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Gov. DeSantis to Take Executive Emergency Action Against Vaccine Passports

Where are the politicians [Republicans?????] that will stand and be counted? mrossol

The Epoch Times  3/29/2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a press conference on March 29 that he will take emergency executive action shortly against the concept of Americans needing a vaccine passport to be able to travel domestically and internationally.

“We’re not supportive of that. I think it’s something that people have certain freedoms and individual liberties to make decisions for themselves,” the governor said.

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A handout image shows the Excelsior Pass, a platform that lets New Yorkers present proof of COVID-19 vaccination at events. (Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

“It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”

DeSantis said that people shouldn’t need to show proof of inoculation against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus to go to a game, movie, theme parks, or other social events.

“You want the fox to guard the henhouse? I mean give me a break,” he said. “I understand, kind of, how some folks can embrace the idea, and I’m not saying it’s all necessarily done for bad purposes, but I think ultimately it would create problems in the state.”

He also urged the state legislature to take more permanent action.

The Biden administration will “provide guidance” on private-sector efforts to develop vaccine passports and similar systems, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington on March 29.

Earlier this month, DeSantis had already expressed his disapproval for the idea, saying it was “totally off the table.”

“The vaccine passport is a terrible idea. We are definitely not going to require anything from the state’s perspective. That is totally off the table,” DeSantis told reporters on March 18. “If I have businesses that want to do that in Florida, I think that that’s more than just a private decision.”

Former Clinton adviser Naomi Wolf told Fox News on March 28 that mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports would be the “end of human liberty in the West if this plan unfolds as planned.”

Last week, DeSantis criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for announcing that a no-sail order on cruise ships would remain in place until Nov. 1.

On March 26, the governor sat down with state officials to discuss the importance of the industry, calling the order “baseless.”

During the meeting, DeSantis asked the CDC to reverse the no-sail order that’s been in place since March 14, 2020.

“If there is one thing we’ve learned over the past year, it’s that lockdowns don’t work, and Floridians deserve the right to earn a living,” said DeSantis. “The cruise industry is essential to our state’s economy, and keeping it shut down until November would be devastating to the men and women who rely on the cruise lines to provide for themselves and their families. I urge the CDC to immediately rescind this baseless no-sail order to allow Floridians in this industry to get back to work.”

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Mandatory Vaccine Passport Could Lead to ‘End of Human Liberty in the West’

Folks, I’ve been saying this for years: Unless “we” push back against this totalitarianism, “its all over.” mrossol

The Epoch Times  3/29/2021

Former Clinton adviser Naomi Wolf said that mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports that have been proposed in recent days would be the “end of human liberty in the West if this plan unfolds as planned.”

“‘Vaccine passport’ sounds like a fine thing if you don’t understand what those platforms can do. I’m [the] CEO of a tech company, I understand what this platform does,” Wolf, who’s also an author, told Fox News on March 28. “It is not about the vaccine, it’s not about the virus, it’s about your data. 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.”

Wolf said such data can be “merged with your Paypal account, with your digital currency,” adding that “Microsoft is already talking about merging it with payment plans.”

Wolf noted that it happened in Israel, “and six months later, we’re hearing from activists that it’s a two-tiered society and that basically, activists are ostracized and surveilled continually. It is the end of civil society, and they are trying to roll it out around the world.”

“It is absolutely so much more than a vaccine pass, it is—I can not stress enough that it has the power to turn off your life, or to turn on your life, to let you engage in society or be marginalized.”

Going a step further, Wolf likened such plans to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) surveillance of its population and promotion of a “social credit score.”

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A handout image shows the Excelsior Pass, a platform that lets New Yorkers present proof of COVID-19 vaccination at events. (Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

“How does [the CCP] keep a billion people under the thumb of a totalitarian regime?” she asked. “The CCP can find any dissident within five minutes, and that can happen here literally within months.”

Wolf referred to reports about Biden administration officials proposing the idea. The Washington Post and CNN—citing anonymous, unconfirmed sources— have suggested that the administration is working toward developing a national vaccine passport standard. New York state has proposed its own “Excelsior Pass” that would be used in large-scale venues such as Madison Square Garden. The plan has been lambasted by civil liberties groups and proponents.

On March 29, White House press secretary Jen Psaki addressed the claims, saying the administration doesn’t see a federal mandate for vaccine passports.

“We believe it will be driven by the private sector,” she told reporters.

In other countries, such passports have already been created. Israel set one up in February to grant people access to gyms and hotels, Iceland now uses a passport to allow foreign travel, and Saudi Arabia has an app-based passport for people who are inoculated.

“The thing underpinning all of this is, what are you going to use it for?” said Melinda Mills, director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science at the University of Oxford, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Is it for international travel? Is it for getting a job? Is it for buying milk?”

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Western Culture Elites Are Giving Away Lenin’s Rope

How embarrassing to be an American. Democrats in power are spineless when it comes to defending “the American way of life”. They don’t believe it. And the fact that they get elected tells you something of the success the Left and its communist “handlers” have had over the past 100 years. Mr Baker writes truth. mrossol

WSJ  3/22/2021  By Gerard Baker

‘The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”

That quote, attributed to Lenin, was a colorful metaphor for what Marxists call the internal contradictions of capitalism. Belief in the inherent inevitability of the West’s imminent collapse sustained the Soviet Communists right up to the moment in 1989 when their own system proved more self-annihilating than anything capitalism could muster.

But the old maxim has taken on a new and more plausible form today. It was on display last week in the first encounter between President Biden’s foreign policy team and the modern claimants to Marxism-Leninism’s primacy in the Chinese Communist Party.

It was evident from the moment the two sides sat down that an emboldened Chinese leadership understands that the greatest ideological weapon it now holds in its increasingly existential struggle with America is the gleeful enthusiasm for self-destruction that characterizes so much of elite opinion in the U.S.

When Yang Jiechi, the Communist Party’s foreign-affairs chief, lectured Secretary of State Antony Blinken about America’s human-rights record, its treatment of minorities and its system’s innate inequity, everything he said could have been lifted straight from the pages of the Democratic Party’s presidential election platform, culled from Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper stories, or jotted down in a student’s notes from lectures delivered daily at America’s top universities.

In fact, it probably was.

In response, a visibly discomfited Mr. Blinken mumbled something barely coherent that at least America deals with its problems in the open. He then complained, like a bested debater, that his opponent had gone over his allotted time.

 

The larger truth is that the people who control America’s leading cultural institutions and now its government have been eagerly manufacturing ideological rope for the Chinese hangman, and they’ve stepped up production over the past year.

The intellectual movement to which they subscribe has been the force behind the planned destruction—figuratively and literally—of the principal pillars of America’s authority in the world: the idea that the greatest nation on the planet was founded on universal ideals of human freedom and dignity. Instead, it insists, like those Chinese Communists, that all along this claim to a unique status in the world has been a fraud, mere sloganeering behind which America has been—and remains—a force for repression and exploitation.

 

How can a nation prevail in a global ideological struggle when its leaders believe its values are intrinsically evil?

Mr. Yang and his colleagues must have had a good laugh on their way back to Beijing. Indeed they are probably chuckling at much of what they see in the values and principles to which America’s new masters—sorry, nongendered leadership figures—demand loyalty.

This isn’t about the maternity flight suits for fighter pilots or updated requirements for Army hairstyles the commander in chief proudly hailed earlier this month.

It’s about the elevation of victimhood as the prime signifier of honor in modern America. Whether you’re an opportunistic young hoodlum looting Gucci or a member of the celebrity plutocracy seeking better publicity, don the mantle of a hapless innocent exploited by an inherently unjust system, and you’re golden. It’s hard to imagine a successful society in which the claim to being the victim of some oppressor—often a spurious claim—is the quickest route to advancement.

It’s about the destruction of the idea of academic excellence that now seems to have much of the educational establishment in its grip. Democrats in control of major cities across the country are busy eliminating the opportunities for some of their most disadvantaged children that come from admission to selective schools on the basis of talent. We are told that’s discriminatory. Leveling down is the result.

And of course it’s in the fanatical insistence on the qualities that divide rather than unite Americans—race, sexual orientation and multifarious “gender”—as the principal characteristics of identity. How bitterly ironic that Marxist theories of structural oppression that were discredited by the experience of America’s ideological adversaries in the last century are now rampant in the most influential strata of American society in this one. Lenin may get the last laugh.

The Chinese have proved much more adept than their Russian predecessors at adapting the precepts of Marxism to economic reality. As Lenin predicted, they’ve had plenty of help from American capitalists in the process.

But our cultural elites have also been busy exporting the hangman’s rope across the Pacific. At least the capitalists have been selling it to them. Much of modern America seems intent on giving it away.

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Michigan Pizzeria Owner Arrested for Defying State COVID-19 Restrictions

Americans, we need to stand with a patriot like this. Please support the gofundme effort . I never thought I would live to see the day in the United States of America. No one was forced to enter her establishment; citizens need and can take ownership of their own action. Mrs Pavlos-Hackney complied for three months; enough is enough. (Support The Epoch Times, too.) mrossol

The Epoch Times  3/21/21

 
 

A restaurant owner in Michigan was arrested on Friday for defying state CCP virus pandemic restrictions and ignoring a court order, according to the state attorney general.

Marlena Pavlos-Hackney, owner of Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland, was taken into custody following a traffic stop for failing to comply in a civil case filed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

State officials said Pavlos-Hackney kept her restaurant opened for indoor dining when it was banned, did not comply with capacity limits, and did not enforce any mask-wearing rules amid the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. The department then suspended her food license on Jan. 20 but she remained open, according to a statement.

Pavlos-Hackney drew media attention this week over her decision to resist the state orders. A judge has characterized her actions as “selfish,” adding that she was putting the community at risk in the middle of a pandemic.

Pavlos-Hackney explained that her actions were to stand up against authoritarianism and to safeguard individual liberty and freedoms. The 55-year-old had fled communism in her home country of Poland in 1983 and arrived in America in 1988. She became a citizen of the United States in 1992 and opened her business in Michigan as she worked toward achieving the American dream.

“We the people, small business owners, like I told you, have to fight. I will fight for freedom [for] the American people. And I encourage everyone, business owners, other people stand up and fight for your freedom before it’s going to be taken away,” Pavlos-Hackney told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson this week.

In a separate interview with Glenn Beck, she told the radio host that she is staying strong because she refuses to let the government “intimidate me or put fear in me.”

“I’m going to keep fighting for American freedom and my constitutionally protected rights,” she said.

Pavlos-Hackney had initially closed her restaurant for about three months in compliance with state orders after the pandemic hit, she told Beck. But she decided to reopen after she felt Whitmer had “overextended her power.” Pavlos-Hackney felt that the orders resembled edicts of authoritarian governments that she was familiar with, according to a GoFundMe page opened in support of the restaurant owner.

“So I decided, we, the small business owners, have to take control against this tyranny. Because we the people have to have jobs to be able to survive,” she said. “Government and government entities have job security because they are a service. But we the people, have to fight for our existence and keep working. So I decide, they are not going to close me down.”

An administrative judge in February ruled to continue the suspension of Pavlos-Hackney’s food license and a warrant for her arrest was subsequently issued. Pavlos-Hackney was given until March 18 to turn herself in but she failed to do so.

“This owner has continued to willfully violate the state’s food laws, public health orders and the order of the court—a dangerous act that may have exposed dozens of diners and employees to the virus following the discovery that one of Marlena’s customers tested positive for the virus within two days of eating there,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said.

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel speaks during a news conference in Lansing, Mich., on March 5, 2020. (David Eggert/AP Photo)

Pavlos-Hackney has since received a wave of support from the community. The crowdfunding effort had raised nearly $150,000 for Pavlos-Hackney’s legal fees as of Sunday morning.

“America is the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, and together with like-minded Patriots like YOU, we can overcome and beat back Socialism!” the description on the GoFundMe page states.

Meanwhile, her community has organized a “road rally” for Sunday in support of Pavlos-Hackney.

“We will also have a ROAD RALLY taking place all over the city. The Lakeshore REVOLUTION from we the people! Please tell everybody its time to DEFEND OUR REPUBLIC against the over reach of state (and local) government,” the group said.

Pavlos-Hackney currently remains in Ingham County Jail where her bond was denied, according to online arrest records.

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