A long, long time ago, I can still remember how that Hoax Watch used to quote the New York Times extensively and then reply to their bullshit point by point.
It’s time for that classic style to return, today on Hoax Watch Classic Edition.
President Joe Biden’s orders pushing millions of workers to get vaccinated were aimed at turning the tide on a pandemic that has killed 650,000 Americans. But on Friday, the mandates immediately deepened the nation’s political divisions over coronavirus vaccinations and government power.
Some employers and business groups welcomed the sweeping new requirements, which affect most federal employees and contractors, health care workers, and companies with 100 or more employees. Labor unions representing millions of workers expressed a mix of support and reservations. And Republican leaders issued outright condemnations, calling the mandates a big-government attack on personal freedoms and private business.
News of the mandates prompted Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina to say he would fight Biden and his party “to the gates of hell.”
But he’s still going to wear that faggot mask.
How can he be taken seriously with that mask on?
“I don’t think people should be forced to take the vax but I totally believe in this hoax enough to wear this stupid and humiliating thing on my face like a little bitch ass faggot.”
It’s not a strong position.
Several Republican governors vowed to go to court to challenge the constitutionality of the rules that affect two-thirds of American workers, setting the stage for one of the nation’s most consequential legal battles over public health since Republicans sued to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
“@JoeBiden see you in court,” Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota wrote on Twitter.
Our strongest conservative fighter.
I agree with Matt Walsh that she has “sweet little titties” and a “hot, tight ass.” I also agreed with Matt Walsh when he said she is a “dirty little slut” and that she should “shut her mouth – around [Matt Walsh’s] cock.” But I do think Matt Walsh’s comments about cunnilingus were gross.
That’s not just a meme – it’s literally the conversation I just had with Matt Walsh.
Biden offered a curt response to the legal threats as he visited a Washington middle school to urge parents to get shots for their vaccine-eligible children. “Have at it,” he said.
The mandates represented an aggressive change of posture for the administration, which had resisted widespread vaccine requirements as a more contagious variant of the virus fueled resurgent COVID-19 infections and deaths this summer. About 65% of American adults are fully vaccinated.
“I am so disappointed, particularly that some of the Republican governors have been so cavalier with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of their communities,” Biden said as he delivered remarks at the Washington school.
Imagine living in a universe where Joe Biden is sitting up at night worrying about people getting the flu. And then he decides the only way to prevent it is to destroy everyone’s basic rights.
I don’t think anyone believes that. This is all just punishment. Leftists want to punish evil white Trump supporters who are refusing the vax, and they worship the power of the state. They feel that by supporting the state’s brutality, they are taking part in the power process.
Legal experts say the federal government has broad authority to address the public health crisis created by the pandemic, and Biden on Friday predicted that his health orders would survive legal challenges.
But across the country, the more urgent worry for many businesses was how to carry out and enforce new rules that the president estimated would affect 100 million Americans.
Businesses wondered: How would they verify a worker’s vaccination status or track the weekly tests required for workers who do not get vaccinated? How would the rules be enforced? What would happen to workers or companies who refused to comply?
For months, Molly Moon Neitzel, founder and CEO of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, which has several locations in Washington state, has debated whether to require her 180 employees to be vaccinated. On Friday, she felt like the new mandates gave her some cover to do so.
Did her face always look like that, or is it from the vax???
“I was honestly just relieved,” she said. “We have six to 10 who have chosen not to be vaccinated yet. I know it makes people on their teams nervous.”
Hospital workers in Houston and Detroit who opposed earlier vaccine requirements sued over their employers’ rules, and face covering rules have put employees on the front lines of sometimes-violent confrontations with customers who refuse to wear masks.
Several large companies and major federal contractors declined to take sides in the debate Friday, and simply declared that they would follow the federal rules.
But there was almost unanimous defiance from Republican governors across the South, Midwest and West who have opposed mask mandates and business restrictions and have tried to block schools from requiring masks.
Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia suggested that he might sue to “stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration.” Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama referred to the rules as “outrageous, overreaching mandates.”
And in Florida, where a judge on Friday allowed a ban on school mask mandates to remain in place as a legal challenge works its way through the courts, Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a fundraising email that Biden had “declared war” on the rule of law and millions of Americans’ jobs by issuing the vaccine requirements.
Republican leaders like DeSantis have been among the governors grappling this summer with the grim toll of the delta variant — overflowing intensive-care units, classroom outbreaks and resurgent deaths from a pandemic killing 1,500 people every day in the United States. Now, many seem eager to wage a political fight against the Biden administration.
If their states prove to be powerless in blocking new mandates in court — and if the mandates help drive down infection rates in their states — these governors could reap the benefits of having a healthier populace and moving beyond the recent spikes that have struck the South with particular viciousness.
Wow that is a crazy paragraph.
This is what censorship does – it makes paragraphs like that possible, because no one can push back against it.
In recent weeks, as the crisis intensified, a number of governors in the South have sought to find a rhetorical strategy that both encouraged vaccines and affirmed that it is a personal medical choice best made without excessive pressure from the government.
That delicate balance was on display again Friday as Republican governors slammed the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate while touting the benefits of the shots.
Yeah, it’s really a mess.
I mean, I agree that even if you thought the shots were good you could still allow people to have their freedom. But the government itself admits that the shots don’t actually work for their stated purpose.
What is the point of pretending the shots are good? It just makes for such limp-wristed resistance.
Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi, who called the mandates “terrifying,” made a point of noting that “the vaccine itself is life-saving.” He added: “This is still America, and we still believe in freedom from tyrants.”
Even moderate Republican governors who imposed lockdowns early in the pandemic and have promoted vaccines were critical of the sweeping mandates.
Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio, a Republican who wore face masks and set up a $1 million lottery prize for vaccinated Ohioans, said the nationwide mandate was a “mistake” that would harden the political divides over vaccination. In Utah, Gov. Spencer Cox said he had “serious concerns” about whether the order was legal.
I wish these people would stop talking about whether it is legal or not.
It’s obviously not legal. No one can argue that the president has the ability to order businesses to do something like this. That is just open communism.
But that isn’t really the point. At all.
The point is that he’s doing it anyway. It wasn’t legal for the CDC to order an eviction ban. The election was illegal. Most things that the government does are illegal. It doesn’t matter anymore.
Democratic governors offered a mix of support and caution, reflecting the volatile politics of Washington mandates and the pandemic in many closely divided states. In Virginia, home to more than 140,000 federal workers, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is running for a new term, said the mandates would help blunt the virus and lift an economy strained by the delta variant. But in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office released a statement saying she was reviewing the plan.
The issue of masks has not only divided states from one another, but has drawn stark lines within large Republican-controlled states where many cities and suburbs are run by local Democratic leaders and rural areas wield disproportionate power in state capitols.
The federal vaccine mandates also provided Republican politicians with an easy opportunity to rally their own political base by slamming the Democratic administration.
For Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, the issue of mandates has been a fraught one since the beginning of the pandemic. Initially hesitant to mandate masks, he ordered Texans to wear them last summer.
That stance set off paroxysms of anger among some Republicans, contributed to the ouster of the leadership in the state party, and is among the reasons he will face at least two primary challengers next year. Abbott has since issued an order banning all vaccine or mask mandates.
Now the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates have offered a useful political foil for Abbott, who rose to his office in part by constantly suing the Obama administration while he was the state’s attorney general. Texas has also sued the Biden administration to block several of its immigration policies.
Federal vaccine mandates, imposed without state support, struck some experts on the history of pandemics as novel.
“It is historic,” said Dr. Howard Markel, a pediatrician and professor of the history of medicine at the University of Michigan. “There are broad powers that the president has, but has never used. The feds have always been very careful, if they do get involved, to be invited by the governors.”
So that’s the state of the narrative, currently.
Everyone is just acting like this is totally normal.
Nothing like this has ever happened in all of history – it is literally the single most authoritarian action ever taken by any government, ever.
But everyone is acting like it’s normal.