US is now in ‘show me your papers’ mode; IDs are racist for voting, not vaccine passports

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While the Biden administration seems unlikely at this point to issue a federal vaccine mandate requiring U.S. citizens to carry a vaccine passport with them at all times, most Americans may soon have to “show their papers” anyway.

Of concern are the mask mandates being issued by private businesses — particularly those run by left-wing busybodies.

Starting this weekend, for instance, anyone attending an event at Washington, D.C.’s top music venues and auditoriums will be required to either have a vaccine passport on them or proof of a recent COVID test, in addition to voter identification.

The mandates reportedly go into effect on Friday for the Black Cat nightclub; on Saturday for The Anthem auditorium, 9:30 Club and Lincoln Theater; and on Monday for the Songbyrd Music House.

According to the Associated Press, “a growing number of private venues” from across the country are slowly adopting similar measures.

“In some places, venues are simply asking you to bring your vaccination card — the same piece of paper you get from health providers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Taking a picture of that card at home and then showing the image to the bouncer at the club can also work,” the AP notes.

“Other places are encouraging people to register their credentials using a scannable digital pass like New York’s statewide Excelsior Pass or similar systems adopted by California, Hawaii and Louisiana and private companies like Walmart and the airport security app Clear. Some of the state-sponsored digital passes verify a person’s vaccine credentials through a state or local immunization registry,” according to the AP.

Critics have equated these measures to police state policies — particularly those seen in Nazi Germany — wherein citizens are asked to “show your papers, please.”

Some find it hypocritical given that the people most supportive of vaccine passports, liberal Democrats, have spent years portraying former President Donald Trump and his supporters as veritable Nazis and brownshirts.

However, while vaccine passport requirements are on the rise in the states, there hasn’t yet been an example of a state official going around demanding “papers.”

The same can’t be said for France:

Could something like this be coming to the U.S.? Yes, because although there’s no federal vaccine mandate (at least not yet), there are some city mandates.

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a local mandate requiring that workers and customers at establishments featuring indoor dining, fitness training, and entertainment performances be vaccinated.

“If you want to participate in society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated. It’s time. … This is a lifesaving mandate to keep our city safe,” he announced on Twitter last week.

For the time being, the mayor is reportedly allowing restaurant “hostesses, waiters, and bartenders … to play bouncer to the unvaccinated,” according to Bloomberg, but there’s nothing stopping the mayor from ordering the authorities from conducting checks of their own.

Moreover, restaurants may also reportedly hire security guards — i.e., mercenaries — to basically function as their own personal police.

“Centurion Security Solutions, a New York-based security company primarily hired by bars and nightclubs, has already been working with venues to check vaccination records,” according to Bloomberg.

Some restaurant owners are taking the new mandate in stride.

“They point out that outdoor dining is still available to unvaccinated guests, and they note that checking for vaccination status isn’t all that different from checking IDs for alcohol,” according to Bloomberg.

Speaking of IDs, critics have also drawn attention to the hypocrisy of liberal Democrats who support forcing private business customers to show their vaccine passports and personal identification, but who oppose voters being forced to do the same.

Similarly, liberal Democrats reportedly now even support allowing people to print their own voter ballots, which of course raises the question of whether they’d be OK with someone printing their own vaccine passport?

Because liberal Democrats appear to have no consistent principles, the answer is likely, no.

Vivek Saxena

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