Vaccination mandates drive political change
A devout Christian, father and African American, Michael Anderson did not feel represented by any party and until January 31 of this year he remained without political affiliation. But a series of events led him to align and campaign alongside conservatives in one of North Carolina’s most liberal counties.
Anderson is an attorney for a Big Tech company in Charlotte. Based a few miles from the border in South Carolina, his company claims the fifth-largest internet footprint in the United States. Superiors have a stated goal of widespread “influence”. They succeed on this objective.
On November 18, 2021, the CEO appeared before an all-employee meeting at the Charlotte site and said for the “greater good of humanity” that it was no longer enough to separate workers who did not had not received a Covid-19 vaccine. They had to be removed entirely.
The entire company had been working remotely for nearly two years by then, Anderson said. The announcement fell just before the holidays.
“Hundreds of people found out that day that they would be fired unless they submitted to the warrant without an approved medical or religious exemption,” Anderson said.
Anderson reached out to her colleagues via an internal Slack channel to share her concerns and received a flood of responses expressing stress and fear.
“I worked in tough places with tough people and it was the toughest week of my career,” Anderson said. “I grew up in a single parent family below the poverty line. Single mothers [were contacting me]. Pregnant women contacted me to find out if they could benefit from medical dispensation. There were so many inequities and unfair consequences to this poorly thought out and draconian mandate.
About sixty employees joined. “All these people [losing their jobs] are high achievers and hardworking people, some who have been with the company for 15 to 16 years,” Anderson said. “I asked the CEO to change the policy, the director of diversity, the General Counsel; I couldn’t make them change their minds.
Anderson began using his legal expertise to help exemption seekers. Alongside like-minded freedom fighters, he developed a coalition, ByManyOrByFew, to inform, educate and connect voters.
“I thought we had to do something to fight these policies and channel people into freedom-minded politicians,” he said.
But Anderson didn’t stop there. A few weeks after the company’s announcement, he decided to run for a seat at North Carolina House in Mecklenburg, one of the most Democratic counties in the state. Choosing a party affiliation was now a matter of course.
In preparation to testify before the South Carolina House and Ways subcommittee on December 7, 2021, for a workplace vaccination bill that could potentially impact the North Carolina branch of the company for which he works, Anderson contacted both political parties. Not a single Democrat would respond, but many Republicans fighting for individual rights did. “Forty-four Caucasians were fighting to protect my rights,” he said.
Vaccines have historically had a disparate impact on minorities. Anderson cites the Tuskegee experiment as a horrific example. He saw history repeat itself with the Covid-19 vaccine, led by a Democratic president.
“When you brought out those vaccine mandates, I put the blame on President Biden’s feet,” Anderson said. “Although its mandates ultimately failed, many companies were encouraged and allowed to have their own vaccine mandates and a private company has much more flexibility than the government. As a result, in their words, it has caused systemic and institutional racism because it has a disparate impact on minorities.
This is who Anderson specifically wants to defend; and that Democrats continually fail to support or outright hurt with disastrous policies. Even with the CDC’s recently updated vaccine guidelines, Democratic leaders like Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser are pursuing policies that disproportionately harm minorities, like a vaccine mandate that would prevent 40% of DC’s black teens to learn in person.
“My district is 60 percent African American, 20 percent Latino,” Anderson said. “The reason I love this and this is where I want to be is not just because I’m African American, there’s no faster demographic shift from Democrat to Republican than from And if you look at vaccine mandates, no race has been more affected than African Americans.
Minority voters have been hurt by other far left policies and are expressing their displeasure at the polls. A recent NPR interview with political scientist Ruy Teixeira revealed how Democrats are pushing minority voters to subvert partisanship, especially among the Latino population.
“…[T]The ultra-progressive wing of the Democratic Party favoring criminal justice reform over public safety,” has become a top concern for minority voters, Teixeira said. “People want to be safe from crime, and that includes a lot of non-white voters. It is not for them to choose between the two, but above all it is necessary to ensure the safety of our community.
Anderson’s opponent for NC House District 99, Democratic Rep. Nasif Majeed, supported “ultra-progressive” defunding of Charlotte police during his previous campaign. Charlotte has only 1,600 police officers left for a city of 1 million people. Three hundred defections or retirements are expected in the short term and salaries start as low as $40,000. A lack of manpower has resulted in unanswered 911 calls and crimes under a felony that go entirely unanswered. “Social justice warriors” are crippling the police response, according to local law enforcement.
Democrats’ left-wing ideologies are bankrupting cities, and Anderson wants to get his city back on track, but he knows reform isn’t possible alongside the current Democrats in the North Carolina House, who hold a majority in the House. Legislative Assembly.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Anderson grew up below the poverty line in a biracial single-parent home. Progressive policies imposed during the pandemic are driving inequalities that trap and eliminate those whom the far left claims to champion, he said. He feels there is no place for him in the Democratic Party right now.
Through a door-to-door campaign, he found that many registered Democrats in Charlotte agreed.
“I ask people what problems they have to represent and how the system is failing them,” Anderson said. “You have to have conversations with people to know.”
Authorized by a Democratic president, Democrat House and a coalition of Democratic governors, the tyranny of Covid-19 has pushed a new kind of minority leader like Anderson to represent an increasingly diverse Republican party – one that engages in the political battle and struggles for the moment tenuous freedoms once taken for granted.
Ashley Bateman is a policy writer for the Heartland Institute and blogger for Ascension Press. His work has been featured in The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, The New York Post, The American Thinker and many other publications. Previously, she worked as an adjunct researcher for the Lexington Institute and as an editor, writer, and photographer for The Warner Weekly, a publication for the American military community in Bamberg, Germany. Ashley is a board member of a Catholic home schooling cooperative in Virginia. She is homeschooling her four amazing children with her brilliant engineer/scientist husband who lives in Virginia.