Well, it’s finally here. The Omicron Covid variant, or as it might perhaps be better called, the Ohmygod variant, as in oh my god, they want to try it again! Already governments are talking about new lockdowns, vaccine mandates, quarantine concentration camps, and other authoritarian measures, all justified by the appearance of a new Covid variant. Never mind that the variant appears to be mild relative to its predecessors, or that the vaccines seem to be less effective against it even though their effectiveness is already near zero. No, too many authorities see their power waning or being challenged, and feel the need to turn up the fear burner again to show us who is boss. Omicron provides a handy excuse – after all, Covid has worked so well for them so far. The trouble is, people aren’t buying it anymore.
Yes, most people have stories of someone they knew, or someone they heard of who died horribly of Covid, and many are terrified of it happening to them. They also know, though, that there are now good therapeutics such as hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin that when taken early in an infection virtually eliminate the risk of death or even severe symptoms. Had those same authorities allowed use of these drugs early on, and if the media hadn’t been so against reporting their effectiveness just because Trump suggested they should be tried, many, if not most, of those tragic deaths could have been avoided. Peter Navarro’s new book “In Trump Time” gives a good chronicle of how the elites of the Left would rather people die en masse than give Trump credit for anything.
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Things have changed greatly since Covid first became a thing in late 2019 and early 2020. While SARS had been around for many years prior, this new form took a lot of people by surprise. It provided an excuse to try a lot of new things both medical and political. On the medical side, it provided an opportunity to try an entirely new approach to rapid development of a vaccine, one that “taught” the body to produce an antigen to which the body’s own immune system would react. Prior vaccines had used weakened or killed whole virus particles to stimulate the immune system. This approach had a demonstrated track record, but required significant time to develop.
The new approach used what had been learned in application of gene manipulation techniques in an approach that showed good promise, at least in theory, but that had never been successfully implemented, and had a number of potential drawbacks.
On the political side, Covid provided opportunities for new approaches as well. Authoritarians for some time had been looking for ways to get around the crazy idea many people had about something called “rights”. Every clear thinking Progressive knew that there were no rights – only permissions granted by the State, and Covid provided an opportunity to correct that thinking in the general populace. It started with the idea of lockdowns. Epidemics weren’t a new phenomenon and authorities had used quarantines – isolation of infected people- as a way of protecting the populace from infection. Covid provided the chance to turn things upside down and isolate the healthy instead of the sick. It was a grand opportunity to eliminate those pesky rights of assembly, of free speech, of practice of religion, of election integrity, and so many other mistaken ideas about rights that only served as impediments to absolute power.
The problem for both these groups was that things didn’t quite work out as planned.
On the medical side, those new vaccines didn’t work quite as expected. Instead of preventing infection, as past vaccines did, they merely reduced the severity of an infection – at first. Over time, even that ability waned to the point that through a phenomenon called ADE – antibody dependent enhancement, they could actually make people more susceptible not only to a severe Covid infection, but to other infections as well. In addition, the body didn’t like this new approach and responded with greatly increased incidences of thromboses (blood clots), pericardititus and myocarditis (potentially fatal inflammation of the heart and surrounding tissue), greatly increased miscarriage rates in pregnant women, and a whole menagerie of other conditions, all leading to vaccination death rates approaching a hundred times those of any previous vaccine.
To add insult to injury, the vaccines didn’t even protect against infection. The situation now is that infection rates and death rates among the vaccinated are higher than those among the unvaccinated. In many places, where vaccination rates are 60 to 70 percent, fully vaccinated patients account for over 90 percent of Covid hospitalizations and deaths. We really should be quarantining the vaccinated to protect the unvaccinated.
The political side has fared no better. While lockdowns were quite effective in demonstrating that the idea of “rights” was mythology, they had the side effect of interfering with all sorts of other things, including the economy, the modern indoctrination system known as public education, the ability to find a good restaurant (a must for the Left). Although a tame media was good at hiding a lot of the negative consequences of their actions, some embarrassing tidbits did leak out, like elites dining unmasked and in close proximity at a French restaurant. Furthermore, not everyone was a docile sheep, and many began asking difficult questions, objecting to irrational edicts, and generally started making an uncomfortable nuisance of themselves.
Even the Covid-justified adjustments to election processes through use of mail-in ballots, no ID voting, and extended counting/adjustment periods that facilitated Progressive power grabs are engendering significant resistance. In order to keep power they have had to resort to massive intrusions on personal liberty through mandated vaccination. As is typical of autocrats, preservation of their power comes before all else, including things like individual liberty, national security, economic prosperity, rule of law, and anything else. Even though claims of vaccine effectiveness are now a bad joke, vaccination is still the biggest hammer in their toolbox, and everyone resisting their authority looks like a nail.
If authorities really cared about their populace and truly wanted to end the pandemic, they would do as one bold province in India did. The province of Uttar Pradesh with over 240 million people followed the advice of their scientific advisors and provided their citizens with ivermectin which has both curative and preventative (prophylactic) properties. In a matter of weeks, they reduced the number of Covid cases to near zero. In the US, our government has just concluded a contract to purchase a huge quantity of a brand new drug, comparable in effectiveness to ivermectin, at over $700 per dose, instead of less than $2 per ivermectin dose. So far, there is no indication of when or how this new drug might be distributed. It’s only tax money, though, so it’s ok to rape the taxpayers – they secretly enjoy it. Unlike vaccines, both hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin are effective against all the variants. If all governments were to do what the government of the Indian province did, the pandemic could be over in a matter of weeks to a few months, with no more vaccine mandates, lockdowns, travel restrictions, or all the other totalitarian nonsense.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, people are saying enough is enough already. We want our lives back. We are tired of the official lies, of the Faucian bargains of fake medical advice, of State coercion and imposed restrictions on our basic freedoms.
The authoritarians of Germany, of Canada, of France, and Australia, and of course, the US, are in a death match struggle against the idea that any legitimacy of government power and authority comes through the consent of the governed. Like holdovers from the era of Kings and Emperors, they cling to the belief that they are entitled to rule over their serfs – holding power of life and death over their subjects. It is time to gently remind them that they are the unenlightened ones and that we are not the ignorant darkies in the plantation fields of their imagination, to be used and discarded at their whim. Many of them will not welcome this reminder, and will need to be repeatedly taken to the woodshed until they learn. We put them in power to manage the essential services of good governance – services of providing for the common defense, preservation of liberty, promotion of justice and of the general welfare. When they begin to believe that their power extends beyond those basic services, it is time to remove them.
By David Robb
David Robb is a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative and a practicing scientist who has been working in industry for over 50 years. One of his specialties is asking awkward questions. A large part of his work over the years has involved making complex scientific issues clear and understandable to non-specialists. Sometimes he even succeeds.