Now then: I like Rand Paul more and more all the time. Excerpt:
Writing in The Atlantic last week, former Obama Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Juliette Kayyem demanded Americans who choose not to take the Wuhan coronavirus vaccine be placed on the federal government’s no-fly list.
“The White House has rejected a nationwide vaccine mandate—a sweeping suggestion that the Biden administration could not easily enact if it wanted to—but a no-fly list for unvaccinated adults is an obvious step that the federal government should take,” Kayyem argued.
Republican Senator Rand Paul is blasting the suggestion, especially coming from a former federal government official who once had a lot of power over people’s lives.
“Obscene. If we now disagree in our personal medical decisions with the left, they’re going to declare that we’re terrorists and can’t fly? But even on the practicality of it, even if you said ‘okay, we’re going to do this,’ even the CDC says you’re not supposed to get vaccinated if you’ve been infected within three months. So what are you going to do? Tell people they can’t fly for three months according to the CDC,” Paul said during an interview with Fox News. “I and other doctors actually think the your immunity from being infected is going to last a lot longer…I do believe natural immunity should be taken into account. But even according to the CDC this idiot would have us not flying for three months so it makes no sense. It is complete collectivism.”
In point of fact, the no-fly list in and of itself flies in the face of limited government. It’s a list maintained by bureaucrats; there are no published or even known criteria for what lands you on that list, there’s no appeal process for getting off that list, and there is no defined due process for either. This list shouldn’t exist at all – at least, it shouldn’t exist in a country that still values due process and individual liberty, which this one increasingly does not.
And here’s the real dinger: This same horse’s ass, Juliette Kayyem, an Obama Administration creature, would have you show some kind of proof of vaccination to fly – but would no doubt complain bitterly against any law requiring proof of ID to vote.
It seems hypocrisy is a requirement for the political class these days. Kudos to Rand Paul for avoiding that pitfall.