The Anti-Vax Message Can Destroy the Republican Party
By Cliff Kincaid
In the critical Canadian elections, the anti-vax conservative People’s Party of Canada received only about 5 percent of the vote and no seats in government. This is a warning to conservatives here not to go overboard with the “My body, my choice” message on vaccines. It’s a loser.
“Mad Max" Bernier (above) left the Conservative Party of Canada and started the People’s Party of Canada (PPC), running on a platform of repealing vaccine mandates and vaccine passports. His platform was a loser and he divided conservatives, helping to keep Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party in power. Trudeau favors mandatory vaccinations.
China also emerged as a big winner, with the regime mouthpiece, Global Times, attacking the real Conservative Party for its “hostile” approach to Beijing
By contrast to the People’s Party of Canada, the traditional Conservative Party of Canada is pro-vaccine and headed by Erin O'Toole, who campaigned to beat COVID-19 through vaccination and testing, “so we can fully reopen our economy." O’Toole won his seat over Liberal challenger Jonathan Giancroce.
O’Toole had warned conservatives not to split the vote by voting for the PPC.
“We must never again be caught as unprepared as we were when COVID hit last year,” said O’Toole. “Canada’s Conservatives will make Canada more resilient, reduce our reliance on foreign countries like China, and take seriously our responsibility to protect the health of Canadians.”
But Bernier, who appeared on Jordan Peterson’s podcast, attracted just enough people to sabotage the political efforts of the Conservative Party. For his part, however, Bernier was so unpopular that he failed to win his own seat in Parliament, losing to Conservative Party candidate Richard Lehoux.
Yet, the “conservative” Canada Free Press made the absurd claim that, after the election, the PPC will “become a force to be reckoned with.” The paper had attacked O’Toole for supporting vaccinations.
On election night, the Conservative Party was ahead of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party by 34.05 percent to 31.75 percent but Trudeau will still remain as Prime Minister under the Canadian form of government that gives power to political parties and seats in Parliament through voting in electoral districts.
Recognizing the continuing threat posed by the China virus, the Conservative Party promised that, “Canadians will likely need booster shots to protect against COVID-19. We need to be ready for this. Canada’s Conservatives will implement a plan to ensure that Canada has faster and more consistent access to vaccines and that we have rapid access to booster shots to deal with future variants.”
But the Republican Party here is moving in the direction of the failed People’s Party of Canada. Indeed, some conservatives want to transform the GOP into the American version of the People's Party. If that happens, the GOP will fade away, like Larry Elder’s failed campaign in the California recall race. Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom crushed him.
I have repeatedly argued that Trump's Warp Speed vaccines can take Covid off the table as a political weapon that the Democrats are using against Republicans. But many of Trump’s own people – his voters and base – are rejecting his signature achievement. Some claim his vaccines are “Mark of the Beast” technology to usher in the anti-Christ.
But the results in California and Canada demonstrate that, if we follow that fanatical line of thinking, the GOP will start polling at lower and lower percentages. Then the "Great Reset" and the "New World Order" that many Republicans fear will definitely come about.
It’s true that Canada is far more liberal than the United States, and the conservatives in Canada are more liberal than the American variety. But the drubbing of Larry Elder in the California recall election is a warning sign. Fox News had promoted him as a solid conservative who had a real chance of becoming California governor.
He will apparently go back to his radio show and Fox News appearances, celebrating his “victory over pain” by selling “Relief Factor” dietary and herbal supplements based on “botanical and fish oil research.”
Elder, who supported the legalization of recreational drugs, accepted the reality of safe vaccines but was against mandates. “We now have access to multiple vaccines,” he said. “Encouraging -- not mandating -- those who are unvaccinated to get the vaccine is a reasonable approach.”
Elder went on to say, “The virus and its variants should not lead to panic or overreaction. It is long overdue for California to return to normalcy. After all, scientists have assured us repeatedly that the vaccines are effective. By now, everyone who wishes to be protected by a vaccine can get one. As such, Californians who assume the risk of not wearing a mask or not getting vaccinated should not be forced to do so.”
But people are in a panic, and a new Fox News poll shows large majorities of the people in favor of mask and vaccine mandates.
In terms of this panic, as the U.S. Covid-19 death toll has surpassed that of the 1918 Spanish flu, three-quarters of registered voters are “extremely” or “very” concerned about the pandemic (74 percent), with most of the increase coming from Republicans. One survey found that 60 percent of Republicans and Republican leaning voters have received a COVID-19 vaccine and 83 percent wear masks. This means that most Republicans prefer safety and security over the “My body, my choice” rejection of vaccines and masks on individual freedom grounds.
In the case of the California recall, the New York Times is correct – the Newsom landslide win was a political victory for vaccination and “aggressive mask and vaccine mandates.”
Losing millions of dollars on the recall effort and backing the flawed candidate Larry Elder, the Republican Party is now facing more pandemic-related mandates and restrictions.
The outlet SFGate reported, “Because 75 percent of eligible American adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, some Democratic strategists have speculated there's a ‘silent majority’ of those who would favor strong vaccine mandates, but are often drowned out by the minority that is unvaccinated.”
The minority that seems to be in control of the Republican Party could weaken the GOP to the point where it starts polling like the People’s Party of Canada. And that would mean consolidating political control of the country in the hands of left-wingers who want government control of all aspects of our lives.
By opposing mask and vaccine mandates, Republican politicians are digging their own political graves.
*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org