As we are about to put the year 2020 into our rearview mirror, there is a level of optimism that 2021 will be a better year. The approval of several Covid-19 vaccines brings hope that 2021 will be a year we return to normal. Do not count on it. It does not appear that many of the people wielding power in American politics are in such a big hurry to return our country to pre-Covid life. They do not want to give up their newfound power over us.
On the heels of the release of the Covid-19 vaccine, we are told we must temper our hope because there is suddenly a new strain of Covid-19 from the UK infiltrating America. It appears highly coincidental that only days after we start administering the vaccine, a new strain pops up. We are not told if this new strain is more deadly than the current strain, or if it is resistant to the vaccines. We are simply told that the new strain is out there, and our fears are allowed to draw conclusions about how deadly or resistant it is. Therefore, we should stop viewing the vaccine as a Covid-19 silver bullet.
Dr. Fauci has already moved the goalpost when it comes to vaccine induced herd immunity. Back in the spring, he stated herd immunity could be reached at 70% of the population, now after the release of the vaccine, Dr. Fauci is claiming that herd immunity can only be reach at immunity levels as high as 85% of the population. What happened in infectious disease science in the last 6 months that changed herd immunity from 70% to 85% percent? Nothing. The release of the vaccine is a threat to the power Dr. Fauci enjoys exerting over the people and the celebrity status he enjoys, so the goalposts had to be moved.
Dr. William Haseltine, an infectious disease doctor, appearing on MSNBC warned against “vaccine euphoria” and claimed that Americans must prepare for a “decades-long battle” with Covid-19. These doctors want there to be “decades long” battle with Covid, so they will have decades long power over us, and they can remain relevant in our culture for another 10 plus years.
Beyond the threat of Covid-19, there is no desire for the totalitarians in our government to give up their newly acquired power and return our freedoms back to us. These politicians are intent on utilizing the Covid-19 type restrictions on other “crises”, such as Climate Change. UNICEF has said that “Climate change and Covid-19… have some key things in common. Both are global - they do not respect national boundaries - and both require countries to work together to find solutions.”
Climate activists are pointing to the reduction of global CO2 emissions during the Covid-19 lockdowns as the way forward for permanently reducing CO2 emissions and global warming. In short, if governments can shut down the economy, close businesses and lock people in their homes because of the threat of Covid-19, then by elevating climate change to the same threat level, the government will be able to do the same things to combat climate change. It will become the logical response to this “threat” because those methods have already been shown to be effective in reducing CO2 emissions.
As with Covid-19, this is not about saving people’s lives, it is solely about power. The day after the election, Senator Chuck Schumer at a non-Covid-19 compliant rally in New York City, said, “now we take Georgia, and then we change America.” That sentiment echoes Barack Obama from his 2008 Presidential campaign when he said he was going to “fundamentally transform America.”
Change, transform America? It’s interesting how they never say what they will change America into. They leave that hanging out there like they did when they announced the new-strain of Covid, to let your imagination fill in the blanks. Change is not always good. Covid-19 has changed America. Stalin changed Russia. Hitler fundamentally transformed Germany. No one would argue that those changes were good. And changes created by power-hungry politicians are almost always bad for the people, the country and the world.
Chuck Schumer didn’t say, now we take Georgia, and then we uphold the constitution, or promote freedom, or give you back your sovereignty, or insure your civil rights. He said we change America… He didn’t have to say into what because change is good. Specifics don’t matter. Right? He and his ilk will fill in that blank after we give them total control over the country. That should scare every American to their core.
Most Americans want to go back to life before we changed, before unelected bureaucrats could dictate every aspect of our lives. We don’t want the changes they have in mind. If we did, they wouldn’t have to keep them hidden from us.
Judd Garrett is a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He is a frequent contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.