Citizens Awaken! You Have Nothing To Lose But Your Life

By Donald A. Collins | 17 October 2021
Church and State

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This last Thursday morning, a bright sunny Fall day in DC, my doorbell rang and when I answered, a well dressed young uniformed man, masked, had come from his company, as someone from his company has for many years, to do routine maintenance on our heating/air conditioning system.

I asked if he had been vaccinated and he replied he had not, at which point I politely said he could not come in. Equally courteously he replied, “No problem, Sir. I’ll have them send someone who is vaccinated” and drove away. I appreciated his telling me the truth and wondered how long he would get to keep his job.

Over 60 million Americans have not yet been vaccinated and of those who get COVID over 97 percent of the deaths are to those people who are unvaccinated.

Those of the few vaccinated ones, including one of my friends, 83, who after having been vaccinated twice, still contracted COVID, was put on a ventilator and after 8 days died in September. My wife and I continue wear masks anywhere we go in public and will be getting our third booster shot shortly.

I report this rare incident to stress the failure of too many of us, not just the weak bulbs who aren’t yet vaccinated, but to the mindless failure to understand the precarious situation we and everyone here and in the world is in.

The best article I have seen on this topic was Philip Bump’s October 10, 2021 piece, entitled “How many thousands of people are choosing death over vaccination?

Here’s just the first paragraph:

“There is a chain of events that has almost certainly happened at least once in the United States this year. A person eligible for a coronavirus vaccination decides against getting it, having seen articles in right-wing media or coverage on Fox News misleadingly or falsely downplaying the efficacy and safety of immunization. That person has then contracted covid-19 and died.”

It’s really hard to blame the Biden Administration for the burgeoning of Delta, but frightening that his chief advisor, NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose outstanding advice all through this pandemic, now requires full time security protection after numerous death threats from Trump supporters.

The origin of the pandemic was after all the product of the Trump Administration, which despite the heroic accomplishments of Pfizer and other drug firms, still failed to stress masking and distancing and kept holding unmasked meeting until Trump got COVID and was given special treatment which led to his recovery so he could continue to appear unmasked in public, even as he extolled his core supporters to stage an insurrection on January 6th.

Will enough of us fail to grasp Senator Grassley’s and the majority of the Trump GOP’s gross greed or stupidity to miss understanding the continuing Trump agenda with his GOP’s push to authoritarian power, beginning with the midterms in 2022 or his possible third run for the Presidency in 2024?

Somehow one gets the scary feeling that none of his fascist style faults have registered as a distinct possible reality with enough of us in both parties.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013, Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive? and We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?.

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