America's anti-maskers have become America's anti-vaxxers. 

Their argument against these common-sense precautions is personal freedom. The only problem with this logic, or lack thereof, is that their claims to freedom are causing the rest of us to lose ours. 

It would be nice to be able to dine inside with no worry, go to the movies in a packed theater, or enjoy any of the other freedoms we enjoyed before the pandemic. But that will be impossible to do with the threat of COVID - unless we reach a certain threshold of the population who are vaccinated, probably around 80%. Who is preventing us from reaching that threshold? The 1 in 4 Americans who say they'll refuse to get vaccinated

Cat scratch fever

You've heard GOP Rep. Jim Jordan pounding the table, asking when we're going to live our lives again. In a recent congressional hearing with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Jordan demanded to know the precise moment the world will be back to normal and harangued the infectious disease specialist about basic safety measures. By undermining Dr. Fauci, Jordan is in turn undermining our efforts to get back to normal. As Dr. Fauci expressed, it's a paStudies show that many vaccine-hesitant folks are in a 'wait-and-see' pattern and aren't completely writing off the vaccine. A positive pronouncement from their trusted elected officials or a celebrity they admire could make a world of difference. But instead of that, we get people like Jordan, Johnson, and faded rockstar Ted Nugent. 

I'll admit, I had a moment of schadenfreude when Nugent got COVID and whined about how bad it was. He said "it was really scary" and that he "didn't know if [he] was gonna make it." And, of course, he is right. COVID is scary, and nearly 600,000 of his fellow citizens weren't as lucky as he and didn't make it. But he remains a poster child of all "freedom-loving" COVID-deniers: anti-mask, anti-vax and making the country suffer as a result.

Former President Donald Trump, afraid to offend the faux-freedom lovers, got his vaccine in secret and waited two months to reveal it. He clearly knows that the vaccine will protect him and that his words carry a lot of weight with his MAGA disciples, up to 40% of whom don't want a shot. But instead of shouting about the success of the vaccines and winning over his supporters, Trump doesn't seem to care if his followers have the same protection that the vaccine provides.

The tone these guys and their brethren have set from the beginning has prolonged the crisis. Fewer masks meant more contamination. If everyone masked, fewer people would have died. And fewer vaccines prolongs the threat of COVID for everyone. 

Faux freedom

Even as more and more folks around the world get the vaccine, new COVID variants continue to emerge in unvaccinated communities. The vaccines have stayed ahead of the variants - at least for now. But if we don't reach herd immunity soon we could find ourselves with a variant that has outsmarted the vaccine, which could lead to another lockdown.

If everyone eligible got the vaccine, we could all get our lives back as soon as Jim Jordan wants. But the "freedom" from the vaccine that the right wing clamors for could allow variants to stick around, mutate and deprive all of us again. So instead, we may have to fight variants, hunt for boosters, and mask endlessly.

In pandemics past, vaccines were the key to how our country returned to normal. There is, after all, a reason no one has contracted polio in the United States since 1979. But that didn't happen in a vacuum. Public health officials, politicians, celebrities and everyday teenagers all teamed up to make the vaccine accessible, normal, and even "cool." Everyone got together, and before long, polio epidemics were no more. 

Today, that seems all but impossible — not in the era of alt-right cable news and the politicians mugging for that audience. I'm not the first to say it, but instead of science leading us all to health and safety, the faux-freedom lovers are causing the rest of us to lose our freedom.


14 comments:

  1. WHAT B S, BET YOUR A FREEMASON TRAITOR!

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  2. I wasn’t surprised when the author didn’t include the inconvenient detail that almost half of the CDC isn’t getting vaccinated. This, according to Fauci.

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  3. 'the threat of COVID'

    IF YOU BELIEVE COVID IS A THREAT, YOU ARE JAILED IN A CELL OF YOUR OWN MAKING. YOU'VE BEEN TERRORIZED AND SOLD A BILL OF GOODS. AND NO DOUBT COULDN'T WAIT FOR THE UNTESTED, EXPERIMENTAL JABS.

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  4. Actually, the truth will free us, and I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it to be served up on a silver platter by the government and Big Pharma! Can anyone really blame people for not wanting to get the "vaccine". According to world's leading doctors it is NOT a vaccine but "gene therapy". If people who have already been vaccinated knew what many others know about the novelty and dangerous uncertainty of the experimental shot, I'm sure most of them would have refused the shot. it's sort of like Russian Roulette, but the bullets are the apparent "nanotechnology" that has been inserted into mRNA which will modify the person's genetic makeup. Who wants to be a genetically-modified human being? Not too many I'm sure. But when people are afraid and misinformed, lied to, they are easy prey to become part of a massive experiment using REAL human beings as guinea pigs!

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    1. Don't bet on it. I tried to tell 2 libtards I know (probably not much longer) about the fake vaccine and they wanted to hear none of it. She said that she has doctors in the family and she would take their advice any day over mine. She didn't even talk to them about the anti-vaccine shit I gave her. Didn't even look at it herself. So I suspect her funeral will be in a year or two. These stupid ass liberals are all caught in their liberal echo chambers which are driven by the likes of CNN and NYSlimes. Hopefully most the people that get it will be liberals and most will be gone in just a couple of years, if we're lucky.

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  5. So I guess "freedom" to this author means having DNA changed with AI enhancement and forced vaccine passport or else so that way he or she or whatever can bully the non-vaxxed...either that or this is a joke....

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    1. As pointed out this so called vaccine is not actually a vaccine but is indeed gene therapy and will make fundamental changes to DNA chains. It is also clear it is designed as an accelerant as those vaccinated are spreading the COVID to hose who do not wish the vaccination. I would advise everyone to not vaccinate and treat this 'super flu' as that and no more. Death rates globally are on par with annual flu numbers anyway so it is all hyped scare tactics.

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  6. Total BS from a brainwashed idiot.

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  7. Crack News. Well, I guess they at least got the name right.

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  8. Seven comments so far and all seven point out the obvious fact that the author is either ignorant, lying, evil, or some combination of the three.

    Consider this eighth comment one more thumbs down.

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  9. 8th comment is more of the same. NOONE is going to mess with my DNA. At least 50% of the world?is?not stupid enough to have been brainwashed into this faux pandemic nonsense. I will trust my health immune system.

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  10. Lol....everyone saw this coming a mile away. The tyrants who took away your freedom blaming people who won't submit for the continued suppression of your freedom.

    Yes, boys and girls you can have your "freedom" back as soon as you all agree to never ask questions. The government that lied to you about Wmds, torture, drone strikes and bailouts would never lie to you about health issues. Amazing that this kind of stupidity could get any traction whatsoever.

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  11. So the scumbag MORON authors of this TRASH ignoring the many MANY DEATHS caused by the vaccine WRONGLY want the rest of us to take it? F U !!! Its VERY important to understand EPSTEIN GUILTY Trump's ROLE in this so you dont make the SAME MISTAKES or support him as he MAKES MORE! CASES NOT DEATHS! EVENT 201 proves this was all a PLANNED FARCE! Understand that Epstein GUILTY Trumpy is a deep state FAKE like all others before him and gave Gates GAVI group a BILLION to FORCE a vaccine on YOU using the MILITARY in a 'powerful way' Gates controlled and funded Fauci AND Birx and they ALL should be EXECUTED. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pV1U9s3vJ0

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