Vaccinations have become the center of controversy all over America and even the world. Americans, especially politicians, are clearly divided on the subject, some expressing their passionate views freely.
One Arizona Senator recently took issue with a local freeway sign that read, “WANT TO RETURN TO NORMAL? GET VACCINATED.”
Seen in Communist China today.
Oops, I mean Arizona. pic.twitter.com/7dCiZsi7UQ
— Senator Kelly Townsend (@AZKellyT) May 6, 2021
Senator Kelly Townsend tweeted a picture of the sign along with the caption, “Seen in Communist China today. Oops, I mean Arizona.” The tweet garnered mixed responses, some applauding her and others highly critical.
The Arizona freeway signage was removed the day Townsend made the tweet. There are currently three messages in rotation displayed on the boards: “Join 3 million Arizonans Get Vaccinated”, “5.3 Million Doses And Counting Get Vaccinated,” and “It’s Your Shot to End COVID-19 Get Vaccinated.”
Though officials said the removal wasn’t due to a specific complaint, Townsend seemed to contradict that in a tweet. “For those who didn’t understand, this was posted after being contacted by many Arizonans who felt it was a veiled threat as in ‘If you want us to let you live normally, get vaccinated.”
Whatever their reason, I am glad this particular message has been taken down. It was upsetting to many and inappropriate. We may need to visit the issue of using the signs for non-freeway related messages.https://t.co/fID6gukhM5
— Senator Kelly Townsend (@AZKellyT) May 12, 2021
Townsend believes that the signs are government overreach, akin to the communist party seen in present-day China. She hasn’t been quiet on this perspective, likening vaccines to communism, in the past either.
In 2019, she expressed her view very clearly on Facebook, “The idea that we force someone to give up their liberty for the sake of the collective is not based on American values but rather, Communist (sic).” Mandatory vaccination is a violation of American freedom, and Townsend will not stand by quietly.
She goes on to say, “Our country is sovereign, our State is sovereign, our family is sovereign, our God is sovereign and the most holy and sacred last frontier of sovereignty is our own body. Folks, I am going to ask you to educate your children, educate your family, educate those around you about the fundamentals of liberty and what that means. It seems we have lost those fundamentals along the way and are chasing our fears.”