Are we just bound and determined to get right back in the COVID Soup? Yet again? Of all the baffling psychology generated by the pandemic, the most curious to me is our collective refusal to win, when there is a clear path to victory.
We’ve lost 600,000 Americans to COVID-19. The first third of those fatalities were sadly unavoidable. But the other 400,000 deaths have been attributable to mismanagement, misinformation, disinformation, politicizing a medical issue, irrational fear of science and ignorant superstition. As a result, every time we have been on the brink of victory, we have prematurely reverted to habits and patterns that have re-stoked the COVID inferno.
Here we are again. The CDC is correct in stating that any U.S. COVID fatalities going forward are almost completely avoidable and unnecessary. We have remarkably safe and effective vaccines. They virtually eliminate the risk of severe illness and death. They conclusively restrict the spread of coronavirus. And maybe best of all, they currently appear to be protective against the highly contagious and virulent Delta Variant. For now. The “key to victory” is restricting viral spread. If a virus cannot replicate, it cannot mutate.
And yet we still have folks who would rather bitch than win. I’m baffled by our collective refusal to win, when there is a clear path to victory. I have a term to describe people who simply decline to win. Losers.
Is it possible that Mike Pence has at least a trace of a soul? Yes, the idea that any one person can determine a presidential election is “Un-American.” In fact, what could possibly be more “Un-American”? Make America Great Again? How about we start with Make America America Again? Pence’s confirmation of the obvious is I suppose laudable in this Through The Looking Glass environment. But he’s still trying to have it both ways, distancing himself from Trump’s most egregious crime while still clinging to him like a teddy bear. That is hardly a profile in courage.