Gary Bauer: COVID Passports?

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Gary Bauer’s End of Day Report:

Have you heard of the COVID passport?  If not, you will soon.  It’s a form of ID proving that you have had the COVID vaccine. 
According to the Washington Post, the initiative is being spearheaded by the Department of Health and Human Services.  But the Post adds, “The White House this month took on a bigger role coordinating government agencies involved in the work.”
Without your COVID passport, you may not be able to travel, send your kids to school, go to a sporting event, or perhaps even go to work.  This is not an exaggeration, my friends.
Cruise lines have already announced they won’t accept passengers without proof of vaccinations.  Rutgers University just announced that the vaccine will be mandatory for students to return to campus.  And the European Union has already done it.
This is an outrageous idea that may well be illegal or unconstitutional.  Kudos to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for quickly rejecting it.
To be clear:  I am not anti-vaccine, but I know some with good reasons are.  I also believe in freedom.  I do not believe vaccines should be mandatory or that Americans should be required to produce their medical histories on demand wherever they may be.
The overwhelming majority of Americans are getting vaccinated.  We have nothing to fear from others who choose not to.  The evidence shows that the vaccines are highly effective, both in terms of preventing infection and preventing transmission of COVID. 
There is something else very wrong about this.  And it is hypocrisy.
The left furiously opposes requiring an ID to vote.  President Biden is allowing thousands of illegal immigrants to enter our country with no IDs.  Many are not even being tested for COVID.  But Big Brother may try to force average Americans who want to participate in normal life to have a digital passport ID.
We’ve already made a lot of mistakes during the pandemic, including closing our schools which terribly hurt our children.  We must not make another mistake like this crazy COVID passport ID.


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