We've all seen how "woke" companies and corporations have bent the knee to progressive left-wing ideologies, and are actively working to promote them. The antics of Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies before and after last November's election are too well-known to require comment. Last week saw Coca-Cola and other big companies bend the knee to progressive pressure and condemn a new Georgia voting law that is more genuinely democratic and pro-free-election than many others in this country. However, the corporations didn't care about that - only about the politically correct talking points they were spoon-fed by their political masters.
Now, as Phil at Bustednuckles notes, it looks like private companies may be fiercer promoters and adopters of COVID-19 "vaccine passports" than the government itself. He quotes a news article.
The White House said Tuesday that the Biden administration will not support a system requiring Americans to carry so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports,” press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.
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“Let me be very clear on this. I know there’s been lots of questions,” Psaki said during the press briefing Tuesday. “The government is not now, nor will we be, supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential.”
Psaki went on to say that “there will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.”
“As these tools are being considered by the private and non-private sectors, our interest is very simple from the federal government,” Psaki continued.
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“I doubt that the federal government will be the main mover of a vaccine passport concept,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, who also serves as President Biden’s chief medical adviser, told the Politico Dispatch podcast on Monday.
There's more at the link.
This is yet another example of a Chinese-style "social credit system" being introduced willy-nilly in the USA. The government won't have to formally build such a system if its private sector lackeys are prepared to do so on its behalf. If you're noted as refusing a COVID-19 vaccination - or owning a gun, or smoking, or expressing the "wrong" political opinions, or whatever - you'll get a black mark against you in one or more databases. The government can (and does) buy access to those databases on a commercial basis. It doesn't have to spy on us - it simply uses our lack of digital privacy against us. What's more, it won't have to exert unconstitutional or illegal pressures against dissenters if its corporate allies are willing to do so on its behalf. Matt Bracken goes so far as to call this a "digital gulag". Go read his article for yourself. If you value your constitutional rights, it's chilling.
If your opinions and actions make you ineligible for a home mortgage, or vehicle finance, or travel on an airline . . . what are you going to do about it? You can't sue the government for violating your rights, because it isn't doing so; and you can't sue a private corporation for violating your constitutional rights, because those rights bind the government, not private entities. It'll be the same with a COVID-19 "vaccine passport". If you can't fly, or take the train, without one, and if hotels won't allow you to stay without one, you're effectively being coerced into getting one whether you like it or not.
Naomi Wolf points out:
Vaccine passports sound like a fine thing if you don’t know what those platforms can do. I’m CEO of a tech company, I understand what this platform does. It’s not about the vaccine, it’s not about the virus, it’s about data. And once this rolls out you don’t have a choice about being part of the system. What people have to understand is that any other functionality can be loaded onto that platform with no problem at all.
They’re trying to roll it out around the world. It is so much more than a vaccine pass. I can’t stress this enough. It has the power to turn off your life. Or turn on your life. To let you engage in civil society or be marginalized. It’s catastrophic. It cannot be allowed to continue.
And what that means is it can be merged with your PayPal account, with your digital currency. Microsoft is already talking about merging it with payment plans. Your networks can be sucked up. It geo locates you everywhere you go. Your credit history can be included. All of your medical history can be included.
Again, more at the link.
I'm not anti-vaccine. If I know for sure that a vaccine is safe and effective, I'll be first in line to get it. However, in the case of COVID-19 vaccines (which aren't vaccines at all, as far as I can tell, but gene therapies) they are not yet fully tested and have produced some nasty side-effects, including fatal ones. I don't yet trust them - and their manufacturers can't be sued if anything goes wrong, because they've been granted immunity against such lawsuits. The entire responsibility for the consequences has been dumped on our shoulders.
Take note. Big Brother now has lots of smaller private sector siblings, and they're all ganging up on us. Talk about a dysfunctional family!