Tuesday’s White House announcement, first by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and then President Joe Biden, to begin a federal “door-to-door outreach” effort to push vaccination set of alarm bells across the nation.
Psaki said during a press briefing that the goal of the program is to reach out to Americans about “how… safe and accessible” vaccines are.
Biden later stated that their plan is to go “door-to-door — literally knocking on doors,” in order to vaccinate the remaining holdouts who haven’t elected to become vaccinated.
The idea of federal agents arriving on people’s doorsteps to harass them about their health choices hardly excited anyone. In fact, the proposed plan is receiving significant pushback, particularly from top GOP figures such as Senator Rand Paul, who is one of the most vocal and effective critics of the government’s response so far to the pandemic.
Rand Paul issued the following tweet as advice to the public.
The gov't doesn't decide who gets vaccinated. You do.
Do not submit to the fearmongers. https://t.co/NDCRUE3wCV
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 7, 2021
Paul’s message was short, sweet, and insightful.
The announcement by the Biden administration is troubling on a number of levels. As has been outlined by others, how does the government know who’s gotten the vaccine and who hasn’t? Is there a database that the government has already compiled full of confidential health information or will your vaccine status be demanded “papers please” style at the point that they knock on your door?
The tactic adopted by the Democrat administration seems eerily similar to those proposed by radical leftists such as failed Senate and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke during the 2019 campaign, where he said that police would show up at the doors of those who failed to comply with his radical gun control plan once it was implemented.
Whoever suggested that the best way to reach remaining vaccine skeptics was to talk about going door to door should be fired immediately.
It's the Beto O'Rourke of vaccine outreach. https://t.co/VdvhJIwLl4
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) July 6, 2021
Any action that involves the government going door to door and making demands is fundamentally terrifying. The vaccine outreach program is likely to backfire on those grounds alone. Even people who are inclined to do as they’re told by the government tend not to be inviting of the government becoming so close and personal when it comes to their personal health choices.
Author: Taylor Horton