The current political debate in the United States reminds me of the Hans Christian Andersen fable of a useless emperor who was tricked into buying a fancy suit supposedly made of the finest silk, explaining to him that it was invisible only to the idiots and the unfit. on their positions.
The crooks worked late into the night for days weaving the fancy suit on their empty loom. The emperor sent several of his advisors to check the progress of the weavers who, not wanting to appear unfit for office, gave glowing reports of astonishing colors and patterns.
Desiring to show off his glamor to the townspeople, he announced a procession to the leaders of the government, whom he would lead in his splendid costume. Finally, the day of the great procession arrived, and as the procession passed through the city streets, thousands of spectators applauded and shouted their approval of the emperor’s suit, and no one wanted to admit that they had seen nothing for fear of being. called a fool. Near the end of the parade road, a child his mother had hoisted on her shoulders so he could see him, said loudly, “Mom, he has none.” Bystanders repeated the child’s words to those who had not heard and soon the crowd realized that they were true.
Fast forward to COVID-19 and the phenomenon of “groupthink” where those who disagree with the mask and vaccine mandates are called “idiots,” “unpatriotic,” “anti-science,” and worse. We are told that wearing masks saves lives, and that the Pfizer vaccine is 95% effective in protecting against infection and its transmission. Now, in December 2021, our governor has re-enforced the inner mask mandate – and the reason is the new omicron alternative. The NBA professional team just announced that it is bringing back its star player who has not been vaccinated because many other players who have been vaccinated have experienced COVID breakouts. Regardless, from all over the world, there have been relatively few deaths from Omicron so far. However, Pfizer is working on a fourth strike, which has the potential to generate billions of dollars in additional profits. Do Americans read and think for themselves, or do they follow mandates submissively for fear of being seen as stupid or unscientific?
Where is our objective media, media that praised the government of Cuomo of New York for his deft handling of the pandemic, forcing convalescent facilities to take in COVID patients who were discharged from hospitals and then infected others, resulting in thousands of deaths; The same media that has now failed to report that Florida currently has the lowest COVID death rate of any state in the country, all without mask and vaccine mandates, shutdowns, school closures, etc.? Is there anything to be learned from this?
You probably don’t think mask mandates are a big deal: “Just wear them and go on living like you say.” I can’t accept more. But one thing leads to another. Recognizing the lust for power and riches, which is an intrinsic part of human nature, there is a certain percentage of people in positions of power who see the passive acceptance by many Americans of arbitrary mandates such as 6-foot social distancing (when scientific studies indicate that 13 forward to be effective), and will be encouraged to push for more states and laws that compel people to comply with what they deem necessary.
There is already a strong movement in many universities that aims to stamp out “hate speech”. Hate speech is often defined as anything that goes against the authorities’ beliefs regarding homosexuality, transgenderism, critical theory of race, etc. These efforts to stifle the right to freely express one’s opinions strike at the heart of American democracy. Brothers, frogs, the water temperature is gradually rising; It’s time to investigate and think for ourselves. Jump out of the pot before cooking.
Miguel Nedfer is a Spanish medical translator who has lived in Bakersfield since 1985.