Know Your Rights: Vaccine Passports and Voter Suppression

As the one-year anniversary of “15 days to slow the spread” of coronavirus passes, the newly rebranded “Biden-Harris administration” is encouraging the private sector to create a vaccination passport for American citizens. New York has already rolled out their version of this, the Excelsior Pass, state-wide. It validates that a person has either had a vaccine or has recently tested negative for COVID-19.

Critics of the pass cite HIPAA protections and the right to privacy found within the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution to argue that the pass is a violation of American rights. A vaccine passport in any form violates the laws that are already in place, but that never seems to stop public officials from doing what they want.

Concurrently, Governor Phil Scott of Vermont is now allowing vaccines to be given to people who identify as black, indigenous, or a person of color. All groups except one are eligible to receive a shot—white people. This is yet another violation of the U.S. Constitution. The 14th Amendment’s equal protection ensures all citizens the same treatment, no matter their race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.

In the age of critical race theory, however, equal protection no longer seems to matter. Nowadays, racism and segregation are not only accepted, they’re encouraged. Segregated graduations, antiracist spaces, and many other modern movements are promoting an anti-white point of view rather than a perspective of unity. This is what pushing for equity rather than equality has done, it has turned back the clock and brought back a dark time in U.S. history.

“Voter Suppression”

What’s also quite odd about the vaccine passport situation is the hypocrisy when it comes to voter ID. Following the 2020 presidential election and the proposal of election integrity bills, most notably S.B. 202 which was signed into law in Georgia, election rules have become a pressing issue for many. Groups both for and against identification requirements have been arguing about the ethics of the rules. Those opposed to S.B. 202 claim that it’s a racist voter suppression tactic used by Republicans to rig elections. More right-leaning and moderate individuals see it as an essential election safety measure.

Opponents of the legislation also criticized the portion which supposedly banned giving out food or water to people standing in line. This notion is not completely true. The law prohibits rewarding voters or incentivizing people to vote, not poll workers giving electors refreshments. Handing out snacks and beverages can no longer be given out by a third-party entity, but public service volunteers are not barred from doing so.

While S.B. 202 has faced cultural backlash from democrats and progressives, there seems to be a lack of uproar about the vaccine passport from that side of the political aisle. If requiring ID to vote will hurt the American citizen, then a COVID vaccine passport isn’t any better. An ID is already required to get a vaccine at a CVS or Publix, so minorities would not have access to the vaccine if this reasoning were true.

In fact, the argument that minorities don’t know how to get the identification needed to get a vaccine or vote is quite prejudiced. Following that same logic, minorities wouldn’t be able to drive or buy a car, open a bank account, apply for welfare or unemployment, rent or buy a house, purchase a firearm, or pick up prescription medicine, along with many other things. It should be noted that access to the internet and a printer are still required for those who do not have a smart device to access the vaccine passport.

There’s an apparent trend of lowered expectations of minorities amongst more left-leaning individuals. The term “soft bigotry of low expectations” was a phrase coined by President George W. Bush that perfectly describes the phenomenon. This is exemplified by the aforementioned notions held by those who disagree with reasonable voter ID laws.

Contrary to liberal and progressive beliefs, a majority of minorities agree with showing photo identification at the polls. A recent poll from Rasmussen found that a majority of not only whites (74%), but blacks (69%) and other minorities (82%) believe voters should be required to provide ID to vote. This calls into question the legitimacy of claims made by the left that S.B. 202, or most laws enforcing proof of identity, are suppressing the vote.

Know Your Rights

Vaccines are an incredible and revolutionary invention. The efforts that have been made to create the coronavirus vaccine should not go unnoticed. But the shot has yet to be approved by the FDA (other than for emergency use) and not all U.S. citizens will be eligible to get the shot until May 1st. Even people who agree with the implementation of vaccination passports should question why they are being enforced so soon.

Critics have also likened the pass to China’s Social Credit Score. Like the credit score, the vaccine passport will assess individuals for their choices. The side effect of the passport is a sanctioning system that will reward the vaccinated and punish those who choose not to get it.

It could also make life difficult for those who have no ID, are impoverished, or don’t have access to the internet. According to democrat officials such as Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams, the group of people that this best characterizes would be minorities. Biden even perceives voter ID law as worse than segregation, saying that this “makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle”.

In all fairness, he could legitimately believe that not allowing people to hand out gift cards to voters is comparable to blacks and white having separate drinking fountains. He could even believe that it’s equivalent to beating or lynching black people for the color of their skin. That’s his right to think that if he does, but the potential harm of his words should not be ignored, especially when he condemned his presidential predecessor for his rhetoric.

The democratic-pushed narrative is a lie, though. Enforcing voter ID law is not a form of voter suppression, it’s a safety measure that ensures the votes of United States citizens are counted fairly and securely.

The vaccine passport and the fight against secure elections are nothing more than tactics being used by an opportunistic establishment to strip the people of their rights. The freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution are at stake, there needs to be strong opposition to these un-American values.

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