“Show Us Your Papers” ~The San Diego Union-Tribune
By Amy Reichert
ReOpen San Diego
A good friend of mine hates Donald Trump with a white-hot passionate hatred. She did not vote for Trump. After reading a recent San Diego Union-Tribune article by Michael Smolens entitled, “People who won’t get COVID-19 vaccine shouldn’t complain about restrictions” she said to me, “I wish Donald Trump was still President.”
You see, the columnist also wrote that people who have not been vaccinated are a “public safety threat and are a danger to others.”
First of all, Michael Smolens, do you even hear yourself? 😂
Second, children under 12 have not even had the vaccination because it is not available to them. Do political hacks who spew hate for clicks like Smolens actually believe children are a public safety threat and dangerous?” Does Smolens get a panic attack when he sees a toddler at a grocery store?
Next, what about the millions of Americans who have had Covid and recovered? The CDC is finally admitting that people who have been vaccinated can actually get Covid, can transmit Covid, and do have viral loads that are just as high as those who have not been vaccinated.
Oh, lastly and fourth of all. Moderna just announced that it believes people who received two doses of its COVID-19 vaccine will need a third dose before winter.
So using Smolen’s logic, will people who get a third shot start discriminating against people who have only had two shots?
The rhetoric used in the Union-Tribune is a true danger to society right now. When groups of people are branded dangerous, what does society do with them? People who have already had Covid, those who just want to wait until the vaccines are FDA approved, or others who have legitimate concerns should not be discriminated against, segregated, and dehumanized. Smolens and the extremist politicians he parrots want to deny people the right to earn a living, get an education, or eat based on vaccination status. This will create a national caste system that will destroy the soul of the nation.
We are going into a time of dark extremism driven by irrational fear and it is being driven for political power and money.
Where is this all going? Certainly, in the name of “health,” those like Smolens would not want restaurants to put patrons on a scale before they can order dessert? Does he want a world where grocery stores do not let people check out with Ben & Jerry’s Extra Chunky Chubby Hubby ice cream unless they show a note from a doctor that they do not have high blood pressure or their cholesterol levels are normal?
No, we still live in a free society and we — not the government — have personal responsibility for our health.
At ReOpen San Diego, we stand against discrimination of all kinds. We believe that people should never be dehumanized for making the right medical decision for themselves and their families. That is why ReOpen San Diego held a press conference at San Diego City Hall to take a stand against discrimination after San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria tweeted he wanted to give a mayoral proclamation to the first San Diego restaurant that would require vaccine passports to just to have a meal with friends and family.
During open-shut-open-shut lockdowns, ReOpen San Diego fought for local businesses. People such as Mayor Gloria wanted to send police after fine restaurants and patrons that defied Gavin Newsom. To San Diego restaurants and businesses, if you are reading this, please consider that it is in your interest to side with the people who fought for you, not the politicians that bankrupted you.
ReOpen San Diego invites all San Diego businesses to sign the proclamation against discrimination here.
Even local mayors in San Diego County are standing against Mayor Gloria. El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells declared he will issue a mayoral proclamation to any business in the City of El Cajon that does not discriminate against people based on how many vaccines they have or don’t have.
In Boston, Mayor Kim Janey blasted vaccine passports and compared showing proof of vaccines to slavery.
Businesses can also print out one of these signs here and post it at their establishment, just like at Steele 94. Steele 94 is a Latino-owned restaurant and they proudly posted the ReOpen San Diego Proclamation Against Discrimination based on vaccination status to let the community know, “All Are Welcome.”
Together, using common sense and logic, we can bring people together instead of tearing people apart. Please join us at www.ReOpenSD.org