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Some Thoughts On Vaccinations and Effective Behavior to Stop Spreading Death in this Pandemic

September 1, 2021

Below is a post shared by multiple friends on Facebook. I have no idea where it originated, but it certainly makes a hell of a lot more sense to me in terms of compassion and reasonable behavior in light of the current Covid-19 dispute being largely fomented on social media, other mass media and those wishing to sell snake oil and chaos in local, state, national and world politics these days.

I am constantly amazed at those in positions to establish legal means by which to lessen the effects of Covid-19 by keeping it from infecting totally innocent people who are not able to protect themselves take actions to achieve the exact opposite. Why do political leaders, whether it be in Congress and the White House, State Legislatures and Governors’ offices – predominantly (if not exclusively) Republicans – feel it is more important to protect and preserve the rights of certain among us to pretend our behavior to live our lives with little or no concern for the effects it has on others is baffling.

Gee whiz. It’s a pain in the butt to have to go around wearing a mask to protect myself an others from unnecessary exposure to deadly pathogens. So what? Would it not be more convenient if we didn’t have to wear different clothing when the weather changes? How is altering behavior by establishing regulations mandating we act to protect us all, rather than just allowing some some perceived Social Darwinian “survival of the fittest” to rule our lives proof that our social fabric is being torn asunder by radical authoritarian socialists? Do we really want to subject children who do not currently have access to vaccination against the virus, to attending schools with little or no protections known to reduce their danger of contracting it?

I have received my recommended vaccinations courtesy of the VA. Like most of those bellyaching at the prospect of having another shot in the arm. I received many such shots while in the army an in school before that. Never seemed to be such a big deal when kids had to start providing immunization records to attend classes (with exceptions for special circumstances and religious exceptions). People who need to be immunized to travel places either do so or don’t go there.

I still wear a mask in public buildings even though many say I don’t have to because I have been vaccinated, because either the employees are wearing their or because nobody dare ask me to prove my status. I seek to lessen others’ concerns that I may be a threat to do health. It’s really not that much of an inconvenience. Parents deserve to not have to worry that sending their children to school is a major threat to their health. Neither do people dependent on income from a job that places them in contact with strangers on a regular basis, whether or not that job even pays them a livable  wage.

The Republican governors in states which have dictated that mask mandates at public schools are forbidden are playing political games with the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Kids can’t vote and don’t make donations to political campaigns. Making up or thriving due to the ludicrous claims of others on social media that the pandemic itself is a hoax or some miracle cure exists or that the approved vaccines make you magnetic or insert microchips into people so the government gains total control over their lives makes them look like champions of the downtrodden.

One of the worst offenders, naturally, is our former would-be President-for-Life, Donald J.Trump – he of the injectable hazardous chemicals and the seemingly endless mass-spreader events otherwise known as rallies. The worst among those still in office – the Governors of Florida and Texas and certain others in Congress and state governments – seem to be positioning themselves for future political glory as successors to Trump. All are incapable of truly leading a democratic society which seeks to benefit society as a whole. Rand Paul deserves to have any medical licenses he may possess be revoked for the nonsense he has been spouting of late.

As a society, we must stop acting in ways that protect the powerful and wealthiest among us at our expense. Calls for ending unemployment relief, the moratorium on evictions and other programs aimed at mitigating the harmful effects the pandemic has wreaked upon us are a ruse to further concentrate wealth and power in our country – and the world as a whole. Those who doubt this can just look at what has happened to the bank balances of Jeff Bezos and most of his billionaire buddies over the past year or so. How many people working for Amazon, pay raises while appreciated not withstanding, will be buying tickets to outer space in the near future?

At any rate, here’s the Facebook post I mentioned earlier. You may have already seen it and shared your thoughts on it as well:

I know some people who are against the vaccine but I saw this and had to post it. Makes sense:

I’m vaccinated and, no, I don’t know what’s in it – neither this vaccine, the ones I had as a child, nor in the Big Mac, or in hot dogs, or in other treatments…whether it’s for cancer, AIDS, the one for polyarthritis, or vaccines for infants or children. I trust my doctor when he says it’s needed.

I also don’t know what’s in Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or other meds; it just cures my headaches and my pains.

I don’t know what’s in the ink for tattoos, vaping, or every ingredient in my soap or shampoo or even deodorants. I don’t know the long term effect of cell phone use or whether or not that restaurant I just ate at REALLY used clean foods and washed their hands.

IN SHORT …

There’s a lot of things I don’t know and never will.

I just know one thing: life is short, very short, and I still want to do something other than just going to work every day or staying locked in my home. I still want to travel and hug people without fear and find a little feeling of life “before.”

As a child and as an adult I’ve been vaccinated for mumps, measles, rubella, polio, chicken pox, and quite a few others; my parents and I trusted the science and never had to suffer through or transmit any of said diseases … just saying.

I’M VACCINATED, NOT TO PLEASE THE GOVERNMENT BUT:

* To not die from Covid-19.

* To NOT clutter a hospital bed if I get sick.

* To hug my loved ones

* To not have to do PCR or antigenic tests to go out dancing, go to a restaurant, go on holidays and many more things to come …

* To live my life and enjoy loved ones.

* For Covid-19 to be an old memory.

* To protect us.

Further suggested Readings”

The Party and Cult of Death: the GOP and its Anti-vaxxer “Christian”

US Education Dept. Opens Civil Rights Probes Into 5 States’ Bans on School Mask Mandates | Common Dreams News

Why false claims about Covid-19 vaccines and infertility are so powerful

Yes, let’s mandate vaccines for eligible school children, Fauci says

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3 Comments
  1. Everything you’ve said makes total sense to me. While living in the State of Ceara in Brazil, my sons and I had to travel to another Brazilian state (Pernambuco) to get a whole range of vaccinations provided by a medical laboratory certified by the US government, as a necessary part of the application process for permanent residence in the USA.

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  2. I wish it wasn’t so hard to convince people to act cooperatively, for the good of us all. Us ALL, them included!!!

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