Editorial: False alarm: COVID-19 variants  

“Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.” 

Friedrich August von Hayek

Column By Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin

Here we go again. Anthony Fauci the fear-monger is sounding the COVID-19 alarm with “what if” in reference to the Omicron variant. Oh no! It may be stronger than the Delta strain. Another scare tactic to shut down America? Another step towards a socialist society? Another covert scheme to introduce communism?  

Disease and death are at your door, but the government will save you. Really? Hyped hyperbole is a political tool. 

Run. Don’t walk. Find your dog-eared copy of George Orwell’s book. Search the boxes in the basement – the dusty cardboard carriers behind the holiday decorations. Look in the plastic bin with your high school yearbooks.  

What now you ask? Read it again. What is Orwell’s main message in Animal Farm? Power corrupts. The events of the story are an allegory for the Russian Revolution of 1917. The Bolsheviks overthrew the tsar in order to establish a communist regime. 

One option. Take notes and go to your local school board meeting. Use a firm voice tone as you try to persuade other parents and community members about Fauci’s nefarious plan to dominate America. Beware, you may be labeled a domestic terrorist.  

Another option. Cook a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup. Bake an apple pie. Imagine it’s 1973. Elton John just released his album, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” Relax, you got the vax. Bury your head in the sand.  

But, how does the COVID-19 vaccine stand up to variants? That’s the question. “It’s complicated,” retort the experts of science. “But we’re the experts and your ordinary minds cannot understand what the experts know. So don’t question us.” Really? Okay, back to soul-soothing soup and music.  

Pharma-funded mainstream media has convinced millions of Americans that Dr. Anthony Fauci is a hero. He is anything but. That’s the message in Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s book, The Real Anthony Fauci. 

And a final option. In all seriousness, citizens need to know both sides of the coronavirus story. Stay alert. Garner information from multiple sources. Learn the facts and question the facts. Listen to the opinion of others and speak your own opinion. Contact your representatives in the state legislature. Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper. Express your civil liberties. Call upon logic and wisdom.  

“Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.”— Friedrich August von Hayek 

Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an opinion-editorial columnist and author. 

The opinions in this editorial are those of the author.

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