On August 10, 2020, former Congressman Ron Paul wrote a piece entitled “Coronavirus is the New ‘Terrorism’”.
In it he exposed how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proposed a multi-trillion dollar “coronavirus relief” spending bill that has provisions supporting testing, tracing, treatment, isolation, and mask policies. These provisions are part of a “national strategic plan” that she has been pushing for.
At a time when the Trump administration could be opposing this plan on principle and exposing it for its petty statism, the Trump administration is “haggling over the price.”
For Paul, even if the plan did not pose a massive fiscal burden, “it would still impose an unacceptable cost in lost liberty.”
Unlike naïve political commentators, Paul understands how Pelosi’s power grab could lead to a “federal mask mandate or federal funding of state and local mask mandate enforcement.”
The former congressman believes that such a mandate could give the government the ability to take a “Stasi” approach to health policy by allowing people who don’t wear masks to be reported to the authorities.
Pelosi’s plan could eventually feature Bill Gates’ and Anthony Fauci’s suggestion that individuals receive “digital certificates” that demonstrate if individuals are vaccinated or immune to Wuhan virus. This kind of certificate would be a prerequisite for individuals trying to get back to work, school, or even do basic grocery shopping. They would have to demonstrate receiving a vaccination or immunity to the Wuhan virus to resume normal daily functions in public.
The Trump administration is already spending billions in trying to incentivize companies to create a Wuhan virus vaccine. However, Paul called attention to the 1976 swine flu vaccine as an example of what happens when a vaccine is rushed on the market. The zeal to “do something” ended up in a vaccine that was actually more dangerous than the flu.
Sadly, in a time of outrage, those who expressed valid concerns regarding the safety of vaccines are deemed to be “conspiracy theorists.” Paul alluded to similar cases regarding people who “criticize our interventionist foreign policy ‘hates freedom’ and is probably a ‘terrorist sympathizer.’
At the end of the day, Paul noted that the Wuhan virus hysteria has more to do with the government attempting to gain power as opposed to eliminating the virus.
Ultimately, it’s free individuals who band together in civil society or the market to solve the pressing needs of our time. A pandemic is no exception to this trend.
Hopefully, policymakers come to their senses and craft more localist polices to tackle this virus without having to infringe on the rights of millions of Americans.