Stupid is terminal, there is no cure

I stumbled on to a site called SORRYANTIVAXXER.COM that describes itself as “a repository of stories of anti-vaxxers who died or came close to dying of COVID needlessly from their own scientifically un-sound and stubborn beliefs.” Yes, there is a website about damn near anything.

As you scroll through the site you will find, surprise, surprise, that 99.9% of the dearly departed are white, most are middle aged or older, and again, surprise, surprise, a large percentage are from Southern states.  

One of the saddest stories on this website is about Jordan Sinor, of Harrison, Arkansas (yes, considered a Southern state). Jordan was a 16-year-old boy with Down Syndrome who was eligible for the vaccine. But apparently Jordan’s mother, April Mathews, didn’t believe in the science or the effectiveness of the vaccine. And even after his death, a son she described as her best friend, she still refuses to get vaccinated. I don’t know about you but Jordan’s death sounds like child abuse to me.

For those of you that are familiar with my blog you know that I am a full-blooded Southern man, a Carolina boy (North and South) that has never lived beyond the borders of the Carolinas. My ancestry is filled to the brim with Revolutionary War veterans who defended their Carolina homes. Civil War veterans (don’t ask which side) who were tricked into defending and dying for the rich plantation owners and politicians of the South. My ancestors were slave owners, and moonshiners. But mostly we were barefoot, rag wearing, red clay farming, married your second cousin loving, dirt poor rednecks.

My heritage follows me everywhere I go. I can’t hide from it. I open my mouth and you know who and what I am. I talk slowly, “dog” is a four-syllable word. I eat grits, collards, and country ham. I have been to at least 100 NASCAR races in my 60 years. I even “attended” the Darlington 500 in my mothers womb in 1960. And I drive an old, piece of shit 1982 F-250 pick-up truck with no air, no heat, and no radio.

But here is where I am different from my uncles, my cousins, and about 70% of the rest of the state of South Carolina, I recognize and believe the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate. Don’t give me the bullshit argument about heritage, or southern pride, the Klan, George Wallace, Dylann Roof, white supremacist, and neo-Nazi groups fucked that up. I believe in science, not just the “science” of making meth, or the “science” of why you need to bleed out a deer. I believe there are people smarter than me. People that want to protect me and my family from a virus that, to date, has killed 645,000 Americans in less than two years. Think about that number and timeframe for a second, 645,000 Americans in less than two years. Is there anything else that you can think of that has killed that many Americans in that short amount of time? One thing, Cancer.

Cancer kills about 600,000 Americans every year. Do we protest when Doctors, Scientist, fill our bodies with one experimental drug after another? No, hell no, we beg them for more. We beg them to save our child’s life. We plead with them to save our 80-year-old mothers life. So, tell me why COVID-19 is different from Cancer? If April Matthews’ son Jordan had leukemia would she been willing to try any drug, any treatment, anything to save his life? I hope she would have but I guess it would have depended on what her Facebook research told her to do.

Look, if the MAGAers, Deplorables, Trumpers, QAnon, Proud Boys, White Nationalist, neo-Nazis, Evangelicals, and your average Joe Dirt redneck don’t want to get vaccinated, shit don’t, please don’t. Keep the death count in Texas, Florida, South Carolina, and all the other first cousins marrying Southern states clicking upwards. Does it hurt the rest of us? Sure, but at this point the short-term pain is worth the long-term gain of getting your dumbasses covered in dirt, six feet in the ground where you can’t hurt us or anyone else anymore.                  

About ends and beginnings blog

I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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14 Responses to Stupid is terminal, there is no cure

  1. Nan says:

    I know. I’ve said it before … but I’m gonna’ say it again. I DO love the way you write. And the topics you write about are pretty good too. 😊

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Neil Rickert says:

    I have to comment, because one “like” is not enough.

    Vaccination is one of the two greatest advances in public health. The other was indoor plumbing. Somehow, I doubt that the anti-vax people would be willing to abandon indoor plumbing. But what they are doing is pretty much the equivalent, at least from a public health standpoint.

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  3. I like your point about cancer vs. Covid. My sister and her husband are fond of saying (about Covid), “If God decides it’s my time…”, yet when each of them had cancer that phrase never came out of their mouths – they did whatever surgery, chemo, radiation their doctors recommended. Right wing politics has poisoned their entire thought process.

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  4. Lots of Stupid up North here, too.

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  5. maryplumbago says:

    Great post!

    Like

  6. cagjr says:

    From Hemant Mehta on The Friendly Atheist on 09/13:

    According to Christian radio host Jesse Lee Peterson, the problem with America is that we’ve turned it over to “intellectuals.”

    One of the major objectives of Christian nationalists is to outlaw any secular teaching in our public education system. This punctuates the degree of fear they have for facts and truth. What kind of people equate intelligence to ‘the problem?’

    Intellectual(n.) A learned person or one of high intelligence; especially, one who places greatest value on activities requiring exercise of the intelligence, such as study, complex forms of knowledge, literature and aesthetic matters …

    Another major objective of Christian nationalist is the institution of a theocracy with the laws of the Christian God replacing the constitution. They know that with an education their own children will reject their agenda. Political and religious oppression are not the sole property of any one religion. It is the nature of the beast.

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  7. TJ Heiser says:

    Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can’t help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.

    Robert A Heinlein

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