No jab, no job edict infuriates some Massachusetts State Police

When it comes to COVID-19, it wouldn’t appear that the Massachusetts State Police are asking for too much.

When it comes to COVID-19, it wouldn’t appear that the Massachusetts State Police are asking for too much.

They just want to be treated like illegal aliens — you know, to have the right to refuse the vaccine, and then be allowed to go on their way, no questions asked.

But no, Gov. Charlie Baker is insisting that every trooper must be vaccinated by Oct. 17, or they’re gone. His way or the highway, so to speak.

According to sources, the governor Dementia Joe Biden calls “Charlie Parker” has mobilized a “COVID-19 team” of the MSP brass to knuckle the rank-and file.

“They’re saying they can grant a ‘limited number’ of religious exemptions,” one trooper said Thursday. “What if I said there were a ‘limited number’ of Muslim-approved meals in the lock-up? How would that fly?”

Maybe, after they’ve purged the MSP of its dissident members, the COVID-19 team can turn its attention to other pressing matters, like the issue of “slip ‘n’ slides” at the Academy, or those lingering questions about nepotism and cronyism in promotional exams.

Last week, a trooper went on Laura Ingraham’s show on Fox. His name is Luke Bonin, from Troop D, and he’s a stand-up guy. If you google Bonin, you’ll see stories about how he rescued an abandoned American flag on I-195, and how he was photographed sharing a roadside meal he bought for a homeless female panhandler he spotted while returning from a court appearance.

He told Laura how “many of my colleagues are in great distress (and) many of us who are unvaccinated are very concerned for our jobs.”

How dare Bonin speak his mind! This looks like a job for the COVID-19 team.

Bonin could not be reached for comment.

But the question remains: Which trooper do you suppose Internal Affairs will hunt down first – Trooper Bonin or the off-duty guy in the video of the sidewalk brawl in Lynn last weekend, the one who’s yelling “Cuidado!” (Spanish for “be careful!”) at his fellow troopers?

The State Police Association of Massachusetts filed suit against the vaccine mandate, but like all these suits, it went nowhere. It was basically the union doing its union thing, and if you’ve ever been in a union, you know exactly what that means.

So now more than 300 staties and support staff — criminal analysts, crime lab scientists, dispatchers, etc. — have all chipped in $100 apiece to hire their own law firm to fight the mandates.

You would think Charlie Parker would try to stay on the troopers’ good side, especially after the way F Troop looked the other way when his son’s groping case at Logan Airport was allowed to be sent to the U.S. attorney’s office for a good leaving alone.

F Troop did a good solid for old A.J., wouldn’t you say?

But once again, the old saying proves to be true: No good deed goes unpunished.

“I voted for this guy,” one state trooper said. “It’s unreal how much he hates us. He absolutely hates us.”

Other employees in both the public and private sectors are offered an option: the jab or a weekly test. No such perk for the state cops.

Since the order, the staties have been holding meetings among themselves, often sponsored by SPAM. There was one at a VFW post in Chicopee, another in a function room at a Bridgewater golf club.

At one such gathering, a female trooper, eight months pregnant, emotionally talked about how she’d had trouble conceiving, wasn’t getting any younger, and was worried about both her unborn child and her ability to support him if she was fired by the RINO governor.

She finally folded and got the shot Thursday.

Some of the superior officers — lieutenants and above — are older, nearing retirement. They’re waiting until the last day — Oct. 17 — to see if Parker (or a non-corrupt state judge) comes to his senses and stops the madness.

“Baker was such a disaster from the very beginning,” the trooper says, “that now he’s overcompensating for how he screwed up everything. And we’re paying the price.”

After President Trump announced his support for Parker’s GOP opponent, Geoff Diehl, Baker brushed it off, saying he’s still working on the Panic. His remarks in Salem seemed a bit defensive, a valedictory of sorts — like he’d been a “wartime” governor who had to make the tough decisions.

Give us all a break, Charlie.

It’s one thing to be Winston Churchill in 1945, or even George H.W. Bush in 1992. But in this war, it was Charlie Parker’s insane mismanagement and overreaction that caused 100 times more damage than the actual virus itself.

Remember Parker’s numbers: third highest death rate among the 50 states for almost the entire panic, as well as the nation’s highest unemployment rate (for at least two months).

Someone must now pay for Charlie’s catastrophe, and it surely won’t be him. But it’s not just the State Police. They’re just the most visible employees of the Commonwealth.

In state agencies, the task of strongarming the recalcitrant workers is falling to the HR departments. And if they don’t nix enough of those dreaded religious or medical exemptions — well, the rumor going around was that one of the HR people at a state prison had been fired for insufficient terrorizing of the staff.

The governor’s son, A.J., could not be reached for comment on how he feels about his dad’s treatment of the State Police.

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