Don't be one. Please.
This Is Don. Don Is A World Class Ass Clown. Don’t Be Like Don.
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We’ve been living under vaccine apartheid, with the unvaccinated excluded from much of society. There’s a certain segment of the population out there comprised of the sort of people who are apparently immune to cognitive dissonance. These people are convinced that they’re morally upstanding individuals even though they condone, participate in, and even advocate for the shunning and scapegoating of “anti-vaxxers.” A growing number of these benevolent souls have taken to mocking, even celebrating, the deaths of the unvaccinated.
Ironically, many of these moral standard bearers lost their minds when Texas created that new anti-abortion law a while back. If I remember correctly, they reverted to their usual hysterics upon discovering (again) that other folks out there don’t share their very narrow worldviews, offering up lamentations about how the sacredness of “bodily autonomy” had been roundly discarded. But I digress.
A New Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Survey Finds That…
A majority of Democrats embrace restrictive policies, including punitive measures against those who haven’t gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.
The results show that while 78% of Democratic voters support the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate that was just shut down by the supreme court, just 22% of Republicans and 41% of voters not affiliated with either major party do. And many Democrats would support even harsher measures, including fines for Americans who won’t get the vaccine and even criminal punishment for vaccine critics.
— Among Democratic voters, 55% would support a proposal for federal or state governments to fine Americans who choose not to get vaccinated, compared to just 19% of Republicans and 25% of unaffiliated voters.
— Fifty-nine percent of Democratic voters would favor a government policy requiring that citizens remain confined to their homes at all times, except for emergencies, if they refuse to get vaccinated. Such a proposal is opposed by 61% of all likely voters, including 79% of Republicans and 71% of unaffiliated voters.
— Nearly half (48%) of Democratic voters think federal and state governments should be able to fine or imprison individuals who publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications. Only 27% of all voters – including just 14% of Republicans and 18% of unaffiliated voters – favor criminal punishment of vaccine critics.
— Forty-five percent of Democrats would favor governments requiring citizens to temporarily live in designated facilities or locations if they refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Such a policy would be opposed by a strong majority (71%) of all voters, with 78% of Republicans and 64% of unaffiliated voters saying they would Strongly Oppose putting the unvaccinated in “designated facilities.”
— While about two-thirds (66%) of likely voters would be against the government using digital devices to track unvaccinated people to ensure that they are quarantined or socially distancing from others, 47% of Democrats favor a government tracking program for those who won’t get the COVID-19 vaccine.
— Twenty-nine percent of Democratic voters would support temporarily removing parents’ custody of their children if parents refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s more than twice the level of support in the rest of the electorate (7% of Republicans and 11% of unaffiliated voters) for such a policy.
I’m Going To Try To Say This In The Nicest Way Possible
If you’re someone who’s been vaccinated (and even “boostered,” for christ’s sake) and you’re still freaking the fuck out about covid, calling for lockdowns and more and more restrictions on basic social behaviors and activities, or, even worse, you’re the sort of scumbag who demonizes people who’ve declined vaccination as if this decision has a massive impact on your personal well-being and the greater good of society even though study after study has shown that vaccination DOES NOT PREVENT TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS—if you fall under either subphylum, you are a coward. Truly. Someone by all accounts so scared of dying that you’re afraid to live. The sort of person I’d sacrifice an extremity to not have in my foxhole. And needless to say, your stock on my personal exchange is dangerously low.
Previous studies have found that people infected with Delta have roughly the same levels of viral genetic materials in their noses regardless of whether they’d previously been vaccinated, suggesting that vaccinated and unvaccinated people might be equally infectious. — Nature
Once infected, vaccinated people seem to transmit COVID similarly to unvaccinated people; there’s no reason to suspect the same isn’t true for children, the youngest of whom are still not eligible for COVID shots. And yet many vaccinated people are walking around this holiday season thinking their immunizations are force fields that not only protect them, but also shield vulnerable loved ones. They are not. — Scientific American
The average healthy, unvaccinated, teenager has a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of dying from covid.
According to the CDC's newest data, the risk of hospitalization for people vaccinated with “just” two doses is 0.015%; the risk of death is 0.003%. Zero point zero zero three percent. For PERSPECTIVE, which is apparently no longer in fashion, consider your risk of death by other means. According to the CDC:
Gun assault: 0.35%
Fire or smoke: 0.06%
Heart disease: 16.67%
Meanwhile, in Austria, a country that has mandated N95 masks, vaccine passports, and a two month long lockdown for unvaccinated people, covid cases have reached a new high. It’s amazing how consistently and comprehensively covid authoritarianism and The Science™ fails—almost as amazing as how uninterested media outlets are in covering it.
Furthermore, Rhode Island and Vermont, the two most heavily vaccinated states (over 90%, with over 50% “boostered”), are now two of the three states with the most case rates.
I ask that you keep all of the aforementioned in mind as you ponder the following: Is it right, or rational, or morally and scientifically justifiable to enact any of the measures that the majority of Democrats support—fining the unvaccinated, imprisoning them, decoupling them from their families, segregating them? What about ridiculing the vaccine hesitant? Should people be shamed if they don’t trust The Science™ and are skeptical of experts who have time and again been dishonest and acutely incorrect?
If you haven’t already done so, consider reading my post about the mask policies that are still being imposed on children.