For almost three years, we have been bombarded with misinformation, misperception, and one lie after another when it comes to our seemingly never-ending battle with the COVID-19 virus and its apparently endless variants.
First, we were told cloth face masks didn’t work when it comes to avoiding infection from COVID. Then, we were told they do help—a little, but the only truly effective masks were the N-95 masks. Now, medical experts are telling us cloth masks are nothing more than bacteria traps—especially for children—and could actually cause more harm than good.
Nevertheless, some state and federal governments continue to issue mask mandates or threaten to.
Then, there are the vaccines. Get them, and you will be 95 percent protected, we were told when they became available in 2020. As with millions of Americans, I rushed out and got my first, second, and the booster of the Moderna vaccine.
Now, we are told that even if you have been fully vaccinated, you can still get COVID. Say what?
Yes, folks, it was another prevarication from our inept government “experts” like Dr. Fauci, the Center for Disease Control, the FDA, state health officials, and our doddering, senescent president.
To the millions of sheep out there who continue to plaster their faces with ineffective cloth masks even while jogging, walking, or sitting outdoors in restaurants, etc., those of us who challenge the flawed medical orthodoxy spewing forth from Washington and elsewhere are evil and selfish because we aren’t drinking the Kool-Aid any more.
Those medical experts who have adopted the idea that the only way to defeat this incessant virus is to achieve herd immunity—not to shut down schools, lock down our economy, and incarcerate the unmasked and unvaccinated–are now the enemy and are banished from social media.
Look, we’ve had vaccines for the flu for as long as I can remember—and that’s a LONG TIME, folks. But the common cold and flu still spread through our communities every year, sometimes multiple times yearly. That’s because adenoviruses, rhinoviruses, respiratory syncytial viruses, and others mutate so quickly that it makes creating a vaccine for the cold or flu nearly impossible. It is the nature of any virus to mutate.
COVID-19 is a coronavirus and is not at all different.
The overall death rate from the first COVID-19 epidemic was estimated at around 0.6%, and it will soon be two years since our worldwide freak-out began. Knowing that an endless supply of replacement COVIDs is already in the sub-Saharan pipeline requires us to reassess our response. There needs to be a cold, rational cost-benefit analysis as soon as possible.
How do we live with COVID and have a thriving economy, the ability to travel and work with others, and attend school? When can we again look at others (especially the unmasked and unvaccinated) without seeing them as potential agents of death?
Back in October 2020, highly respected, credible medical researchers and physicians proposed the Great Barrington Declaration. It was supported by over 850,000 physicians, scientists, and healthcare professionals worldwide. After much research on COVID-19, they declared a need for “Focused Protection.” Stated simply, the world needed to protect the most vulnerable and continue with normal life.
We did not follow their lead. Instead, we locked down and sent our economy and lives into a tailspin from which we have yet to recover.
We all must know by now that the politicization of the virus in the U.S. was done primarily to get Donald Trump out of office. It is patently evident that it was then escalated by Democrats and the media to increase the power of the federal government. They are relying on fear and imprecise, politicized science to keep us from advancing to any “next steps.”
I am not the only one saying this. Respected medical researchers, doctors, and immunologists are battling the inconsistent and defective orthodoxy of those in power. That orthodoxy bears no resemblance to any known medical principles or care.
All things COVID have become the medical exception and have remained so for nearly three years. When it comes to COVID, vaccinations, and masks, proven medical practice and knowledge are inverted, viewed backward or inside out—all in the name of political control.
Critical thinking, it seems, has been banned. If you don’t follow the accepted medical orthodoxy, you are kicked off of social media, banished from society, fired from your job, or in some cases, even jailed.
God help us.
Regarding the lapse of critical thinking skills, here are some examples that should have given physicians pause in digesting the propaganda diet they were fed.
If I can easily spread COVID to someone by breathing on them, why is there the need to swab the deep recesses of the nose? Why is the PCR test’s methodology omitted from reports sent to physicians? When were masks ever recommended except for those with a known contagious disease such as active tuberculosis or those with transient low white blood cell counts? When has gene therapy ever been used other than in incurable diseases?
Viral illness prevention is another topic that instigates a deer-in-the-headlights look. Vitamin D is essential for many body functions, including the immune system, while obesity sets one up for many medical problems, and old age signals that your remaining days are limited.
Data show that 80 percent of those supposedly severely ill or dead from COVID were afflicted with most, if not all, of these factors. Though you cannot change your age, you can change your vitamin D intake, lose weight, stop smoking, etc. Going off-script regarding prevention other than a vaccination or monoclonal antibodies for treatment is considered unscientific.
From the time that our government issued a pandemic alert to the rollout of the vaccines, where was the inquisitiveness of physicians? Actually, some physicians challenged the flawed COVID-19 canon that flooded the world’s nations.
What happened to them? They were banned, banished, and locked out of hospitals and clinics simply because their research and medical experiences differed from the medical doyens and tyrannical and dictatorial autocrats in Washington.
Wisdom is a combination of knowledge, experience, and judgment. Knowledge can be imparted, and experience gained, but judgment is inherent, not acquired through instruction. You either possess good judgment, or you don’t.
In times of national panic, which is what happened when we first discovered that the COVID virus was spreading across our country, people tend to discard personal judgment in favor of commands and directives from above.
“The experts will guide us,” they say. “We can trust them.”
I hope one of the lessons all of us have learned during the past two years is this: When it comes to telling us the truth, the truth that we are told is often sheathed in political dogma and partisan domination, not in medical data or scientific verified scientific evidence.
It seems to me that the scientific method employed since the 17th century has been discarded in favor of political hegemony and power when it comes to COVID.
What is the scientific method?
It involves careful observation and the application of rigorous skepticism about what is observed because cognitive assumptions can distort how one interprets the observation. Then, using induction, you formulate a hypothesis based on those observations and conduct experimental and measurement-based testing of deductions drawn from the hypothesis. Finally, you refine or eliminate the hypothesis based on the experimental findings.
In other words, you create a hypothesis, and then you try to disprove it. If you can’t, then you have proved your theory or premise.
In the case of COVID, the scientific method has been aborted.
The result is a sea of misinformation, lies, vitriol, and maliciousness that has swept over our country, pitting people against one another instead of uniting them in a common effort to seek an end to the pandemic. It’s a malicious strategy to divide and conquer.
There are autocrats in Washington and state capitals who see COVID not as a pandemic to be ended but as a weapon to be wielded for the purpose of political manipulation and domination.
Will 2023 finally be the year when we throw the socialist tyrants out and get back to living again?
I certainly hope so.