by MATT WELCH
If you spend too much time observing the way politicians speak, you’ll pick up an almost perceptibly mechanical gear-shift in their heads when the brain-groove reminds them to reproduce an anecdote or talking point they have formulated so many times before. Occasionally the subconscious rebels against the alienating monotony with apologetic prefix clauses like, “That’s why I like to say,” or “I always tell the story that,” but the pre-sets mostly override such human twitches to deliver the desired political result.
So it was for President Joe Biden’s counterproductive “pandemic of the unvaccinated” slogan, which the White House COVID-19 Response Team introduced in mid-July, and which the president was still regurgitating inaccurately as late as December 14.
In a local TV interview with News Center 7 in Dayton, Ohio, the president was asked about whether his administration would continue fighting his contested employer vaccine mandates in court. The politician-brain quickly whirred into gear.
“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. The unvaccinated. Not the vaccinated, the unvaccinated,” Biden emphasized, on the same day that the omicron variant produced a one-day positive-case increase of 16 percent in highly vaccinated New York City. “That’s the problem. And so everybody talks about ‘freedom,’ and not to have a shot or have a test. Well guess what? How about patriotism? How about making sure that you’re vaccinated, so you do not spread the disease to anybody else? What about that?”
What about that indeed. New York City’s one-shot vaccination rate (of 92 percent for adults, 83 percent for kids between 13 and 17) “rivals any number in the free world,” Politico’s Jack Shafer observed last week, and yet somehow my vaccinated teen and boosted self spent Christmas under quarantine. The fact-checkers over at The Poynter Institute’s PolitiFact generously rated Biden’s “vaccinated…do not spread the disease” claim as only “mostly” false, despite epidemiologist quotes like “[the] statement is not accurate,” and “vaccinated individuals can definitely infect other people.”
But the problems with the “pandemic of the unvaccinated” message pre-date the variant that rendered it factually ludicrous. On September 16, one week after Biden reversed serial administration promises by announcing an employer vaccine mandate (while using language such as “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us”), science writer Yasmin Tayag penned an Atlantic piece headlined “Stop Calling It a ‘Pandemic of the Unvaccinated.’“
“Bullying the unvaccinated into getting their shots isn’t going to work in the long run,” Tayag predicted, in a piece surveying a field of study (behavioral science) to which the White House seems oblivious. “The way the mandates are being presented is driving a wedge between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. If the goal is to inoculate enough people to reach herd immunity, this approach may eventually backfire.”
So how have mandates worked in practice? The New York Times on December 18 published a survey of all 50 states and the country’s largest 100 cities, and concluded that the government orders “have not provided the significant boost to state and local vaccination rates that some experts had hoped for.” To the contrary: “In most locations, the number of adults with at least one shot grew at a slower pace after states and cities announced mandates than it did nationwide in the same time periods.”
“Mandates might help for people who are just finding it inconvenient, but have no really legitimate reason to not get the vaccine,” Lisa Cooper, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, told the Times. “But then you have people who have strong beliefs against it or who really have significant other struggles, and the mandates are not going to do anything for those people.”
The Times notes that—at least until and unless Biden’s employer mandate passes legal muster—the vast majority of government vaccination orders take place in Democratic-voting, high-vaxxed polities: “In almost all of these states and in all of the counties surrounding the cities with mandates, a majority of the residents voted for President Biden. Statewide mandates tend to be most popular along the West Coast and in the Northeast, whereas states banning some mandates tend to be clustered in the South.”
So if vaccine mandates aren’t moving the needle on vaccination, what, precisely, are they for? One particularly ungenerous hypothesis is hard to avoid. Rebranding COVID-19 as the “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” then targeting that population with punishments for noncompliance, has been a way to scapegoat political opponents and technology companies, while bolstering the sense of virtuousness among the vaxxed.
Those dynamics were present at the creation of the re-brand. The same week that the White House COVID-19 Response Team began telling vaccinated people that the pandemic was now for those other people, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called for a “whole-of-society” effort to combat “health misinformation,” then Biden just flat-out accused Facebook and other social media companies of “killing people.”
Then in the same week that Biden announced his vaccine mandate, he also charged prominent GOP officials with being “cavalier” about whether children lived or died. “Republican governors in states like Texas and Florida are doing everything they can to undermine the public health requirements that keep people safe,” the president tweeted. “They’re playing politics with the lives of their citizens, especially children. I refuse to give in to it.”
Biden’s entire speech unveiling his vaccine mandate was dripping with irritation for Americans who had yet to get a shot, and for politicians who were not sufficiently on board with his COVID policies. A selection:
Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated […]
This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. And it’s caused by the fact that despite America having an unprecedented and successful vaccination program, despite the fact that for almost five months free vaccines have been available in 80,000 different locations, we still have nearly 80 million Americans who have failed to get the shot.
And to make matters worse, there are elected officials actively working to undermine the fight against COVID-19. Instead of encouraging people to get vaccinated and mask up, they’re ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated dying from COVID in their communities. This is totally unacceptable. […]
That 25 percent [of unvaccinated people] can cause a lot of damage—and they are. The unvaccinated overcrowd our hospitals, are overrunning the emergency rooms and intensive care units, leaving no room for someone with a heart attack, or [pancreatitis], or cancer. […]
[W]hat makes it incredibly more frustrating is that we have the tools to combat COVID-19, and a distinct minority of Americans—supported by a distinct minority of elected officials—are keeping us from turning the corner. These pandemic politics, as I refer to, are making people sick, causing unvaccinated people to die.
We cannot allow these actions to stand in the way of protecting the large majority of Americans who have done their part and want to get back to life as normal. […]
The bottom line: We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers.
The message given here to the vaccinated is mixed bordering on schizophrenic. This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated does not jibe with vaccinated workers need protection from unvaccinated workers. In a speech touting the urgent need for vaccination, Biden is saying that getting vaccinated cannot be a ticket back to normal life until we deal with those foolish anti-vaxxers. Rather than encourage the kind of social cohesion that correlates best with high inoculation rates, the president is telling one bloc of voters it’s OK to be pissed off at the other.
Writing in The Lancet last month under the headline “Stigmatising the unvaccinated is not justified,” epidemiologist Günter Kampf laid out the practical drawbacks to Biden’s approach.
The vaccinated are the problem. The medical cabal wants everyone to be jabbed and then boosted for the rest of their lives.
Totally unnecessary. Omicron is natures vaccine
A pandemic of the untreated, more like it.
Don’t get the vaccine, or the booster if you’ve already been vaxxed.
There is no threat from covid, but there is a big threat from the government.
Data From Around the World–Including Antarctica!–Show Omicron Favoring the Fully Vaccinated
At this point the science does not support vaccinations, scientism on the other hand practiced by the leftists, does.
Federal Judge halts Biden mandate…
BREAKING: Texas just beat Biden again.
Another of Biden’s vaccine & mask mandates was just halted by a federal judge in Texas.
The Court writes: “It is undisputed that an agency cannot act without Congressional authorization.”
That would apply to all of Biden’s orders.
Biden has cut supplies of monoclonal antibodies for Texas…
Cutting supplies of necessary medications is retailiatory, something obama would do and did as potus…
The problem of this entire regime is that either they don’t have the mental capacity to address problems or they don’t have the dedication to do it. Whatever the reason, this regime of failure cannot address new problems and developments; all they have are the solutions to the original form of the virus left behind by Trump. Idiot Biden has vaccines developed in emergency haste that only addressed the only known version of the virus to protect lives. Beyond that, idiot Biden and his team of lay-abouts have done NOTHING. Nothing, that is, but force people down a path of ineffective actions and suppressed valid treatments.
Maybe their problem is that they told the public those of the past administration (the last duly elected one this nation has had) were lying and then followed that up with a steady stream of easily exposed lies about vaccines and the virus.
Perhaps their loudest critics lack the intelligence to understand what the Biden administration is dealing with. Consider who THEY believe should be driving the bus.
If you deny the existence of the problems except when blaming them on the administration attempting to deal with them, and simultaneously resist and attempt to sabotage every such effort, then you’re a part of the problem yourself.
The “administration” has done an abysmal job of shutting down the virus.
THEY have sabotaged efforts to treat patients, instead paying back pharma donors and letting American’s die.
The gene-therapy vaccine is only tool in our took box, and this idiot regime has essentially told us to build a table using only a hammer.
We are part of the solution: actually saving lives not giving up our freedoms in the process.
824 thousand Americans dead of COVID, but the right denies it’s true, propagandizes against proven vaccines and common sense pandemic measure, all while embracing ineffective medications that are being promoted by snake oil salesmen and sold by their affiliated telemarketers at enormously inflated prices.
This is part of no solution.
I deny that 824 thousand dies solely of Covid, which facts and data clearly prove me to be correct.
The gene-therapy vaccine is not a cure, and it’s not as effective as the Left propagandizes.
Add to that the strange Nazi-level mass psychosis behind denying the effectiveness of generic drugs that threaten pharma’s crony profits, they actively have left people die instead of giving them said treatments.
If you cared about saving people, you’d promote all options.
Only promoting a weak and now-outdated gene-therapy vaccine is the mark of either a fool or a Party operative.
What no Leftist can now dare to claim is that Biden directly killed everyone of Covid, as Trump apparently did.
That would make Biden more of a killer. Can’t be consistent on that, now can we.
Biden, or whoever is running things, has botched pretty much everything.
Covid-hysteria must be dispelled by we, the thinking part of the nation.
greggie the village idiot is not interested in facts, only phrases that supports his party’s failing programs.
“Of” vs “with”, either of which could be used fraudulently
If you greggie, the village idiot really wanted to know the true number of people who actually died because of COVID, you would go to your local hospital and require them to give you the process they used to determine how they determined what the actual cause of death of those who died in their facility and labeled as dying of COVID. They will refer you to the CDC guidance that required health care facilities to label deaths as COVID if they tested as having COVID no matter the circumstances. I know specifically of people who died of traffic accidents who had COVID residuals who were labeled as dying of COVID. As the village idiot, you really are not looking for the truth, only something you can hang onto that supports your idol, joey!
One thing you can probably rely on, or at least reasonably suspect, is that while they skewed the numbers high to damage Trump, they have honed their criteria now to skew them low to protect idiot Biden, and his numbers are STILL higher than Trump’s.
Maybe when we close the Southern border it will be time to take the Biden administration seriously about what they are dealing with.
Comrade Greggie, do you remember what Ron Klain, Vice-President Biden’s Chief of Staff and now President Biden’s Chief of Staff said about how they handled the H1N1 pandemic?
“I wasn’t involved directly in the H1N1 response, but I lived through it as a White House staffer. And what I will say about it is a bunch of really talented, really great people working on it. And we did every possible thing wrong. And it’s, you know, 60 million Americans got H1N1 in that period of time. And it’s just purely a fortuity that this isn’t one of the great mass casualty events in American history. Had nothing to do with us doing anything right. Just had to do with luck.”
They got “every possible thing wrong” and these are the same clowns now running the Kung flu response.
Of course, Klain tried to clean that up later. Biden anus licking Washington Compost reported:
“The point I was trying to make was about an over reliance on vaccines as a single strategy for coping with pandemics,” Klain told The Fact Checker in an email. “That was not in fact what happened on H1N1 but there had been a lot of chatter at the conference I was attending about vaccines as the dominant strategy.
“What I was trying to say was that if one relies only on vaccines as your major strategy, and vaccines are late then you are screwed, and really bad things can happen,” Klain added.”
Oh, wait, relying on vaccines as a single strategy for coping with pandemics is not a good idea according to the man who everyone knows is running the Oval Office? There should be other treatments, oh, I don’t know, maybe like prophylaxis treatments, also available as many of us have been saying while the Federal government discourages American’s right to try by making those treatments unavailable? Surely, an American has a right to try “horse serum” if that is their choice, right, Comrade?
Joey Soft Serve doesn’t have a clue. Why are no tests available? And I do mean none in four counties. Why is Joey Soft Serve dening treatment to red states? What give the President the authority to determine what treatment Americans can, or cannot, have available?
Stop pushing your Communist mantra. You stopped fooling anyone here years ago and now all you do is confirm your position as village idiot.
Trump did better. It’s fact.
Biden isn’t in charge and those who are are letting millions world-wide die of a treatable cold released by a third-world communist regime.
What the idiot Biden regime is dealing with is their own lies. First, the lies that the vaccines would be dangerous. Then the lies they had a plan… a “better” plan that would prevent deaths. Idiot Biden himself lied that, had his plan been in place, NO ONE would have died. Then there’s the lie that idiot Biden was capable of “shutting down the virus” when in fact, he is incompetent. There are the lies that masks prevent spread, that banning groups or eating at restaurants prevent spread, that dangerously vaccinating children prevents spread. They are fighting their own lies with more lies.
No one has “sabotaged” them; they are simply idiots led by an idiot that have no idea what to do or what they are doing. They blamed Trump for everything and now they can do no better… they are far worse, in fact.
Only the fellow idiots can’t see it.
biden has been a complete disaster. His first year is replete with nothing but failure
Fauci quote showing the statistics are all false to create fear:
But the other important thing is that if you look at the children who are hospitalized, many of them are hospitalized with COVID as opposed to or because of COVID. And what we mean by that — if a child goes in the hospital, they automatically get tested for COVID. And they get counted as a COVID-hospitalized individual. When in fact, they may go in for a broken leg or appendicitis or something like that. So, it’s overcounting the number of children who are, quote, hospitalized with COVID, as opposed to because of COVID
Indiana life insurance CEO says deaths are up 40% among people ages 18-64
Vaccines are killing people, period…