It’s Time For Jack’s “Believe It Or Not!” Vox Actually Published This
Essay Three Days Ago!
JUNE 7, 2021 / JACK MARSHALL
The article by German Lopez in Vox published on June 4 is more than just
head exploding. It is clinical evidence of brain dysfunction or such
deep cynicism and disrespect for readers that the author and editors
should be under surveillance. I’m exaggerating only slightly.
Vox is an openly Leftist website founded by Ezra Klein, who pretended to
be an ethical journalist at the Washington Post until his outrageous
partisan bias became too obvious to deny. Since then it has become the
kind of news and commentary source, like MSNBC, only taken seriously by
those who want to hear a slanted, spun, openly partisan view of reality
that jibes with their unalterable world view. Yet this thing is
unbelievable even by that standard.
Over the past week, even the mainstream media has accepted the
likelihood that its government, and particularly its health authorities
led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, lied to the public repeatedly, hid evidence
and covered up facts and documents throughout the pandemic, prime among
those fact the likely origins of the Wuhan virus (you’ll never guess
where it came from!) This was a betrayal of trust of epic and historic
proportions. So what does Vox identify as America’s “biggest pandemic
We’re not more like China! Or Iran! We don’t automatically bow to
government restrictions on our liberties. We don’t trust the experts to
run our lives! Some excerpts:
“Whenever collective action is called for, Americans don’t do it — or,
at the very least, don’t do it sufficiently. America is too politicized,
fractured, and, above all, individualistic for a collective move to save
it. …When the US writes its next pandemic playbook, it can’t ignore this
reality. Going forward, tackling a pandemic or collective public health
threat will require a more individualistic approach to public health —
one more focused on clear guidance, risk communication, harm reduction,
and making the safest choice the easiest…The research suggests
collectivistic places handled at least some aspects of the pandemic
better. But in a highly individualistic society like the US, maybe such
approaches are simply unrealistic. After suffering one of the highest
Covid-19 death tolls among developed nations and in the world, America
may have to find its own individualized alternative….Many Americans did
take Covid-19 seriously, social distancing and masking up as federal
officials and experts asked them to. They have continued to do so, too,
getting vaccines as soon as they were available. But with Covid-19, just
a few people can spoil everything. A few people going out, gathering,
and failing to wear masks can launch an outbreak across a community…This
is a big thing that went wrong with America’s approach to Covid-19. Yes,
most people wore masks at least sometimes, and a lot of people made some
sacrifice to social distance in the past year. But many others, fueled
by Trump’s downplaying of the virus and politics in general, rejected
the precautions, describing them as violations of civil liberties.
Meanwhile, calls for more collectivistic actions have gone nowhere.
Lockdowns quickly proved to be unsustainable, with protests and Trump’s
demands to “LIBERATE!” economies soon leading just about every state in
the country to reopen too quickly and see a surge in Covid-19 cases.
Mask mandates were adopted in most states, but not all. Places that did
keep some restrictions, from social distancing to mask mandates, barely
enforced them — cops weren’t going around breaking up a lot of house
Read the whole thing if your stomach is empty, but that should be
enough. This is a totalitarian talking, and one that either doesn’t
realize how repulsive and anti-American his analysis is, or one who is
confident that his readers dislike democratic society as much as he
does. Let’s ignore the factual distortions and gaslighting (the U.S.’s
death toll from the illness cannot be compared to other nations, since
the CDC guidelines deliberately overcounted pandemic deaths while other
countries of similar or greater size undercounted; states did not open
up too soon, they should never have closed down; there is no mention
anywhere of the huge demonstrations, protests and riots that observed no
“social distancing” that the alleged health experts stillendorsed,
etc.), and just concentrate on the delusional, frightening attitude the
Despite all the evidence, coming in an avalanche before the article was
written, that there was every reason to distrust the government and its
experts since they were making stuff up, ignoring their own advice, and
generally incompetent, Americans are at fault because they didn’t fall
into line and love Big Brother, saying, “Thank-you sir, may I have another?”
The “precautions,” like telling people they could not drive alone in
their car except for “essential” travel and should wear masks during
sex, were not irrationally “described” as violations of civil
liberties, they were violations of civil liberties. Also, in too many
cases to list, idiotic.
“A lot of people made some sacrifice to social distance in the past
year”???? Everybody in the country except the elected officials like
Nancy Pelosi and the gang of dictatorial Democratic mayors and governors
who had guaranteed jobs and income and defied their own edicts whenever
it was convenient sacrificed. The economy crashed for everybody.
Children’s education went to hell, or Zoom, which is the same thing. The
arts, sports, social activities, and of course businesses—like mine—were
crippled—and all based on stuttering guesswork and fakery by
incompetents posing under the banner of “science.”
The conclusion of this despicable screed is that, damn it, Americans
just don’t take orders, or at least not enough of them. “America is an
individualistic nation, and a progressive administration alone can’t
change that,” Vox tells us. “One way to fix these problems would be to
try to make Americans more collectivistic.”
In other words, less American. Trust Big Brother. Give up individualism
and liberty for “the greater good.” It gets to be a habit, you know,
then you’ll get used to it. It’s all for the best.
“We shouldn’t tolerate another 600,000 American deaths in the next
pandemic,” Big Brother’s PR flack concludes. That’s one of those
intellectually dishonest statements that lets you know someone is
conning you. Recent estimates suggest that the pandemic fatalities have
been overcounted by as much as 20%. Ok, 500,000. The majority of the
victims were sick and or elderly. How many of those would have died soon
anyway if China’s virus hadn’t intervened? Half? Let’s be conservative
and say only another 20%. That’s 400,000.
How many of those deaths are a reasonable price to pay to preserve
American values, liberties, and individualism?
Every damn one of them.
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