That includes, ironically, our nation's capital, where Mayor Muriel Bowser has decreed that citizens can no longer leave their homes without proper COVID vaccine 'documentation' -- literally, they must have the right 'papers' or they will be detained and punished.
Just like the old Soviet Union and East Germany.
"Remember that starting Saturday you will need these three things before heading out: 1. Proof of Vaccination (12 years +) 2. Proof of Vaccination and Photo ID (18 years +) 3. Mask," Bowser tweeted this week.
Remember that starting Saturday you will need these three things before heading out:
1. Proof of Vaccination (12 years +)
2. Proof of Vaccination and Photo ID (18 years +)
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) January 11, 2022
Some users on social media pointed out the massive hypocrisy of requiring people to have a photo ID, especially, just to be seen in public in the people's capital, but requiring one to vote is somehow a racist endeavor.
So if requiring a photo ID to cast a ballot is voter suppression, then what does that make this?
— AdamInHTownTX (LGBFJB+ Supporter) (@AdamInHTownTX) January 11, 2022
Since you're okay with showing a photo ID to get into a restaurant, you support IDs for voting, right?
— Beth Baumann (@eb454) January 11, 2022
Wait. Requiring ID is racist
— ??Erick Brockway?? (@erickbrockway) January 11, 2022
You'll need an ID to go inside a McDonald's in DC, but not to vote...
— Tea Party Patriots (@TPPatriots) January 11, 2022
Before "heading out" where??
I don't have an ID. It was stolen & I can't afford another thanks to SSDI's starvation wages
& I CAN'T get vaccinated with my medical condition
That mean I can't go to the store to get food?? ...Starvation wages means I can't have things delivered
— Amanda Siebe | ? #DisabilityRightsAreHumanRight ?? (@SiebeforORD1) January 11, 2022
Are you making it a requirement to have ID with you at all times just to walk around the city?
I sure hope not.
Occasionally I'm asked for ID and my vaccine card, when dining out in San Francisco, (because of the Vaccination Card fakes) but I leave it at home, unless I need it.
— Shawn Sunshine Strickland (@Strickalator) January 12, 2022
we have a trip coming up to DC and you sure are making it less appealing. This is just stupid, given that the vaccine seems not to offer significant protection against catching omicron.
— Ross Kaminsky (@Rossputin) January 11, 2022
I feel terrible for the underserved communities you constantly talk about not being able to obtain an ID to vote. Now there are so many other facets of life they will not be able to enjoy.
— Kevin Dalton (@NextLAMayor) January 11, 2022
Even as a liberal, I fear this show me the papers society. ?
— Twitati ? (@TwiTati) January 11, 2022
ID to vote: racist throwback to Jim Crow
ID, mask and proof of vaxx to go anywhere: perfectly fine
When this does absolutely nothing to slow the spread of COVID, will you admit that and never do it again?
— Spike Cohen (@RealSpikeCohen) January 12, 2022
I thought that needing ID was racist? Or is that just for election season?
— Atlanta Braves 2021 (@LastWordWilliam) January 11, 2022
The utter lack of self-awareness over a photo ID mandate to venture out in DC -- but not to vote -- is astonishing. But what is even more telling is that Democrats instinctively turn authoritarian when it comes to the exercise of power.
Meanwhile, most Republican leaders remain true to the root concept of their party's name -- 'republic' -- by continuing to respect Americans' constitutional and civil rights, regardless of whether or not there is a pandemic.
The contrast between the two political parties' COVID responses could not be starker.