December 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Americans should be prepared to accept not returning to restaurants until well into the new year, software giant and left-wing philanthropist Bill Gates claimed over the weekend.
“Bars and restaurants—in most of the country—will be closed as we go into this wave, and I think, sadly, that’s appropriate,” the Microsoft founder claimed Sunday in an interview with CNN. He predicted Americans might regain a semblance of normalcy around summer 2021, “but even through early 2022, unless we help other countries get rid of this disease, and we get high vaccination rates in our country, the risk of reintroduction will be there and, of course, the global economy will be slowed down, which hurts America economically in a pretty dramatic way.”
.@BillGates on Covid: “Even through 2022” we should be prepared for life to not return to “normal”
Says “sadly” it’s “appropriate” for bars and restaurants to close over the next “four to six months” pic.twitter.com/cmDD8pv3XR
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 13, 2020
That isn’t sitting well with many Americans affected by COVID-19 lockdowns, who note that the billionaire Gates (who enjoys media status as an authority on the virus despite having no medical expertise) need not worry about being personally affected by government ordering his source of livelihood to shut down.
Fox Business notes that the National Restaurant Association puts the number of restaurants closed by the pandemic response at more than 100,000, with 10,000 just in the last three months. 87% of full-service restaurants report experiencing a 36% drop in sales, with majorities expecting things to get worse over the winter, including forced layoffs and furloughs of workers.
In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis (whose name has been floated as a potential 2024 presidential candidate) has made a point of modeling the opposite approach.
“Most of the contact tracing that's been done has restaurants very low in terms of where these infections can be traced to,” DeSantis, who has largely resisted calls to lock down the state, said Tuesday at a press conference. “The vast, vast majority [of coronavirus cases] are occurring in people's homes, particularly if you have people getting together.”
“Some may want to shut you down, we want to pull you up,” the governor told restaurant owners. “We've got your back, if you're somebody who's a waitress or a cook or you [have] a family-owned business. You are an important part of our state.”
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Mainstream media sources are promoting offensive suggestions by some doctors that people who refuse a vaccine for COVID-19 should be "punished" by the government and by business - effectively coercing them into taking the vaccine.
- One group of doctors writing in 'USA Today' suggested that the government impose special taxes (i.e., fines) on people who refuse the vaccination and that business simply refuse to serve them. [see story below]
- Another doctor writing in an online publication called 'The Conversation' shamelessly suggested that people who refuse a vaccine should be given a psychoactive drug to induce compliance. [see story below]
But, these suggestions are plain political posturing, and have nothing to do with science or with the recent trends of the disease.
And, in case they haven't noticed, we live in a democracy not a medical dictatorship!
Please SIGN this urgent petition which asks policy-makers and business people, at all levels, to pledge to respect the rights of those who, in good conscience, decide not to vaccinate themselves or their children.
People should not have to live in fear of governmental or corporate retribution for refusing a vaccine which is being rushed to market by Big Pharma and their fellow-travelers in NGOs, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
It would be intolerable and immoral for the government or business to coerce someone, and their family, to take a COVID vaccine against their will to avoid a fine, or just so they can do their weekly grocery shopping.
Medical freedom must be respected in principle and also in practice.
So, it is now time that our policy-makers listen to all voices involved in this vital conversation, and start to represent those who will not tolerate being punished for refusing a vaccine.
Simply put, legislatures must begin to act as legislatures again.
Questions must be asked. Hearings and investigations must be held. And, the legislatures of each state and country must return to the business of representing the people who voted for them, assuming their rightful place as the originator of legislation.
We can no longer accept the dictates of executive branches without question, especially now that, statistically speaking, the initial brunt of the COVID crisis has passed.
Neither can we accept the dictates of doctors who seem detached from reality and from science, and who only seem to be attached to the idea of promoting ideas which contribute to the agrandizement of power and control of political interests, and wealth of those who stand to make a lot of money from the sale of a COVID vaccine.
Please SIGN this urgent petition which asks government and business leaders to pledge to respect the rights of those who refuse a COVID vaccine, and not seek to punish them for doing so.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Doctors lay out plan to ‘punish’ people who refuse coronavirus vaccine: ‘There is no alternative’' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/doctors-lay-out-plan-to-punish-people-who-refuse-coronavirus-vaccine-there-is-no-alternative
'US professor: ‘Psychoactive pill’ should be covertly administered to ensure lockdown compliance' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-professor-ensure-lockdown-compliance-by-drugging-dissenters-with-psychoactive-pill
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