The COVID-19 Pandemic is now officially over. If you want to be specific, it has gone from ‘Pandemic’ to ‘Endemic’ but that’s not really a new thing when you think about it.
The mainstream media would have you believe that COVID being in the ‘Endemic’ phase is a relatively new period. One that they’re not sure how to handle because, if they were to explain it to you, they fear they would lose control over the narrative. After all, endemic means ‘forever’.
Sounds scary, but COVID has only been something to fear for those who allowed it to cause fear. There are some who since the beginning saw the virus for what they believed it to be and were therefore un-afraid. These people were likely to believe that they could simply catch the virus and develop the antibodies to fight future infections. After all, it’s what we’ve been doing as human beings now for all of history. Should work, right? For most, it did!
But then there are others, who saw catching COVID as a huge risk, where the risk of contracting the disease may not have been worth the reward of potential antibodies. So, they opted, myself included, to get vaccinated. Booster and all. What happened was ‘personal risk assessment’ and because people like me who are on the “right side” of the debate, we got to make that choice. The first group, not so much.
Society deemed them ‘Lepers’ and cast them away. But it wasn’t some time before memory was only found in the Bible, it was last year. In places like New York and San Francisco. They were asked to show proof of vaccination, or they were not admitted. After all, this restaurant was for “Vaccinated Only!” The un-vaxxed could get their food-to-go and eat outside. For them, there was no choice. Either conform or become a second-class citizen.
I got vaccinated for me, not for you.
And here we are now, a year since vaccines have begun to roll out and we’re still in just as much of a lockdown in blue states as we were before. People will say “Oh but Oregon and California are going to be lifting mandates!” Mandates that never should’ve come back in the first place. We’re watching in real-time as the narrative is playing out. Right now, the only people who have done anything about all of this and made a real difference are those truckers from Canada. Which is frankly amazing to see a group of Canadians saving good ol’ USA from the false COVID narrative. Our local leaders here in the states fear that such a “Freedom Convoy” could make its way to this side of the northern border, so they lessen the restrictions just a bit. We must keep fighting even after the mandates expire.
The mentality among the majority of people in my state is “vaccinate for the safety of others”. This is a fine sentiment, I’d be lying if I didn’t get my shots to protect my loved ones. But it never was my job to get vaccinated for other people’s sake no more than it is my job to drive a certain vehicle because it has a better crash test rating. People should have the freedom of choice when it comes to getting the shot. It’s not anti-vaccine more so than it is anti-mandate. I personally believe in the science of the vaccine, but the mandates certainly do more harm than good as it revokes a person’s right to decide what goes into their body. I believe people should get the vaccine, but only with consultation from their doctor. Not from some talking head on CNN.
And now we watch as the mandate narrative falls apart in the wake of Omicron. There is no such vaccine, or mask, or mandate strong enough to fight a strain as virulent as the one we currently face.
It’s time for everyone to take that personal risk assessment and move forward with their lives.
By Patrick Turner
Patrick Turner is a conservative living in the far-left blue state of Washington. He’s the founder of r/PNWConservatives, the largest conservative outlet for like-minded folks in the Pacific Northwest.
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