“pandemic of the unvaccinated”
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.”