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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  • Mary Vienneau

    09/13/2021 04:15 PM

    To Laura,
    God bless you for your courage and strength! I agree with you. Sending big hugs!

  • Pat J Green

    09/13/2021 03:50 PM

    Just to be clear I have had the shot I have had every kinda shot there is, when I went to Vietnam they lined us up and blewshots in with airgun, when I went to the middle east I got shots for anthrax and on and on. To be clear I have no problem with getting a shot, I also have no problem with someone not wanting to get a shot.
    Just a short story on how people are today. I was going to get a different cable and internet service, was told that while the tech was in MY home we would have to wear a mask. I told them they can keep their cable, this is MY home

  • Mike Harrison

    09/13/2021 01:36 PM

    Very disappointed you have decided not to be vaccinated, I had Covid in February 2020 when doctors didn’t really know what it was. I was diagnosed with severe bronchitis. Haven’t smoked in 36 years, a jogger and I developed COPD and my antibodies were gone in 60 days. Please rethink you position.

  • Beth Wing

    09/13/2021 01:18 PM

    Hi Laura. My hubby and I were going to visit my brother and his wife-about a 6 hr drive away. They are both jabbed and make sure everyone knows it. My hubby is not jabbed and I had COVID. So she asked our status and answered We volunteered to wear masks in the house. But she said NO don’t come
    The following week she and my brother left on a trip to Italy-certainly there are unvaccinated people there! Makes no sense to me!
    Blessings keep up the good work-music and otherwise!

  • Michelle McCown

    09/13/2021 01:12 PM

    Excellent article ! You are lucky that this is the first encounter you have had! Our country is so scared that it is unbelievable. Although I have thought some of my friends would have been above it, it is really infringing on relationships and destroying our faith in each other. Very few rationale people around these days. Sadly, I suppose that is the plan.

  • Christine Pfeiffer

    09/13/2021 01:00 PM

    It seriously frustrates and angers me that supposedly Godly Christians have also adopted this attitude. I have personally come across several.
    Where is your FAITH, child of GOD? How can you profess to be a follower of Christ and choose to believe the government and an un-elected medical "professional" such as Fauci instead of looking to the Author and Perfecter of your faith?
    I myself have prayerfully chosen not to be vaccinated, choosing to trust in my LORD and Savior over my wannabe "savior" of a government. GOD is in control and it is up to Him if I get sick or stay healthy or anywhere in between. He has already, even before one of my days came to be, determined how many I would have and how I would die, as He has for all of us (whether or not you believe it). Psalm 139:16
    Remember, please, I said I prayerfully made this decision. I don't jump out of airplanes (with or without a parachute) or play in traffic. This is not "risky" behavior because I choose to live in faith and I spent quite a bit of time in prayer about it.
    Remember also that the phrase "fear not" was used in the Bible 80 times. He calls us to NOT LIVE IN FEAR! Fear is from Satan himself and he uses it to control us and pull us away from our faith in GOD. Living in fear is sin, plain and simple.
    Open His word and turn off the TV. Pray for the God of Creation to strengthen your faith and open your eyes to Truth. (John 14:6)

  • Linda Smith

    09/13/2021 12:03 PM

    I wonder how the University could say she lied when you had to sign a paper stating you know it's experimental when you receive the vaccine.

  • Stephen Russell

    09/13/2021 11:49 AM

    Govt scare tactic:
    NOT working
    Im NOT buying it due to Past Lies , errors , skew data day 1.
    ALL for Eternal Pandemic for Control