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February 2, 2023

‘The GOP Base Is Still Resentful Over the COVID Response’

In which the Leftmedia insists the real problem is that conservatives just won’t let it go.

The headline above was taken straight from The Washington Post, which on Wednesday ran that title over a story explaining that “House Republicans aren’t ready to forgive and forget on pandemic mandates and closures.” Yeah, the summation of the last three years is definitely that Republicans are the ones who just won’t let go of the coronavirus.

Indeed, the story begins with exactly that howler:

For many Americans, the relentless focus on covid seems largely a thing of the past. Far fewer people are wearing masks, businesses and schools are mostly open, and many people are living with the threat of contracting the virus.

But among activist Republicans, immense resentment persists at government policies aimed at curbing the pandemic, such as vaccine mandates, school closures and mask requirements.

Americans could all just forget about The Unpleasantness if those darns Republicans would just shut up and go away!

The Post doesn’t bother noting that the Biden administration says it won’t end the pandemic emergency declaration until May 11 — assuming the rug isn’t pulled out from under us again, and despite Joe Biden declaring last September that “the pandemic is over.”

However, the Post does tell its diminishing reader base that this is really just “an extension of conservatives’ insistence on embracing false conspiracy theories, like saying vaccines are harmful and the virus isn’t real.” Let’s translate with a couple of facts: The vaccines do have documented harmful side effects in some cases. Deaths from the virus were almost certainly overcounted in America.

There’s no question many folks went too far into tin-foil hat territory, though we’d argue that’s largely because of knee-jerk response to the mainstream media’s glaring deception. Indeed, more than one “conspiracy theory” has turned out to be totally true, despite categorical lies like the Post just told.

This little episode reminds us of the “pandemic amnesty” proposal just before the midterm elections. It was, as our Thomas Gallatin observed at the time, a call to “just let bygones by bygones” motivated solely by election prospects.

So, again, let’s recount a brief history of why millions of Americans still aim to hold accountable the politicians who stole so much from all of us in the name of public health.

At the outset of pandemic restrictions, Mark Alexander wondered, “Is the COVID-19 cure killing us?” The answer turned out to be a predictable “yes.”

Of course the virus was real, and it was almost certainly released from a Chinese lab doing gain-of-function research with some U.S. tax dollars courtesy of Anthony Fauci. Leftmedia outlets instead peddled the ChiCom conspiracy theory that it just showed up one day in a wet market.

Fauci and his ilk then talked politicians from Donald Trump to Gavin Newsom into shutting down major aspects of the economy, when the proper response would have been to protect the elderly and otherwise vulnerable while allowing the rest of us to keep going and develop natural immunity.

Schoolchildren suffered immensely from being kept out of the classroom. Deaths of despair increased drastically as people lost jobs, retirement, and community. Families were forcibly kept apart, even when a loved one was dying. All the while, lockdowns did little to save lives.

Now, the Biden administration is floating lockdowns as a way to fight climate change. Yes, seriously.

Likewise, masks did little to stop infection, much less save lives. Nobody but nobody recommended masks for viruses until it became politically expedient to do so with this particular one. Experts knew masks didn’t work before the pandemic. Fauci lied about them amidst flip-flopping on the issue. Experts still know masks generally don’t work, including a massive new study concluding as much. Yet there are still mask mandates in various places across the U.S. These insane mandates only made people distrust authority and fomented division. Others remain so bamboozled they still wear masks while outdoors or in their cars — alone.

Then there were the vaccines. We certainly had hope early on that a vaccine would bring an end to the pandemic. We even applauded Trump’s work to get the government out of the way of development. But let’s just say history and experience have not been kind. At best, the vaccines didn’t live up to their billing. At worst, otherwise unexplainable deaths arguably can be traced to vaccination side effects. Then there’s that awfully inconvenient Pfizer video from last week.

Whatever your position on the merits of the vaccines, NO American should ever have been mandated to receive the jab. Biden’s mandates were nothing but politicized tyranny.

The same goes for the censorship that ran rampant among Big Media and Big Tech. Say unapproved things about COVID, get “fact-checked,” often with bogus misinformation, and silenced.

Runaway inflation is a result of responding to the disaster government created. Politicians shut down our economy, crashing and crushing everything, and then they rushed to spend trillions of your tax dollars to fill the hole they created. Biden’s American Rescue Plan was the final straw that broke the camel’s back, causing prices to skyrocket.

As for managing that spending, the Government Accountability Office just released an audit Wednesday — the same day as the WaPo article about how we should all just forget about the whole thing — revealing that Congress and federal agencies did next to nothing to prevent fraud amidst spending nearly $5 trillion. Even when fraud was discovered, the government did little to recoup the money.

Remember that the next time you pay $4 for a gallon of gas or $6 for a dozen eggs.

Anyone remember the 2020 election? Democrats used COVID as an excuse to rig the system with bulk-mail ballots and other measures to expand voting. The result was an increase in fraud, the extent of which we’ll likely never know because of things like poor signature verification on mail ballots. The other result was a great expansion in participation among voters who don’t know the first thing about American civics. Guess which party they tend to vote for.

We didn’t even comprehensively cover the myriad problems we all endured over the last three years. But having remembered the outrageous and appalling things above, the scribes at The Washington Post think the real problem is that Republicans are “resentful.”

Are people “resentful”? You’re darn right we are, and we demand accountability from all the tyrants who pushed those policies and are still in charge.

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