On the evening of March 11, the American people were subjected to a half-hour television event starring Joe Biden in the role of president of the United States. Half an hour spent listening to Biden lecture the nation is thirty minutes nobody will ever get back. As is often the case, this career politician and least likely person to make it to the White House – perhaps with the exceptions of his vice president and Beto O’Rourke – was neither inspiring, informative, endearing, nor honest.
The speech was devoted almost entirely to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, which Biden is now taking all the credit for, even though, without the determination of former President Donald Trump, there would still be no American-manufactured vaccine available.
It’s All Trump’s Fault, Of Course
The new occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue took a shot at his predecessor, seemingly blaming him for the spread of COVID-19. “A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked,” Biden said, apparently forgetting that he called then-President Trump xenophobic for quickly imposing a ban on travel into the United States.
Such assertions were to be expected, but one sentence from Biden’s speech should terrify Americans. So potentially sinister was it, in fact, that some media outlets are not reporting it at all or have edited out part of what was said.
What You Can and Cannot Do?
For example, USA Today reported that “Biden said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue guidance in the coming weeks on what Americans can do once they’ve been fully vaccinated.” Those were not Biden’s exact words. What he actually said was: “We will issue further guidance on what you can and cannot do once fully vaccinated.”
Note that “we” will issue further guidance. Not the CDC, but “we” – as in, the government. Also, that guidance would not be “what Americans can do,” but “what you can and cannot do.” In fact, Biden even put emphasis on “and cannot do.”
Is he speaking just about guidance on how safe it is for the vaccinated to participate in certain social activities, travel, and attending large public events such as sports or concerts? Perhaps. There is another possibility, though: Did Biden suggest that rules would be imposed on what those who do not get vaccinated can and cannot do? That is not exactly what he said but, if his administration intends to issue “guidance” on what vaccinated Americans can do, then surely it might also lay down some rules about what the un-vaccinated will not be permitted to do.
Considering that most of the speech consisted of variations on the theme of “please, please, please, get vaccinated because it is your duty as Americans,” it would appear that the administration may at least be considering such infringements.
Is this the new America, then? Are citizens to be segregated – those who are willing to be Big Pharma’s guinea pigs and those who are not? How ironic that a man who, during his rare public appearances, repeatedly talks about unity, should possibly be considering imposing restrictions on the free movement of those who refuse to get vaccinated? Such a course of action would create a deep and permanent division of the nation.
Joe Biden is the president of the United States. Is he calling the shots, though, or is it now the mercurial Dr. Fauci and his pals in the pharmaceutical industry who are really steering the country’s future? The impression left by Biden’s speech is that the latter is now the reality.
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