Thomas Gallatin / July 6, 2021

Biden Misses Much-Touted Vaccination Target

He insisted if 70% of Americans receiving the COVID vaccine, we could have a backyard barbecue.

Remember when Joe Biden said that if we obey his decrees, he’ll give permission to gather in small groups “in your backyard…and have a cookout or a barbecue” to “make this Independence Day something special”? Actually, what’s “special” about commemorating the signing of our Declaration of Independence is that it launched the first American Revolution against a government bent on telling us how we could live our lives…

Despite coming up far short of Biden’s widely touted COVID vaccination goal — 70% of American adults vaccinated by Independence Day — he proclaimed, “We’re closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus.” And the White House insisted that the administration had “succeeded beyond our highest expectations.”

The real numbers: According to the latest CDC data only 49% of Americans have been fully vaccinated against the ChiCom Virus. During his Fourth of July remarks, Biden called vaccination “the most patriotic thing you can do.” Undoubtedly more than a few of the folks who are declining to get vaccinated, particularly young people who are at very low risk of notable reaction to COVID, would disagree.

Unfortunately, Biden has politicized the vaccine in many ways. For instance, last week, when it became apparent he wouldn’t make his goal, he shifted blame for the failure to — what else? — “racism.”

“There’s a reason why it’s been harder to get African Americans, initially, to get vaccinated,” Biden opined. “Because they’re used to being experimented on — the Tuskegee Airmen and others. People have memories. People have long memories.” Biden also contended that Hispanic Americans have been hard to convince to get vaccinated because “they’re worried that they’ll be vaccinated and deported.” So, according to Biden, all Hispanics are illegal immigrants?

The White House sought to promote another alternate narrative for the reason it came up short of Biden’s July 4th goal, and that would be young people: “The reality is, many younger Americans have felt like COVID-19 is not something that impacts them and have been less eager to get the shot.”

Naturally, the White House was quick to claim it’s not moving the goal posts: “It’s less about the number and more about, does America look like America again? Have we protected some of our most vulnerable? Not only is the answer yes, but we’ve done it faster than we anticipated.”

That’s classic political spin designed to distract from the fact that Biden did not meet his goal. And let’s not forget that the only reason Biden was even able to put forward a vaccination goal was because multiple vaccines were developed in record time under Donald Trump’s leadership, with nearly a million Americans a day receiving COVID vaccines by the time Biden entered office. The lion’s share of the vaccination credit goes to Trump, not Biden — despite the latter’s disgraceful attempts to claim credit.

Meanwhile, the mainstream media touts China’s having administered one billion vaccine doses, as if the Chinese people have a choice in the matter. In totalitarian governmental systems like the one controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, individuals have no freedom to challenge or resist government diktats.

Individual freedom is a fundamental feature of the American system of government, not a bug to be eradicated, as the Leftmedia regularly insinuates. That Americans are free without government coercion to choose whether or not they want to get vaccinated is only a problem for those wishing to exert control. To diminish and ridicule people’s liberty to choose is to attack the very spirit of America.

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