Vaccine refusers (let’s call them what they are, not “vaccine resisters,” or “the vaccine hesitant”) say they’re not going to “dance” to science-based mandates and advisories. They’ve made that clear.
So it’s time for rational, responsible people to make this equally clear to the irrational and irresponsible. “OK, sugarplums. But understand this. Maybe you don’t want to dance, but you don’t get to call the tune.”
Enough. The unvaccinated cannot be allowed to control public policy.
They are the problem. At this point, this is their fault. That’s harsh. It’s also accurate. So, yes, we are now blaming them and shaming them. It’s time to stop worrying about the “feelings” of ignorant, callous, selfish refusers who clearly have no regard for the lives and health of others. They bray and spew about “freedom.” But they know nothing of the concept, either ethically or legally. In short, they are not “free” to kill us. They are not free to endanger public health, impede education, restrict economic growth and imperil our national security. Hell, yes, this is a national security issue.
Nor are they free to lie. Nor should they be free to hide their vaccination status as it impacts the public at large. The CDC made a huge mistake in trusting the unvaccinated. They cannot be trusted. As soon as they heard that fully vaccinated people could safely remove their masks and essentially resume a “normal life,” they just decided to at least passively pass themselves off as vaccinated and thus liberated. “Who’s gonna know?” they figured. We don’t. But they do. That kind of reckless dishonesty would torture the conscience of anyone who has a conscience.
And that’s why we’re where we are after more than a year and a half of this inferno. We had a safe and effective solution. But it’s difficult to solve a collective problem when 40 percent of our “collective” doesn’t want to solve the problem, or in many cases to even acknowledge the problem.
So, they want to divide us into “Two Americas”? Well, then we need two sets of rules. One for the vaccinated, and another for the unvaccinated. Life should be easier and less restricted for the vaccinated, and at the very least less convenient and less comfortable for the unvaccinated. That then requires that we all know who is and is not vaccinated when we enter any public place. The refusers say they will accept their own risks. OK. Then let the rest of us accurately assess our risks.
That’s going to require documentation. The refusers are good at deflecting and pushing emotional but irrational hot buttons. They’ll start making references to having to “show their papers,” or Big Brother, or, yes, “brownshirts.” You can bet there’ll be allusions to “tattoos.”
They’ll derisively call vaccination documentation “vaccine passports.”
I don’t care what they call them.
The unvaccinated are the problem. They are why we are where we are, with no end in sight. At this point, with a clear path to ending this pandemic, this is their fault.
And I am blaming them. And shaming them. You’re damn right I am.
Yes, they must be stigmatized. And ostracized from rational circles. And rejected as honest brokers. We can’t make ‘em dance. But we can make it clear that they don’t get to call the tune. The unvaccinated cannot be allowed to control public policy. Because they have proved they can’t handle the truth