- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 5, 2021

The coronavirus is killing America — but not in the way the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden and all the other COVID-19 vaccine pushers put out. Not in the physical, not so much. 

In the spiritual.

In the spirit.

The spirit of America is being blotted and bludgeoned by an angry pro-vaccine crowd that wants to strip away an entire chunk of freedom in one coronavirus-crying fell swoop: that of informed consent.

Yes, the coronavirus has proved fatal for some. In America, it’s proven fatal for 611,791, according to the latest CDC figures. But in America, that’s out of a total 35.7 million cases. Reported cases. Cases reported to and by the CDC. And those fatalities also include deaths with coronavirus, not just deaths due entirely to coronavirus. And those figures neglect any contextual observances that show, for instance, it’s mostly the elderly and otherwise sickly who’ve died from the coronavirus or that specify, for example, that since people do indeed die every day, even in America, that the more important figure to focus on is excess deaths — a number that helps highlight fatalities that wouldn’t normally have occurred, except for this coronavirus.

It goes to the truth factor, dontcha see. It helps separate the deceptions from the, dare say, science? And speaking of science: It seems by the CDC’s own numbers that if 1.74 percent of those who catch the coronavirus die from the coronavirus, then 98.26 percent don’t.

With odds like that, no wonder there’s a reluctance to take the vaccine. No wonder some hesitate because of questions.

Yet the “take the damn vaccine!” tyrants continue their tirades; the political beasts keep up their attacks.

But if an individual doesn’t have the right to decide whether or not to accept or refuse a medical treatment without punishment, then that individual is not free. Simple as that. So look around. Smell the stink of oppression. What we have here in America is a White House, a batch of political leaders, a complicit group of private businesses and a loud-mouthed faction of know-it-all medical bureaucrats who think nothing of pushing the coronavirus as a condition of free travel, as a condition of freely attending school, as a condition of free and unfettered access to certain venues, as a condition of walking about without a stupid face mask, maybe even two — who think nothing of doing all that while at the same time insisting they’re not infringing upon the individual’s right to choose.

That’s fascism at its worst — at its double-speaking, propaganda pressing worst.

If America’s not careful, we’ll soon vaccine mandate ourselves into communism. It’s only the dictatorial nations, after all, with leaders who demand collectivism while attacking all things individualist, that can get by with forcing citizens to take a vaccine that, by the same dictatorial nation’s own definition, is entirely experimental. That’s what “emergency use authorization” is, in essence — a phrase to describe the preliminary nature of a medical treatment that hasn’t been studied for long-term effects and hasn’t even been completely vetted for short-term effects and efficacy. Experimental. That’s the coronavirus vaccine, all of them, in a nutshell.

Of course, for those who want to take it — have at it. That’s how a free country works. But for those who don’t, for whatever reason? Increasingly, the zealots and adherents of Big Government, Big Pharma, Big Business and in general, Big Busybody-ville, are condemning to the point of stripping freedoms, or trying to strip freedoms, from those whose primary crime is to exercise a right called informed consent.

Thankfully, some medical professionals are fighting this insanity.

“I am a PhD experiment psychologist with 20 years of research experience, analyzing data with medical researchers and doctoral students, many in epidemiology and public health. Researchers must protect participants from harm. Informed consent is critical. I am appalled,” Statistics Diva tweeted, about the surge of vaccine mandates.

Another: “They are firing healthcare providers standing up for their patients and themselves. The ones who believe in informed consent, bodily autonomy, and a right to choose. The same ones defending a career they love and an oath they took to do no harm. The order-followers remain,” tweeted NurseErin, a registered nurse whose Twitter profile also identifies her as an Army combat veteran. 

Another: “We have AUTONOMY to consent to an experimental drug that has unclear scientific efficacy, safety profile, and dare I say, purpose. We aren’t Truman patients w/ seconds to live. We are healthy citizens that have the right to think [and] choose for ourselves and our families,” tweeted PatrioticTraumaSurgeon, MD, in one of 15 posts about the horrors of losing informed consent.

Another from the same thread, from the same Twitter poster: “So to fire people from their job, restrict them from education, segregate based on v@x status … all based on unclear science (and perhaps even harmful science) is purely unjust and dare I say evil.”

It is evil.

It is an evil thing for the powers-who-be — and the powers who are trying to be — in this country to shatter a time-honored facet of freedom that allows the individual the control of his or her personal health-related choices. It’s evil because it’s morally reprehensible; it’s evil because it’s the height of arrogance and pride; it’s evil because it flies in the face of common decency and courteous regard for human life, for individual boundaries, for personal privacies.

But mostly, in this country, in America, it’s evil because it’s an attack on the nation’s spirit.

If the spirit of this nation is floated around the idea that individuals are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that government’s decidedly subservient role is to ensure those God-given liberties aren’t infringed — then the coronavirus is doing far more damage to the long-term sustainability of American Exceptionalism than anything else.

If this coronavirus is ultimately empowered to sub out the “God-given” for the “government granted,” the end result will be communism and collectivism. It’s not just a vaccine mandate, folks. It’s not even simply a matter of informed consent. It’s the fate of the nation and the ability of the people to derive rights from God, not government, that’s at stake. And in America, that is everything. See the battle for what it is and fight accordingly.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE. Her latest book, “Socialists Don’t Sleep: Christians Must Rise Or America Will Fall,” is available by clicking HERE.

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