Meanwhile, in Possum Hollar

“pandemic of the unvaccinated”

This post in ProPublica is everything:

Amid the current surge in COVID-19 cases in Missouri, a recent Facebook conversation between two Republican state lawmakers is telling.

Around Independence Day, State Rep. Bill Kidd, from the Kansas City suburbs, revealed that he has been infected by the coronavirus.

“And no, we didn’t get the vaccine,” he wrote in a post that has since been deleted. “We’re Republicans 😆”

Now that might seem flippant way to start an article, but the author continues:

As the number of coronavirus infections rises around the country, lawmakers like Kidd and Seitz have adopted responses that trouble many health officials. In Tennessee, Republicans legislators threatened to shut down the state health department, saying it was targeting minors for mass vaccinations without the consent of parents. In Ohio, lawmakers allowed a doctor to testify at a legislative hearing last month that coronavirus vaccines could leave people magnetized (they can’t). During a hearing in the Montana Senate, a senator said he had read articles about “putting a chip in the vaccine.” (There are no chips in vaccines.)

Most of the post is about Missouri, which other than having the very stout and sturdy Branson Rockettes kicking-up their heels to Jeebus, the Show-Me state is the GOP in a microcosm. There’s conspiracies, religion, overriding public safety mandates, telling corporations that they cannot demand their employees be vaccinated (and there’s small Gubmint in action, amirite?), it’s the whole enchilada.

Because children under 12 are not (yet?) eligible to to be vaccinated—the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all kids over age two should wear masks when they return to school this fall, regardless of their vaccination status. At least nine Red states have already banned school mask mandates, because what if masks, you know, got in the way of NOT learning about racism? /snark

And so the potential carrot/stick of vaccine passports is dead in the water.

President Handsome Joe Biden could sign an executive order requiring vaccinations for federal property and for interstate commerce (and travel that requires some government intervention like planes/trains/boats, but of course he could not stop cars). But his authority to act unilaterally ends more or less at state borders.

The President could encourage governors and mayors to enforce similar rules within their states and cities. They won’t, of course, but they could. So in the meanwhile, the suffering will continue until the Fox News/Red Hats die off in record numbers and take a lot of innocent people with them.

A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that a whopping 37 percent of unvaccinated Americans consider the vaccine to be a greater health risk than coronavirus, and 34 percent aren’t sure.

As always, it’s up to us on the Left to ensure that America understands why a preventable illness continues to be deadly: because the Right wants to pwn the Libs, even if it kills them.

There is no cure for stupid.

UPDATE 1: this just about broke me thinking about it –

“One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”

— Dr. Brytney Cobia

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12 Responses to Meanwhile, in Possum Hollar

  1. ming says:

    “There is no cure for stupid.” Coronavirus – “Hold my beer.”

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  2. The President could encourage governors and mayors to enforce similar rules within their states and cities. They won’t, of course, but they could.

    Actually, in many states, no, they can’t.

    The AZ legislature (which was in court yesterday literally arguing that the law does not apply to them https://tucson.com/news/local/legislature-argues-its-exempt-from-arizonas-open-meeting-law/article_2c2e1558-e984-11eb-ad46-03a142e674c1.html ) has restricted the Governor’s ability to ddeclare a health emergency and flat-out forbidden Mayors from adding any restrictions not approved by the Legislature.

    Wisconsin and Michigan have both passed laws restricting what the Governor can do (hel in Wisconsin they practically made it so the only thing the Gov CAN do is attend ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and then only if he has a pass signed by the leaders of the Lege…)

    This is that Sovereign-citizen virus variant I spoke about the other day, lets call it ‘Sovereign Legislatire’ doctrine.

    Republican legislatures increasingly see themselves as the only source of authority in their states, with everyone else subordinate to their whims.

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    • ali redford says:

      Same in KS. I’m fairly certain they’d prosecute someone for infecting an embryo or a fetus, but once you’re born here, well.

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  3. roket says:

    And just like that, White evangelical Protestants adopt the Native American belief that says it is impolite to speak of the dead. Specifically, White evangelical republican Protestant Antivaxers who die from the Delta variant. At least that’s what’s happening around here. They have been, shall we say, * canceled*.

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    • “It is too soon after this tragic shooting death-by-asphyxiation to speak of gun control vaccination. We must allow the families time to grieve together…cough cough

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      • ali redford says:

        Heh. Or this one we get around here a lot: ‘you bleeding heart libs always putting the guilt trips on the rest of us. Just shutup, ya snowflakes.’

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  4. Mrs BDR, trawling imgur as usual, sends along this:

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  5. osirisopto says:

    2020 saw flood, fire, and pestilence on “biblical” proportions. What’s it going to take for these x-tians to get the effing hint, a plague of mice and frogs?

    Check out Australia.

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  6. T_Reg says:

    It’s clear that a sizable minority will not take the vaccine, ever. So why do those who strongly support vaccination continue to fiercely object to the use of Ivermectin? It’s not like they’re ever going to change the minds of anti-vaxxers. Are they that insistent on more people dying? And if they’re so absolutely sure it doesn’t work, why do they care if someone uses it? It’s been in use for 50 years, and it’s one of the safest drugs in existence.

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  7. Iron city says:

    I last used Ivermectin to de-worm my horse. Works great. Tastes terrible (my horse tells me), he demands an apple after. Maybe lots of antivaxers can get de-wormed. It will not do much of anything against a virus, but they will not have worms.

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