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.

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.

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  • Marjorie Risi

    09/15/2021 05:39 PM

    The computer sent my comment before
    l finished, l am almost 83 and will not get the vaccine, l don't get flu shots either l am
    healthy 99% of the time and feel that my immune system will handle anything that comes
    along, have faith people!

  • Doug Moon

    09/13/2021 10:58 PM

    I was just reading your latest article " The Latest Government Fear Campaign", when I got to the part where you said that YOU HAVEN'T BEEN VACINATED!!! Needless to say, I IMMEDIATELY stopped reading your unvacinated words, erased the article from my tablet, wiped down the tablet with an anti-bacterial wipe, then bleach, then ran an antivirus program on said tablet. Fortunately, it came up clean, so I am hopeful that I avoided exposure to the Delta Varient that you are most assuredely carrying and exposing everyone to YOU HEARTLESS, SELFISH, EVIL, TRUMP LOVING, PLAGUE CARRYING RADICAL RIGHT FASCIST!!!!
    By the way, I went to the public library to write this comment to you because I didn't want to expose my devise to your plague. Pretty smart, huh?

  • Gayle Perera

    09/13/2021 08:54 PM

    I have a friend who wouldn’t be around me because I wasn’t vaccinated which I understood because she had just gone through cancer treatment. I didn’t get vaccinated until this past August because I have some health issues. Now that I’m vaccinated, I’m invited to her house. It’s not a cure all for the disease. I can still be carrying it or so could she. Haven’t visited her yet but not sure I will.
    Also, my grandson is 7 and has been so indoctrinated with the wear the mask stuff, that he’s scared to not have the vaccine. He keeps asking when he can get it. This is all getting to be too much.

  • Charles Donneberg

    09/13/2021 07:52 PM

    Why no stats on how many have died from the vaccine. Also, disclaimers on every drug, state side effects up to and including death on TV. Why no disclaimer on "vaccine"/experimental drugs?
    We are being played...

  • Tyna OFarrell

    09/13/2021 07:33 PM

    My daughter works FROM HOME as an HR GENERALIST. She sees NO patients or
    Coworkers. She was given an ultimatum to get vaccinated or she will be terminated. She already has had Covid, and she has a health condition that was supposed to kill her by age 14. She wants to see her kids and grands grow up and get married. What happened to FREEDOM?

  • Linda Bunton Thompson

    09/13/2021 07:03 PM

    Great article! To your point that the hospitals are filling up with the unvaccinated: My husband (who is extremely high risk due to taking RA meds) was basically refused treatment for COVID, especially when he answered the doctor's first question about not having had the vaccine. She said Covid was "fatal" and that "there are no treatments for Covid19." The government protocol is to not admit Covid patients, or even treat them, until the disease progresses to a dangerous level (such as progressive double pneumonia in my husband's case). Government sanctioned medical malpractice rules the day. Thankfully, I go to a different doctor's office where they have opened a separate Covid clinic to actually use their medical profession to help sick people. I was given a regeneron infusion which turned me around in a day and a half. Most doctor's offices, unfortunately, are choosing to follow the government protocols rather than the Hippocratic oath. What country is this? Where did the United States of America go? And why are doctors even in the profession when they refuse to treat their sick patients? When doctors refuse to even see patients with "Covid symptoms" (yes, this is happening), how do they even know if the patient is suffering from something else? I know of a woman who was refused treatment and later found out she had had a heart attack--didn't even have covid. How do we stop these atrocities? My husband fought for his life for 3 weeks in the hospital. Thankfully the prayers of our many Christian friends pulled him through. Keep up the good work of truth telling. Thank you!

  • Jo Marie Collins

    09/13/2021 05:43 PM

    I agree with you! I will not take covid 19 vaccine ever!!!!

  • Kathleen Baker

    09/13/2021 05:06 PM

    Gov: I was helping a neighbor with her yard sale a couple of weeks ago. A young man drove in in a Tesla, I had never been close to one and I asked him if I could sit in it. He had an "Vaccinated' button on his shirt and I said by the way I am not vaccinated. Upon hearing that he said I could not sit in the car. Then he went on a ten minute rant on why everyone should get vaccinated. All of the folks at the sale were friends and were not vaccinated, we all felt sorry for the fool.

  • Stan Rhoads

    09/13/2021 04:58 PM

    Dear Dr. Ponesse ... You are a hero. I don't know of your beliefs, but from my point of view God has given you great strength and wisdom. You and I share in the fact that my refusal of this Covid vaccine experiment has also cost me my job of 33 years. Please keep on fighting! Keep on speaking out!

  • Prudence E Cox

    09/13/2021 04:54 PM

    Hello Laura: Thank you for your spot on article. You are not alone. I experienced a similar incident two weeks ago. My regular doctor is out with cancer and so I had to see her colleague in order to get a prescription refilled. I'd experienced a smaller incident in the supermarket months back of a slight magnitude for not wearing a mask by a "sweet" old lady. This doctor's visit was almost surreal! He wanted to know why I wasn't vaccinated and I explained that I've had adverse reactions to vaccines in the past including the flu shot. He began to berate me, telling me I believed all the rot on the internet and bought into all the foolishness, continuing to give me his "expert" advice on why he felt I needed to just take the vaccine. I'd never seen this idiot doctor before and will never seen him again. My doctor knows my circumstances and respects my wishes on why I won't take the shot. Unfortunately, not only are people divided on the vaccines, so is the medical community! I didn't mention to him about my conversations with my doctor for fear of her receiving retribution from her colleague if and when she returns. I know it's only going to get worse and more obstacles will be endured to receive medical treatment. I will continue trust in my Great Physician! Stay blessed and trust in Him who saves more than the body, my Lord and Savior.
    Pru Cox