Recently, Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke to a cheering mob of white conservatives in Alabama, who proudly hailed their low vaccination rates.
Thanks to people like them, Alabama had to throw away 65,000 vax doses. She is also on record suggesting that vax promoters should be shot.
Meanwhile, GQP racists ranging from Ron DeSantis to Rand Paul, while simultaneously bragging about their war against vaccines and sane public health, also blamed infected immigrants at the border for spreading the disease they themselves are deeply proud of and committed to spreading. DeSantis is so committed to spreading COVID that he is promoting “Don’t Fauci Florida” campaigns, punishing schools that mandate masks for children (who are at greatly increased risk for the Delta variant), and presiding over a skyrocketing infection rate and death toll. Indeed, COVID is rapidly becoming The MAGA Plague, because the virus doesn’t care about how well you own the libs with your stupid spite.
And yet, even as they deny the seriousness of the disease that has killed nearly a million Americans, the racist GQP blames it all on brown people with the weird logic: “Refugees don’t get to spread COVID, ONLY WE PURE WHITES GET TO SPREAD COVID!”
Why do this? Because as Lyndon Johnson once said, “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”
It is a strategy that has served racist political bosses for four centuries in the US. And as the folly of the MAGA murder/suicide cult shows, it works as well as it ever has in providing short term gains for the bosses and long-term suffering and death for their gullible racist constituents and those children and immunocompromised victims in their thrall.
Nor does it matter a whit that the whole thing is a lie and red county conservatives are their own worst enemies.
For, of course, as epidemiologist Jerry Cangelosi wrote last week:
“COVID-19 hospitalizations by county, normalized to population (from today’s NYT). See the southern border counties? They aren’t hot spots as claimed by some. Blame-the-migrants rhetoric is nonsense.
The virus is already highly prevalent in ALL American communities. All of us will be exposed sooner or later, with or without migrants among us. The good news is that most of us have control over the outcome. If we’re vaccinated, then we’re far less likely to be among the hospitalized.”
The GQP murder/suicide cult naturally tells racist lies to blame the least of these for the criminal neglect that is 100% their own fault as they willfully and malignantly spread Pandemic.
Meanwhile, Normals and decent people, who care about human beings and not about killing hostages just to make their political enemies look bad so they can claw their way back into the White House say, “Get the shot, for the sake of those who cannot get the shot yet. Delta is killing children. Protect them.”
In the final analysis, the sheer deadly perversity of the MAGA antichrist “prolife” murder/suicide cult is a mystery insoluble to human intellect. Evil, at the end of the day, does not make sense. It has a limited sort of internal logic: a fragment of Logos or reason something like a virus is a fragment of DNA. But in the larger scheme of things it is, as Augustine pointed out, an assertion of our nothingness. The cult blames the poor and brown for the evil they themselves do because it is “logical” to shift the blame in their lust for power. But in the end, the sheer perverse idiocy of their promotion of Pandemic makes no sense. Increasingly, this evil antichrist cult puts me in mind of Paul’s remark:
The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Th 2:9–12).
No. I don’t think Trump is The Antichrist or that we are living in the last days (except in the sense that it has been the Last Days since the Ascension). But I certainly believe he (along with every one of his supporters) is an antichrist (they are a dime a dozen and you can find them and their ensorcelled followers all through history from New Testament times down to the present. And what such people always demonstrate is that those who will not listen to the Spirit shall not hear him. They choose to learn from pain who will not learn from wisdom. Such is the terrifying respect God pays to the freedom of his creatures.