Drop in vaccinations has GOP stink all over it

All our progress could be at risk:

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy doesn’t line up with the H1N1 polling, nor with standard patterns of hesitancy—for example, crunchy left-wing opposition to childhood vaccinations. But the patterns do line up with resistance to mask wearing and stay-at-home orders.

In other words, the pattern of resistance to the coronavirus vaccines looks less like COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and more like COVID-19 denialism. While a significant chunk of Americans profess to be uneasy about getting shots to prevent COVID-19, most come from the swath of the population that has tended to downplay the disease’s severity and to resist other measures to fight it, rather than the swaths that have resisted vaccines for other diseases.

Bolding mine, because these people have literally painted themselves into a corner. They fought against masks, they fought against quarantine, they fought against closing businesses and schools, and now that a vaccine is available to them, their stubbornness is keeping them from getting it. They've been downplaying this thing so long, getting a shot would feel like admitting they've been a idiot all along. I got my second shot Tuesday (That's me in the pic above), and the place was desolate compared to a few weeks ago. Could just be a coincidence, but I don't think so. More from the idiocracy:

For some vaccine refusers, the motivation is simply trolling. An essay in American Greatness, which is what passes for the intellectual outpost of Trumpism, published yesterday explains, “My primary reason for refusing the vaccine is much simpler [than worries about personal liberty or medical complications]: I dislike the people who want me to take it, and it makes them mad when they hear about my refusal.”

How widespread this attitude is, or what degree it is a primary motivation, is impossible to know. But it’s probably just one part of a spectrum of COVID-19 denialism. You don’t have to look very hard to find examples. You probably know people who doubt that the disease exists, or who believe that it’s being overhyped. If not, examples abound in reporting on COVID-19. Or you can look at Congress, where Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the de facto leader of the Senate Republican disinformation caucus, dabbled in dark theories in a radio interview this week.

“Why is this big push to make sure everybody gets a vaccine?” he wondered. “And it’s to the point where you’re going to shame people, you’re going to force them to carry a card to prove that they’ve been vaccinated so they can still stay in society. I’m getting highly suspicious of what’s happening here.”

Johnson did not explain what, or who, it was that made him suspicious. This is typical. Adherents of this kind of thinking are convinced that COVID-19 is a hoax perpetrated by someone, for some reason, but are rarely clear about who might have done so, or for what purpose. The vague, imputed explanation is that restrictions, whether stay-at-home orders or mask mandates or vaccine passports, are part of a plot to restrict Americans’ freedom. But who is behind it or to what end they wish to restrict these freedoms is never made entirely plain.

Oh, you don't need proof of a conspiracy. In fact, the lack of proof simply proves how far-reaching said conspiracy really is. I'm a firm believer in personal liberty, until it becomes a threat to public health. Which it has.



Yeah, the trolling aspect...

just seems so monumentally stupid and such an example of right-wing projection. It makes you want to respond with "well, if you think that makes me mad, I'd really hate it if you [insert ridiculously stupid and self-destructive behavior here]. That would just make my blood boil. You're almost tempted to do things like this just to see if any of them are actually stupid enough to bite, but then you remember that some of them probably are and then you'd be responsible for goading them into self-destruction.
Sometimes it sucks to be the responsible, grown-up party.