Washington State Police announced Tuesday that it has terminated 127 employees who refused to comply with the governor’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. In his quest for so-called safety, Washington is now left without approximately five percent of its previous workforce.
Fifty-three civilian and 74 commissioned officers, including 67 troopers, six sergeants, and one captain lost their jobs with the WSP, according to the report.
Monday was the last day for most state workers to be fully vaccinated, according to an August executive order by Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee. The legal grounds, according to the governor’s office, noted, “Under an emergency such as this, the governor’s paramount duty is to focus on the health and safety of our communities.”
We’ll discover how well “health and safety” work under the state’s new police shortages now. The state was already struggling with efforts to recruit and retain police officers following more than a year of angry protests and calls to defund the police, particularly in Seattle. The liberal wasteland may soon have its wish granted, as there are fewer people willing and vaccinated to serve.
One Beltown business owner name Maher Youseff was interview by Seattle’s local NBC affiliate over the firings. His response likely resembles those of many following the recent news.
“I feel like I’m on my own. I can’t get help from anywhere. I just open the door every day and don’t know if I’m going to go home safe and good to my family or if something is going to happen,” Youssef said.
“The tourists are not going to come, the people [are] not going to go out of their home to buy things. It’s going to be like a ghost city,” Youssef added.
As of Tuesday, in addition to state police, 214 Seattle city police officers had not submitted vaccine verification information.
The scariest part of Washington’s police vaccine mandate termination effort is that it’s not limited to Washington. The Biden administration’s idiotic plans now call for vaccine mandates among military personnel and Border Patrol, among others. It’s not just Washington that will be less safe. Our military readiness is down the toilet, and the Border Patrol members who do what they can within current limitations to protect the border are now also in fear for their jobs over refusing a shot.
This vast government overreach is killing our country far worse than any pandemic. With fewer police, military and border patrol members, we leave our national security at a low point just when we’ve allowed record numbers of unvetted immigrants across the southern border and have imported tens of thousands of Afghan refugees.
If that’s not a recipe for disaster, nothing is. We’re definitely in unprecedented territory, and the need for change is serious. God help us when we fire those who devote their lives to protect our communities and our nation.