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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

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The “experts” skipped the “Xi variant” because they didn’t want to offend the dictator of the country that unleashed a pandemic onto the world, so now we have the Omicron variant of COVID 19. What does it mean? No one knows. The woman who discovered it says its symptoms are significantly more mild than the original or even the Delta variant, but that hasn’t stopped the media and Democrats (sorry to repeat myself) from hyping this newly discovered strain as, perhaps, the bringing of Armageddon. Why? They want, no – need – to keep people afraid. They have too much they want to do that they can’t justify logically, so they need fear to motivate its advancement. 

As always, President Anthony Fauci is leading the charge with Joe Biden dithers and eats ice cream. President Trump should’ve fired him when he had the chance. Then again, every President since Reagan should’ve fired him since his career is like a connect-the-dots of failure. Remember that AIDS vaccine? 

When do you suppose was the last time Fauci treated a patient? Not spoke with one in a clinical trial, though I suspect it’s been a long while for that too, but actually treated a patient? His residency in the 1960s? He’s been a government bureaucrat since then, so it’s quite possible. Yet, last Sunday he told CBS, “I'm just going to do my job and I'm going to be saving lives.” 

How does a bureaucrat save lives? That’s not the set up for a joke, though it should be and the answer would be, “By quitting his job.” No, it’s what he thinks he’s doing, mostly thanks to the institutional left that has had its collective lips on his rear end for 2 years. 

This reality has created a Bizarro World around Fauci and the left – if they could create a hero out of this nobody with a record of failure, what can’t they do? – and they’ve been exploiting it ever since. 

How many videos have you seen of Karens panicking that someone wasn’t wearing a mask in some public place, even outside? Those people filmed these encounters and, in many cases, posted them themselves thinking their hysterical freak out was something to be proud of, something the world needed to see. 

That’s the power of the media. 

You have to keep in mind that there is no longer a fight to convince as many people as possible to your side, Democrats now want to get the bare minimum votes necessary and ram through everything they want. They are no longer bothering to try to get that many votes through persuasion, it’s only fear.

Fear of COVID provided a lot of cover for Democrats to push their agenda, but fear of it started to fade before they could get it all. Enter the “variants.” Delta helped them get their first COVID spending bill through, but it can’t be used again. Along comes Omicron…

We don’t know anything about Omicron, but the “experts,” up to and including President Fauci and Joe Biden, see an opportunity to get their “human infrastructure” bill through the Senate, so let the fear begin again.

But there’s a problem, if you’re at all interested in reality. The Chair of the South African Medical Association, Angelique Coetzee, the doctor who discovered Omicron, says the symptoms thus far have been mild. “Looking at the mildness of the symptoms that we are seeing, currently there is no reason for panicking as we don't see severely ill patients,” she said.

Importantly, Coetzee continues, “The hype that's been created, apparently out there in the media and worldwide, doesn't correlate with the clinical picture.”

Remember that as Democrats seek to impose new lockdowns, new mandates, and try to push through their legislative agenda. 

The public has no appetite for the “human infrastructure” bill they claim costs $1.7 trillion but really costs more than twice as much. Soon, it will be billed as “crucial” in the fight against COVID and our “struggle” to revitalize the economy. This argument will be in direct conflict with their claims that the economy is back, thanks to their previous spending, but we aren’t dealing with intellectually honest people here, we’re dealing with determined people. We have to be just as determined. 

Fear is all they have, as there’s no logical rationale for pushing the “Build Back Better” agenda through and zero public demand. Fear is a hell of a motivator that overrides logic and rational thought. That’s why Democrats work in it, when not working in another motivating force: hate. They want the public one or the other, and sometimes both, but what they never want is an informed public thinking clearly. That’s the one variant of reality they can’t deal with, and the only one Democrats are truly afraid of.

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