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‘Pandemic Amnesty’? Not a Chance
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer discusses mask mandates, Sept. 1, 2021 (WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7/YouTube)

I keep telling myself that I’m past the point where I can be insulted by the wide open sanctimony and gaslighting of the other political side, and every time I think that I’m right those guys up the ante. Perhaps that’s going to be the case for a long while.

It’s certainly the case after the thoroughly reprehensible piece at the Atlantic by a Brown University economist named Emily Oster. It’s entitled “Let’s Declare a Pandemic Amnesty.”

Oster begins the piece making herself known as one of those atrocious COVID Karens, so much so that on the hikes she says her family spent the early weeks of the COVID pandemic taking, her cloth-mask-clad kids were shouting “SOCIAL DISTANCING!” at other kids who got too close.

Wonder where that rudeness came from.

She defends that lunacy by claiming “we didn’t know,” but that in itself is precisely the wrong excuse.

You didn’t know, and so your first instinct was to turn your kids into little tyrants, put homemade face diapers on your whole family while they were outside, and proceed to follow the most subservient personal regimen available — and then insist others do the same.

After telling that tale of disqualification — for which Oster ought to be commended, even if she’s unwittingly identifying herself as precisely the kind of ovine American COVID exposed as far too prevalent in our society and who absolutely, positively cannot be allowed to make decisions affecting large groups of us — we get to the heart of her essay.

Which is that we should stop arguing about COVID lockdowns and other horrors, accept that everyone — everyone, that is, but the purveyors of “misinformation” — was well-meaning, and then move on.

And this piece appeared on the same day a poll in Michigan showed that America’s most notorious COVID ovine politician, the disgusting Gretchen Whitmer, has now fallen into a tie with Republican challenger Tudor Dixon in the Michigan governor’s race.

If you think that’s a coincidence, then you might struggle to process this excerpt from the velvet-gloved Dr. Oster:

We have to put these fights aside and declare a pandemic amnesty. We can leave out the willful purveyors of actual misinformation while forgiving the hard calls that people had no choice but to make with imperfect knowledge. Los Angeles County closed its beaches in summer 2020. Ex post facto, this makes no more sense than my family’s masked hiking trips. But we need to learn from our mistakes and then let them go. We need to forgive the attacks, too. Because I thought schools should reopen and argued that kids as a group were not at high risk, I was called a “teacher killer” and a “génocidaire.” It wasn’t pleasant, but feelings were high. And I certainly don’t need to dissect and rehash that time for the rest of my days.

Moving on is crucial now, because the pandemic created many problems that we still need to solve.

Whatever.

There is no mystery as to what this is, and a terrific Substack piece by Emily Burns sums it up nicely. It’s an attempt to placate the suburban moms whose lives and households, family finances, and social and familial relationships were carved to strips by those COVID lockdowns, the women who remember and are still dealing with the harm school closings inflicted by Whitmer and other blue-state tyrants have done to their kids’ educations.

Oh, let me not forget this:

Because of course the venomous anti-child monster who runs the nation’s largest and most destructive teachers union, which demanded a granite wall of political concessions before consenting to reopen schools so its members could do the job the taxpayers were paying them to do, would agree that we now need an “amnesty.”

So here’s a response.

No. Hell, no. Not even a thought other than no.

And screw you.

Because we learned an awful lot about America during the COVID pandemic. We learned who loves this country and its ideals and who would defecate all over them. We learned who loves and trusts our people and who sees them as pawns to be manipulated.

Amnesty without demand for accountability or repentance is surrender.

Speaking as someone who values God-given freedom and the civil liberties our Bill of Rights enumerated, what we learned has terrified us. Disgusted us. And made us certain that America as is cannot be conserved or tolerated; America — real America — must be revived.

Let’s just make a quick recap of some of those lessons.

We learned — early on, though the people now asking for a pandemic amnesty won’t even give us the common courtesy of admitting it — that this virus came from a lab in Wuhan, China, which was engaged in Frankenstein-style gain-of-function research, the kind of scientific abuse our Congress rightly outlawed thanks to its utter lack of ethics or responsibility, and yet that research or something uncomfortably close to it was being funded by our own government.

None of the principals involved in that breathtaking breach of faith, if not outright illegality, have been held to account. Amnesty without demand for accountability or repentance is surrender. (READ MORE from Scott McKay: The COVID Reckoning Is Overdue)

We learned that once that virus had escaped from the lab to affect hundreds of millions of people and kill millions of them, the same public health establishment that assisted in its creation chose to cover its rear end rather than pin the blame for the quickly burgeoning pandemic. When President Trump shut down travel from China he was called a racist, and when he identified the source of the virus he was called a crackpot.

And when Trump followed what were laudable instincts to insist that we focus on treating those who were infected, he was derided and blamed for somehow suggesting people inject bleach — an utterly irresponsible and dishonest political attack on a sitting president in a time of emergency, which had a chilling effect on an approach to the virus that would have worked. Reputable doctors, such as Yale epidemologist Harvey Risch, touted common antiviral drugs like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin as early-stage treatments for the virus and were savaged for their trouble.

The federal government, and the public health bureaucracy in particular, colluded with Big Tech and Big Media to deplatform doctors seeking to treat the virus rather than lock the country down, something that has never worked to resolve a pandemic.

Patients were killed by profit-seeking hospitals putting them on ventilators at the drop of a hat. Family members had to watch loved ones die on Skype because they were cut off from physical contact, as nurses who knew better watched under hospital orders. Whitmer and other blue-state butchers introduced COVID patients to nursing homes, killing tens of thousands. Remdesivir, a dangerous and ineffective but ultra-expensive and highly profitable drug, was inflicted on COVID sufferers while the cheap, effective antivirals were banned and discarded.

These people did what they did not out of a well-meaning misunderstanding of the virus. They did what they did because there was a financial incentive to do so and because they wanted to get rid of Trump.

That isn’t an opinion. It’s a fact. And it’s a provable fact. Remember when those same social-distance Nazis trying to keep everyone locked in their houses glued to their TVs and phones and under the firm control of the matrix were presented with the George Floyd riots? What was their reaction to those mass-spreader events?

Right?

At that point it was obvious this was all a fraud, and a designed fraud at that. At that point there was no further legitimacy to the Branch COVIDian nonsense.

At that point these people had no more credibility. But did the COVID hysteria melt away?

Hell, no.

They used it as a pretext to illegally depart from the state election laws in all the battleground states they could — Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, Arizona — because it was an “emergency” necessitating mail-in ballots, the worst and least-secure means of balloting available. So said a bipartisan election integrity commission in its 2005 report. And we know the damage those deficient practices have done to our national confidence in our elections.

Then they used it as a justification to continue locking down America for months after Joe Biden’s inauguration — so gleefully that many of them openly suggested COVID lockdowns should be a starter kit for the World Economic Forum’s communist Great Reset fantasy, something that would transfer the source of our suffering from a virus to the climate. And when we showed our outrage, we were fact-checked, put in Facebook and Twitter jail, and called terrorists.

And they threatened our livelihoods if we didn’t accept a vaccine that hadn’t been scientifically vetted, the side effects of which we still have no measure of (though increasingly it seems like the jab might be a great white shark lurking deep in our public-health future). Idiotic mask mandates led to tyrannical vaccine mandates, all the while accompanied by silence over the dirty secret.

That secret being that because the vaccines were offered under Emergency Use Authorization, nobody can sue Big Pharma over the side effects.

There is no accountability built into this system. Those public health bureaucrats only seem to fail up. Richard Levine, a crossdressing grotesque calling himself Rachel, killed thousands in Pennsylvania as that state’s health director with the nursing home fiasco; he was rewarded with almost a cabinet-level position in the Biden administration. Anthony Fauci’s manifest incompetence during the Trump administration’s COVID response bought him an even more substantial role with Biden.

Pharma continues to profit off the federal government’s mismanagement of the pandemic. Pfizer quadrupled the price of its COVID vaccine just before Biden bizarrely demanded every American take a booster jab once a year. You live in the United States of Pfizer now; you just don’t realize it.

Our children’s educations are mutilated by two years of school dysfunction. Our adults, so many of them, are scarred beyond recognition by the social isolation and hypochondria two years of COVID hysteria has caused, so much so that even now you still see pathetic ovine Americans wearing face diapers while walking outside or driving alone. “Excess deaths,” that horrific category that includes things like suicides, drug overdoses, domestic murders, strokes, and heart attacks thanks to neglect of regular health care, have skyrocketed. Our national life expectancy has declined in recent years despite the fact the average COVID death came at ages beyond that life expectancy.

And never once did any of these “leaders,” these people who now demand to be let off the hook, ever address the No. 2 comorbidity where COVID was concerned — obesity. We’re increasingly a nation of fat people who eat horribly, don’t exercise enough, and have poor overall health. A leadership elite worth having, particularly in the public health sector, would have taken the opportunity COVID presented to put the country on a national health kick. Instead, they closed fitness clubs, poured sand and concrete at skateboard parks, chased people off beaches, and arrested paddleboarders.

But the liquor stores and casinos stayed open.

What we learned about America from COVID could fill volumes, and none of it was good. We learned our elites are morons and monsters. We learned this country can’t stay as it is or we won’t last.

And now we’re told by those morons and monsters that we should just let those lessons drop along with the desperately needed reckoning that is due?

Hell, no.

Next week, if this is a just world, Gretchen Whitmer will be banished from American politics, and her fellow Branch COVIDian Democrats will control less than 18 governor’s mansions around the country. And if this is a just world, the Democrat Party, which so gleefully pounced on the pandemic for all the political bounty it could provide them, will be turned out with such vigor that it will have less representation in the next Congress than it’s had in 100 years.

And when that stage of the reckoning is completed, we can then have the hearings we’ve needed for so very long. We can begin to examine the role of the American government in what happened in that lab in Wuhan. We can examine the federal response to it and just how politicized that was. We can start to know who knew what and when about those mandates and lockdowns. We can investigate just how corrupted our medical profession is by Big Pharma and others and what role China played and plays in our public health deficiencies. And we can find out to what extent government conscripted Big Tech to keep the truth about COVID from our people.

When those Pandora’s boxes are fully inventoried and the truth is known, and the guilty are held to account … maybe then we can begin the healing process such an amnesty might provide.

But not until then. Not until we know this can never, ever happen again.

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Scott McKay is a contributing editor at The American Spectator  and publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics, and RVIVR.com, a national political news aggregation and opinion site. Additionally, he's the author of the new book The Revivalist Manifesto: How Patriots Can Win The Next American Era, available at Amazon.com. He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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