And Along Came Delta
Candidate Joe Biden, as part of his campaign pledge while a candidate, insisted that he would “shut down the virus.” No politician could be that presumptuous about a novel virus that is pretty much out of his/her control. But Biden did anyway, and on that front, it’s been a massive failure, reports BRIGHT editors.
Biden’s Massive Failure
“The new administration promised competency and efficiency, but it has struggled all year with consistent pandemic messaging.”
Distract from Afghanistan Hostage Crisis?
Today, in yet another attempt to distract from the Afghanistan hostage crisis, Biden will deliver a speech with “six new steps” to fight the virus. No word on whether his handlers, who mute him while he’s talking, will give him permission to take questions.
On Delta (reported by the Dispatch):
In the Southeast, the spike in cases and hospitalizations has seen in recent weeks wasn’t as bad as what we faced over the winter. Now, however, it dwarfs the numbers from last summer’s pre-vaccine surge—a result of the variant’s transmissibility and the decision by millions of people to resume living as if the pandemic was over without actually punching their vaccine ticket first.”
More than 100,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with the virus, and we’re back to averaging 1,500 deaths a day. While the surge in states like Florida seems at last to be leveling off, cases are rising significantly again in other regions, particularly the Midwest.
Controlling Peoples’ Lives
Cranks or not, there are plenty (mostly) conservatives who maintain there never really was a pandemic; “that all this sound and fury was a spun-up plot to use a largely harmless virus to increase state control over peoples’ lives,” continues the Dispatch.
But the far more common conservative position is simply that the drawbacks of the public health measures taken across the country over the past year have outweighed the benefits, and continue to outweigh the benefits the longer they’re carried on. Such people have long since decided, in other words, that COVID-19 is no longer pandemic—an uncontrollably spreading disease demanding a total war policy response. Rather, they’ve begun to think of the disease as endemic—a significant threat, perhaps, but one among many in life, and one that we’re going to have to learn to deal with.
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