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Joe Biden, Blamer-in-Chief

Posted on | December 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Joe Biden, Blamer-in-Chief

The important point of His Fraudulency’s Tuesday speech was that he, Joe Biden, is not responsible for anything. Nothing is his fault, ever. Instead, everything that has gone wrong since January 20 is because of you bad people who refused to get vaccinated:

If you are not fully vaccinated, you have good reason to be concerned. You’re at a high risk of getting sick. And if you get sick, you’re likely to spread it to others, including friends and family. And the unvaccinated have a significantly higher risk of ending up in a hospital or even dying.
Almost everyone who has died from COVID-19 in the past many months has been unvaccinated. . . .
Look, the unvaccinated are responsible for their own choices. But those choices have been fueled by dangerous misinformation on cable TV and social media.
You know, these companies and personalities are making money by peddling lies and allowing misinformation that can kill their own customers and their own supporters.
It’s wrong, it’s immoral, and I call on the purveyors of these lies and misinformation to stop it. Stop it now. . . .
If you’re fully vaccinated, and especially if you got your booster shot, you are highly protected. And if you’re unvaccinated, you’re at higher risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19, getting hospitalized, and even dying.
So, the best thing to do is get fully vaccinated and get your booster shot.

Well, I’m vaccinated, but I haven’t gotten a booster shot for the simple reason that I don’t need a booster, at least not yet. What happened with the late-summer surge of infections — the Delta variant wave — was that people who had gotten their shots early in the year had passed the six-month window of effectiveness. But I didn’t get vaccinated until August/September, so I’m OK through February or March.

At the same time, however, I am beginning to suspect that what’s really going on here is that the vaccine manufacturers made so many doses they exceeded the demand, and so they’ve enlisted the Biden administration to promote the idea of “boosters” as a way of unloading excess inventory (and making extra profit). And I realize that in voicing this suspicion, I may be joining the ranks of purveyors of “misinformation,” in the eyes of those who believe everything Joe Biden says, but my suspicion about this “booster” business — i.e., a racket to pad the pockets of Big Pharma — has been growing for a while because, frankly, the only reason I got vaccinated in the first place was because I got tired of being cited as a statistic and threatened with sanctions.

The demonized category of “the unvaccinated” is being employed in Democrat/media rhetoric as a scapegoat and, while I’ve never been an anti-vaxxer of any sort, by late summer I could see where this rhetoric was leading. So rather than being cited as a statistic — another unvaccinated white male Republican! — I was like, “Screw you.” And in another couple of months, if the pandemic is still raging, I reckon I’ll get my booster, too. Nobody can point the finger at me as the scapegoat infecting friends and family. At the same time, however, I’m dubious about the Emergency Health Crisis mode of rhetoric about COVID-19 that has accompanied the arrival of the Omicron variant.

After 20 months of this constant crisis-mongering, I think I’m probably not the only one who’s thinking, well, if it hasn’t killed me yet, it’s probably never going to kill me. Pandemic fatigue, so to speak.

Don’t tell me about The Science. This is really about The Politics, and more specifically The Politics of Blame, because Democrats are trying to distract the public from the catastrophic failure that is the Biden presidency. So they wrote this speech, with its veiled allusion to Fox News (“dangerous misinformation on cable TV”), leaving me to wonder what specific “misinformation” Biden’s speechwriters had in mind. I haven’t been watching Fox News regularly in recent weeks, but if there was some specific misinformation Joe wanted to call out, why didn’t he name names? Tucker Carlson? Sean Hannity? Laura Ingraham? Who was it spreading this “dangerous misinformation”?

No, there’s just this vague accusation, without details, so that the Democratic voters listening to Joe’s speech can imagine that Fox News is 24/7 vaccine “misinformation,” in quite the same way that they imagine who the “unvaccinated” are — it’s those Evil Right-wing Republicans!

Saboteurs! Wreckers! Kulaks!

Totalitarian hate propaganda, is what this is. Commissar Joe is going to protect workers from those evil unvaccinated kulaks:

Last week, the federal court reinstated my administration’s vaccination-or-test — the vaccination-or-test rule for businesses with more than 100 employees.
The rule requires employers with 100 or more employees to protect their workers who are on site and indoors with a requirement that they be vaccinated or tested each week or go home.
These rules are going to keep workers safe.

See? He’s keeping you safe, workers! Commissar Joe is going to hunt down those unvaccinated people and punish them, to keep you safe.

All these people who have not been vaccinated, you have an obligation to yourselves, to your family, and, quite frankly — I know I’ll get criticized for this — to your country.
Get vaccinated now. It’s free. It’s convenient. I promise you, it saves lives. And I, honest to God, believe it’s your patriotic duty.
Another question folks are asking is: What can you do to make yourself and your family feel safer and be safer? The answer is simple: Get your booster shot. Wear a mask.

It’s your obligation, your patriotic duty to obey Commissar Joe.

Get your booster — it’s “free,” because Pfizer’s got unlimuited access to U.S. taxpayer dollars — and wear your mask, because The Science.

What bothers me most about this is the fact that tens of millions of Americans actually believe all this stuff Biden keeps saying. Despite all the “breakthrough” cases, despite the apparently endless parade of new variants, despite the obvious fact that the survival rate for COVID-19 is somewhere near 99%, and despite the fact that nearly all the most vulnerable people (i.e., the elderly) have been obedient to every command of the Pandemic Police, the administration and its media allies won’t abandon their project of endlessly hectoring the rest of us to do our “patriotic duty,” as if we are too stupid to tie our own shoelaces without their instructions. And yet there are still these millions of people who listen to these insulting lectures and say, “Yeah! You tell ’em, Joe!”

Some people just have low self-esteem, I reckon. But as for me, the day has not yet arrived in which I need lectures about morality from Joe Biden, and I don’t think that day will arrive anytime soon.

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