The 16 states that met Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate to fully inoculate at least 70 percent of adults by July 4 were all Democratic states. New York state has had its “Excelsior Pass” in place since March and on Aug. 16, Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out his COVIDSafe app to prevent the unvaccinated gaining access to restaurants, gyms, and performance venues in New York.
Now, California is making its COVID-19 vaccine records available online, and the Los Angeles City Council has recently approved a new ordinance requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, hair salons, and other venues.
It’s beginning to look a lot like … apartheid, and, most likely, it will be coming to Democratic states first. By the beginning of September, seven U.S. states had developed COVID-19 apps, while 22 had banned them. The split was mainly along predictable political lines, although the erstwhile red-state Arizona joined the banning side.
It was the Democratic Party that once fought to keep slavery and later introduced segregation. Now, they’re introducing discriminatory laws to deprive the unvaccinated of employment, through their vaccine-or-job policy, and entrance to many places.
This even goes beyond segregation. African Americans were allowed to have jobs and to eat in some of the same restaurants at the same time, just in different parts. Now, 50 years later, the Dems are once again clamping down on individual liberties with legislation that suits one section of society and violates another.
So outrageous and harsh are the terms being imposed on people who choose to not take the not fully safety-tested COVID-19 vaccines that it poses the question: Is it all being done intentionally to spark a reaction—an actual insurrection that would allow the Democrats to clamp down even further?
When a government becomes more focused on controlling its own citizenry than on external threats, it’s a sign that it has turned both totalitarian and afraid.
Following the Jan. 6 breach on Capitol Hill that lasted for three hours, during which time an unarmed female protestor, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed, the Biden administration deployed 25,000 National Guard troops to defend the building from a repeat incident that never materialized. That is, they didn’t kill any more unarmed protestors.
The troops were reduced significantly after the inauguration, but when they were stood down five months later, they still numbered 2,500. During that time, the southern border was experiencing hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants breaking into the United States.
And while U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland was making plans to treat parents as domestic terrorists for criticizing school boards over their curriculum choices, the Biden administration gifted the Taliban control of Afghanistan, plus billions of dollars worth of U.S. military equipment.
It was a similar kind of governmental paranoia that led to the building of the Berlin Wall by communist East Germany in 1961—not to keep enemies out, but to keep its own citizens in.
When the wall eventually came down on Nov. 9, 1989, it gave East Berliners access to the West for the first time in 28 years. The event also came to symbolize the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe, with it being replaced by Western democracy in most countries.
No one was thinking about what might be going the other way.
Two years earlier, Ronald Reagan made his famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate, goading Russian leader Michael Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” Less well-known is that, at the start of his political career, Reagan prophetically warned delegates at the 1964 Republican National Convention that Americans shouldn’t take liberty for granted, either.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” he said. “We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States, where men were free.”
The Gipper’s advice is particularly apropos today. The centralized control of the Kremlin, which failed its people so miserably, seems to be finding a new home in the Democratic Party, although it has reached them via Beijing.
A critique of communism used to be that it couldn’t work economically—even Russia, its main home for 70 years, eventually rejected it for capitalism. However, one-time Chinese Communist Party leader Deng Xiaoping saw that by embracing both systems, economic liberalism could be harnessed to finance and maintain communist political control. His reforms came just in time for China’s reacquisition of Hong Kong from the UK in 1997 and led to its membership in the World Trade Organization in 2001.
China has since become an economic superpower, although it isn’t just its wealth, but its one-party model that has begun to appeal in the West. China’s gift of lockdowns has given Western governments a taste of real power.
Already, Western countries mostly adopt uni-party compliance in areas such as climate change and vaccines, but democracy can still get oddballs such as Donald Trump elected to oppose the globalist consensus. So, has it outlived its usefulness for those countries?
Slavery and segregation were ultimately about control, and through its draconian vaccination laws, the Democratic Party is showing that it hasn’t lost that craving.
What will happen if they lose in 2024?
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