Yes I know that Covid-19 almost exclusively only kills the already dying.
Yes I know that the media and some self-serving elements of government have hyped the risks of Covid.
Yes I know that the initial modelling of the death rates due to Covid was utter bunk.
Yes I know that our policies have been driven more by fear than reason but we have to admit it, fear has won the day.
We have to take our medicine and get this damn pandemic into our rearview mirror while we still have a shred of economy to try and rebuild from.
The real court in this whole affair is the court of public opinion. Whether we like it or not, the majority of the public prefers to see government imposing crushing measures against our economy and free living than to let this bug run it’s course and I see no indication of this changing.
For the last two weeks in a row I have checked out the anti-mask/lockdown protests in Calgary and both times I have come away disappointed. If government is going to feel compelled to back off on restrictions it is going to take a huge groundswell of average citizens and this simply isn’t happening.
Yesterday the weather was as beautiful as it can be in December at nearly 14 degrees. There was little else to do thanks to limits on family gatherings, sports and other forms of weekend entertainment. If indeed there was a growing sentiment to have citizens rise up and tell government to back off, it will have shown yesterday. People should have been coming out in the thousands. Turnout went down.
At best there were perhaps 500 people and the crazy/rational ratio was similar to what I saw the week before. Yes, there were many genuinely concerned people who aren’t crazy who were in attendance but those people need to massively dominate these kinds of gatherings and they aren’t even close. The conspiracy theorists and paranoid dominated the affair and this will assuredly keep any reasonable pushback from growing.
As the first speaker railed on about the extremely well debunked myth that vaccines cause autism, it was clear that there was no grassroots movement of common people growing here.
I understand that the development of the Covid vaccine has been rushed which is of concern. That is a reasonable thing to be worried about. To start into the utter bullshit that vaccines cause autism or that they were modelled to control our minds though helps with nothing.
What do those in opposition of the Covid-19 vaccine want then?
Do they want us to drag out this on again, off again lockdown status for years? If something like a vaccine doesn’t bring this to an end, that is exactly what we will get. People aren’t pushing back en-masse and they clearly won’t.
We need a light at the end of this nightmare tunnel and vaccination is the only thing providing that.
No I don’t support mandatory vaccines. I am hopping though that most people are rational enough to understand that we need to get them.
So yes, I am going to push back against the anti-vaccination kooks who insist that one of the greatest medical developments in a century causes autism or was created by lizard people.
The worst thing that can happen is that the vaccine is ineffective. It is at that point when I think common citizens will finally rise up and say that we have to dump the restrictions and protect the vulnerable as best we can until this thing runs its course.
The bottom line though is that nothing is changing now until the vaccine has been broadly applied and hopefully works.
When people in my age and working bracket are eligible for the vaccine, I will get it without hesitation. I do hope and expect that a majority of other citizens follow suit.
When we are all lizard people together, it won’t seem so bad anyway. Then we can start working on recovering our economy.