POLITICS GREATER THAN SCIENCE
Written by Peter Boykin on February 13, 2022
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
Have you noticed the wave of blue states suddenly rolling back their covid mandates all at once? Lately in New Jersey, California, New York, Connecticut, and many more – all moved to end their mandates.
On its’s face, that’s a good thing. But the sudden, obviously coordinated shift in messaging seems… fishy. What happened to “the science” that told them masks work and vaccines should be forced?
…fear of losing elections happened.
POLITICS GREATER THAN SCIENCE
Behind the curtain: The New York Times published a long article detailing how fear, bad polling, and political survival in the midterm elections all drove the Democrat governors to change their policies.
Here are some excerpts:
Driving these decisions are the growing numbers of voters signaling that they are prepared to live with the virus as it is now, and political calculations about looming midterm elections that already have Democrats on the defensive.
It was Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey who began the effort last fall, weeks after he was stunned by the energy of right-wing voters in his blue state, who nearly ousted him from office in what was widely expected to be an easy re-election campaign. Arranging a series of focus groups across the state to see what they had missed, Mr. Murphy’s advisers were struck by the findings: Across the board, voters shared frustrations over public health measures, a sense of pessimism about the future, and a deep desire to return to some sense of normalcy.
Democrats used their “trust the science” mantra in the pandemic’s early days to project competence and skewer Republicans who were flouting public health guidance, but even the White House now acknowledges the growing gap between public opinion and the advice of the president’s public health advisers.
In a new wave of national polls, growing numbers of Americans have expressed a willingness to move on from the strictest mandates. 7 in 10 respondents to a recent poll by Monmouth University agreed that “it’s time we accept Covid is here to stay and we just need to get on with our lives.”
…it was never about science. It was about politics.
The next step for Democrats will be to claim victory over Covid. They’re going to tell you: “We can lift restrictions because our lockdown and mandate policies worked!” Congressman Hakeem Jeffries told the press:
“The omicron variant is in retreat. And that’s not by accident. That’s because, under President Biden’s leadership, a public health infrastructure was put into place… to ensure that we can do everything possible to crush the virus. And that is what has been happening.”
…”public health infrastructure”? I still haven’t received those at-home covid tests Biden promised us back in December.
Never forget: Over the past two years, they’ve locked us down, put masks on our children, closed our businesses, threatening our ability to earn a living, made our loved ones die alone in hospital beds without visitors.
And the only reason they stopped had nothing to do with “the science.” They only stopped for their own political survival. Never forgive them.
[Source: New York Times, Waking Up Right Newsletter]
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