Republicans Dig Their Own Graves
By Cliff Kincaid
The Republicans have the reputation as the stupid party and the debate over mandates for vaccines and masks illustrates this point. Republicans think all the Biden scandals will guarantee Republican victories. They’re fooling themselves.
As the death toll eclipses 700,000, fear of the virus has given the Democrats the lead in the upcoming election in Virginia and could help the Democrats maintain control of Congress in 2022.
Republicans opposing vaccines are digging their own graves, politically and literally. Strangely, Republicans are less likely to recommend getting the vaccines produced by their own president.
In Virginia, where a gubernatorial election is being held on November 2, a Fox News Poll finds that majorities favor COVID vaccine requirements for teachers (66 percent) and employers with more than 100 employees (60 percent). What’s more, the poll finds a larger number, 71 percent, favor mask requirements for teachers and students.
Republican politicians like Glenn Youngkin oppose such mandates. But he is smart enough to couple his opposition to mandates with enthusiasm for the vaccines. It remains to be seen whether this will be enough to win the race for him on November 2. So far, he is losing by four points to Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
Another finding from the poll: “Democrats are at least twice as likely as Republicans to favor requiring teachers be vaccinated (90 vs. 45 percent), teachers/students wear masks (95 vs. 45 percent), and vaccines at companies with 100+ workers (88 vs. 34 percent).”
Lagging GOP support for vaccines is bizarre since it was a Republican president, Donald J. Trump, who ordered the federal bureaucracy to work with private companies and produce something to counteract the China virus in record time.
As a lifelong conservative who has witnessed the inner workings of the conservative movement and the Republican Party for decades, I know paranoia when I see it. Just like the 9/11 “inside job” theory of Infowars host Alex Jones and his ilk, the idea that the vaccines represent the Mark of the Beast technology has taken hold among some on the right side of the political spectrum. My Pillow guy Mike Lindell’s “Frank Speech” channel is among those spouting this nonsense.
In the same way the Democrats have gone haywire with their own “progressives,” who are in reality socialists and communists, the Republicans have their own fringe elements such as Mike Lindell and Alex Jones.
In addition to promoting the 9/11 “inside job” nonsense, Alex Jones just lost a defamation lawsuit brought against him and his Infowars business by the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim. Jones claimed the Sandy Hook school shooting was a “hoax.”
Trump himself must be wondering why the people who once supported him are so angry and paranoid about his vaccines. He got COVID and took the vaccine.
The line we frequently hear is that the vaccines don’t offer total protection. That’s true. They are not 100 percent effective. No vaccine is. And all vaccines have side-effects.
But that’s like saying that wearing seat belts don’t save lives in all cases of car crashes. Still, seat belts save lives and help people avoid more serious injuries.
Earlier this year I noted the holding of a “Red Pill Expo” featuring a speaker who claimed that the virus does not even exist. But one Red Pill Expo speaker, Alex Newman, told me, “It is my personal opinion that there is a real virus known as SARS-CoV2, engineered in a Communist Chinese bio-weapons lab in Wuhan, that was released on the world for strategic purposes.”
The problem is that many conservatives recognize the communist role in producing the virus but then abandon the proven methods of self-defense, such as vaccines, we have against it. The irony is that the communists in China and Russia recognize the American vaccines as superior to their own. And they peddle lies about the American vaccines because they want the pandemic to continue.
Democrats, of course, have their own agenda, using the vaccines as a method of social control.
With China’s release of COVID, many conservatives have truly lost their way, thinking that by opposing the vaccines they are thwarting the “Great Reset” or the New World Order. In fact, they are facilitating these developments. My recent column noted evidence from Australia that conservative voters are going for left-wing candidates out of fear of the virus.
The same thing could happen here.
In fact, according to the Fox News poll, the Democratic candidate McAuliffe leads by 50 points among those who say the pandemic is the most important issue to their vote. Pollster Chris Anderson says if voters “are thinking about the virus and health care,” McAuliffe “cruises” to an easy victory.
Republicans who play down the impact of the virus are making Democratic Party victories possible. We have seen this already in California, where Republican Larry Elder opposed vaccine mandates and was said (by Fox News) to have a chance of winning the recall election against Gavin Newsom. Instead, as the results came in, we saw that Elder was crushed. That has opened the door to even more draconian measures, as Newsom has announced that California students will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school.
Meanwhile, Elder will go back to selling dietary supplements on Fox News, hardly the mark of someone with medical expertise about COVID.
Interestingly, some conservatives will gobble up vitamins and off-label drugs, supposedly as a coronavirus cure, but reject the vaccines developed by their favorite president. Bizarre.
*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org