Are we all strapped into our seatbelts and ready for Phase Four of the great state power-flex in the name of public health? Phase One came in March with the unprecedented mandatory lockdowns of U.S. citizens in the name of combating the coronavirus. Phase Two came with the stringent societal controls – masks, social distancing – rolled out after Americans were graciously allowed to leave their homes.
Phrase Three – still not fully understood by most voters – came with shoddy national elections left wide open to flagrant manipulation due to massive mail-in balloting made possible by the social hysteria surrounding the pandemic. Its result is an ersatz “winner” of the presidential race so lacking in credibility that Democrat Joe Biden will be considered wholly illegitimate in the eyes of half this nation if he does, in fact, ever reach the White House.
Once fiercely sovereign Americans have seen their freedoms and civic norms infringed upon to an astonishing degree in 2020. And now, unimaginable as it may seem, even greater impositions loom on the immediate horizon. A coronavirus vaccine is imminent. And just as health “experts” abounded to affirm the social curbs that came earlier, employment law “experts” are now popping up to let us know that you can be forced to get the vaccination or lose your job.
“This idea that vaccines can be mandated is well-established,” Jay Rosenlieb, partner and chair of the Labor and Employment Group at Klein DeNatale Goldner law firm in California, told CNN. “I fully expect there will be employers that choose to make it mandatory,” David Barron, an employment attorney at Cozen O’Connor, stated.
Numerous establishment media organs of late have cited a September blog post from employment law firm Ogletree Deakins. “Employers may implement mandatory vaccination programs, subject to limited exemptions,” the firm asserts. “Although the issue is only now coming to the forefront of our national conscience, mandatory vaccinations in the workplace are not new, and are particularly prevalent among health care providers.”
In other words: Here comes the next new normal, like it or not.
Civil Liberties … But
In Keeping with the formula that worked so well in the early stages of the tyranny, expertism is mixed with raw emotionalism to weave the dominant narrative for Phase Four. A Nov. 25 article published by rabidly leftist, government-funded NPR spotlights one Holly Smith, owner of a restaurant in Kirkland, Washington. Smith has vowed not to reopen her joint until all employees have been vaccinated. Her reasoning is frightening.
“I believe in civil liberties,” Smith told NPR, “but we have people who live with their parents. We have people who live with a husband who has diabetes. There are people who have immunocompromised folks in their immediate bubble.” You see what they did there? Once again, fear is being openly used as justification to trump personal liberty. As part of the presentation, NPR dutifully quotes yet another “expert” to announce that this is all a fait accompli. That’s another staple of the operation.
“It’s real, and it’s devastating,” Johnny Taylor Jr., president of the Society for Human Resource Management, told the progressive network, referring to the coronavirus. “So, I think the dynamic changes. Employers are actually going to position this as, I need to do this, full stop.”
Whoa. He said, “full stop.” Guess that means we all need to cast our constitutional concerns aside and go along. Perhaps the most crazed contribution to this full-court press to prepare Americans for what is coming next came from famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz. In a stunning statement made in May, Dershowitz declared:
Let me put it very clearly: you have no constitutional right to endanger the public and spread the disease, even if you disagree. You have no right not to be vaccinated…. And if you refuse to be vaccinated, the state has the power to literally take you to a doctor’s office and plunge a needle into your arm.
Dershowitz received a hearty deal of blowback from those outrageous remarks. Most Americans would surely blanch at the idea of government agents dragging off citizens for forced inoculation. Nevertheless, the ground is methodically being laid for full acceptance of the notion that employees can be removed from their jobs if they don’t take the jab.
Personal Beliefs Don’t Matter
This comes despite the severe health risks associated with the vaccines being developed, as well as moral objections over how they are produced. Big Pharma goliaths Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca have announced positive early results of their vaccines, indicating that they are close to bringing them to market. All three vaccines can be branded as offensive to pro-lifers.
AstraZeneca’s vaccine “is created from a virus grown in a cell line derived from aborted fetal tissue,” the left-biased Poynter Institute’s PolitiFact concedes. Moderna and Pfizer are producing mRNA vaccines. Pfizer’s vaccine “did make use of a biological assessment tool that relies on a cell line (HEK-293) derived from an aborted baby in 1972,” the website Public Discourse reports. “In a patent Moderna filed in 2019 presenting similar technology with mRNA, they repeatedly describe the use of HEK293 cells, including in the development of the lipid nanoparticle delivery system,” Stacy Trascancos reported for the National Catholic Register. HEK-293 is a cell line first harvested from an aborted baby in the Netherlands in the 1970s.
How ever one views the issue, the higher point is that a great many Americans who oppose abortion will have deeply felt objections to these vaccines. Yet, according to CNN and its employment expert-quoting article, “[n]ot wanting to get the vaccine for moral or political reasons would not be protected” as an opt-out exemption.
And so another dangerous precedent that will threaten the liberties of all Americans is bubbling to the surface. If opposing a coronavirus vaccine on moral grounds results in employment termination, what is to stop it from being utilized to keep the un-jabbed from shopping for food or other necessities? The logic of “endangering others” is entirely the same.
In the name of safety, how many phases of coronavirus control will Americans swallow before this country ends up with a social credit score system every bit as harsh and unrelenting as the neo-Maoist apparatus currently seen in communist China?
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