James Grosvenor: As Americans Adjust To Vaccine Mandates and National Guard Troops Take Private Sect
September 29, 2021
As Americans Adjust To Vaccine Mandates and National Guard Troops Take Private Sector Jobs, The Cato Institute Carries Water For The Cathedral
THE LIBERTY VAULT
Under the newly formed church of COVID, academia, corporate America, and governments across the country are forcing a new caste system on the American people . We have entered a time where schools, businesses, and governments at every level are mandating vaccines that don’t stop the spread of COVID-19. Many unvaccinated Americans are being discriminated against, as they are not legally allowed to do the most basic daily activities under the law.
New York has become the epicenter of the church of COVID-19, with New York City being the first U.S. city to introduce vaccine passports. Over the weekend, the new Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, attended a Sunday service in New York City to promote vaccines. She proclaimed the following to the congregants of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, “I need you to be my apostles. I need you to go out and talk about it and say, we owe this to each other…Jesus taught us to love one another and how do you show that love but to care about each other enough to say, please get the vaccine because I love you and I want you to live.” The next day, she declared a statewide disaster emergency due to healthcare staffing shortages, as thousands of healthcare workers are quitting their jobs over vaccine mandates[i]. There is now talk she is considering bringing in the National Guard to occupy these vacant jobs[ii].
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced two weeks ago the state has activated their National Guard to assist with public school transportation, citing worker shortages[iii]. They have allocated up to 250 troops to drive school transport vans.
Meanwhile, the Cato Institute is publishing articles that perpetuate the Biden Administration’s lie we are living through a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Today, Cato released an article titled, "Make the Unvaccinated Pay Their Own Way"[iv]. In the article, the authors start off making the valid point taxpayers should not be liable for the risk-taking of others. However, if you read the article in its entirety, you’ll see they only mean this when it comes to the unvaccinated. This is how they conclude the piece:
“We would not deny vaccinated people who suffer breakthrough COVID infections the security of the social safety net. Nor would we penalize children or the few people with conditions that preclude them from being inoculated. But we would not exempt persons who forego vaccinations for religious or other conscientious reasons from financial accountability. They might spread their risks by forming pools of like‐ minded individuals, but they have no claim to support from vaccinated people who do not share their views.
Initially, the consequences of the COVID epidemic were beyond anyone’s control. But now that effective vaccines are available, the calamity is of our own making. Hospitals are again overwhelmed and people, nearly all of whom are unvaccinated, are again getting sick and dying in droves. It is time to stop subsidizing bad behavior.”
Their narrative is no different from the Biden Administration's: time’s up, get vaccinated or get sick and die, we won’t be there to help you if you’re dumb, make the right choice, the vaccine is safe and effective, hospitals are overwhelmed, etc.
On another Cato note, many Cato members are now out west for their “Project on Poverty and Inequality in California”. While they are providing some free-market solutions that could benefit California, they are doing so under the language of the cathedral, focusing on buzzwords like “underserved populations”, “inclusive growth”, and a focus on “inequities”.
Last year, they released a promotional video for the California project titled “Homelessness, Law Enforcement, and Human Rights”. The video features San Francisco communist and social justice activist Kelley Cutler, who advocates for the rights of the homeless to loiter throughout the city. They show footage of police officers arresting homeless people and decry the “human rights violations” being done against the homeless in San Francisco. You can access the video here: https://youtu.be/jvo37wr-fNg
While there is nothing wrong with advocating for protecting homeless people against the state, the video barely touches the surface of the problems with housing in California, provides no private-based solutions, and does nothing to defend private property in the city. There are no mentions of how progressive policies and authoritarian COVID mandates have dramatically worsened the conditions[v]. The video could just as easily be an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign ad.
Over the last 19 months, authoritarianism has swept across the country like no other time in modern American history. It’s staggering to see the most funded libertarian think tank in the country do next to nothing to resist it.
[i] https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-4-declaring-statewide-disaster-emergency-due-healthcare-staffing-shortages-state-new-york [ii] https://www.reuters.com/world/us/new-york-may-tap-national-guard-replace-unvaccinated-healthcare-workers-2021-09-26/ [iii] https://www.mass.gov/news/governor-baker-activates-national-guard-for-school-transportation-mission [iv] https://www.cato.org/commentary/make-unvaccinated-pay-their-own-way [v] https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2021/06/30/poll-san-francisco-residents-consider-relocating-as-crime-worsen-quality-of-life-in-a-decline/