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Despite being pro-vaccine, even classically liberal journalist Glenn Greenwald is disturbed by President Joe Biden’s call for a coronavirus vaccine passport.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” late Tuesday, the Pulitzer Prize winner described the move as a potential “draconian” civil rights “invasion.”
He noted that the passport would violate three specific rights:
One: “[C]oercing citizens to put a substance into their body that they don’t want in their body — a pretty grave invasion of bodily autonomy, one of the most fundamental rights we have.”
Two: “[G]athering a new database that can track people in terms of their health that can easily be expanded, as government programs often do, into a whole variety of other uses.”
Three: “[R]estricting people’s movement. Freedom of movement is one of the most fundamental rights we have. It’s actually guaranteed in the Constitution.”
This isn’t to say that a vaccine passport wouldn’t be justified if there were a true “health catastrophe” underway, he added, likely referencing something like Ebola or even the bubonic plague ever taking root in America.
But the coronavirus isn’t Ebola or the plague …
Listen to Greenwald’s commentary below:
(VIdeo: Fox News)
“But why are we even talking about it right now when the problem isn’t insufficient people wanting the vaccine, the problem is there’s not enough vaccines for the people who do want them?” he continued.
This is true.
“Local vaccinators say they are immunizing as many people as they can. But the expanded eligibility comes at a time when there still isn’t enough vaccine supply to go around,” Green Bay, Wisconsin station WLUK reported Tuesday.
Similar stories have emerged throughout the nation.
“And then at some point soon, we’re going to reach herd immunity because enough people, polls show, want the vaccine such that the people who are unvaccinated don’t pose a threat to the society or anybody else,” Greenwald added.
“So why is it necessary to stigmatize them and create a caste system. … The American culture is such that when the government tells you to do something, there’s a tendency not to want to do it. So it seems to me driven by things other than science and health,” he noted.
Perhaps it’s being driven by politics — namely left-wing politics? After all, it was only a few short weeks ago that the media attacked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, for the supposed crime of vaccinating senior citizens:
MSNBC in real life:
How dare Ron DeSantis *shuffles deck… pulls card* prioritize Florida’s most vulnerable population for vaccine distribution. https://t.co/zw7JtCnyjU
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 23, 2021
Continuing the discussion, host Tucker Carlson then asked Greenwald, “Are you comfortable with the idea of massive multinational monopolies having your health information and passing it between one another?”
The answer was obviously no. As noted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, he’s spent much of his career fighting back against government data collection.
“They always promise that it’s going to be temporary, that it’s just for a specific problem. When they enacted the Patriot Act in 2001 they said don’t worry, it’s just going to be three or four years, and then it’s going to be done once we get the problem of terrorism solved. Here we are 20 years later, nobody thinks about eliminating the Patriot Act anymore and it grew well beyond its original intention,” he said.
Even the Trump administration reauthorized the Patriot Act several times, or at least up until last year, when the act was “allowed” to expire because of then-President Donald Trump’s refusal to reauthorize the broader Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) May 28, 2020
“That’s one of the things that always happens, and I think there’s a huge cultural strain here that liberals have this kind of punitive strain in their politics that they like the idea of being able to stigmatize people who don’t agree with them on vaccines by creating a second-class citizenry. For them I think that’s a big part of the motive,” Greenwald continued.
This is also true. Members of the left seem to take an innate joy from stigmatizing and ostracizing virtually anyone who dissents from their strict orthodoxy.
The only good news, according to Greenwald, is that the coronavirus vaccine passport will likely never even become a thing. Why? Because herd immunity is so close.
“I think that what we’ve always heard is herd immunity is the promised land, and if we can demonstrate, as I think is already being demonstrated, that enough people want to take, it there’s it’ll kick the legs out of the rationale for doing this,” he said.
Perhaps, though Biden has the benefit of having nearly every mainstream media outlet arguing in his favor and, conversely, attacking opponents of a vaccine passport.
Dystopia?! This coming from THE party of FALLOPIAN DYSTOPIANS? We’re still trying to get Republicans to leave women’s wombs alone & you’re complaining about a vaccine passport to maintain public health immunization?
Please, dear new-era Republicans: pick an irony & stick with it! https://t.co/GO0vE6Wwvf
— China Noëlle (@ChinaOkasi) March 30, 2021
Let Republicans hyperventilate about why a vaccine passport is a dangerous, dystopian idea, and then repeat their argument back to them replacing vaccine passport with voter ID.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 30, 2021
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