The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is raging across the nation, due to the lack of personal responsibility too many individuals are exhibiting concerning the vaccination. If ever there was a time for all hands to be on deck in a helpful manner, for the sake of public health, this would be the time.
In what can only be labeled a galling example of partisan politics Wisconsin Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman declined to answer a reporter’s question about whether he was vaccinated. In a most disgusting display, the conservative stated he would not answer as he didn’t want to be seen as “taking sides.”
As I watched the moronic words slip from his mouth I wondered if Grothman also feels that the required shots for kids to attend our public schools should also be undermined in a partisan fashion so as not to offend the weaker-minded parents who have not yet determined their efficacy.
If one looks at the base of the Republican Party–the very ones that Grothman was playing to– it is clear to see these are not armchair epidemiologists. They should not be treated as if they are wiser than the medical professionals and the scores of scientists who labored in a short time span to produce a vaccine that WORKS.
The need in this nation is for everyone with a platform, voice, or position of power to speak plainly and directly to the ones not yet vaccinated and alert them as to why they need to get the shots. Now.
While Grothman will gladly prattle on about his love for the unborn, and his ‘pro-life’ positions it must be noted that when he had a chance with a television news crew to really make a difference by speaking about the best way to prevent a deadly virus from spreading he opted for the shallow end of the pool.
He played politics with what has claimed over 600,000 lives in this nation. While this blog is called Caffeinated Politics, and there are many issues that get heated and pointed, I readily admit, prior to this pandemic, that I never would have fathomed that a vaccine to prevent deaths would be controversial. I never would have thought it possible that a political party or individual members thereof would opt to play with, for partisan reasons, the health and well-being of the citizenry during a pandemic.
Glenn Grothman failed his constituents, his state, and a moral calling to help during a pandemic.