Get the Damn Vaccine

Viruses don’t care about your political affiliation, nor do other realities (anthropogenic climate change, evolution, gravity, systemic oppression, wage stagnation, the fact that voter fraud is incredibly rare, the biological basis of sexual orientation, the fact that gender and race are social constructs, the fact that immigration strengthens the economy and doesn’t increase the crime rate, etc., etc., etc.). It’s one thing for people to disagree about the reasons behind or proper response to a given set of facts. It’s another thing for people to completely deny reality and invent “alternative facts.” The latter is what’s endangering us all.

Sadly, the GOP has spent decades (aided by doing away with the Fairness Doctrine) creating an alternate reality in which their base now resides. They know right wing policy positions are unpopular even among Republicans, so they rely completely on culture war nonsense, crazy conspiracy theories and the fact that we have an anti-majoritarian political system. Republicans in office and right wing talking heads, with the exception of some who are genuinely nuts, don’t actually believe what they spew. It’s all about fomenting and exploiting ignorance for personal gain.

If you want to demonstrate personal responsibility, get the damn vaccine. I guarantee you, regardless of what he says for ratings, Tucker Carlson got the vaccine. Get the damn vaccine.

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Poet and essayist living on the left coast of a nation in decline.

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Garrett Snedaker

Poet and essayist living on the left coast of a nation in decline.