A purported airline pilot is warning America that the precedent set by compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations is just the beginning of further new-normal erosions of personal liberty.
“Whether you believe vaccination is the right thing to do or not, the situation goes far beyond health…You may support the vaccine mandates because they fall in line with your current beliefs, but if we let this happen now, there will be a day that what you’re told what to do will not fall in line with your beliefs,” he declared in a video that has gone viral.
Conservative influencer Benny Johnson deemed the powerful TikTok video “the single bravest thing I have seen in years…the heroes we need right now.”
In the monologue, the longtime aviator outlined the dilemma that he faces with regard to the vaccine, one with which similarly situated workers in various industries are also trying to cope.
“I’ve been an airline pilot for 18 years, and now I’m facing an ultimatum — not a choice, but an ultimatum. I’m being told in order to continue my career as an airline pilot, I must be vaccinated, which really means I have to choose between putting food on the table for my family and my freedom of choice,” he explained.
“We the American people have fought for freedom for 257 years. We go around the world spreading ideas of freedom and democracy; we help other countries and people fight for their freedoms, while ours are being stripped away,” he continued in the approximately two-minute presentation that seems to have professional production values.
“You may think being forced to wear a mask or get a vaccination is insignificant, but when you begin to compile mandate after mandate and loss of freedom after freedom, it becomes very significant.
“As each thing is taken away, we face what is known as the shifting baseline syndrome…soon, we will not remember what it was like to have the freedoms we once did. Our children and our grandchildren will experience less freedom, and they won’t have the privilege or the pleasure to enjoy the same choices our parents have or that we have.”
Watch the video below and draw your own conclusions:
This is the single bravest thing I have seen in years. God bless these Pilots. The heroes we need right now 🇺🇸✈️ pic.twitter.com/ZxuRseDoAq
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 11, 2021
“If we give into these mandates, and we do not stand up for our freedom of choice, we dishonor every armed service person over the last 257 years — a disservice to the people who have fought and bled for the very freedoms we enjoy,” he insisted
“Whether you believe in vaccination or not, I’m standing up for your freedom of choice…. If we do not stand together and fight back in one voice, soon we can be told where to live, what job we will do, what religion to believe, and how many children we can have. Do you really want someone telling your children or your grandchildren what, when, and how they will live every minute of their lives?
“It’s time we take a stance; it’s time we fight for our freedom of choice while we still can,” the pilot concluded in the video that was apparently originally shared by pro-Trump Twitter user Monica.
Many airline pilots are ex-military, which makes the patriotic context of the TikTok message perhaps even more compelling.
It has yet to be determined which airline employs this particular pilot. The video emerges, however, after usually consumer-friendly Southwest Airlines canceled about 2,000 flights this past weekend possibly because of a massive anti-vaccine mandate employee protest, i.e. a walkout or sickout.
Southwest has canceled hundreds of more flights today.
Southwest Airlines tried to cover up mass 'sickout' over vaccine mandate that impacted well over 1000 flights: report https://t.co/D6Y4FkqW1P
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) October 10, 2021
Over the weekend, the air carrier blamed the problems on air traffic control issues and weather.
During the pandemic, increasingly authoritarian Democrats from the Biden administration on down have seemingly abandoned their traditional support of body autonomy, i.e. “my body, my choice.”
Pressure on employees seems to be mounting even as so-called breakthrough cases (i.e., fully vaccinated persons testing positive for COVID) appear to be increasing.
Many pro-vaccine Americans, regardless of politics, who have received the COVID jab nonetheless maintain that it should be a personal decision.
Ubiquitous multimedia personality Dr. Drew Pinsky, who is a vaccine advocate, has claimed on his podcast that the COVID outbreak constitutes the first time in history that bureaucrats have interfered with the doctor-patient relationship.
Lockdown, mask, and vaccine skeptic Alex Berenson, the soft-spoken former New York Times investigative journalist and frequent guest of Fox News host Tucker Carlson and who was permanently banned from Twitter, shared some information on Substack that he allegedly received from a Southwest Airlines pilot.
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“Essentially, the union cannot organize or even acknowledge the sickout, because doing so would make it an illegal job action…But at the moment the pilots don’t even have to talk to each other about what they’re doing. The anger internally – not just among pilots but other Southwest workers – is enormous…
Berenson also implied that the situation is more about following the money rather than following the science. “This pilot believes that the fact that the airlines received $25 billion in no-strings-attached cash for ‘payroll support’ last year (as well another $25 billion in loans) has made them particularly reluctant to stand up to the Biden administration. Southwest’s CEO, Gary Kelly, may be in an especially tough spot since he is the head of the airline lobbying group.”
Berenson also claims that American Airlines employees may also be planning a similar sickout.
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