By Duncan Smith
When constitutional expert and law professor Jonathan Turley looks askance at something that a Democratic regime is doing — given that Turley is a self-avowed liberal — that always gets our attention.
For a liberal legal ideologue, the man always shoots straight when it comes to issues of constitutionality and law, so we trust him.
And he says that the Biden regime is set to go to war with unvaccinated Americans.
'They didn't get vaccinated.' Those words from President Biden summed up why his administration made a critical shift in its COVID policies, from mask recommendations to mandatory shots for federal workers. And that represents a third stage of government policy, toward a more confrontational approach to 'them' — the increasingly demonized unvaccinated class that is roughly half of America.
But this stage could face legal challenges in coming weeks, as citizens and some states push back on mandates.
This month was a clear break from persuasion and a step toward coercion in dealing with those who refuse to be vaccinated. Even the normally staid Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is ramping up its rhetoric, declaring that the 'war has changed' due to the Delta variant. For some, however, there is concern that Biden's 'they' is a declaration of war on them.
Clearly, there is a rapidly diminishing level of communication between the 'vacs' and 'non-vacs.'
He goes on to note three stages of consent: Reasoned, Induced, and Coerced.
Guess which one we’re now in?
Unwilling to face the legal or political challenges of mandating a vaccination program, the Biden administration has actively encouraged companies to bar unvaccinated people from planes, restaurants and other venues. The danger is that using companies to censor opposing views and restrict people can amount to a type of government-by-surrogate, a shadow state.
And where is all of this force-by-proxy going?
The greatest danger with the coercion model is that it will further deepen our divisions and turn vaccine resistance into a type of patriotic resistance for some people. Recently, a shocking poll found that almost 50 percent of Republicans believe 'patriotic Americans [might] have to take the law into their own hands.' The poll shows how many Americans are increasingly alienated from the government, the media and the established order. Conversely, some commentators on the left have declared that the unvaccinated are terrorists using 'biological warfare' against the nation.
Threatening to make the lives of the unvaccinated a 'living hell,' or isolating them from society, likely will do little to increase the level of vaccination — but it will do much to increase the level of alienation in our society.
If you’re not concerned yet that America is becoming more and more tyrannical by the day, what will convince you?
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