Paddy Mooney ✒ This is the third article on this broad topic. I didn’t think id be writing a trilogy when I wrote the first - "Covid Passports" One Step Too Far - and I’ll keep this short. For context see Left Lockdown Sceptic In Ireland.
I will be attending the Rally for Truth and Proper Healthcare on Saturday the 27th in Dublin. I never attended any Yellow Vest Rally styled to contest the same issue because as a person who identifies as an Irish Republican and Socialist the gap was too wide for me given the association of Far right and Conspiracy theory, much of which was groundless. Many of the same people who attend YV rallies will be in the Rally this week, because the issue is the same and few look so deep into the organisers.
I aligned myself with the Peoples Convention who launched a Peoples Movement active to oppose discrimination as the name categorizes “Truth and Proper Healthcare”. I attended Rallies in Cork and supported the non-ideological format because the ultimate issue transcends ideology and focuses on civil and human rights.
What this now boils down to when you strip away all the noise is simple. Do you support or oppose discrimination? We have discussed the Science and the morality to death at this point and the facts are there for discussion but we are onto something deeper now. There's little to be gained by re-visiting the quagmire. My position is clear, I am pro-choice. I support the right to receive a vaccine based on individual choice. The flawed and contentious argument that somehow those who decline the treatment are a threat to those who receive it rumbles on and produces State driven discrimination which all should oppose regardless of confidence in the treatment.
I’ve spent most of my adult life studying class consciousness and Republican history. I am acutely aware of the external dominance imprinted on our national psyche and of the unfinished revolution. A diverse range of identity exists on our island none of which are materially significant to this crisis.
I must appeal to the reader to reset objectivity on this topic and revisit it on these binary grounds:
Do you believe in bodily autonomy?
Do you believe in Civil liberty?
Do you believe in Human rights?
Do you believe in opposing discrimination?
If you have answered yes to all the above then how can you reconcile the narrative that accuses people who adhere rigidly to the fundamental medical principal of informed consent of selfishness when we know that the vaccines are available to all freely and definitively do not stop transmission?
Have you fallen into the mob mentality being unceremoniously championed by the political establishment which all critical thinkers can attest is deeply associated with corruption in government?
Ask yourself again, do you oppose discrimination?