SOUTH BEND – Should we remove George Washington’s picture from the dollar bill? Why honor an authoritarian who mandated immunization, setting the precedent for overreaching mandates that threaten personal freedom and liberty today?
     
Washington mandated that all Continental Army troops be immunized against some disease called smallpox. If it was “small,” was it that dangerous? So, he did worse than chop down a cherry tree. He stoked fear for political purposes, claiming smallpox was “more to dread” than the British. Treason!
     
Washington got away with it. The stage was set for all the mandates to come for vaccinations. Parents thus are forced to vaccinate their children against all kinds of allegedly serious diseases.
     
Polio is an example. Some guy named Jonas Fauci or something like that claimed he developed a polio vaccine in the 1950s. Parents have been forced ever since to have kids vaccinated against polio in order to start school. But how serious is polio? Ever hear of anybody getting it now? Was it really so bad? Franklin D. Roosevelt had it and still was elected president four times.
     
Measles? Another example. Ever hear of kids with measles these days? Yet, we still mandate measles vaccine. See what Washington started? All this immunization nonsense, all the dangerous vaccinations. Think about it when you look at him on a dollar bill.
     
Washington got away with the big lie at a time when the colonies lacked modern ways to communicate danger and spread truth. There was no internet to warn of hidden substances in the immunizations to program colonists to vote for Washington for president.
     
There was no Facebook for patriots to share stories of how the supposed immunization cure was worse than the small smallpox danger. There was no cable news personality to dispute claims of doctors and other quacks and explain how cow dewormer works better than immunization. There was no QAnon to expose how Washington was in league with a cabal of pedophiles, so-called Founding Fathers, who held children captive in a Philadelphia pizzeria basement while writing some declaration.
     
The mandate craze Washington initiated has over decades infringed on rights of parents to do what they want with their own children. Mandates require parents to have special car seats for little kids. They should have freedom to seat their kids where they want, atop the car if they wish. And there’s no need to require seat belts in cars. Statistics show far fewer deaths per miles driven than once was the case.  
     
Schools order parents to have their kids wear masks. If parents don’t care if the kids catch or spread the silly COVID-19 or don’t care if teaching again is by Zoom, that’s their right. Emergency room doctors are required to ask questions if a toddler comes in with broken bones. Parents can’t even discipline their kids. Keep government out of parenting.  
     
Loss of freedom includes mandates that businesses require employees to take the dangerous vaccine or test every 10 minutes. Loss of freedom includes ridiculous requirements for vaccinations of citizens working in such safe places as nursing homes and hospitals. Loss of freedom is the fault of George Washington.
     
Immunizations supposedly saved his bedraggled army. Fake news. And he was a fake president. A recount will show he didn’t get a single legal vote in Arizona. In past decades, with nobody objecting to Washington’s picture on the dollar bill, we heard him descried as: “First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
     
Now, as we decide whether to remove his picture, Washington could be described as “First in mandates, first in authoritarianism and first to destroy freedoms of his countrymen.” 

Colwell has covered Indiana politics over five decades for the South Bend Tribune.