After shares tumbled on Monday upon learning that the COVID-19 pandemic could sabotage our economic recovery, some leading conservatives came out forcefully in favor of life-saving vaccinations.
With the market slipping on Monday morning, Steve Doocy said on “Fox & Friends,” “If you get the chance, shoot. It will save your life. ”That night, Sean Hannity pleaded with viewers to“ take COVID seriously ”and said he believed in the“ science of vaccinations ”.
A Tuesday column from Hugh Hewitt said what is true: “Right now, the national security case for federal and state governments to impose vaccinations among active duty military and National Guard is so obvious. that it prevents debate. The same goes for all employees at all levels of federal, state and local government. We don’t know what lies ahead; it could be horrible, and governments must therefore act on it. Private sector mandates currently exceed government authority, but it may not stay that way: the risks are so real. “
Suddenly, more conservatives were ready to echo Republican Gov. of Utah Spencer Cox’s call for the revival of common sense. Last week, Cox blasted “right-wing talking heads who got the vaccine and tell others not to get the vaccine.” This stuff is fair, it’s ridiculous. It’s dangerous, it’s damaging and it kills people. I mean, it literally kills their supporters. And that doesn’t make sense to me. If your product is furious, it doesn’t have to make sense.
But when we first heard that Mike Parson of Missouri was going to announce incentives to encourage Missourians to get vaccinated, it seemed even Governor HardHead had finally figured out the reason. And he had, sort of.
On Wednesday, he said Missourians who get vaccinated against COVID will be eligible for a prize of up to $ 10,000. More people need to “consider” getting the vaccine, said Parson, a grassroots follower so bold that he is careful never to get ahead of them.
Understandably, even this slight, belated effort to save lives elicited an angry reaction from many who watched his ad online. If the vaccines “were good, you wouldn’t have to bribe, buy or coerce anyone,” one said. “Take a bible. We are in Revelation.
“Gov. Mike Parson has sold to China, ”said another. “I’m ashamed to admit that I voted for you,” said a third.
Perhaps the answer to Governor Cox’s question about the possible meaning of being complicit in the deaths of your own supporters is that politicians like Parson have been listening for some time to those unvaccinated Americans who say things like, “Parson” sold to China, ”instead of listening to those like Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Brytney Cobia told us, often use their last words to advocate for the vaccine.
“One of the last things they do before they are intubated is begging me for the vaccine,” she wrote on Facebook last Sunday. “I hold their hand and tell them I’m sorry, but it’s too late.” A few days later, when I call the time of death, I hug their family members and tell them that the best way to honor their loved one is to go get the shot and cheer everyone on. those they know to do the same. They are crying. And they tell me they didn’t know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political.
Wednesday, Parson not only stated the obvious but minimized it: “COVID cases have increased in Missouri and in the Midwest,” he said. “Unvaccinated Missourians are the main target of this COVID 19 strain.”
Thankfully, Donald Kauerauf, announced as Missouri’s new health director, has been more blunt. “People need to get vaccinated,” he said. “It’s a clear answer. People need to get vaccinated.
Missouri, one of the sickest states with the COVID-19 delta variant
For months, public health officials and others have told the governor that the COVID-19 delta variant will be coming, and the wave of unprotected people will overwhelm hospitals and health clinics, disrupt businesses and schools, and would kill more people.
Parson responded to these warnings by talking pointlessly about personal responsibility, local control and freedom. “We are not going to force anyone to take a vaccine in this condition,” he said on Wednesday.
Perhaps the children lining up for the required vaccinations could help the governor’s understanding of the state’s immunization policy.
His cowardice has contributed to the fact that less than half of the eligible people in our state have received full doses of any COVID vaccine. By some estimates, Missouri is now one of the sickest states in the country due to COVID.
“We have six, seven times as many new cases a day as we did a few months ago,” outgoing Kansas City Department of Health Director Rex Archer said Wednesday.
Maybe a $ 10,000 chance will get more shots. We will see.
The announcement matters anyway, as Parson appears to be waking up from the continuing danger of the COVID virus.
Yet in his remarks on Wednesday, Parson still couldn’t resist undermining his own message by urging Missourians to ignore the “clutter” when making decisions about vaccines. “You look at some of the news agencies in this state,” he said. “It’s totally propaganda.
He specifically mentioned the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Missouri Independent and the Kansas City Star. Shots at us are fine, but not when they undermine that simple message: shoot yourself. To quote Steve Doocy, it will save your life.