UPDATE November 27, 2021: when lives are at risk we can’t trust our president to tell the truth
I’m confident Joe Biden gets a report every morning showing how close we are to whatever his vaccine goal is. He’s threatened our livelihoods, demanded kids get the shot, and demanded businesses do his dirty work. Now he’s using the scary new COVID Omicron variant to urge Americans to get protected, but there’s a problem.
The truth isn’t a priority with this administration. COVID is no exception. The reason this new variant scares the public health community is because we don’t know if vaccines will fight it off. That simple fact evaded yesterday’s presidential statement announcing travel restrictions Trump would never have been allowed to get away with. The president had “two important messages” for Americans:
First, for those Americans who are fully vaccinated against severe COVID illness – fortunately, for the vast majority of our adults — the best way to strengthen your protection is to get a booster shot, as soon as you are eligible.69
That’s right. Get your booster and watch your drug company stocks soar.
Second, for those not yet fully vaccinated: get vaccinated today.70
Roll up your sleeves, toddlers. Can we do pre-natal vaccinations, too?
Seriously, this is probably good advice but it doesn’t have anything to do with the Omicron variant. As The Hill71 pointed out on the same day of Biden’s statement, even Saint Fauci is clear that we don’t know if vaccines will be effective.
This will not deter Biden. His vaccine tunnel vision is unwavering:
Finally, for the world community: the news about this new variant should make clearer than ever why this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations.72
Let’s rephrase that: this pandemic will not end until we hold China accountable and find out exactly what this bug is and how it was created. Biden is at the helm of the one nation with the capacity to do this, so it will never happen. That means for now we have little choice but to roll up our sleeves, keep our fingers crossed, and question the veracity any public health information coming from this president.
UPDATE December 13, 2021: No, Kamala. Central America is not America’s responsibility because the Biden-Harris administration won’t enforce the law.
Question: if we need the White House’s stupefyingly expensive infrastructure and Build Back Better bills to make life bearable for middle and working class Americans, why is Kamala Harris pushing investment in Central America instead of using all of our resources here at home?
Answer: to control illegal immigration, of course.
We won’t finish Trump’s wall or pursue other options to secure the border, so the plan as explained by our historically unpopular vice president is to make life better in Central America:
Supporting the long-term development of the region, and of the Western Hemisphere more broadly, will require more than just the resources of the U.S. government. For this reason, Vice President Harris called upon the private sector to draw upon its resources and expertise to commit to support inclusive economic growth in northern Central America.73
Harris has explained her take on the root causes of migration more than once. It doesn’t get more believable with retelling:
Our comprehensive strategy to address the root causes of migration will involve significant commitments of U.S. government resources to support the long-term development of the region—including efforts to foster economic opportunity, strengthen governance, combat corruption, and improve security.74
Here’s the truth Harris won’t admit
Enforcing our border is poison to progressives, so Harris’ alternative is to make life so much better in Central America that migrants won’t seek a better life here. I don’t buy it and neither should you. What I do believe is that the White House doesn’t have the courage to crack down on illegal migration so this is a clever way of blaming America for not doing enough instead of blaming Biden and Harris for creating the situation and refusing to fix it.
Besides, if Harris is right and we do make Central America appealing enough to stop illegal migration the nations we help out might see a surge of migration from the U.S. as Americans look to escape rogue progressivism. Do you think there will be the same red carpet for American expats that we roll out for their citizens?
UPDATE December 14, 2021:
With so much progress announced on gun violence why is the murder rate skyrocketing with Democrats in charge?
According to ABC News the murder rate is breaking records in 12 American cities.75 That’s a sobering fact lurking behind the reports of flashy smash and grabs, mob attacks, car jackings, and the other crimes that are surging while Democrats impose their unique liberal ideas on how best to enforce the law.
The Biden administration, or Biden-Harris administration if you want Kamala to share the blame, has a habit of confusing efforts with results:
During President Biden’s first year in office, the Biden-Harris Administration has made more progress on executive actions to reduce gun violence than any other Administration has in its first year.76
That’s great, but “progress on executive actions” is effort, not results.
White House lap dog Nancy Pelosi has the same bad habit:
Under the leadership of Congressman Mike Thompson and Whip Jim Clyburn, the Democratic House has passed life-saving legislation, such as the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, to secure universal background checks, and the Enhanced Background Checks Act, to close the deadly Charleston loophole.77
Not a single life was saved by this legislation. It isn’t law. Pelosi’s Background Checks Act went to the Senate on March 11, 2021 where it sits with the other divisive bills the speaker pats herself on the back for passing as if an easy vote in the Democrats-only House is all it takes to turn legislation into law.
Democrats are the party of defund the police, mental health-focused anti-violence initiatives, no cash bail laws, and our revolving door criminal justice system that spins even faster now thanks to racial justice initiatives.
If we took one gun off the street for every gang member that stepped up for a background check or called for counseling we would accomplish exactly what Democrats in our crime-ridden cities are achieving now: record murder rates, record crime rates, and lots of self-congratulations for a job not done.
UPDATE December 17, 2021:
Pelosi’s disgusting lie is an insult to America and every one of our citizens
We can only imagine what was said – or more likely shouted – behind closed doors when the Senate parliamentarian shut down the abusive immigration provisions Democrats tucked away in their Build Back Better socialism bill. Jenn Psaki weighed in on the White House’s disappointment:
Well, the decision by the parliamentarian is deeply disappointing and relegates millions to an uncertain and frightening future.78
Nancy Pelosi tried to put lipstick on this legislative pig by asserting that the mass amnesty planned for millions of illegals is something most Americans support. She doesn’t cite any proof. Instead, the speaker backs up her words with a disgusting lie about America:
Immigrants make America more American: enriching our nation, powering our economy and bringing their patriotism, bravery and determination to succeed to our shores. The majority of the American people support Democrats’ work to fix our broken immigration system and provide legal status for undocumented immigrants.79
How do illegals bring patriotism to our shores when their first act in America is to break the law? More important, how can Pelosi be a patriot when she claims that illegal foreign nationals “make America more American?”
To be fair, this probably makes sense to a half-bright career hack like the speaker and Democrats who consider the rule of law an obstacle to cramming as many illegal immigrants between our coasts as possible in anticipation of granting them the right to vote. For the rest of us who belong here, work hard, and will pay the tab for whoever the Biden administration lures across the border, insisting that illegals have anything to do with making America great is a brazen slap in the face.
UPDATE December 21, 2021:
What did Democrats fail to deliver in 2021? The truth about the COVID vaccine.
Yesterday House Speaker Pelosi announced five hundred “Democrats Deliver” events to publicize (or propagandize, depending on your politics) the benefits of their infrastructure bill.
In hosting more than five hundred events since the law was enacted just one month ago, our Majority is trumpeting the historic investments headed to our families and communities.80
Does anyone even remember the infrastructure bill? Thanks to the White House’s catastrophically bad COVID-19 PR campaign, death is what many Americans are thinking about. Cold, hard, endless death for the unvaccinated according to President Biden and apparently a far from risk-free winter season for the vaccinated and boosted.
That’s not quite what the White House promised just four days ago when we were assured “we have the tools to protect ourselves against COVID-19” and “we now have the power to protect ourselves.”81
It’s also not what the administration promised when Biden’s COVID-19 team assured the nation about vaccines for kids:
Already, our effective rollout is helping parents and families across the country experience the giant sigh of relief of knowing their kids are on the path to having protection from the virus.82
Even the flu vaccine is suddenly a sure thing, even though we know it varies massively in protection from year to year and can’t be assessed for effectiveness until later in the season:
If you’re wondering if you should get a flu vaccine, you should. It’ll protect you and your family against the flu.83
COVID guru Anthony Fauci backed up Biden’s assurances about the COVID vaccine:
We have 62 million Americans eligible for vaccines who are still not vaccinated. The data that I show you do not lie. Vaccines protect you, your family, and your community.84
The data may not lie, but do Americans understand what CDC Director Rochelle Walensky means when she says:
go out now and get your extra booster dose to protect you.85
Most of us are not epidemiologists, physicians, or infectious disease specialists. It’s difficult to separate a PR campaign and outright propaganda from the science Democrats say they put their trust in. When Walensky makes a remark like this, it is easy for people Biden and the Democrats have frightened out of their wits to take literally because it’s what they want to hear:
What’s the best gift to give this year? Consider the gift of health. It’s priceless.86
Later today the president will deliver an update on COVID-19. We’re not sure what he’s going to say just yet, but it’s time to temper the public health propaganda with some cold, hard reality. Vaccination rates are going up and COVID cases are surging. Perhaps a little honesty would have tempered the American people’s expectations about the vaccines* the White House is pushing under threat of imminent death for the holidays.
What was the real message of Biden’s Omicron address?
Today the president admitted his administration was caught off guard. Who could have known Omicron was coming?
No, it’s not, because COVID is spreading so rapidly, if you notice. It just — just happened almost overnight, just in the last month. And —87
That’s an admission of sorts and the kind of cold, hard reality we might as well get used to.
The president also mentioned that he is not supposed to be having press conferences. Let’s leave more pointless speculation about the identity of the person who gives Biden his marching orders for another day.
I won’t bother to cite the press releases, statements, and damning remarks by Democrats who accused Donald Trump of killing Americans because he was unprepared for the pandemic. Let’s leave it at Rep. Filemon Vela’s (D-TX) September 2020 statement that “The President of the United States of America has admitted to mass murder.”88
That’s a pretty harsh accusation even for a Democrat. It’s not true, of course. I wouldn’t attempt to suggest that we hold Biden responsible, though given Democrats’ eagerness to hang the loss of life on Trump it would be entirely fair in a political tit for tat sort of way. When Vela made that remark we were still below 200,000 deaths. That’s less than 25% of where we are now. Even if Trump was unprepared, how much difference has the Democratic Party made with its control of Congress and the Oval Office?
The White House’s admission that it was surprised by Omicron is puzzling when you think about the warning shot delivered by Delta’s rapid spread and all the big science brains who are supposed to be able to predict these things even better than Donald Trump. Still, with Americans dying and the case count exploding this isn’t the time to play politics. Democrats reveled in American deaths and lied about responsibility for an event unprecedented in our history because consolidating their power was more important than bringing the nation together, saving lives, and refusing to politicize death. That’s why I’m not going to blame Biden for the same thing. Americans are better than that, lying Democratic Party politicians excepted.
*The president used the words vaccines, vaccinated, vaccination, and unvaccinated 58 times during today’s address. Vaccinated was used 42 times.
UPDATE January 5, 2022:
Our governing liars turn to deception and disinformation instead of just telling the truth: COVID might kill you and we can’t stop it.
Now that President Biden has finally acknowledged that vaccines won’t prevent COVID-19 100% of the time in 100% of Americans who do what he says, the message has shifted from an overt lie to a bald-faced deception.
Today the White House COVID-19 response team followed up on the strange mix of blame and lukewarm reassurance we got from Biden yesterday with a message you will soon be sick and tired of hearing if you are not already:
First, we have the tools to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe. And importantly, we have the tools we need to keep our schools open.89
No doubt the White House has access to monoclonal antibody and other treatments, so “we” isn’t an outright lie. If you go to the hospital sick with COVID and ask for this lifesaving therapy will you be able to get it? Not likely, unless you’re lucky enough to be a person of color in New York who falls under the state’s blatantly racist equity treatment guidelines. Need a test? Good luck with that, too. The lines for tests call to mind what we saw in Virginia on Monday.
Like anything else that offends the White House agenda none of this failure of big government public health to deliver for the American people really matters. What’s important is the narrative:
You can control how big an impact Omicron is going to have on your health if you get Omi- — Omicron.90
Is this true? We still don’t know. For the time being it sounds good until the White House has to change it story again. It’s about time to do that with the myth about unions reopening our schools:
Schools can and should be open this winter. We have all the tools to keep kids safe.91
“Can” and “should” aren’t the same as “are.” Just ask any parent in Chicago who found out this morning that their children won’t be going to school today because Chicago Teacher’s Union teachers voted to stay home.
Instead of spreading public health lies and then trying to cover them up with half-truths and disinformation, the White House could admit that nothing will keep us safe. Biden could fess up that he dropped the ball on treatments and tests and lied about vaccine effectiveness. This will never happen, of course. Instead, as the COVID situation in America deteriorates the usual Democrat emphasis on control will shift to a very Republican focus on individual responsibility: dead from COVID? We offered the tools to protect you.
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