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Vaccine Passports Raise Some Very Serious Concerns

Biden wants to permit businesses, local governments, etc. to condition some of the freedoms that Americans enjoy on whether or not they choose to vaccinate.

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Americans are free to debate the effectiveness of the newly released Covid vaccines. They are also free to decide whether or not to get vaccinated. As Americans, they have the freedom to make these choices for themselves and for their young children. The decision that they make relative to the Covid vaccine should not dictate/govern the level of freedom that they enjoy as Americans. This would run afoul of the very notion of freedom that Americans so deeply cherish. Notwithstanding, President Joe Biden recently proposed the use of vaccine passports, which could tear a gaping hole into the freedoms that Americans enjoy and lead Americans down a dangerously steep and slippery slope to the abyss.

As reported by US News:

“The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard for a ‘vaccine passport’ that could be used as the country tries to reopen in the coming months.”

The passports are expected to be free and available through applications for smartphones, which could display a scannable code similar to an airline boarding pass, the Post reported. Americans without smartphone access should be able to print out the passports, developers have said.

In other words, Biden wants to permit businesses, local governments, etc. to condition some of the freedoms that Americans enjoy on whether or not they choose to vaccinate. If they are unable to provide proof of vaccination, they will be unable to participate/engage in certain types of events/activities. There are many potential problems with Biden’s proposal.

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For starters, while some Americans will undoubtedly and voluntarily choose not to vaccinate, others might not be permitted/allowed to do so due to some underlying medical condition, age restriction, etc. Are such individuals barred from engaging in various activities because they are unable to provide proof of vaccination? Do they simply give up their personal freedoms?

What about the potential privacy (i.e. personal and medical) concerns associated with such passports? Are we, as Americans, expected to waive our privacy rights and to share our personal and medical information with “strangers” in order to exercise and enjoy our freedoms? Who would be in charge of this information? What measures would be in place to ensure that such information is not stolen or improperly disclosed? This could create dangerous precedent whereby our personal freedoms and privacy rights are slowly but systematically eroded.

Another concern with this policy is the fact that it could impact people or groups of people differently. For example, some people in smaller cities and towns might not have the opportunity to vaccinate due to the unavailability of vaccines in their area(s). Others might not have access to smart phones. In other words, the “vaccine passport” might not apply equally to all people and could discriminate among different groups of people. As reported by Townhall:

According to the ACLU, an exclusively digital passport system is a “nonstarter because it would increase inequality.” Those who are poor, disabled, homeless or seniors would be greatly impacted. Those demographics are the least likely to have smartphones, which would be necessary for digital passports. Digital passports would create a burden on those demographics.

As reported by Business Insider,”In the US alone, the vaccine rollout has been disproportionate among minorities and poorer populations, who have received fewer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine despite often being at greater risk for contracting the disease.” The requirement for such passports could also encourage fraud and result in a black market for people seeking “fake” vaccine passports.

With few exceptions, a vaccine passport would, in essence, make the Covid vaccination mandatory. While Americans are encouraged to get vaccinated, compelling them to do so in order to enjoy certain freedoms will likely lead to legal challenges.

According to Seema Mohapatra, Associate Professor of Law and Dean’s Fellow, IUPUI, while there is some precedent for passports and/or vaccination cards, “immunity passports” could run afoul of certain laws, such as the ADA.

Additionally, unlike vaccinations for highly contagious and lethal diseases like Smallpox (which the Supreme Court addressed in the case of Jacobson v. Massachusetts in 1905), Covid is not nearly as lethal and has a very high survival rate. In Jacobson, for example, the Supreme Court did not necessarily impose a vaccine mandate, but ruled that a person could be fined and punished if he/she refused to do get vaccinated. In an article in Reason, constitutional law professor Josh Blackman states:

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court observed, “[i]f a person should deem it important that vaccination should not be performed in his case, and the authorities should think otherwise, it is not in their power to vaccinate him by force, and the worst that could happen to him under the statute would be the payment of the penalty of $5.”

Later, in 1927, the Supreme Court decided the case of Buck v. Bell. There, Carrie Buck, who was deemed a “feeble minded woman,” was institutionalized. This “condition” had been present in her family for three generations. Shortly after Buck had a baby, Virginia passed a law allowing for the sexual sterilization of inmates of institutions to promote the “health of the patient and the welfare of society.” In light of this law, Buck was forcibly sterilized by the government. In upholding the government’s conduct, and citing Jacobson, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. stated:

The judgment finds the facts that have been recited, and that Carrie Buck “is the probable potential parent of socially inadequate offspring, likewise afflicted, that she may be sexually sterilized without detriment to her general health, and that her welfare and that of society will be promoted by her sterilization,”

We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, in order to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. Three generations of imbeciles are enough.

These cases emphasize another potential and critical problem with the vaccine passport and the idea of mandatory vaccinations, which is the possibility of government overreach. Such overreach could result in a dangerous and slippery slope whereby our personal rights and liberties are systemically eliminated. Realizing such dangers, various lawmakers are fighting back by way of executive action banning such passports. As reported by The Hill, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, recently stated, “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply participate in normal society.”

Americans will have to wait and see how this ultimately plays out.

Mr. Hakim is a political writer and commentator and an attorney.  His articles have been published in The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Greatness, The Algemeiner, The Western Journal, American Thinker and other online publications. 

https://thoughtfullyconservative.wordpress.com

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Biden’s Evil Empire Must Be Defeated!

Democrats have no issues or results to run on. They are left with lies, name-calling, and transparent taxpayer funded bribes.

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President Biden is now angry every time he speaks, and it’s clear he will keep yelling until morale and his polls improve. He calls a celebration for his Inflation Reduction Act on a day the Dow Jones goes down over a thousand points and inflation remains high at 8.3%. What does he do after his delusional party? He retreats to Delaware for more rest and safety.

The Biden lies keep coming. It’s all talking points that are meant to attract the ill-informed, but his words are even hard to believe for loyal Democrats. When people go to fill their car with gas, buy food for the family, or face rent increases, they come face to face with the stark reality. Prices are up—way up! Two-thirds of America are reportedly living paycheck to paycheck. The mortgage rate is exploding, taking home ownership out of the reach of millions of Americans. The numbers don’t lie. It’s hard for voters not to notice when they face daily reminders of how their standard of living is falling like a stone.

It’s time for American voters to wake up. The November midterms are just weeks away! Biden keeps yelling that MAGA Republicans are the most dangerous threat America faces. Why? They dare believe his election victory was a fraud. They dare to believe that the Southern border is not even close to being secure. They are watching illegal aliens and dangerous drugs flood across that “secure border” daily. Yes, MAGA Republicans are indeed dangerous—dangerous to the Democrats’ slim control of the Senate and the House.

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Democrats want you to believe the hype that they are closing the gap with Republicans. But when you see the low turnout at Biden events, you have to wonder. The voter enthusiasm for actually voting in November rests with the Republicans. They are mad as hell and can’t wait to do everything they can to vote out every Democrat running.

Biden and his minions keep trying to pay off potential voters, but there are serious doubts as to whether you even have the authority to deliver what they promise. Many assert that relieving student loan debt is illegal. To keep the hope alive, the Biden administration isn’t even attempting to allocate the funds until December. They have until November 15th, after the election is over, to register for debt relief. How convenient! Democrats get their votes, and they get stuck with an empty promise. President Biden is the most generous “candy man” President in history. But he doesn’t use his own money. Democrats love using taxpayer money to pay off anyone willing to support their party.

President Biden and fellow Democrats keep calling the demonstration on January 6th and the capitol incursion an “insurrection.” This has to be the first “insurrection” attempted without guns. Biden doesn’t even admit that the only person shot to death was a Republican. Such claims of “insurrection” are nonsense! The real assault on America was occurring in major Democrat-controlled cities where rioting and looting destroyed businesses and lives. They watched liberal DA’s do nothing to hold the rioters responsible. Voters don’t feel safe. On the basis of the evident facts and their party platforms and performance, which party do you think will win the law-and-order voter?

To make citizens less safe, Democrats call for more gun control at a time there are not enough law enforcement officers to protect our citizens. Fearing crime, Democrats want to make it harder for citizens to get the weapons they need to protect their own families. Democrats have no reservations in funding the hiring of thousands of armed IRS agents to work their will on taxpayers. At a time Biden and his party won’t keep Americans safe, it’s time to elect politicians who will stand for our second amendment rights!

Biden claims that it‘s the Republicans who are denying fair elections and stopping needed reforms. But it is the Democrats who want to recklessly extend voting days and end requirements for voter IDs. If Democrats are so sure that many Americans aren’t smart enough to secure and carry a valid ID, they should make that their campaign focus. All voters have two months to secure an ID. If someone isn’t smart enough to take their ID to the polls, maybe it’s not wise for them to vote, no matter what their party.

To Democrats, “Global Warming” is irrefutable. It’s “settled science.” Why else would they support investing billions in their “Green New Deal” and unproven alternative energy schemes? Democrats want those who do not accept such claims to be labeled as “science deniers.” True science is built on constantly questioning, testing, and continuing to study any hypothesis. The weather of earth is such a complex system with millions of uncontrolled variables, it’s crazy to accept any of these claims as “settled science.” It will be decades before we see whether changes in weather patterns are cyclical or linear. But what do Democrats say of such valid reservations—“You should be ashamed of yourself to disagree with our truth!”.

Democrats are doing everything they can to increase the racial animus in America. They claim there is “white privilege” and “systemic racism.” Why? They hope creating a huge “white supremacy” enemy will draw minorities to their party for protection. There are “racists” of all races in America, but they are few in any race. America remains the least racist country in the world. There are thousands of amazing black Americans who have thrived in this country. They have started their own companies and elevated their standard of living. They succeeded not by looking to Washington but by earning their success the old-fashioned way—by working their tails off. Democrats want minorities dependent, not successful. No minority should look to Democrats for special programs; follow the example of the millions of minorities who have successfully lived their own American Dream. It’s time to live your own.

Democrats have no issues or results to run on. They are left with lies, name-calling, and transparent taxpayer funded bribes! After all, if you can’t win on issues, try demeaning half of Americans as “dangerous” extremists. Americans can’t let this work. Get mad. Get ready for the most important election of your life. Be a contagious conservative and let others know the truth about this administration. Take back America by voting for every Republican candidate willing to serve. Remember this important truth—If it’s not close, they can’t cheat!

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Tucker: Martha’s Vineyard Won’t Accept The Migrants

They’re the people who make the rules, and in this case they had no intention of following them, not even for a day.

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Tucker takes a look at what went down over 50 immigrants in Martha’s Vineyard last week, a place that claims to welcome all with open arms without question, unless they’re … sent over by a politician … on a plane … without permission … like a certain someone has been doing with several thousands of … oh, hello, Mister President.

Highlights include:

“If there’s one thing we have learned about the people who make the rules, it’s that they have no intention of following them, any of them, ever, ever. They command you to wear a mask as you jog alone in the park while they head to dinner barefaced at the French Laundry, that happened. They harangue you of the carbon footprint of your lawnmower as they fly to Aspen on their private jets. You see that every day. How many members of Congress that voted to expand the police powers of the IRS don’t pay their own taxes? More than a few.”

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“How many politicians who fervently support gun control have armed bodyguards that you pay for? Well, let’s see, every single one.”

“Another word for this is a ‘caste system,’ which is increasingly what we have in the United States. Caste systems are common in poor countries, the countries from which most of our immigrants come, but it’s the opposite of the traditional American system, which was imperfect egalitarianism.”

“In the old America, every citizen was considered equal under the law, as well as in the eyes of God. Everybody had to follow the same rules because nobody underneath it all was more important than anyone else, we were all citizens. Citizenship implies inherent rights, rights that politicians cannot under any circumstances take from you because they did not bestow them in the first place, you were born with them.”

“Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida generously sent a plane load of 50 illegal aliens from Venezuela to the Vineyard, which is a small, famously affluent island off the coast of Massachusetts. Martha’s Vineyard has everything you could ever want in the world, except racial diversity. The island is whiter than a Swedish bluegrass festival, and DeSantis was trying to help. Under normal circumstances, the residents of Martha’s Vineyard would’ve had no choice but to smile and say, ‘thank you, Governor DeSantis.’ When government officials send you the blessed gift of diverse immigrants or refugees, you must accept. That’s the ‘rule.'”

“That’s how America works. Everybody knows it because it’s been going on for a very long time, that’s the rule. But, it turns out the people of Martha’s Vineyard aren’t just anyone. They’re the people who make the rules, and in this case they had no intention of following them, not even for a day.”

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