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SANTA MONICA, CA—Rivaled only by New York, the Golden State has endured some of our country’s most draconian lockdown and masking policies. With Los Angeles inching towards implementing vaccine passports and San Francisco already enforcing the controversial policy, some concerned Californians are speaking out.
In late August, I interviewed a few of the hundreds of protesters who gathered in Santa Monica to voice their opposition to vaccine mandates. The demonstrators aired a variety of grievances, though many held similar concerns.
Several of the demonstrators commented on the need to protect bodily autonomy, with many fearing that government issued vaccine mandates would undermine the freedom of choice needed for a patient to truly offer informed consent. Others made the interesting point that such mandates threaten to amplify our political and social division by creating a physical distinction that will segregate people from their political opposition. The rallyers I spoke with were also acutely aware of the threat that big business, not just big government, poses to freedom, with some businesses imposing COVID vaccine requirements by their own volition. This was perhaps one of the most interesting takeaways from the event, as it underscored a continued shift among the grassroots away from business-friendly conservatism and towards justified skepticism of the private and public sectors.
Other protesters, including one that I spoke with, highlighted the absurdity of the phrase “my body my choice” being used as an attempt to justify abortion, which actually destroys the body of another living human being, while the left uses the state to coerce people into getting the vaccine, in some cases holding their economic wellbeing hostage in the process. This blatant contradiction is just further evidence that so many of the values leftist messaging appeals to are only adopted out of expediency, not authentic moral conviction.
One man I interviewed was there to document the protest, telling me he was in support of measures to mandate vaccines. When I pressed him on this contradiction and asked his opinions on abortion, he simply told me that it wasn’t a topic he wanted to discuss.
When I asked him if an adult who […]
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