The Republican Death Cult
Gather in polling places, gather in churches, and let 11 million die; the new GOP vision.
But in recent decades things have altered – – some would say, mutated – – with the change agent being a virus which has infected the formerly Grand Old Party and stolen reserves of compassion, empathy and common sense, until they seem to have disappeared during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was our senior GOP Senator Ron Johnson who allowed as how data showing huge number of his fellow humans were choking to death trapped in nursing homes or overwhelmed hospitals was just the way things go.
Johnson acknowledged that coronavirus has a far higher fatality rate than the seasonal flu, but said, “getting coronavirus is not a death sentence except for maybe no more than 3.4 percent of our population (and) I think probably far less,” he said.
By the way, that would be more than 11 million of other Americans’ grandmas, uncles, letter carriers, favorite teachers, familiar nurses, fishing buddies, soccer coaches, best friends and children who would die.
Then we had Wisconsin GOP legislative leaders shucking off public health concerns and medical community fears – – not to mention concerns from municipal leaders statewide – – that pushing ahead with in-person voting would accelerate the contagion.
Earlier this week, Vos declared the polls safe and said he planned to work at one. “If you’re bored at home and you’re sick of watching Netflix, volunteer to go and help at the polls,” he quipped.
This was followed by those same leaders suggesting frivolously, frighteningly and unsuccessfully that people statewide be allowed to assemble in houses of worship while who knows whom will pass along the silent killer.
That came after the GOP-run Assembly and Senate gaveled to a close in seconds the special session Gov. Tony Evers had called to debate postponing the April 7th ballot. Just as they had done last year with Evers’ proposals to tighten the state’s gun safety laws.
Mind you, this is the same legislature that saw its Assembly engage in long debate last year about whether the traditional evergreen tree in the Capitol Rotunda was to be called the Capitol Holiday Tree (Gov. Evers’ choice), or the Capitol Christmas Tree – – decided, on a roll call vote, as the Capitol Christmas Tree – – as Speaker Vos and the GOP had wanted.
“Yes people will die of this. It just isn’t worth shutting down our whole economy – except grocery stores. In my opinion.”
The latest grim numbers as of Tuesday: 92 dead and 2,578 conformed cases in Wisconsin – mostly in Milwaukee, so, meh.
And where does anyone with a brain think those numbers are headed, as experts now are saying that between 25 percent and 50 percent of the population already may not show symptoms, and are able to unwittingly infect others who happen to pick up the wrong bag of groceries or grab onto a door knob in between Clorox wipe downs.
But, hey, say these GOP leaders, let’s get out there and stand in a voting line, or crowd into church pews and get this funeral home-based economy moving again.
Strange stance by the pro-life party, you know.
- Why Don Natzke Couldn’t Vote - Enjoyiana Nururdin - Aug 9th, 2020
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlights public health measures taken by the Milwaukee Health and Fire Departments, Department of Administration, Election Commission, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services - City of Milwaukee Health Department - Aug 4th, 2020
- CDC Says Election Did Not Cause COVID-19 Spike - Erik Gunn - Aug 4th, 2020
- Pandemic Reduced Black Vote, Study Finds - Dee J. Hall - Jun 25th, 2020
- Did April Election Hike COVID-19 Cases? - Alana Watson - May 20th, 2020
- Elections Commission Notes ‘Lessons Learned’ - Henry Redman - May 19th, 2020
- Wisconsin Elections News: WEC Releases Analysis of Absentee Voting in April 7 Spring Election - Wisconsin Elections Commission - May 18th, 2020
- Election’s Impact on County’s COVID-19 Cases Unclear - Jeramey Jannene - May 6th, 2020
- Why State’s Voting By Mail Was Chaotic - Daniel C. Vock - May 4th, 2020
- At Least 40 COVID-19 Cases Tied to Election in Milwaukee - Graham Kilmer - Apr 24th, 2020
Read more about 2020 Spring Primary here
- WI Daily: 350 New COVID-19 Cases - Urban Milwaukee - Mar 5th, 2021
- DHS and Laboratory Partners Identify Variant Strain B.1.351 of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin - Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Mar 5th, 2021
- State Vaccine Hotline Up and Running - Graham Kilmer - Mar 5th, 2021
- County Targeting Vulnerable ZIP Codes for Vaccine - Graham Kilmer - Mar 5th, 2021
- Ron Johnson Pushes Conspiracies Ahead of Possible Third Term - Shawn Johnson - Mar 5th, 2021
- Gov. Evers, DHS Announce 1 Million Wisconsinites Have Received at Least One Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine - Gov. Tony Evers - Mar 5th, 2021
- Evers Proposes COVID-19 Child Care Aid - Laurel White - Mar 4th, 2021
- WI Daily: 677 New COVID-19 Cases - Urban Milwaukee - Mar 4th, 2021
- MKE County: COVID-19 No Longer Declining in Milwaukee - Graham Kilmer - Mar 4th, 2021
- Gov. Evers to Visit DHS Community-Based Vaccination Clinic in La Crosse County on Opening Day - Gov. Tony Evers - Mar 4th, 2021
Read more about Coronavirus Pandemic here