☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Thursday, January 27, 2022 ☙ GETTING PERSPECTIVE 🦠
Let's pause for a second and take a look at just how far we've come and how well things are really going. You need this.
There’s a TON of good news in the roundup, but it’s going to have to wait until tomorrow. I need to do a little housekeeping today. Some of you aren’t quite getting the message about how well things are going, despite all the remaining challenges. So today I will recap just how far we’ve come, how significant the victories have been, how much we have to be grateful for, and why you should be very optimistic.
🗞 *A 2022 PERSPECTIVE* 🗞
Some of the comments yesterday suggested that some of you are feeling MORE anxious about how things are going. Poppycock. Don’t be anxious! Do not worry! Things are going great. We are winning. Even Chicken Little has stopped clucking and racing around in circles and shedding feathers. Believe me, it’s not even close. So, let’s recap, shall we, to remind ourselves about everything that’s going well.
Compare where we are now to the summer of 2020, which was peak Covid crazy-time. We were locked down, masked up, confused and dispirited. Day after day, every day was doomsday. Even Florida was shuttered, with restaurants open only for takeout, and all the “non-essential” businesses forbidden by law from operating. Mask compliance was near 100% — and this is an important one, since the mask mandates were a warmup for the injection mandates. We’re nowhere close to that kind of crazy.
We’ve come a long way since then! Let’s look at just three areas: politics, policies, and possibilities.
First, politics. In late 2020, Republicans endured a painfully devastating loss of the presidency, the House, and the Senate. But since that moment, the political landscape has continued tilting irresistibly toward real conservatism, maybe permanently:
— Florida is now a political “free state,” a beacon to the world, and despite everyone’s fears about the explosion of new citizens, it has shifted to a clear majority of republican voter registrations for the first time IN HISTORY. The long, distressing period of Florida trending purple is now, suddenly, reversed.
— In November, in Virginia — where a republican had a better chance of being prescribed ivermectin in a hospital than getting elected to state or local office — democrats were swept out of nearly every office up for election. Conservatives pulled it off DESPITE “voting irregularities,” which they were fully prepared for and met head on.
— Many other states experienced red waves, including traditionally-blue states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dems didn’t sweep ANYTHING. Not even the floor. They might not be talking abut it much, but you can hear Nancy Pelosi vomiting up gourmet gelato as far away as Boise.
— Parents — especially moms — have now been politically activated in a historic way that has never happened before in our lifetimes. It’s going to bear fruit, and who knows how much? Probably a lot. The school boards are so terrified of hearing “mom voice” they called out the DOJ. I kind of feel sorry for them. Mom voice can be harsh.
— The political trends might be even more profound than they look. Last week, Forbes published an article headlined, “Republicans Overtook Democrats In 2021 As Share Of Americans Identifying With GOP Shot Up, Poll Finds.” According to the poll, we began 2021 with 49% of US adults registered as democrats, compared to only 40% who said they were Republicans. In other words, Republicans were -9%, which has probably been true for decades. But by the fourth quarter of 2021, polling showed a stark reversal: 47% now identify as Republicans and only 42% said they were democrats: Republicans are now +5%. In one year.
It will take some time for the political benefits to trickle all the way up, but they will. And immediate benefits will rush out in an increasingly unstoppable wave. We may be looking at a GENERATIONAL shift in political preferences, the kinds of changes that only wars and national trauma can produce.
True, totalitarian-minded liberals have had a field day in the meantime, at enormous expense. Many people are already dead, and who knows what the harvest will ultimately be as long-term side effects from the injections pile up? It turns out it was EASY to slide into a biomedical police state, but we are slowly but surely clawing our way out.
Next, how about policies? While there are many things that are “still” problems, consider just how far we’ve come — in only a few recent months:
— Most of the national injection mandates have been stayed or defeated. They never reached 100% injection compliance, not even close, and they likely never will. Only a couple national injection mandates remain, which makes it that much easier to focus on them.
— It was painful, but they’ve finally admitted the truth: cloth masks don’t work. Sure, there are a lot of mentally-ill people who are still clinging to the masks, and loony pro-maskers who think everybody will happily switch to N95’s, but let’s face it: mask mandates have been fatally injured. They’re crawling around, bleeding out. It’s only a matter of time.
— For example, masks are slowly but steadily coming off of our kids. It’s taking a while, it’s happening in fits and starts, but everyone can see that is the inevitable direction, despite the best efforts of evil administrators and unions. (https://tinyurl.com/2c663h57, https://tinyurl.com/53mk9krh).
— The injection plan is being miniaturized. They are now talking about annual injections, in an Afghanistan-like retreat from the insane idea of requiring multiple annual boosters to be “fully vaccinated.” (https://tinyurl.com/4tk8h8md).
— They haven’t yet gotten the jabs onto school vaccine schedules, and they’ll have to do it state-by-state. It won’t be easy, and I bet it never happens — except possibly in a couple of moronic states where they also think it’s a good idea to let people shoplift, deal drugs, and steal parts of downtown for independent utopian shantytown “communities.”
— The media is now constantly blabbering about optimism and the end of the pandemic and Covid becoming endemic. That’s different. They can’t keep up a pandemic and talk optimism at the same time.
— Some media and some scientists are starting to speak out, where they used to be too afraid of being cancelled. And a dream-team of doctors and scientists is forming without any real opposition. Who is the anti-Malone? The anti-McCullough? And what about Rogan? Who are the comparable voices on the pro-mandate side? There aren’t any.
— Schools are mostly open and nobody who is sane is still talking about widespread closures anymore. (https://tinyurl.com/5n7x8d5t). Closing schools is quickly becoming a historical artifact.
— Don’t forget Europe, where mandates are disappearing faster than undercover FBI agents when the rally is over, or if you like, cockroaches when the kitchen light comes on. (https://tinyurl.com/2p8mscxj).
— Incontestable data is steadily trickling out and undermining the narrative. Life insurance claim spikes, Department of Defense whistleblowers, breakthrough data, and independent inquiries into Covid’s origins are starting, all together, to paint an undeniable portrait of abject failure. It’s getting ugly for the injections, which just can’t seem to catch a break. There’s ZERO good news for the injections anywhere, not in any country, not in any form.
— Courts and lawyers are — finally! — showing up and pushing back against government overreach. New laws are trickling out and giving the legal system more and more tools to deal with these problems. Old legal problems have been resolving easier than anyone could have imagined, without fanfare; everything from widespread constitutional carry laws to new pro-life protections.
Third, let’s look at the possibilities: the potential BENEFITS of the Covid experience, as difficult as that is to imagine.
— An entrepreneurial explosion. Most of the top dynamic and valuable companies and entrepreneurs in the country have voted with their corporate feet and U-hauled to red states, where they are now unshackled from loony woke regulations and state taxes. Silicon Valley and Wall Street will never again monopolize tech and finance. Current problems — like supply chain issues — are minting new opportunities. And once these refugee entrepreneurs get settled into their new homes, their businesses are going to take off like Space-X rockets. It is not hard to imagine that a historic period of energy and re-vitalization is on the horizon.
— The lid is blown off the pressure-cooker, and we have new transparency into existing problems. A lot of stinky stuff that was oozing around under the rotting floorboards has now been exposed to disinfecting sunlight. For example, the CRT wars are a byproduct of parents who gained visibility into awful teacher-led political agendas. It only happened because alert parents could see it in real time during remote school.
And, we now know a lot more about serious problems with our corporate healthcare model, like how federal purse-strings are being misused to interfere with patient treatment through medicare reimbursements. We can now see the death panels that we were warned about. Absent Covid, we probably wouldn’t have found out about all this stuff till it was too late. These stealthy schemes were never even opposed before. Now, it is on like Donkey Kong.
— Emergency executive authority, which has always been a lurking disaster, now finds itself on the ropes. We have learned — the hard way — that giving executives unlimited authority during emergencies is an incredibly bad idea. Virtually the entire pandemic has been powered by executive edict. The people’s representatives never VOTED for lockdowns. Everyone can see that now.
States are starting to respond to the problem and things are shifting all the right ways. In Florida, for example, the legislature removed much emergency authority from the Governor (with his blessing), and imposed strict new limits on local governments during emergencies, even over democrats’ hysterical and insane objections like, and I am not making this up, hypothetical invasions of radioactive alligators. Nobody anywhere is EXPANDING executive authority.
— A social re-alignment. Many people have now completed painful re-configurations of their family lives, their employment, and their closest friends. People have learned that their bosses, relatives, and even some of their closest friends do not share their values — fundamentally important values. It is possible that, for many people, their social lives will be much richer and more rewarding post-Covid, because the pandemic has shown folks who their real friends are.
Now, I get it. It’s true. We still have a LOT of work to do. A lot of people are still suffering under these mandates. We aren’t all the way back yet. It’s been expensive in blood and treasure to get THIS far. And they have lots of tricks left and they won’t give up without a fight. But some — maybe a lot — of these problems pre-dated Covid, and they are now only visible because Covid uncovered them. Take a moment to reflect on what the Forbes poll means. It evidences that the majority of people in this country do NOT agree with the Agenda. And unless the government starts doing something completely different and better, the majority of opposition will only get bigger and more influential and more of a majority.
There’s a LOT to be grateful for and optimistic about. The glass is WAY more than half full. Find your purpose and meaning in the struggle. Purpose and meaning are the most valuable and most important determiners of a happy, fulfilled life.
I bet I’ve forgotten about or left out a LOT of good news developments. Remind me in the comments. What’d I miss?
📊 *COVID IN FLORIDA AND ALACHUA COUNTY* 📊
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Be reassured! It’s working. We’re not going to leave anyone behind, and we are just getting started. And tomorrow I will write up a great news roundup for you. See you then!
Help me spread optimism and hope! It literally might be the most important thing we can do. https://www.coffeeandcovid.com/p/-learn-how-to-get-involved-
Thank you, Jeff. You have no idea how much we all needed this. And, like many others, your C & C updates have become an essential part of my morning. Like the Doctors at Sen Johnson’s roundtable, you are a true pandemic hero warrior. It’s people like you who protect the rest of us. And, btw, this comes from a Bernie-supporting Vermonter who, yes, now identifies as a staunch Republican.
Related to the point that we now know who our friends are, we now have a better view of which churches truly believe that Christ is king. The ones that went along with masking and/or closed their doors, are suspect. Those that are still doing it or, worse, are segregating people based upon vax status or masks are showing that they worship an idol.