I’ll quote a family member I’ve just been involved in a text exchange with on this topic:
“The general level of intelligence and education in this country has never been more exposed, at least during our lifetimes. The stupid have a mouth piece and it won’t shut up.”
Donald Trump claims that he was solely responsible for how quickly the vaccine was developed. Operation Warp Speed was his baby. (Narrator: this is not actually true. Much of the work on the technology for these vaccines was done before this virus ever showed up on planet Earth. And I’m relatively confident that any President facing this virus would have done the same thing as Trump did — throw resources at the development of the vaccine to get it in people’s arms as quickly and safely as possible.)
Which begs the question, of course. Why if this is Trump’s vaccine baby and he has received the vaccine, are so many of his true-believing followers unwilling to get vaccinated. According to one source over 184,000,000 Americans have received at least one dose of a vaccine, while almost 160,000,000 are fully vaccinated. That still leaves a whole lot of Americans who haven’t got a single shot, let alone both shots.
And why aren’t they? I do believe there are legitimate concerns regarding the vaccine, just as there are with any medical intervention. (Narrator: for example, the author of this post is suffering from an odd rash that has been bedeviling him for months. The doctor has suggested he take a more powerful antihistamine that requires an injection every four weeks. All of the materials on said drug warn in every other sentence about the risk of anaphylaxis. The author of this post is extremely relucant to start this new drug regimen given that risk.)
But here’s the deal. Over 33,000,000 Americans have tested positive for the virus. Of those, over 600,000 have died. And thousands more have been hospitalized with serious complications. Thousands of those are now long-haulers, experiencing months and months of debilitating side effects of the virus. I have a couple of acquaintances who have gone through this. They both contracted the virus around the end of November. One of them is still struggling, all these months later, with serious side effects.
So, on the one hand you have a virus that has killed hundreds of thousands and debilitated thousands more, versus a vaccine that, as of yet, has no known serious side effects that have been traced to it. Yes, there are theories and speculation. The latest being possible nerve damage from the J & J vaccine. There have been other rumored risks, but here’s the thing…
Almost six times more Americans have received the vaccine than the number with confirmed COVID diagnoses. If the vaccine was as dangerous as the virus, that would mean we would be hearing about 3.6 million Americans dying because of the vaccine and hundreds of thousands more suffering from serious side effects.
Guess what? That’s simply not happening. IT’S NOT HAPPENING!!! The vaccine isn’t anywhere near as dangerous or as risky as the virus is. Whether to get the vaccine is as much of a no-brainer as there is.
And yet … the vaccine has a chip in it, special delivery from Bill Gates. It will magnetize you. It will damage your fertility. It will cause you to grow hair on your fingernails. It’s about your freedom!!!!
And this is what this all comes down to. So much of the debate in this country these days is about “freedom.” In the fever swamps of the right-wing, Q-Anon, Fox News, Newsmax, Tucker Carlson world of righteousness, this freedom appears to mean the freedom to be stupid. The freedom to not have to care about your neighbors, your co-workers, your fellow citizens. It means the freedom to believe anything you want to believe … EVEN IF THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO FACTUAL BASIS FOR THAT BELIEF!
I really can’t take this much longer. Tens of millions of Americans are refusing to get vaccinated based on their desire to believe stupid things other people throw at them. Other people who actually don’t care about them, but instead are only intent on sowing chaos and discord in this country. I wonder how many Fox anchors and talking heads, how many Newsmax reporters, how many QAnon honchos, how many Republicans pushing the “freedom” angle … just how many of them have actually gone out and got vaccinated, while pushing this crap on the gullible and the stupid.
As I said to my family member referenced above and which prompted her reply that I quoted:
“Everything that has happened since Trump first came down that escalator in 2015 has been a demonstration of just how stupid so many Americans are and how willing they are to be misled. It’s disgusting what has happened over the past six years.”
Americans continue to be put at risk, and continue to die, because of this stupidity. When will it end? Will it end?