Monday, August 9, 2021

The first "Mark of the Beast" - and there will be more


By now I'm sure most of my readers are aware of the decree that all US active duty military personnel must be vaccinated against COVID-19 - no if's, but's or maybe's about it.  Effectively, it's be vaccinated, or be discharged (probably under an "other than honorable" classification, with likely negative effects on veteran's benefits).

I think this is extremely unwise, given the proven ineffectiveness of the vaccine at preventing new or reinfections, albeit at a reduced level of severity.  Nevertheless, the government does have the legal right to impose health requirements for the public good, as determined in Jacobson v. Massachusetts in 1905 and subsequent case law.  Whether it's wise or beneficial to do so is, of course, not within the court's purview.

However, by imposing this requirement, the government is effectively making it a political litmus test for its military personnel.  Obey - and you get to stay in uniform.  Refuse - and you're fired, probably with at least some negative consequences for the rest of your life.  It's a pretty good way for the government to ensure that those potentially not supportive of its policies are driven from the ranks, leaving the military as a whole that much more politically reliable and trustworthy (from their perspective, of course).  One might even suspect that they might feel more free to use that military against their political opponents, or against the people, to enforce conformity to their decrees.

Private companies appear to be following suit in their own operations, requiring that their staff be vaccinated as a condition of continued employment, or refusing to provide services - including access to shops, etc. - to customers who aren't vaccinated.  In that sense, vaccination has already been compared to the Biblical "Mark" or "Number of the Beast", in Revelation 13:16-17:

It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

Those who aren't Christians, of course, won't worry about that:  but I find the similarities between forced vaccination (particularly a known-to-be-ineffective, as yet not-officially-approved vaccine) and enforced conformity to be more than a little troubling from a spiritual perspective.

The thing to remember is that this is only the first litmus test imposed by the State.  It's limited in scope and effect (although to those forced to decide, it's not very limited at all!).  However, what if more follow?

  • What if you can't get Social Security or welfare benefits, or access entitlement programs, if you're not vaccinated?
  • What if your worker compensation benefits are linked to your immunization status?
  • What if your right to travel, by some or any means, is linked to that status?
  • What if you aren't allowed to renew your driver's license or vehicle registration unless you're vaccinated, making even driving illegal?

There are many possibilities where the State can apply more and more rigorous pressure to force compliance with its decrees.  It's not yet done so . . . but that doesn't mean it won't.  Our present (illegitimate) administration and its progressive-left-wing allies are determined to rule, whether we like it or not.  Their demands are not based on medical science or health considerations at all - we know this, because they've been caught lying so often and so consistently, and the pseudo-"science" involved has so often been confounded and exposed by later developments.

No, it's all about CONTROL.  They know that the only way they can stay in power is by controlling any and all opposition:  and a health "crisis", manufactured or otherwise, provides a perfect cover for forcing people to conform to their will - or else.

Also, remember that COVID-19 is only one pretext to strengthen their control.  There will be more.

  • What if we have another 9/11?
  • What if a massive cyber-attack takes down essential US infrastructure?
  • What if supply chain disruption means that supplies of essential materials become scarce, so that the government takes over their distribution - and, in doing so, ensures that those who obey its edicts get them first, or more of them than others?  Rationing is one of the most effective means of social control available.
  • What if global economic conditions lead to massive recession and depression that throws millions more Americans out of work, forcing them to rely on a government "safety net" to survive?  What conditions might be applied to qualifying for that "safety net"?

There are any number of possible scenarios, and I have no doubt many of them are actively under consideration by the powers that be as I write these words.  They may not even need such a pretext.  They are bound and determined to make us conform to their "Great Reset", whether we want to or not.  They know, with all the fervor and fanaticism of a religious zealot, that they're right and we're wrong:  and they therefore feel completely justified in forcing us to conform, or else.

I've quoted C. S. Lewis on this subject before, and it's worth doing so again, particularly in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.

Prescient words, that look to be coming true in our own times.  The State does, indeed, appear to classify those who disagree with its motivations and actions in the same light as "infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals".

There is going to be no peaceful way out of this.  The irresistible forces of socialism and statism and oligarchy are running headlong into the forces of freedom and individuality and self-determination.  Only one side can survive such a confrontation.  The upshot, of course, is that every single American is going to have to choose a side.  There won't be a "middle ground" in which to meet, or a fence on which to sit.  There are already all too many Americans who would rather fight each other than talk to each other, and behave like civilized human beings.

The situation is made worse by the reality that those who stole power last November are using the fruits of that crime to impose their will upon us.  They have no legitimacy;  therefore, they're going to seize a sort of pseudo-legitimacy, even if it's a false front, by forcing us to kowtow to it - and to them.

Every day, the sparks are getting closer and closer to the tinder.  When it ignites . . . it's not going to be pretty.  Batten down your hatches and brace yourselves, friends.



Divemedic said...

I am not a Christian, nor am I religious. I do share and admire many Christian values, however. I think there is a lot of collective wisdom in religious texts like the Bible.

I am unsettled by the vaccine as a mark, as well.

McChuck said...

The vexxine isn't medicine, it's politic$.
Lockdowns aren't public health, they're public control.
Masks aren't public health, they're a symbol of obedience.

My son's unit in the Army has had 4 out of 130-150 (lots of turnover) young soldiers suffer heart failure within 36 hours of getting the jab. That's around 3%. Their morale isn't really good after seeing so many otherwise healthy young men being carried out of the barracks head-first on stretchers.

Steve S said...

It's not just "particularly a known-to-be-ineffective, as yet not-officially-approved vaccine" it's full of adverse effects including death. See

According to the governments own data:
Here are this week’s numbers from VAERS. Deaths, life-threatening events, and permanent disabilities are compared for 8 months of CoVID injections (red) versus more than 41 years of non-CoVID vaccines (gray).

Deaths: from Covid vax (past 8 months) 12,366, from all non-Covid (since 1980) 8,957.

The link also show the same comparison for life-threatening and permanent disability.

Tirno said...

There's an out for the servicemembers, if someone lets them know about it.

I read elsewhere, apparently the law allows the government to mandate vaccines to servicemembers, but only fully approved vaccines. Vaccines under an emergency-use certification would not apply.

The case law involved is Doe vs Rumsfeld (2004), who challenged anthrax vaccination.

7916 said...

Evil requires voluntary consent and choice. While mandates and the like sound terrifying, in practice they are not. Acceptance of control is voluntary as well. As much as those who think they are in power would like to force control they can't. That's why most of the control is psychological so far, and its effectiveness is eroding.

If you note, most deadline for vax where it is mandatory in the workplace is in october. Consider what news and other evidence will come out between now and then. Those mandates will be quietly retired and legal budgets vastly increased as the lawsuits begin to flow.

Aesop said...

If the state reserves the right to compel vaccination, I reserve the right to distribute injections of my own, as I will.

Mine will be leaving at a muzzle velocity of 3200 fps.

Old NFO said...

Politics...plain and simple, the most expedient 'way' of maintaining control.

Rob said...

I spent over 20 in the US Coast Guard saying no to medical injections was not an option if I wanted to stay in.. that's how the 1st flu shot was.

Bear Claw Chris Lapp said...

If they want to add hardened members to our team so be it.

Bear Claw Chris Lapp said...

The most terrifying force of death, comes from the hands of "Men who wanted to be left Alone".

They try, so very hard, to mind their own business and provide for themselves and those they love.

They resist every impulse to fight back, knowing the forced and permanent change of life that will come from it.

They know, that the moment they fight back, the lives as they have lived them, are over.

The moment the "Men who wanted to be left Alone" are forced to fight back, it is a small form of suicide. They are literally killing off who they used to be. . . .

Which is why, when forced to take up violence, these "Men who wanted to be left Alone", fight with unholy vengeance against those who murdered their former lives. They fight with raw hate, and a drive that cannot be fathomed by those who are merely play-acting at politics and terror. TRUE TERROR will arrive at the Left's door, and they will cry, scream, and beg for mercy . . . . but it will fall upon deaf ears.

rarula said...

thanky bear claw for i also want to be left alone

rarula said...

i also just want to be left alone that includes my immediate family so leaf us alone

Skyler the Weird said...

Does seem like we're living out That Hideous Strength doesn't it?

Eric Wilner said...

Ditto Divemedic. I ain't nohows a Christian, but I noticed the Revelations connection quite some time ago and find it extremely worrisome that so many are ignoring a classic warning against one of the methods of tyranny.

Will said...

"other than honorable discharge"

If those clowns want to go there, I would not be surprised if "fragging"* becomes popular once again.

*(or other reasonable substitutions)

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes...
High level brass are essentially politicians, yes?

Maniac said...

Some people are fighting back:

Chris said...

Something like this or other draconian measures have been happening for a long time. Most people have ignored these events. Not in my town, my country, and such. If you have been piling up debt, and whistling past the graveyard the last 15-20 years. You’re most likely shit out of luck. To those just waking up, welcome, and good luck.

Hightecrebel said...

There is no 'essentially' involved, there is nobody above the rank of of O-5 that hasn't at least dabbled in politics, and to make it past O-6 they are fully involved

plocb said...

As opposed to every other vaccine given (or required) in the country? Can't even start school or join the military without a list of them. it's good citizenship (and good health practice). Any special snowflakes think they can't get covid are welcome to go breathe somewhere else.

Will said...


So, you are admitting that you know absolutely NOTHING about the covid "vaccines".

Might want to actually do some research on the subject. Don't wast any time looking at the crap the pharmaceutical companies/media are pushing, as there is not much truth in their output. Just to start with, the government's own numbers show that the vaxx is about 5x more hazardous than the virus itself. Then the data just gets worse all around. There is no good news associated with that vaxx.

Airlines seem to be desperate to find flight crews that haven't had the jab, as high altitude pressure seems to be a problem. Lots of cancelled flights, now.