August 11, 2021
It’s ramping up again… instilling alarm and fear in the throats of every American.
Am I talking about COVID-19?
No… I’m referring to the media frenzy surrounding this virus, egged on by Fauci and the CDC.
First, some important context: More than 166 million Americans are already fully vaccinated.
Around 500 people a day nationwide are dying from COVID-19, in a country of 330 million. The median age of those dying from COVID is over 80 years old.
While there are around 100,000 new COVID cases a day right now, that’s still just one-third of the overall peak of almost 300,000 cases in a day the U.S. hit in February 2021.
These are all critical data points to keep in mind as the media spreads hysteria and “mitigation” mandates are making a comeback. We should be closer to the end of this pandemic than ever before, and the dark days of mask requirements and social distancing should be in our collective rearview mirror.
So what’s going on?
The worst thing you can do is to sit idly by and do nothing. Find out exactly what’s going on in America, why this grocery store billionaire is so concerned about this coming October, and four steps every American should take right now, right here.
A Political Sickness
For one thing, the deep politicization of COVID response has completely undermined the so-called “public health authorities.” In a recent interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, the lab-coat tyrant in chief Dr. Anthony Fauci said this about masking up children in schools across the country:
“It’s not comfortable, obviously, for children to wear masks, particularly the younger children,” he said. “But you know, what we’re starting to see, Hugh, and I think it’s going to unfold even more as the weeks go by, that this virus not only is so extraordinarily transmissible, but we’re starting to see pediatric hospitals get more and more younger people and kids not only numerically, but what seems to be more severe disease.
“Now we’re tracking that, the CDC is tracking that really very carefully, so it’s going to be a balance that we would feel very badly if we all of a sudden said OK, kids, don’t wear masks, then you find out retrospectively that this virus in a very, very strange and unusual way is really hitting kids really hard,” he continued. “But hopefully, this will be a temporary thing, temporary enough that it doesn’t have any lasting negative impact on them.”
How many children are going to the hospital each day in this country nationwide? About 200. How many children have died in the U.S. from COVID during the entire course of the pandemic? Less than 300.
Fortunately, this is not a disease parents need to be frightened of on behalf of their kids. But don’t tell Dr. Fauci that – he wants you to be terrified.
Obama: A Maskless, Two-Faced Posterboy
But only sometimes… Dr. Fauci showed a very different approach to the 400-plus-person birthday bash on Martha’s Vineyard for former President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday over the weekend. In order to control some of the messaging around it, there were news reports that it was a “scaled down” event at Obama’s $12 million beachfront mansion.
Unsurprisingly, there were still hundreds of celebrity attendees (and a small army of servants) partying it up inside a massive tent, without a mask in sight. Despite all the recent Democrat-media headlines about the Delta variant, it seems the virus takes a vacation when George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey are at the same party.
Meanwhile, those of us who live outside the lofty world of the ruling class are faced with an increasingly authoritarian COVID control regime. Vaccine mandates for the military have already been announced, and federal employees are probably next.
Cutting Through the ‘Mandate’ Semantics
New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio decided earlier this month that the country’s first official vaccine passport system will be enforced, starting in mid-September. They aren’t calling it a “mandate,” per se… It’s just a requirement that all restaurants, bars, gyms, and other public establishments demand proof of vaccination for entry.
So yes, it actually is a vaccine mandate – which even President Joe Biden said at the start of 2021 he didn’t support… But like so much ever-changing COVID policy, you’re expected to forget the promises they made to you before.
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The “science” magically seems to morph every day, according to the whims of Fauci and the Democrat elites. The Obama birthday bash was no problem, but the upcoming Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota? That’s a guaranteed COVID-19 disaster.
You’re not supposed to notice that no such claims were made about the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago at the beginning of August.
COVID-19 is such an advanced virus, it can determine political affiliation and socioeconomic status, and infect accordingly…
Speaking of which, this raises an interesting conundrum for De Blasio’s NYC vaccine mandate. The storyline often perpetuated by the media is that it’s only Republican Trumpers refusing to get vaccinated… But in New York, data shows the city’s vaccine uptake is lowest among certain demographics, particularly Black residents who account for the lowest, with only 32% reported as fully vaccinated.
What will happen to the majority of these Black residents in New York who are not vaccinated and unlikely to be by the time the mandate goes into place? Are they really going to be barred from all restaurants and gyms?
And for everyone in New York, will the vaccine passport system also be used to demand booster shots this winter?
Winter is Coming: COVID Passports and Boosters
Let’s not forget that last year, many restaurants and small businesses were in danger of going under because people were afraid to leave their homes. Now, these vaccine mandates will effectively be banning many of the same folks who helped kept these places open.
And what if it’s more than just not going out to eat or being able to work out?
Last month, after refusing to receive a COVID vaccine, Rick Dennison was let go as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach.
And the icing on the rotten cake? According to a MarketWatch story earlier this week, if you’re fired for refusing to get vaccinated, the company has the right to terminate your employment for violating company policy. And if you refuse to get one and quit or are fired, you won’t be eligible for unemployment benefits because you didn’t comply with company policies.
This is where Dr. Fauci is supposed to appear and tell you: Silence, peasant. This is about science. You do what you are told. (Except he probably has a CNN appearance to prepare for and has no time for your impudent questions.)
Just remember, even before the Delta variant, one thing we learned for sure… when they say your health may be at stake, your freedom is definitely in mortal peril.
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