Shut up Marjorie Taylor-Greene! You sound stupid when you talk, especially on the subject of vaccinations. Shut up Senator Rand Paul on the virus and the vaccine. Dr. Fauci made you sound like an idiot about your opinion on the origin of the virus. The delta tide of infections is killing people, 99% of whom are found in the unvaccinated population in most red states. Even Sean Hannity made a request on Fox News for people to get vaccinated, believe in science and end this second pandemic.
As the unvaccinated pandemic rages, the number of Trump’s ass kissers is shrinking. Between the “big lie” about the 2020 election and the disinformation campaign against vaccines, Republicans may be concerned that these Trump-driven medium-term strategies are killing their chances of regaining the majority. Trump is running his presidency as episodes of Celebrity Apprentice, pitting people against each other and hurting people for his own entertainment and personal gain.
Coronavirus cases are on the rise after a steady six-month decline in infections, hospitalizations and deaths. The success of the Biden administration’s vaccine distribution program has been efficiently executed and lives saved. Unlike last year’s reckless denial of the deadly nature of COVID-19, President Biden has promoted the use of face masks, social distancing, testing, and most recently vaccines.
NPR reports that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that new cases increased by nearly 70% in just one week. Hospitalizations increased by almost 36%. “Most of these cases are in red states where vaccination rates are low. More alarming statistics are the increase in the number of children and people under 30 who become infected and are hospitalized. Those who refuse to be vaccinated fall into several categories;
1) those who fear possible side effects, 2) those who believe in strange conspiracy theories about the virus, 3) those with compromised immune systems, 4) those who do not understand or trust science, 5) and those who right-wing Trump supporters and far-right media. Those who are anti-vaccine activists are often affiliated with the more radical right wing of the Republican Party. They defend their refusal to shoot based on their First Amendment rights. The level of ignorance of Trump supporters about what the First Amendment says is staggering. A quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes clarifies in simple terms what the First Amendment means; “Your right to raise your fist in the air stops the moment it hits my nose.” The United States is a law-based country. Freedoms are not without limits, such as when they interfere with the health or safety of the public.
The far right has become the voice of the Republican Party, and traditional members of the Republican Party have let it happen because of their cowardly fear of Trump. If the former president’s political presence weren’t so dangerous, his clown-like appearance and incoherent ramblings could be a fun piece of entertainment. But it has normalized lies, dictatorial propaganda, corruption and cruelty to a level that has infected 80% of the Republican party and the electorate. That statistic threatens the survival of our democracy.
Twitter and Facebook are taking long overdue action against those who post misinformation on their platforms. This week Twitter suspended Marjorie Taylor-Greene for 11 days for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus and vaccines. Twitter recently put a flag on a Tucker Carlson conspiracy theory tweet where he claimed that the FBI started the attack on the Capitol. Fortunately, both Twitter and Facebook have suspended Donald Trump’s accounts indefinitely, after allowing him to incite violence and spread misinformation for four years.
The “unvaccinated pandemic” has been caused by the Republicans’ war on science, truth, and the Biden presidency. Because the former boy is an insecure loser, Republicans have joined the fight against truth, democracy and public safety. However, cracks are developing in the scam that Trump is running in the United States. When he is finally held legally liable for tax evasion, electoral interference, or inciting an insurrection against the United States, millions of people will have to make amends for supporting his attack on democracy.