Uncommon Sense

July 31, 2021

OMG, We Are That Stupid?

According to surveys and modeling by The Economist magazine, the single greatest predictor of whether an American has been vaccinated is whether they voted for Joe Biden or Donald Trump last November.

Is there a better sign that we have taken a public health issue, a basic nonpartisan issue, and politicized it?

Are we that stupid?

Yes, we are.

Of course, a massive dose of demagoguery was involved but that is the direction our politics have been turning for quite some time.

Where were all of the anti-vax people when we developed the vaccination scheme for our children? For example, here are the common vaccinations that U.S. children are supposed to get:
Chickenpox
Diphtheria
Hib (protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b)
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Influenza (Flu)
Measles
Meningitis
Mumps
Pertussis (whooping cough)
Polio
Rubella
Tetanus
And for Chicago School Children
In addition to the above:
Invasive Pneumococcal Disease
Varicella
I assume your local community will have similar standards.

There were anti-vax people before, some screaming “religious exemption!” but they were a very small minority, not 40% of the population.

While researching the Chicago school vaccination requirements I found that religious exceptions are granted. So I downloaded the form and lo and behold, they require documentation! Here are the relevant sections on how to fill out the form:
How to complete the Certificate of Religious Exemption to Required Immunizations and/or Examinations Form
• Complete the Parent/Guardian sections, which include key information about the student and the school the student will be entering, and the immunizations or examinations for which religious exemption is being requested. Provide a statement of religious belief(s): for each vaccination/examination requested.
• The form must be signed by the child’s parent or legal guardian . AND the child’s health care provider* responsible for performing the child’s health examination
• Submit the completed form to local school authority on or before October 15th of the school year, or by an earlier enrollment date established by a school district.
• The local school authority is responsible for determining whether the information supplied on the Certificate of Religious Exemption to Required Immunizations and/or Examinations Form constitutes a valid religious objection.
Religious Exemption from Immunizations and/or Examination Form Process:
• The local school authority shall inform the parent or legal guardian, at the time that the exemption is presented, of exclusion procedures, should there be an outbreak of one or more diseases from which the student is not protected, in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) rules, Control of Communicable Diseases Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 690).
• Exempting a child from health, dental, or eye examination does not exempt the child from participation in the program of physical education training provided in Section 27-5 through 27-7 of the Illinois School Code [105 ILCS 5/27-5 through 105 ILCS 5/27-7]. A separate request for exemption from physical education, if desired, would need to be presented.

The key part of this exception in my mind is: The local school authority is responsible for determining whether the information supplied on the Certificate of Religious Exemption to Required Immunizations and/or Examinations Form constitutes a valid religious objection.

So, the anti-vax people seem to be signing up to be home schooling parents, no? Oh, goody, the transmission of ignorance codified.

There are Always Consequences
The state of Montana recently passed what they, euphemistically, called their “Human Rights Act,” which does not bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or against trans children, but now protects a class of people who don’t want to get vaccinated, whether against COVID–19 or the measles. Yes, Montana’s “small government” Republicans have mandated by law that Montana’s citizens cannot refuse to hire unvaccinated people to work in their homes, or as caretakers for their elderly parents, or they will be in violation of the state’s human rights law. O . . . M . . . G!

Okay, let’s consider a hypothetical. Let’s say that a massive number of cases of leprosy break out in Montana and there is a vaccine. Who do you think would be first in line to get that vaccine? Those same assholes who passed this law and others like it under the false flag of “personal liberty,” which is a joke coming from the party that waved the flag of personal responsibility as a protection against government meddling in our public and private lives. Now they are employing government meddling to avoid having to recommend personal responsibility. That they consider COVID-19 and its variants to be basically a case of the flu, and a health basket case like Donald Trump pulled through it quickly telling them it ain’t so much, allows them to play fast and loose with the issue, milking it for political gain. But a nasty disease, such as leprosy, or one that makes your dick fall off, would have those very same Republicans trampling over other people to get their shots.

10 Comments »

  1. Even more so than leprosy, what would they do if Ebola were to appear on the continent? Yes, it popped over for a visit a few years back — and we were VERY lucky that it didn’t “escape.”

    People can be soooo stupid at times.

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    Comment by Nan — July 31, 2021 @ 11:08 am | Reply

    • I thought about using Ebola instead of leprosy, but I wanted something truly appalling, something Biblical. :o)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 31, 2021 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  2. There needs to be a “VACCINE” to rid America of the “BLACK PLAGUE”, that’s killing hundreds of victims and nothing seems to be able to stop it!
    The Rev Jesse Jackson said:
    “When I’m walking down a street alone at night, and I hear footsteps behind me; I’m scared shitless, until I turn around and find it’s only a White dude.”

    50% OF MURDERS IN AMERICA ARE COMMITTED BY BLACKS, WHO ARE 13.2% OF THE POPULATION.
    BLACK MEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 – 26 ARE 4% OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY.
    4% OF BLACKS ARE COMMITTING 50% OF MURDERS IN THE COUNTRY

    BLACK CRIMES MATTER
    Despite being only 13.5% of the population and Black males between 16-26 make up 4% of the Black community, 4% Black males commit:
    52% of all Murder and Manslaughter
    31% of all Rapes
    56% of all Robbery
    34% of all Aggravated assault
    30% of all Burglary
    29% of all Larceny-theft
    30% of all Motor vehicle theft
    23% of all Arson
    39% of all Violent crime
    29% of all Property crime
    32% of all “Other assaults”
    34% of all Forgery and Counterfeiting
    32% of all Fraud
    35% of all Embezzlement
    30% of all Stolen property buying, receiving, possessing
    26% of all Vandalism
    40% of all Weapon carrying and possessing
    41% of all Prostitution and commercialized vice
    25% of all Sex offenses (rape and prostitution excluded, see above)
    30% of all Drug abuse
    67% of all Gambling
    33% of all Offenses against family and children
    13% of all Driving under the influence
    15% of all Liquor laws
    16% of all Drunkenness
    35% of all Disorderly conduct
    32% of all Vagrancy

    https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/c jis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/ crime-in-the-u.s.-2013/tables/ table-43

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    Comment by Pip — July 31, 2021 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

  3. I am hoping that one day Big Pharma will develop a vaccine for religion!

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    Comment by Ark — July 31, 2021 @ 2:02 pm | Reply

  4. US news is almost impossible to watch right now with this sheer stupidity going on… and the publicity it’s getting.

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    Comment by john zande — July 31, 2021 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  5. This is Mithra’s answer to redistricting.

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    Comment by The Pink Agendist — August 1, 2021 @ 4:38 am | Reply

  6. […] Ruis reacts to the millions of people who refuse to be vaccinated, for whatever reason, and concludes that it must be stupidity. They know that more than 600,000 people have died in this country. They know that the vaccine is […]

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    Pingback by Steve Ruis: OMG! We Are That Stupid! | Diane Ravitch's blog — August 6, 2021 @ 8:00 am | Reply

  7. The Covid Outbreak: “Biggest Health Scam of the 21st Century.” Report by 1500 Health Professionals
    We are health professionals of the international collective : United Health Professionals, composed of more than 1,500 members (including professors of medicine, intensive care physicians and infectious disease specialists) from different countries of Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Oceania and, on August 26, 2020, we addressed to governments and citizens of countries around the world an alert message regarding the COVID outbreak.

    We say : STOP to all crazy and disproportionate measures that have been taken since the beginning to fight SARS-CoV-2 (lockdown, blocking the economy and education, social distancing, wearing of masks for all, etc.) because they are totally unjustified, are not based on any scientific evidence and violate the basic principles of evidence-based medicine.

    https://shar.es/aWrAXY

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    Comment by Carol_ — August 6, 2021 @ 8:32 am | Reply

  8. It isn’t stupidity. It’s evil.

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    Comment by D.T. Nova — August 11, 2021 @ 3:42 pm | Reply


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