Saturday, January 15, 2022

D.L. Gardner: When Does the Emergency End?

We’re entering the third year of COVID, a worldwide pandemic, a health emergency that has spun off multitudes of other emergencies many of which have been purely political. We have masked up, social distanced, washed hands, quarantined inside, and locked down all in the name of a health emergency going into its third year. 

How long do health emergencies last? That depends on who’s answering. The government? We’re talking about three levels of elected government: federal, state, and local. All have actively stretched their authority to mandate behaviors. Dig a little deeper and we’ll find lots of other authorities who have mandated behaviors. How big a role has politics played in these mandates compared with the roles of science and medicine? 

Until recently, law has played little to no role in the COVID health emergency drama. Authorities have mandated their mandates and hundreds of thousands have died. Society has been turned upside down to the point we can hardly tell whether we’re living in reality or virtual reality. 

The Supreme Court is hearing two cases regarding President Biden’s vaccine mandates: NFIB/Ohio v. Dept. of Labor, concerning the OSHA mandate, and Biden v. Missouri, over the CMS mandate.

Presidential candidate Joe Biden said he didn’t know whether he would even take a Trump vaccine. His running mate questioned the safety of Trump’s vaccines, too … at the time. 

Magically, after the election Biden and Harris followed the science, were vaccinated, and announced the vaccines would shut down COVID. Seemingly overnight the woke LEFT crowd embraced vaccines as the panacea and silver bullet to stop COVID completely and forever. Hooray! 

It’s funny how the politics of health, safety, and elected officials have affected every aspect of our lives 24/7/365. Which raises the question again: How long do health emergencies last?

Traditionally, justices listen to lawyers from both sides, asking questions as needed to clarify points. In this case lawyers representing states opposed to vaccine mandates would argue against lawyers representing the federal government. So, it startled some court watchers to hear Justice Breyer blurt out that a vaccine mandate would “prevent 100% of cases.” He also blurted there were “750 million new COVID cases yesterday.” Out of 330 million Americans? 

For a while, it seemed three of the justices (Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor) were presenting their own cases justifying vaccine mandates. Justice Sotomayor said, “We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators. We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, and many on ventilators.”

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. currently has 3,342 confirmed pediatric hospitalizations with COVID. Somebody did not check Facebook Fact Check before making these outlandish claims. 

Fortunately the other six justices limited their questions and comments to the law. Justice Coney Barrett asked, “When does the emergency end? I mean, a lot of this argument has been about Congress’s failure to act. Two years from now, do we have any reason to think that COVID will be gone or that new variants might not be emerging?”

How will the Supreme Court rule in the two cases against President Biden’s vaccine mandates? The government’s lawyers were calling for a quick ruling since the COVID pandemic is an emergency. “When does the emergency end?” Good question.


 Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at


Anonymous said...

It ends when enough people quit complying.

Anonymous said...

For maybe the first time, I agree with Gardner, AKA Mr. Obvious.

Anonymous said...

Usual dribble, I am sure, didn’t waste my time, neither should anyone….

Anonymous said...

Dr, Sotomayor is an idiot-

Anonymous said...

It has become a very profitable industry, making millions and giving unbridled power for many on the left. The "science" says cha-ching.

Anonymous said...

Comply !!!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

DL, did you get the vaccine? Your writing here makes it sound like you did and I’m disappointed!

Anonymous said...

9:29, why are you disappointed? He should be able to get the vaccine if he chooses, right? Are you disappointed that he may not agree with your obvious belief that the vaccine is worthless, or worse, dangerous? Maybe you should mind your own business.

Dr. Common Sense said...

When people quit dying the emergency will be over. The only reason it is still here is the selfish, ignorant fools who refuse to get vaccinated and spread delta and allow Omicron to mutate and spread.

Anonymous said...

Several hospitalists are speaking out now. The perverse financial incentives given the hospitals are making them the new killing fields. Compensation for giving the 'test', compensation if they test positive, compensation if they are admitted, compensation if they are given remdesivir, compensation for the ventilator, compensation for death 'from/with' covid. If you are indeed in your 'right' mind - you will research. Start with Dr. Peter McCullough.

Anonymous said...

You’ve been programmed.

Anonymous said...

KF, why did UMC stop posting their chart that showed vax status of people currently in hospital? Those charts were interesting. Last chart was posted in Nov when the vax rate in hospital hit 25%.

Anonymous said...

Four years ago today we were talking about foot-wash-stations on college campi.

Nothing has changed but the subject. Liberals are still in charge and in control. Conservatives may be fooled by being allowed, sometimes, to ride shotgun, up-top (and even hold the reins for a bit), but they get dumped at the next line-station.

Fabricating Fibber Fauci said...

Follow the $cience.

Anonymous said...

Gardner is not a doctor or a lawyer, but acts like both. If he could write, he could ba a writer.

Anonymous said...

Has the new Hornady injection been authorized for 8:04 yet? 100% guaranteed he won't die "from COVID", even though he might still die "with COVID" or be counted as a "COVID hospitalization" for UMMC's accounting purposes.

Anonymous said...

A fox with Covid killed my chickens. According to the punked for profit rules… my chickens died of Covid.

Anonymous said...

“...isn’t a doctor NOR lawyer YET...”

Better flow.

Anonymous said...

You all will be dead, but your grandchild will know you were wrong.

Anonymous said...

DL, when 40%+ of humans won't mask up or vaccinate (and we didn't have enough effective masks until now), and another percentage can't figure out how to wear even a good mask properly, and when those like you just can't do math or science, forever is how long it will last or until it mutates so effectively, our species is extinct.

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