On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Ben Domenech hosts a round table discussion on how a national vaccine passport manned by powerful Big Tech companies poses a danger to Americans’ privacy and freedoms. He is joined by Ellie Bufkin, writer and producer at Sinclair; Rachel Bovard, senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute; and Emily Jashinsky, culture editor for The Federalist.
“The outsourcing of government power to supra-governmental bodies that are technically private, but again have amassed so much power over our lives, they can effectively operate as a government without any kind of accountability, and in fact with complete and total autonomy,” Bovard explained.
Creating a vaccine passport, Jashinsky noted, not only removes the element of choice for Americans who might be hesitant about receiving the shot but also contributes to the growing division in the country.
“It’s really, really dangerous to start taking steps like this, to start asking the government to mandate personal health decisions,” Jashinsky warned. “When the people in power operate on these really tough, really false definitions of what constitutes negative behavior, then we’re in for a very, very, very dangerous situation.”
A strong response from state leadership, Bufkin said, could be the key to pushing back on a push for vaccine papers.
“I’d love to see local legislators and local leaders like DeSantis signing onto executive action that say we will not be allowing any kind of this in the future,” Bufkin said. “I think that’s really powerful stuff, especially coming from statehouses, especially coming from governors’ offices.”