One of the small advantages of being an old-timer is the ability to go back many years and say “remember when?”
I can remember when Republicans used to applaud the fact that Texas was an “at-will” state that allowed employers to fire without cause. Today, those same people are criticizing companies who want to comply with the federal vaccine mandate.
I can remember a year ago a whole lot of us were anxiously awaiting the day we could get our first shot, knowing it had a 90-95% efficiency and that the side effects would be minimal. It wasn’t about Trump because we knew that the FDA would give it an emergency approval based on science and studies.
A few months later our community health officials did an excellent job in administering those two vaccines. Those vaccines did the job for those who took them but we then found out a lot of people were not taking the vaccine for various reasons. It’s not that we didn’t have enough vaccines; it’s that a lot of people refused to take them.
I saw a poll that stated that Covid-19 was the third most important issue Americans had. I disagree, Covid-19 is the driving factor for the jobs and economic issues they worry about.
I don’t blame President Joe Biden one bit for making Covid-19 his number one priority and taking all the steps possible to slow the spread. The voters are going to blame the president if things continue to go south. I’ve gone over the six-step mandate which leaves an option for testing once a week so I won’t dwell on it.
I shouldn’t think this way but I do; those totally vaccinated customers wearing a mask are Democrats. At my eye appointment, last week 14 of 22 patients were masked; I presumed the six who were not masked were not Democrats.
Republicans will say that our institutions of higher learning are all liberal taught by liberal professors. You can apply that same logic to law enforcement and the military because they are usually conservative. I am saying that the mandate issue is one big political issue. It’s never been about freedom or the right to work. For example, a person applying for a religious exemption could be asked if their children are vaccinated and if the answer is yes, then they have a weak case.
“Mandatory vaccination, especially for police, is politically charged. The dispute in Durham County gained notice in the right-wing media, where a Facebook page called “Thin Blue Line” posted a January article attacking the requirement as “communism” in a group with more than 73,000 members titled “We Support Our Police.”
Vaccine mandates are likely to pass legal muster, according to specialists in employment law, providing they adhere to guidance issued last year by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission outlining exceptions for disability and religious belief. The broad authority of states and localities to protect public welfare would encompass compulsory vaccination of police, said Catherine Ruckelshaus, legal director of the National Employment Law Project” https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/05/02/police-low-vaccination-rates-safety-concerns/
Elimination or making the virus manageable is not a common concern and that makes me sad.
The lack of concern is not a surprise in today’s world where a congressional subpoena amounts to an RSVP. In fact, only nine members of the GOP thought Steve Bannon should be held in contempt when he clearly was. Bannon could have answered the subpoena; pleaded the fifth and could have been on his merry way. It shouldn’t be partisan, I thought Bill Clinton should have been punished for lying under oath; not impeached but censured.
I can remember when the government and other institutions had a 70% approval but it has been eroding ever since. Every morning you can hear right-wing radio sounding the commie, Marxist, socialist alarm but failing to see how they are undermining our voting system by claiming nonexistence wide-scale voter fraud. Speaking of that “remember when Lt. Gov Patrick offered up to $1 million for any evidence of voter fraud?” Careful for what you wish for because he had to pay someone from Pennsylvania $25,000 when a republican was caught voting twice for Trump.
I was telling a friend that the right won’t watch the HBO documentary “Four Hours at the Capitol” because they will see what they are defending.