September 13, 2021
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Question: What’s the most sure-fire strategy to get people to behave the way you want them to?

Answer: Scare them half to death.

And that’s really how the Democrats roll in the 21st century, citing so-called threats ranging from climate change to right-wing “insurrection,” though the strategy of cultivating fear certainly isn’t new. As H. L. Mencken said in the last century, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

There seems to be some discrepancy as to whether Mencken said “all of them imaginary” or “most of them imaginary.” Given the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, he would have been smarter to say “most.” This virus is certainly not imaginary; it’s all too real and can cause everything from mild, even unnoticeable symptoms to consignment to a ventilator and eventual death in an ICU. It seems almost everyone knows at least someone who has died of this disease, though most of those have been elderly or affected by underlying health problems such as obesity or diabetes. Some of us, including me, are grieving for friends and family and even beloved entertainers who have died. I don’t mean to make light of the impact of this virus.

But since the vaccines came along, the government has been working overtime to make sure everyone gets “the jab” (or, in most cases, two or more jabs). Radio ads produced by the CDC call “Delta” the “new, more dangerous variant,” essentially pointing to a new hobgoblin, even though we don’t have evidence that it’s more deadly, just more easily transmissible. (But, hey, if the Delta variant isn’t deadlier, the NEXT variant to come along surely will be.) The ads say vaccines offer us “our best chance to get back to normal." Right.

The President himself is doing everything he can –- ethical or not, constitutional or not –- to get everyone vaccinated. Yet the protection provided by vaccines is so sketchy that many vaccinated people are still going around in masks.

But stories about hospitals filling up with unvaccinated people in a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” turned out to be fake news. As we reported a couple of weeks ago, there are 15 academic studies showing the superiority of natural immunity, including the latest out of Israel showing natural immunity to be far more effective than that produced by the vaccines. Details of that study are here.

https://fee.org/articles/harvard-epidemiologist-says-the-case-for-covid-vaccine-passports-was-just-demolished/

But it doesn’t matter to apostles of Dr. Fauci terrified of the threat posed by the unvaccinated, who must now be fired from their jobs and generally treated as lepers, no matter what the reason for their personal choice not to get jabbed.

Think I’m exaggerating the fear? I saw it firsthand in an incident over the weekend and realized the emotional power of government propaganda. Here’s what happened, with some of the conversation condensed but, I swear, including these exact words. It got intense...

On Saturday, I went to the home of someone who had graciously allowed me to use his striking interiors for a photo shoot. (He’s probably in his 50s, not obese, with no underlying health problems that I’m aware of.) I had met him a couple of times before, but he didn’t know my politics and certainly didn’t know I’m a news writer/researcher for a conservative commentator. I think our conversation would have gone even more disastrously if he had.

His first question when I walked in was, “How are you feeling?,” as in, “Have any covid symptoms?”

Me: “I’m feeling great. And don’t be concerned --- I’ve already have covid.”

Him: “Okay, but you’ve been vaccinated, right?”

Me: “No...I’ve been doing a lot of study on this and choose to rely on my natural immunity.”

Him: (moving across the room) “What??? You mean, you’re NOT VACCINATED???

Me: No, in fact, it’s looking as though natural immunity might be way better than the vaccines---

Him: (horrified) But you didn’t get vaccinated TOO??? I just ASSUMED someone like YOU would be VACCINATED!! Are you an ANTI-VAXXER???

Me: No, not at all. I traveled to India just a few years back and had to get some shots, and that was fine with me. But with covid, there are some studies---

Him: That’s just your OPINION!

Me: Well, opinion based on what I’ve been able to find out---

Him: It seems like most of the people who don’t want the vaccines are evangelical Christians!

Me: Actually, the groups with the greatest percentage of unvaccinated are Ph.D.’s and health care workers.

Him: I BELIEVE Dr. Fauci!! And I don’t think I can have an unvaccinated person in my house!

I could hardly believe what I was hearing. This man was freaking out over the fact that I wasn’t vaccinated, even though I’d had the virus months ago and was perfectly fine. My photographer was already there to do the shoot and had been setting up. I’d spent hours getting ready for this and was on a deadline to get these pictures. And this homeowner was so fearful of the unvaxxed, he was about to kick us out of his house.

What he decided to do instead of banishing us was leave the house himself, with his wife, and they went out to a restaurant for dinner, where, presumably, there were people who hadn’t been vaccinated, taking off their masks to eat. They didn’t come home till after we had left. I never said fear was rational. Nothing about this makes sense.

This is really the first time I’ve personally witnessed such an irrational expression of fear. I’ve seen images on TV, of course: Democrats screaming at the sky when Trump got elected and leftist women donning “Handmaid’s Tale” garb out of genuine terror of what he was going to do to women’s rights. But of course, those women had nothing to fear but fear itself. Their fear was based on nothing. They had been brainwashed to be terrified of Trump.

So it is now with the campaign against the unvaccinated. They (we) are "those" people.

Whatever the reason for this one-size-fits-all insistence on everyone getting these vaccines --- I won’t speculate here, but it’s obviously not to “get back to normal” --- it is ruining some people’s lives. I’d like to leave you with this video made by an ethics professor at Ontario’s Huron University College, Dr. Julie Ponesse, just before she was fired after 20 years for not following their new COVID-19 vaccination mandate. In it, she explains that coercing someone (like her) into a medical procedure is...not ethical.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/vaccine-mandate-ethics-professor-video

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  • JER ZE

    09/20/2021 08:34 AM

    Laura, I am unvaccinated because Daystar.Covid.com, they have not been silenced and they have brought all of your frontline doctors on to tell us what is going on. It is not as bad as what the government is scaring the people into. There is Ivermectin with zinc, etc. And for canada, they can use Quercertin with zinc etc. As long as there are medicines, I do not see why they are making us use a synthetic shot (not a vaccine). I am behind you in all of this. I am tired of being blamed for all of this. I stand behind you. But I don't know how to get the government officials to back us in all of this. It is against the constitution to mandate a vaccine. I don't see how Biden and the officials can get by with all of this. God is still in control. I don't see what he is doing, but I have to trust him because I don't know what to do. I am getting scared.

  • David Fisher

    09/20/2021 07:20 AM

    The "mainstream" media, federal government spokesmen and "experts" have done their jobs. They have lied about Covid so well that people are not just scared but are paranoid.

  • Karel Wheat

    09/20/2021 07:09 AM

    WELL! That was certainly an exciting day,??!! I’m sorry you had that experience, Laura,??. Can’t wait to see the photographs; I’m sure they’re lovely.

  • Jeanne Williams

    09/19/2021 11:31 PM

    The very “fact”, that we can’t have a conversation about immunity, is what does it for me. Nothing about fresh air and sunshine, zinc, supplements. In fact I read the government is now fining any company that claims it “might” boost against covid 10,000.00. I m 70, outside everyday, worked in a grocery first wave, haven’t taken a flu shot in decades because half the time they don’t work. I have no underlying health conditions. I didn’t get the vaccine because there were others that actually “needed” it far worse than I. But now with all of the pressure and BS, I have no intention of getting it. I am also pro life and have long be against using fetal tissue for research, I don’t care what it cures. Sadly, people die but it is my belief that Gid decides that not government. Also our local ME claimed our first covid death and the women didn’t even live in our county at the time of her death. She was very elderly and a survivor of a double lung transplant that she had already out lived the best case of surviving. (Ten yrs and she had passed twelve). I don’t believe anything they tell us after that.

  • Norma Shaeffer

    09/19/2021 10:51 PM

    Thank-you, Laura! I think that I've had COVID and do not want the dangerous solution that the Government is trying to coerce me into taking using not only fear, but guilt and bullying. I have been called "a parasite", "a drunk driver", "an anti-vaxxer", "an idiot", "selfish", "one of those" and just yesterday "an ultra right-winger!" Why is it O.K. that I am labelled these things yet I cannot express my opinion in a letter to our local newspaper editor because "it was in poor taste"?

    Keep up the excellent investigative journalism. You are admired!

    Truly,
    Norma Shaeffer

  • Sally Jones

    09/19/2021 10:18 PM

    I had Covid in the very beginning. I’m in my seventies. It was mild, lasted a couple of days with slight warmth around my mouth and run down a bit. I just don’t get the panic. People are out of their minds. It is so sad. I’d take it ANY day over the flu. My twin sister who has had 2 open heart surgeries and another surgery to drain a huge over load of fluid that popped up that was unexpected has managed to stay strong, positive and full of joy. People have lost their brains it would seem. Very sad there is so much fear. Yes, people will die…of Covid and so many other medical challenges. I’ve placed my faith in Gods hands, I trust Him fully to take care of me. He has me in His grip.

  • Leslie Dimmling

    09/19/2021 10:00 PM

    You are correct that this is about rationality ( or the lack of it.) My brother in law declined to dine with my family recently, as a couple of other members are not vaccinated. ( Although he and his wife ARE vaccinated.) But he had no qualms about inviting me out to a restaurant with them both the day before our family get together. The restaurant was rather crowded and while the servers wore masks, the other patrons did NOT. Yet evidently this was ok by him. My second experience was with a friend who runs a womens group to which I belong. She declared that going forward, she was going to demand all member show a vaccine card card , or else they would not be admitted to the meeting. When I suggested she didnt have a right to do this, she went off on a tirade about how unvaccinated people were "killing" those around them; and how she was glad Trump was out of office because he had suggested people drink bleach ( which he did not.) She actually thinks things are going well under Biden!!!!! This person, who I count as a friend, was actually screaming at me ( I have both had covid in 2020, AND taken the shots.) I have philosophic objections to being asked for my "papers" by every random shop owner and private individual. This is irrationality , big time, but unless the courts start enforcing our freedoms, this is going to get much worse.. Please keep my anonymous if you print this!!

  • Lauri Kraus

    09/19/2021 09:59 PM

    I found the threats and ultimate firing of Dr. Ponesse very disturbing. My feeling is that if these threatening mandates are successful that it will become a common occurrence in our future. I had Covid 19 and had the vaccine as well. My son-in-law threatened that I wouldn’t get to see my grandchildren without having taken the vaccine. I really didn’t want to take it, but I did. I wish her the best and totally admire her courage.

  • Mike C Sheldon

    09/19/2021 09:58 PM

    Two things on my mind. It seems more and more the CCP becomes less envolved as the originator in the media. The other is the fact that at the creation of the vaccines, they were aimed at lessening the severity of the disease based on all the elderly deaths at the time. Now the vaccines have magically become preventive in nature. I have yet to learn of a preventive vaccine for C-19.

  • Corbin L Douthitt

    09/19/2021 09:50 PM

    Here it is in simple terms- 1- if you "feel' that you need a mask, wear it. 2-If you wear it to protect yourself-BINGO! JOB done!! 3- if you wear it to protect me- BINGO! Job DONE!! Now- shut up and MYOB. Statistics prove that people who MYOB, live longer and in less pain..;-)

September 13, 2021
|

Question: What’s the most sure-fire strategy to get people to behave the way you want them to?

Answer: Scare them half to death.

And that’s really how the Democrats roll in the 21st century, citing so-called threats ranging from climate change to right-wing “insurrection,” though the strategy of cultivating fear certainly isn’t new. As H. L. Mencken said in the last century, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

There seems to be some discrepancy as to whether Mencken said “all of them imaginary” or “most of them imaginary.” Given the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, he would have been smarter to say “most.” This virus is certainly not imaginary; it’s all too real and can cause everything from mild, even unnoticeable symptoms to consignment to a ventilator and eventual death in an ICU. It seems almost everyone knows at least someone who has died of this disease, though most of those have been elderly or affected by underlying health problems such as obesity or diabetes. Some of us, including me, are grieving for friends and family and even beloved entertainers who have died. I don’t mean to make light of the impact of this virus.

But since the vaccines came along, the government has been working overtime to make sure everyone gets “the jab” (or, in most cases, two or more jabs). Radio ads produced by the CDC call “Delta” the “new, more dangerous variant,” essentially pointing to a new hobgoblin, even though we don’t have evidence that it’s more deadly, just more easily transmissible. (But, hey, if the Delta variant isn’t deadlier, the NEXT variant to come along surely will be.) The ads say vaccines offer us “our best chance to get back to normal." Right.

The President himself is doing everything he can –- ethical or not, constitutional or not –- to get everyone vaccinated. Yet the protection provided by vaccines is so sketchy that many vaccinated people are still going around in masks.

But stories about hospitals filling up with unvaccinated people in a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” turned out to be fake news. As we reported a couple of weeks ago, there are 15 academic studies showing the superiority of natural immunity, including the latest out of Israel showing natural immunity to be far more effective than that produced by the vaccines. Details of that study are here.

https://fee.org/articles/harvard-epidemiologist-says-the-case-for-covid-vaccine-passports-was-just-demolished/

But it doesn’t matter to apostles of Dr. Fauci terrified of the threat posed by the unvaccinated, who must now be fired from their jobs and generally treated as lepers, no matter what the reason for their personal choice not to get jabbed.

Think I’m exaggerating the fear? I saw it firsthand in an incident over the weekend and realized the emotional power of government propaganda. Here’s what happened, with some of the conversation condensed but, I swear, including these exact words. It got intense...

On Saturday, I went to the home of someone who had graciously allowed me to use his striking interiors for a photo shoot. (He’s probably in his 50s, not obese, with no underlying health problems that I’m aware of.) I had met him a couple of times before, but he didn’t know my politics and certainly didn’t know I’m a news writer/researcher for a conservative commentator. I think our conversation would have gone even more disastrously if he had.

His first question when I walked in was, “How are you feeling?,” as in, “Have any covid symptoms?”

Me: “I’m feeling great. And don’t be concerned --- I’ve already have covid.”

Him: “Okay, but you’ve been vaccinated, right?”

Me: “No...I’ve been doing a lot of study on this and choose to rely on my natural immunity.”

Him: (moving across the room) “What??? You mean, you’re NOT VACCINATED???

Me: No, in fact, it’s looking as though natural immunity might be way better than the vaccines---

Him: (horrified) But you didn’t get vaccinated TOO??? I just ASSUMED someone like YOU would be VACCINATED!! Are you an ANTI-VAXXER???

Me: No, not at all. I traveled to India just a few years back and had to get some shots, and that was fine with me. But with covid, there are some studies---

Him: That’s just your OPINION!

Me: Well, opinion based on what I’ve been able to find out---

Him: It seems like most of the people who don’t want the vaccines are evangelical Christians!

Me: Actually, the groups with the greatest percentage of unvaccinated are Ph.D.’s and health care workers.

Him: I BELIEVE Dr. Fauci!! And I don’t think I can have an unvaccinated person in my house!

I could hardly believe what I was hearing. This man was freaking out over the fact that I wasn’t vaccinated, even though I’d had the virus months ago and was perfectly fine. My photographer was already there to do the shoot and had been setting up. I’d spent hours getting ready for this and was on a deadline to get these pictures. And this homeowner was so fearful of the unvaxxed, he was about to kick us out of his house.

What he decided to do instead of banishing us was leave the house himself, with his wife, and they went out to a restaurant for dinner, where, presumably, there were people who hadn’t been vaccinated, taking off their masks to eat. They didn’t come home till after we had left. I never said fear was rational. Nothing about this makes sense.

This is really the first time I’ve personally witnessed such an irrational expression of fear. I’ve seen images on TV, of course: Democrats screaming at the sky when Trump got elected and leftist women donning “Handmaid’s Tale” garb out of genuine terror of what he was going to do to women’s rights. But of course, those women had nothing to fear but fear itself. Their fear was based on nothing. They had been brainwashed to be terrified of Trump.

So it is now with the campaign against the unvaccinated. They (we) are "those" people.

Whatever the reason for this one-size-fits-all insistence on everyone getting these vaccines --- I won’t speculate here, but it’s obviously not to “get back to normal” --- it is ruining some people’s lives. I’d like to leave you with this video made by an ethics professor at Ontario’s Huron University College, Dr. Julie Ponesse, just before she was fired after 20 years for not following their new COVID-19 vaccination mandate. In it, she explains that coercing someone (like her) into a medical procedure is...not ethical.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/vaccine-mandate-ethics-professor-video

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  • JER ZE

    09/20/2021 08:34 AM

    Laura, I am unvaccinated because Daystar.Covid.com, they have not been silenced and they have brought all of your frontline doctors on to tell us what is going on. It is not as bad as what the government is scaring the people into. There is Ivermectin with zinc, etc. And for canada, they can use Quercertin with zinc etc. As long as there are medicines, I do not see why they are making us use a synthetic shot (not a vaccine). I am behind you in all of this. I am tired of being blamed for all of this. I stand behind you. But I don't know how to get the government officials to back us in all of this. It is against the constitution to mandate a vaccine. I don't see how Biden and the officials can get by with all of this. God is still in control. I don't see what he is doing, but I have to trust him because I don't know what to do. I am getting scared.

  • David Fisher

    09/20/2021 07:20 AM

    The "mainstream" media, federal government spokesmen and "experts" have done their jobs. They have lied about Covid so well that people are not just scared but are paranoid.

  • Karel Wheat

    09/20/2021 07:09 AM

    WELL! That was certainly an exciting day,??!! I’m sorry you had that experience, Laura,??. Can’t wait to see the photographs; I’m sure they’re lovely.

  • Jeanne Williams

    09/19/2021 11:31 PM

    The very “fact”, that we can’t have a conversation about immunity, is what does it for me. Nothing about fresh air and sunshine, zinc, supplements. In fact I read the government is now fining any company that claims it “might” boost against covid 10,000.00. I m 70, outside everyday, worked in a grocery first wave, haven’t taken a flu shot in decades because half the time they don’t work. I have no underlying health conditions. I didn’t get the vaccine because there were others that actually “needed” it far worse than I. But now with all of the pressure and BS, I have no intention of getting it. I am also pro life and have long be against using fetal tissue for research, I don’t care what it cures. Sadly, people die but it is my belief that Gid decides that not government. Also our local ME claimed our first covid death and the women didn’t even live in our county at the time of her death. She was very elderly and a survivor of a double lung transplant that she had already out lived the best case of surviving. (Ten yrs and she had passed twelve). I don’t believe anything they tell us after that.

  • Norma Shaeffer

    09/19/2021 10:51 PM

    Thank-you, Laura! I think that I've had COVID and do not want the dangerous solution that the Government is trying to coerce me into taking using not only fear, but guilt and bullying. I have been called "a parasite", "a drunk driver", "an anti-vaxxer", "an idiot", "selfish", "one of those" and just yesterday "an ultra right-winger!" Why is it O.K. that I am labelled these things yet I cannot express my opinion in a letter to our local newspaper editor because "it was in poor taste"?

    Keep up the excellent investigative journalism. You are admired!

    Truly,
    Norma Shaeffer

  • Sally Jones

    09/19/2021 10:18 PM

    I had Covid in the very beginning. I’m in my seventies. It was mild, lasted a couple of days with slight warmth around my mouth and run down a bit. I just don’t get the panic. People are out of their minds. It is so sad. I’d take it ANY day over the flu. My twin sister who has had 2 open heart surgeries and another surgery to drain a huge over load of fluid that popped up that was unexpected has managed to stay strong, positive and full of joy. People have lost their brains it would seem. Very sad there is so much fear. Yes, people will die…of Covid and so many other medical challenges. I’ve placed my faith in Gods hands, I trust Him fully to take care of me. He has me in His grip.

  • Leslie Dimmling

    09/19/2021 10:00 PM

    You are correct that this is about rationality ( or the lack of it.) My brother in law declined to dine with my family recently, as a couple of other members are not vaccinated. ( Although he and his wife ARE vaccinated.) But he had no qualms about inviting me out to a restaurant with them both the day before our family get together. The restaurant was rather crowded and while the servers wore masks, the other patrons did NOT. Yet evidently this was ok by him. My second experience was with a friend who runs a womens group to which I belong. She declared that going forward, she was going to demand all member show a vaccine card card , or else they would not be admitted to the meeting. When I suggested she didnt have a right to do this, she went off on a tirade about how unvaccinated people were "killing" those around them; and how she was glad Trump was out of office because he had suggested people drink bleach ( which he did not.) She actually thinks things are going well under Biden!!!!! This person, who I count as a friend, was actually screaming at me ( I have both had covid in 2020, AND taken the shots.) I have philosophic objections to being asked for my "papers" by every random shop owner and private individual. This is irrationality , big time, but unless the courts start enforcing our freedoms, this is going to get much worse.. Please keep my anonymous if you print this!!

  • Lauri Kraus

    09/19/2021 09:59 PM

    I found the threats and ultimate firing of Dr. Ponesse very disturbing. My feeling is that if these threatening mandates are successful that it will become a common occurrence in our future. I had Covid 19 and had the vaccine as well. My son-in-law threatened that I wouldn’t get to see my grandchildren without having taken the vaccine. I really didn’t want to take it, but I did. I wish her the best and totally admire her courage.

  • Mike C Sheldon

    09/19/2021 09:58 PM

    Two things on my mind. It seems more and more the CCP becomes less envolved as the originator in the media. The other is the fact that at the creation of the vaccines, they were aimed at lessening the severity of the disease based on all the elderly deaths at the time. Now the vaccines have magically become preventive in nature. I have yet to learn of a preventive vaccine for C-19.

  • Corbin L Douthitt

    09/19/2021 09:50 PM

    Here it is in simple terms- 1- if you "feel' that you need a mask, wear it. 2-If you wear it to protect yourself-BINGO! JOB done!! 3- if you wear it to protect me- BINGO! Job DONE!! Now- shut up and MYOB. Statistics prove that people who MYOB, live longer and in less pain..;-)