At Oakland’s Stagebridge, I taught a class this year. One of my students couldn’t make the final. The student had COVID.
I don’t know if the student was vaccinated or whether this was a breakthrough case. But the fact remains, the COVID war must be our No. 1 priority—no matter how many people you see on TV at football games and sporting events unmasked.
Masking works. You can see it working. Vaccines work too, but we’re on the honor system for that. And people lie or show a fake vax cards.
This is why President Joe Biden’s speech last week, what I call his “Vax Americana” speech was so much more important than people want to admit.
It was his first get tough moment. And it reminded me of the phrase, “Pax Americana,” from post-World War II in 1945 to describe how the U.S. used its dominance to bring peace and prosperity to the world.
After months of “nice,” Biden was a little less nice ordering federal workers to get vaxed, and OSHA to lean on employers with 100 workers to mandate vaccinations.
But all you need to remember from the speech was the last line, when Biden in a hushed, aggressive whisper said, “Get vaccinated.”
What are you waiting for—a death bed conversion?
It’s time to get serious about public health, about caring for our country and each other.
We can end the war on COVID if we all do our part, masked and vaxed.
I wonder if Biden knows about a non-profit in Stockton called Little Manila Rising
“Someone Pulled a Gun”
You know what guns do to a situation. In the COVID wars, the anti-vaxers are insane.
One of the handful of Filipino American canvassers for Little Manila Rising going door to door to provide the public with good information, got a rude greeting from an anti-vaxer.
“A gun!” said Amy Portello-Nelson, the head of the Get-Out-The-Vaccine drive in Stockton. The canvassers are armed only with information. No one was hurt, but you see how dangerous fighting COVID can be when you’re armed only with facts.
Here’s what Little Manila Rising’s done in two months on the job. It has knocked on more than 32,000 doors and had 20,000 conversations. The area they’ve worked has gone from a vaccination rate of 32% to more than 50%.
Talking to people and telling them to get vax works. It’s how we’re going to get back to normal. It’s going to take a “Vax Americana” effort.
Of course, whatever happens with this gubernatorial recall will determine how quickly the state gets to the 70%-80% rate that gives us an effective herd immunity.
My deadline is before any official recall results. And even then, mail-in ballots with a September 16 postmark will take time to be counted.
The talk of voter fraud is greatly exaggerated. There’s more rhetorical fraud than anything else.
With more than 8 million ballots in already, unless there’s a strange crossover vote, the Democrats should continue in power.
But let’s say the recall succeeds and a person with the most votes among 46 also-rans becomes the new governor, it would not bode well for the state.
The Black conservative Larry Elder was leading among those who want to replace Governor Gavin Newsom.
Elder is an anti-vaxxer and has espoused views indicating that – under his leadership– California would look a lot more like Alabama, Texas, Louisiana and Florida on the COVID map.
That would be the real monumental tragedy for California and for Vax Americana.
Let’s face it, the political virus unleashed by the Republicans on our democracy is worse than COVID.
The recall effort needs to die a natural death this week.