Editorial: Gaffezilla versus Omicron

Column By Mike Bibb

President Joe Biden has always had difficulty telling the truth.  His “misstatements” and gaffes are legendary and well chronicled.

However, being a 79-year-old professional politician hasn’t dulled his recall.  He continues to repeat past whoppers and false statements with the same enthusiasm of several decades ago.

In addition to fictionalizing his active involvement in the civil rights movement of the 1960s/70s – he previously admitted he was a young swimming pool lifeguard in a local black neighborhood, not marching with Martin Luther King – he recently informed a black college graduating class he did, in fact, participate in that era’s civil rights crusades.  Supposedly, he attended black churches and could even sing the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

That is when he wasn’t tangling with a local character named “Corn Pop.”

Total fabrication.  

Nothing new about this.  He plagiarized college reports during law school, which contributed to his low-class ranking.  Bragged he had multiple degrees and achieved scholastic awards.  Challenged a news reporter to an IQ contest.  Made-up stories of various escapades when he was in the Senate. 

None of these tales were 100% factual.  Probably closer to 40%.  Joe would graft a storyline to his particular situation, embellish it with spin, and then present it as an actual event in his life. 

This has been the modus operandi of his entire existence.  I’m sure Joe’s had an original thought the past 50 or 60 years, it’s just not well documented as his other fantasies.

Modern film, videos, and the internet have exposed his distortions.  They’re easily assessable for anyone to review.  He doesn’t seem to care if the authenticity of his statements is fact-checked or not.  He just keeps putting them out there.  I suppose as long as he believes them, it doesn’t matter if anyone else does.

His latest adventure – besides insisting our southern border is closed – is leading the charge against the coronavirus invasion.  “I’m going to shut down the virus,” he promised during a 2020 campaign speech but failed to enlighten us on how he was going to do it.

He, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, have teamed up to offer the same monotonous solutions to a problem that appears to continually evade them.  So far, in spite of their assurances, the pesky COVID germ always outsmarts them.

Of course, Joe, with Tony in his corner, is doing his best rope-a-dope imitation while COVID scores points.  It’s an interesting contest if only Joe had some kind of fight plan, and trainer Tony actually knew what he was doing.

To date, another “winter of illness and death” is about all Joe has to offer, sounding eerily familiar to his last winter’s prognostication.  Needless to say, we can expect the usual school and business lockdowns, mask and vaccine mandates, a basket full of local, state, and national ordinances, and promises of a return to normalcy once a miracle cure is discovered.  Whenever that is.

When was the last time you heard a president of the United States tell us we might die from a virus if we didn’t comply with government mandates? 

It is constant gloom, doom, hysteria, paranoia, negativity, fear-mongering, and cowardness all rolled into Joe’s head.  There is never a mention of how pandemics weaken over time.  If they didn’t, humanity would have been extinguished long before governments were established.

The COVID virus appears to be following tradition, declining in strength with each subsequent mutation.

However, President Joe continues to proclaim dire warnings.  Except, vaccines have been administered to about 65% of the population, yet infections and deaths continue to rise, particularly among people with existing health problems.

Little discussion of other remedies available and a person’s natural immunity, especially after recovering from a bout of COVID.  It’s 24-hour vaccine indoctrination – as if a shot in the arm from Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna immunizations were the only viable alternatives.

Something is out of wack.

Perhaps more importantly, why, like other publicly promoted drugs, doesn’t the government or pharmaceutical manufacturers provide warnings of possible side effects from the vaccines?  We’re supposed to unquestionably line up and accept pledges of two or three jabs in the arm – maybe more – will eventually protect us from COVID without asking what happens if it doesn’t work or causes future health issues? 

Their answer?  Crickets.

In the meantime, little to no mention of rising cancer fatalities, heart failures, diabetes ailments, suicides, drug overdoses, mental disorders, and a slew of other ailments afflicting society.  Like a baseball score, all we get is daily reports of COVID’s runs, hits, errors, and left on base announcements.

Now, the latest threat to society is something called the Omicron Mutant, reminiscent of an old Japanese monster movie – Godzilla vs Omicron.  President Joe, obviously, plays the part of Godzilla while Omicron continues to morph into a never-ending series of viral variations, infecting the vaccinated as well as the unvaccinated. 

Joe can never quite knockout COVID’s progeny, but he keeps trying.  Unfortunately, just when he has the virus set up for the knockout punch, the sneaky little critter transforms into something else and slips away.  Trainer Tony is equally perplexed but always has a nonsensical or contradictory explanation.

It’s exasperating.  Even frustrating when Joe and Tony keep repeating their same failed mistakes in hopes they’ll eventually achieve some kind of positive result.

Whatever happened to their original suggestion – “Follow the science”?  That’s easy to figure out.  A never-ending virus can be an enticing motive to promote authoritarian influences upon a society already weakened by mandates and government restrictions. 

Including, in many places, being compelled to get “the shot” if you want to keep working to feed yourself and your family.

The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author.

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