Freedom sneezes

Oh no oh no it’s totalitarianism in our very own HomeLand.

Top Republican leaders have increasingly spoken out against the prospect of vaccine passports. The passports would serve as proof of COVID-19 immunization. Some venues and companies might require such passports before allowing people to crowd into their indoor spaces.

President Joe Biden‘s administration has provided guidance on vaccine passports for private sector businesses. However, Biden has said that there will not be a federally mandated, universal vaccine credential nor a federal database for storing citizens’ vaccination information.

Nevertheless, top Republicans have begun to vocally oppose the passports as evidence of government overreach and inequality amid the ongoing pandemic.

It’s not “overreach” to try to slow and stop a lethal pandemic. A government that doesn’t bother to do that isn’t doing its most basic job. This isn’t Little House on the Prairie, we can’t do everything ourselves, and we also can’t run around infecting other people just because we don’t want to get vaccinated.

“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 be able to participate in normal society,” DeSantis added.

No it really isn’t. If you’re spreading a lethal virus then that’s what you’re doing, and that’s actually what’s unacceptable.

Similarly, Republican Ohio state Representatives Al Cutrona and Mike Loychik have said they will co-sponsor legislation to prohibit entities from requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccination before allowing people to access an area or establishment.

Why? We don’t have a right to “access” every area or establishment we feel like “accessing.” Some are off limits; some have conditions of entry. If those conditions are unreasonable – if they bar people on grounds of race for instance – there are laws against that. Avoiding lethal infection is not unreasonable.

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