With President Biden at the helm, America can score a dramatic diplomatic coup. We could leave a lasting mark for the better—both in purely humanitarian terms, but also in terms of restoring a national image that the Trump regime left badly damaged. The pieces are in place and the time is right. We should help vaccinate the world.
The phenomena of “vaccine-hesitancy” and the “anti-vaxxer” movement are regrettable or worse, but if we are creating a backlog of unused vaccine. NOW is the time to share it. If we continue to ramp up our production AND engage our vast military in the task of rapid worldwide distribution, we would do more to enhance our standing in the world than anything we have done in the last 70 years. A single C5 military transport could probably deliver many millions of doses in a single trip. The total cost world-wide would probably be less than that of buying a single new aircraft carrier. People everywhere would applaud the gesture and the live-saving help it represents. Yes. It would be the antithesis of the “me first”, “America first” attitude that has dominated our national behavior for the last four years. That is the whole point. It would put down a clear marker that an America we can all feel proud of is back.
The point of a grand gesture like this will be lost if there are strings attached. This should be a humanitarian act. Vaccines should be free to Iran, Palestine, North Korea, etc. without conditions! Some people will think that proposal silly, but any expert on public health can tell you we would still be doing ourselves a favor. If Covid-19 continues to ferment away in large foreign populations, those variants (increasingly lethal and transmissible) will inevitably come to our shores. We have already seen what that can do to our own health and our economy. Let’s learn that lesson. Let us also always remember too that helping a neighbor in distress is never a waste. It is part of what makes us human.
Recently, the anti-vaccination crowd has crossed a very serious line. It is one thing to decide for yourself that you don’t want a shot. It is quite another to actively spread lies about fictitious negative side effects of vaccines, etc. When such false claims actively undermine a major government initiative directed at safeguarding the lives and health of the American public, they go far beyond the limits of free speech and become sedition and treason.
With public support, America could lock up two other major victories. First, passing Biden’s infrastructure bill would go a long way towards truly rebuilding America. Although it is expensive, it is also (unlike Trump’s huge tax cut giveaway to the rich) an expense we are likely to see re-paid. His plan would directly benefit millions of Americans and create millions of local jobs. That means much needed income in local communities while local workers repair local infrastructure. In Newport, we have a reservoir and a critical bridge that are both badly in need of work.
Third, the public can simply pull together and reject the hundreds of laws intended to suppress voter turnout that the GOP has recently spawned across the country. These are a gross violation of our Democratic values.
The agenda I just outlined is hardly radical or leftist. What serious American could object to enhancing our standing in the world, repairing our frayed infrastructure, and restoring the credibility of our election process? All these goals are very achievable at the moment. They are in keeping with the nation’s needs and values. They would do us and the world a world of good. But the moment won’t last forever. Sadly, all the GOP can offer these days is delusion, division, sedition, insurrection, self-destruction, and rejection of everything that might help Biden (and therefore America) succeed. It is time for people to speak out for success. The choice is simple: three easy wins or more endless GOP-driven gridlock.
If I were to summarize your response I would say, “A dollop of truth regarding unsafe drugs and a total exaggeration of the question at hand- -the covid vaccine.”
“an experimental gene procedure that has already injured or killed thousands of citizens worldwide.” is a ridiculous claim. The examples of fully vaccinated people getting covid is miniscule compared to the millions of vaccination.
” dig deep into research by reputable alternative health sites.” OK, why don’t you post some of these “reputable” sites on line here. I would be very interested in looking at them.
Hint for the future: the next time you post another swimming upstream comment, how about referring to your “reputable” source of information. Or do you get your info from your special-ed kids?
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As a special education teacher for more than 40 years, I am a witness that vaccines can and do injure people. Drug companies have been sued and have paid 35 billion dollars in fines through the years for unsafe drug products. Vaccines are drugs. The marketing slogan “safe and effective” is a lie. The “pandemic” was a manufactured crisis to enrich the pharmaceutical companies with billions of dollars in sales, free advertising and coercion of people to be injected with an experimental gene procedure that has already injured or killed thousands of citizens worldwide. The government mandates of unscientific masking, lockdowns, and anti-social distancing has ruined millions of lives but enriched Big Pharma and Big Tech. Mainstream media spews 24/7 propaganda because it is controlled by drug companies which now are outpacing Big Oil in influence. Censorship of healthy ways to deal with disease is rampant. Our democracy is dying, civil liberties crushed, the economy for working people destroyed, and corporate and government collusion is blatant. I urge people to stop believing propaganda and to dig deep into research by reputable alternative health sites.
I appreciate thoughtful responses on my blog. I welcome intelligent, polite dialogue. That said, I think your priorities are misplaced and really (sorry) very insensitive. There are billions of people in the world (Brazil, India, Palestine and over a hundred other countries) who would welcome a vaccine right now. Unlike you and most other Americans, they don’t have the privilege, entitlement, etc. that allow them to turn down free medical help when it is offered. They are lucky to get food and can’t really waste time on wondering whether it is free range, organic or hormone free. As a former Peace Corps volunteer, I have probably been vaccinated about fifty times (meningitis, 4-5 rabies shots, typhus, typhoid, you name it). I never suffered from a serious side effect and I never got any of those horrible diseases either. It is worth noting that in addition to almost 600,000 dead from covid in the US alone, there are millions more worldwide, Further, there are many who survived but are showing all kinds of weird and very dangerous lingering side-effects. Overall, the benefits of vaccines clearly outweigh the risks.
Finally, in addition to calling the pandemic a “hoax” you even seem to question the efficacy of masks. An understanding of simple physics and the application of simple logic both lead to the conclusion that even a bad mask is better than no mask at all. It is really not clear to me whether you really understand the science, where you get your facts, and why you would write something so counterproductive.