UNCONSCIONABLE!!!

The Republicans have crossed that line in the sand, they have gone too far, and it’s high time to stop them, even if it requires emergency procedures that defy their “constitutional rights”.  They are costing us our lives and I for one am sick and damn tired of it!  Jamelle Bouie writing for the New York Times sums it up in his most recent column … guaranteed to make you growl and stomp your feet.


Do Republicans Actually Want the Pandemic to End?

Aug. 31, 2021

By Jamelle Bouie

Opinion Columnist

President Barack Obama promised unity. In his 2008 campaign, he said he would heal the nation’s political divides and end more than a decade of partisan rancor.

To keep this promise, Obama needed allies, or at least partners, in the Republican Party. But they said no. If they could block Obama — if they could withhold support on anything significant he planned to do — then they could make him break his promise. Republicans would obstruct and Obama would get the blame. Which, you might remember, is what happened. By the 2010 midterm elections, Obama was a divisive president.

Joe Biden, in his 2020 campaign for president, promised to get the coronavirus pandemic under control. With additional aid to working families and free distribution of multiple effective vaccines, he would lead the United States out of its ongoing public health crisis.

I think you can see where this is going.

Rather than work with him to vaccinate the country, Biden’s Republican opposition has, with only a few exceptions, done everything in its power to politicize the vaccine and make refusal to cooperate a test of partisan loyalty. The party is, for all practical purposes, pro-Covid. If it’s sincere, it is monstrous. And if it’s not, it is an unbelievably cynical and nihilistic strategy. Unfortunately for both Biden and the country, it appears to be working.

Naturally, some of the loudest vaccine-skeptical Republicans are in Congress. “Think about what those mechanisms could be used for,” Representative Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina said of the Biden administration’s plan for door-to-door vaccine ambassadors. “They could then go door-to-door to take your guns. They could go door-to-door to take your Bibles.”

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has similarly criticized the president’s effort to reach the unvaccinated. “People have a choice, they don’t need your medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations,” she tweeted. “You can’t force people to be part of the human experiment.”

Cawthorn and Greene are obviously fringe figures. But these days, the fringe is not far from the center of the Republican Party (if it ever was to begin with). Their rhetoric is not too different, in other words, from that of their more mainstream colleagues in the Senate.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has attacked vaccine mandates — “There should be no mandates, zero, concerning Covid,” he said in a recent interview with the Fox News host Sean Hannity — while Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has urged Americans to “resist” efforts to stop the spread of the virus. “It’s time for us to resist,” Paul said in a video posted to Twitter. “They can’t arrest all of us. They can’t keep all of your kids home from school. They can’t keep every government building closed, although I’ve got a long list of ones they might keep closed or ought to keep closed.”

Republican rhetoric in Washington, however, is a sideshow to the real fight over Covid, in states like Florida and Texas.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis rejected vaccine passports and launched an aggressive campaign against mandatory mask-wearing in schools. “It is very important that we say, unequivocally, no to lockdowns, no to school closures, no to restrictions and no to mandates,” he told a gathering of conservative activists in Utah last month. DeSantis has suspended city and county emergency orders, put limits on future mitigation efforts and signed a law that “shields nursing homes, hospitals and businesses from legal liability if employees and patrons contract the virus on their premises.”

All of this, even as the state has been ravaged by the Delta variant of the virus. Florida has been reporting more than 20,000 new infections a day and has averaged 262 Covid deaths — the most of any state, at least in absolute numbers. More than 16,000 people are hospitalized and thousands have been taken to intensive care units. Who does DeSantis blame for these outcomes? Biden.

“You know, he said he was going to end Covid. He hasn’t done that,” the Florida governor told the Fox News host Jesse Watters last week. “At the end of the day, he is trying to find a way to distract from the failures of his presidency.”

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has banned mask mandates, signed legislation that would deny state contracts or licenses to businesses that require proof of vaccination and — after recovering from a breakthrough Covid infection himself — barred local governments from requiring the vaccine for any public agency or private institution. In a statement, Abbott said that this was to avoid a “patchwork of vaccine mandates across Texas.” But in a message to the state legislature, the governor appeared to be asking lawmakers to consider an outright ban on vaccine mandates. On Aug. 25, the day Abbott sent his message, Texas reported more than 23,000 new cases of Covid, along with 14,000 hospitalizations and 245 deaths.

Abbott and DeSantis are not alone. Earlier this month, the Republican governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, created two new grant programs that would give funds to families and school districts that rejected mask mandates. And in South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem once again cheered the Sturgis motorcycle rally, a year after it contributed to a Covid outbreak throughout the region and into the Midwest. This year, health officials have already linked the rally to cases in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The effect of all of this for the country is a pandemic that won’t die. The effect of it for the Republican Party is a substantial part of its base that won’t take the vaccine. According to data collected by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Republicans lag behind most of the rest of the country in vaccine uptake; 54 percent said they had received at least one dose at the time of the survey, compared with 67 percent of all adults. And the effect of this for Biden is a sharp drop in his approval rating; a Reuters poll conducted mid-month found the president down 21 points among all Americans for his handling of the pandemic.

What amounts to a Republican effort to prolong the pandemic shows no sign of abating. It may even get worse, as powerful conservative media personalities spread vaccine skepticism and embrace dubious miracle cures like ivermectin, a drug typically used to treat parasitic worms in livestock, not viruses in humans.

If Biden does not want the kind of backlash that his Democratic predecessor faced, he needs to act aggressively to push the United States off its vaccination plateau. Republicans might be setting him up to break his promise to stop Covid, but the president should understand that he’s not actually at their mercy.

27 thoughts on “UNCONSCIONABLE!!!

  1. Thank you for sharing!!.. This suppose to be a democracy, the President alone cannot make a major change in some, if not most, issues.. this country (irregardless of ideology) is waiting for someone to wave a magic wand and make it go away and that is not going to happen.. as the saying goes, “one can lead a horse to water but one cannot make it drink” and again, it is up to the people to work together, compromise instead of waiting for something to happen.. 🙂

    Unfortunately there is a closed minded element of society that has found it’s comfort zone and will resist change at any cost and if one will do some open minded research, other than language and faith based belief, there is very little difference between them and the rest of the closed minded societies of the third rock from the sun…. 🙂

    Until we meet again..

    My wish for you, my friend
    May your spirit always be free,
    May your life be full of happiness
    Laughter in your world will always be.

    May your heart never know pain
    No sorrow will your heart find,
    To witness each and everyday with..
    A open heart and peace of mind…

    And when your mortal days are over
    And to another life you will surely go,
    You will be greeted by friends and loved ones
    Trouble and suffering, you will no longer know…

    This is my wish for you, my friend
    For you are a friend, don’t you see,
    And with each and everyday, I hope and wish
    That a friend, you will forever be..
    ( Larry “ Dutch” Woller )

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  2. Here’s some very good news from India: Prominent Indian Physician Talks Impact Of Ivermectin In Home Medicine Kits in India – Cases & deaths dropped to pre-pandemic lows!
    We as American should really look into this off label drug if we want to contain Covid, along with safe vaccinations, masks, social distancing & responsible mass event management… we may prevail after all:

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  3. Might as well just write a headline ‘ The Republicans do something crazy again,’.
    All of their antics are reminiscent in a diluted form to the mindset of officialdom in Germany and Japan throughout 1944 to in the former case May 1945 and the latter August 1945.
    (Yes I know it’s provocative and some might feel too edgy a statement to make. My reply is The Republican Party and MAGA should grow up and get over the fact there was an African American president- for two terms voted by majorities)

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  5. It’s terrible that by their actions in refusing all mandates designed to keep people safe, the GOP are prepared to wipe out a generation of children . Since the virus is blind it will take the children of any political party. They risk losing the votes of all the parents who think wearing a mask is a small price to pay to keep their children safe and feel it’sz not the job of a

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  6. Jill, this puzzles me as well. To pick as a wedge issue the argument that people should be unsafe is beyond the pale. I lot of it has to do with trying to whitewash the former president’s incompetence in handling the pandemic, which still stymies me. For a person who craves being seen as a leader, when he really had a chance to be the one we needed, the former president whiffed at the ball on the tee. And, then he kept whiffing. Keith

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    • It is indeed beyond the pale … can you imagine such a thing happening 20, 30, or 40 years ago? You’re right … the former guy blew his big chance to be a leader and I truly believe that some part of the resistance we’re seeing today to vaccinations and masks still tracks back to him. Some still believe that it is all a hoax. Sigh.

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    • I take some umbrage with that statement, even though I am not American. I have never voted Conservative in my life, and you could not offer me enough money to do so. Older conservative people might vote Conservative or Republican, but not those who care about other people, the planet, gender equality, and such.
      There are lots of young people too who vote the right. But they’vé been brainwashed, lol.

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  7. Once upon a time one maxin for life was “Live and learn.” Today, there is a new statement that may one day become a conclusion of the pandemic, “Deny and DIE!” (Compliments of your local WordPress rawgod.)

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