Reader: Vaccination papers may be required

One of my early childhood memories involves my father, hunched over his dinner, sawing away at some substance and complaining about more senseless and mind-numbing rules. He spit out each syllable as if it were a piece of insect that had flown into his mouth. Then he sighed, said the government was nothing more than pencil-pushing slave drivers, and carried on eating.

Clearly, from Dad’s mournful body language and indigestion, anyone could infer that rules were bad. I reflected on this. Eventually, I decided that all these new rules had to mean toiling on some kind of contraption made of paper. Which, in the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, was true from a certain point of view.

Before American citizens return to work, school, or travel, they may soon have to prove that they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19.

It’s coming!

Picture this if you will.

American citizens leaving their family at their state-provided apartment. Walking to their government-assigned work area, passing through a gray pillbox centered on main street, flanked by armed soldiers.

Their child may be sick and they can barely afford to pay the heating bill. Yet they feel fortunate to even have a job.

Returning home. They look around at the crowd, some going to work, some returning.

Every evening, American citizens walk in an endless line, snaking through barbed-wire obstacles, in the hopes of just passing through. Others, perhaps, come for more nefarious purposes.

This morning, they read in the official state-owned newspaper, The Truth of America, that thieves broke into the Ministry of Equality. So when they arrive at work, they are not surprised to find a bulletin from the ministry announcing tighter equality measures.

Double-checking that written documents contain valid and state approved words. Correlate missing or wrong words against the current and appropriate documents chapter of the rulebook.

“Your papers!” In old movies, the demand is barked at trembling travelers by a person with a guttural accent. If the demand is made in the opening scene, then the audience knows immediately that they are watching a totalitarian state in which citizens are in danger.

“Your papers!” now rings out at every American citizen in every airport and government building. The accent is different but travelers need to recognize with equal immediacy that a totalitarian state is playing out in front of their eyes, and they must be careful.

A vaccine document is where the security theater begins. Indeed, any American citizen without a document who wishes to go to work or school or visit grandma will be detained.

American citizens will have to be scanned, searched, interrogated or undergo a plethora of other indignities imposed by uniformed thugs.

In closing: Skepticism is the first step towards truth. Has our government ever been wrong? Has it ever been deceptive? The answer of course, to anyone who knows our history, is yes!

Good day!

Robert Ware

French Creek


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