cherished part of our heritage, but during War and crisis, these too have been suspended. The most famous of these suspensions was the Alien and Sedition Act of 1798 that nullified First Amendment protection of free speech and freedom of the press. It became a crime to criticize the government.  This happened again on May 16, 1918. “Whoever, when the United States is at war, shall cause or attempt to cause…attempt to incite, insubordination, refusal of duty…shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both.” The Palmer Raids of 1919 to 1921 rounded up 10,000 people who were suspected of sedition without warrants or evidence. This was also the justification for imprisoning 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II in concentration camps. And again after 9/11 with the Patriot Act of 10/26/2001 to provide appropriate tools to intercept and deter terrorism which eroded barriers to search and seizure as well as increased surreptitious electronic surveillance.  These are not the proudest moments of our Democracy, but were brought about, in part, by the stubbornness and insubordination of a segment of society, as we are seeing now with the “Vaccine Retarded.”
Despite what all the Constitutionalists say the government has the right and the power to suspend part or all of the Bill of Rights when circumstances risk our existence.
This is not what we want. It is uncivilized and barbaric! BUT when necessary to save ourselves, it has been done and done with the full approval of our government and full support of the Constitution.
We are at such a juncture, given that this has been our Costliest War to date. If we cannot control this pandemic in civilized ways, sedition will be brought out of the closet and dusted off once more! Sedition includes things like civil disobedience, refusing to submit or obey the orders of recognized authorities responsible for a situation (such as a pandemic), and the like. We do not want the government to restrict our civil rights, but we are responsible for controlling this pandemic. Not that China is a great model and beacon of freedom, but they controlled their Delta spike in one month. Believe me, they brought out some classic brutal methods. It is those of us that understand science and realize that freedom (in the words of Ronald Reagan) “is never more than one generation away from extinction,” that have to do all we can to promote vaccination before all the Chinese methods need to be implemented. Trust me, if survival is at stake, those methods will be implemented as they have been before.