Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi is no conservative, but he is taking an honest approach while trying to figure out why people are avoiding the jab. Townhall writer Matt Vespa went on to comment about Matt Taibbi’s examination of the issue and how there is common ground for Conservatives and Liberals.
Taibbi blames the elitist approach and blame campaign coming from the left as to why many are not getting the vaccine.
They’re not getting vaccinated. They’re idiots. They’re selfish. They’re the reason why Delta is spreading like a brushfire. It’s a variant that isn’t more deadly and it won’t make you sicker, but it caused the CDC to declare that everyone, even the vaccinated, must wear masks in hot spot areas. There are still swaths of people who are on the fence about getting the vaccine. Yes, some of it is due to misinformation. The vaccine works. It’s safe, but it’s also your choice. We know the Biden administration wants to go door-to-door and jab people. They can’t propose that due to the political fallout ahead of a key midterm election. They’re itching to go through with it, however. And now the political class seems content about forced vaccinations. Both Republican and Democratic talking heads are starting to form an unholy alliance of bipartisanship that usually leads to the erosion of civil rights. We’re seeing that with COVID vaccines. The reason behind it is that a great many Americans get assistance from our welfare state. Therefore, those who write the checks should be given a bigger mandate on how they can dictate how other Americans live. It’s paternalistic. It’s anti-American. It oozes the moral superiority complex that manifests itself so viciously with liberal Americans.
Matt Taibbi is not a conservative. We’ve noted this, but he’s also fair. He also sees the root cause of this debate, which indeed is grounded in the Trump moment. He’s vaccinated, but also sees the bashing of the unvaccinated as emblematic of the “abhorrent” and “nonsensical” nature of our politics today. How did we get here? Well, he traces it back to the Clinton era and the work for welfare reforms which I support, but he described as paternalistic and racist. I think there is a difference between forced injections of something that people might have questions about given the medical expert class being unable to dole out solid, fact-based information about the virus, the mask fiasco is a prime example, and ensuring that the programs aimed to assist those who are in a state of economic vulnerability are not abusing them. Back to COVID, Taibbi noted he’s no angel in this past dichotomy of the liberal American snickering at the uneducated and conservative America bashing the “irresponsible poor.” The shot across the bow from Blue America is what former Bush speechwriter David Frum said about this current vaccine debate which Taibbi cited:
Does Biden’s America have a breaking point? Biden’s America produces 70 percent of the country’s wealth — and then sees that wealth transferred to support Trump’s America. Which is fine; that’s what citizens of one nation do for one another… [But] the reciprocal part of the bargain is not being upheld…
Will Blue America ever decide it’s had enough of being put medically at risk by people and places whose bills it pays? Check yourself. Have you?