A recent Gallup poll showed that most Americans think it’s time to move on from the pandemic. But not the Democrats.
Democrats say by a 71-29% margin that we still should not “live normal lives”, but instead should “try to stay at home.” That’s despite the fact that the COVID death rate in America is down nearly 90%, the new cases are down about 65%, over half of Americans have been vaccinated (and over 80% of the vulnerable ones) by vaccines shown to be 95% effective, and even the redoubtable (or perhaps doubtable) Dr. Fauci says we can go out now.
So what gives? I can suggest at least six answers to that question.
First, maybe it’s just because the Dems are chickenshit. We do know that they’re chickenshit, after all. Honestly, if you were a soldier in a battle with the odds against you, would you want to share a foxhole with a Democrat?
Two: Maybe it’s actually shrewd politics. The Dems didn’t let the COVID crisis go to waste. They used it to give free stuff to the people who vote for them. Those grabby people and the Dems for whom they vote liked that outcome, even as they name-called the rest of us “greedy.”
So why stop now? If a few trillion in free stuff was good, then a few trillion more will be better. Politically anyway, and that’s the only thing that matters.
Third: Maybe it’s all tribal. If conservatives think it’s time to move on past COVID, then the Dems are obligated to think it’s not. I’m reminded of a Dem/kid who tweeted that he will continue to wear his mask even though Dr. Fauci thinks it’s unnecessary, because otherwise people might think he’s a conservative.
Think about that for a moment. Here’s a person who preaches “follow the science” but refuses to do so if it puts him in the company of conservatives who do so.
I sincerely hope Charles Darwin was right.
Four: Maybe they’re just lazy. They’ve been taught over the last 14 months that they can get paid not to work. In fact, many people get more in COVID money than they ever earned by working. These people may be lazy – in fact, there’s no “may” about it – but they’re not stupid.
Five: But maybe they are in fact stupid. Maybe they’re not aware that the new case and death rates in America are small and getting smaller, and the vaccination rate is near or above herd immunity rates. If all you see are the New York Times and CNN (well, no, I can’t blame CNN, since nobody sees CNN anymore) then you might not be aware of those facts.
Six: Maybe it’s one of those weird virtue-signaling things. Kind of like the weird yard signs that say, oblivious to the irony, that the inhabitants thereof have a vague “belief” in “science.”
OK, that’s six possibilities. I’m sure the real reason is some combination of these. But if I had to choose one, I’d go with Occam’s Razor. It’s mostly number one. It’s a fact that conservatives are optimistic, courageous and generous. Democrats are pessimistic, scared and greedy. Today, those traits loom large.
I’m not a conservative because I like the company it puts me in; I’m a conservative because I’m conservative. But I have to say, I like the company too.