No, you are wrong.
Ono’s poem for Nancy Pelosi wasn’t the most embarrassing thing to cross the Atlantic last week. That honor went to the Biden regime’s decision to rotate the dial reading “Flutter the Irish” all the way to 11.
Her ass-kissing went to extraordinary lengths.
Amidst all this, Americans celebrated Micheál Martin’s alleged role in leading the global fight against Covid-19. In earnest.
Given what’s going on with Covid in this country right now, that wasn’t a good thing to mention.
Our politicians usually bow when invited to the White House for St. Patrick’s Day. This year, however, the Americans were as obsequious as an English waiter serving a Russian-born lord.
“Your leadership on the global stage has been remarkable and impressive,” Joe Biden told Micheál.
The Taoiseach shimmered. I was expecting to see a deepfake White House video showing Micheál shoulder to shoulder with Volodymyr Zelensky in a Kyiv square, both grabbing AK-47 bombs and mowing down battalions of Russian invaders.
The flattery we get comes from the temporary seat we now have on the UN Security Council. The seat that officials got in trouble for throwing a party to win.
This seat gives Micheál a bit of influence. Given the state of the world, we might be asked to vote like this instead of like this in the Security Council.
So Mr. Biden is treating us like we’re almost grown.
He announced that he wanted to commend Micheál Martin for Ireland’s handling of Ukrainian refugees. And as a special treat, he did it in front of the media.
If Joe had announced that he was going to have the Taoiseach ice cream for dessert, he couldn’t have sounded more condescending.
Michael beamed. At this point, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, flipped the flattery right off the board.
Apparently her people had checked with Micheál’s people and arranged the points for Nancy to emphasize at the Flattery Feast.
And so Pelosi’s speech led her to congratulate the Taoiseach on his supposed “revitalization of the government’s focus on housing and healthcare.”
Ten years of housing failure, 20 years of health failure – all wiped away by Nancy’s Magic Reputation Enhancer.
Suddenly we had a new Ireland, where hospital waiting lists are months, not years, and homeless children on the street are eating their dinner off a better cardboard table than before.
Even all of that hadn’t prepared me for Nancy’s Covid clinchers. She congratulated the Taoiseach because, as she said, “the world has been impressed with his handling of the pandemic.”
Dear God, what now? A peace prize for Vladimir Putin? Do these people have no shame?
The answer, of course, is when you reach high office each of them underwent a shamectomy—the painless removal of every vestige of human dignity by surgical means.
There was a time – until relatively recently – when we more or less knew where we stood with Covid.
Nphet told us what they thought was coming, the politicians told us what the recommendations were for how to deal with it – and we, the people, did our part.
At best it was very impressive – thousands of people, informed and engaged, collectively responding to expert advice, with admirable results.
As long as politicians played their part – endorsing the public health recommendations – we stood firm.
In the winter of 2020, politicians began to see public health specialists as rivals. They threw a tantrum and insisted on doing things their own way. Many people died.
If there is any government policy on Covid-19 these days, I’m damned if I know what it is.
We have been told what we are going through now is an “exit wave”. I’m not sure what that means.
Does that mean Covid is on its way out and has turned to give us a flirty little wave before disappearing? Or does that mean that the “exit” of restrictions at the end of February triggered this latest worrying wave?
There used to be explanations for the stages we experienced – nowadays they seem afraid of it.
They happily gave up all restrictions, which is another way of saying “let the virus spread at will”.
Maybe it was the right thing. If not, then when? The vaccines reduced serious illnesses and deaths, and hospitals were not in danger of being overrun.
The argument was that we had to let the economy expand without restrictions. Good, but…
What happened wasn’t just the fireShifting Restrictions. We were encouraged to spread the infections.
Let’s take public transport. It had worked efficiently and the mandatory mask policy meant the spread of infection was minimal. The vast majority stuck to the rules, there was no call to remove masks – nothing to win.
Once the masks were removed, the spread of infection via public transport was inevitable. There was no benefit in removing masks, the only consequence was the possibility of an increase in infections.
For most people, this just meant an increased risk of infection resulting in mild or severe illness.
But for those at risk of old age or illness, the end of masking meant the end of public transport – unless you’re willing to take a huge risk of infection with potentially fatal consequences.
The total end of mandatory masking contributed to the unspoken notion that it was “all over”. Any action taken to stop the spread depended on how a person felt about them – do so if you feel like it. This, in turn, led to further limitations in safe practice.
There are people who are suggesting – tentatively – that the policy now is to intentionally infect us all in hopes that some form of natural immunity will kick in.
Doing this on purpose could make someone legally liable, so it’s done informally, without notice.
I have a hard time believing that even the current shower would dare – but I’ll be damned if I can see any justification for what they’re doing.
Mind you, given the number of people getting infected twice, thrice or more, the supposed natural immunity seems to be a godsend.
schools back, no masking, no mitigation; Pubs open, restaurants open, no mitigation; Super spreader events sponsored, failure to ensure widespread ventilation measures – one could reasonably draw certain conclusions.
The power of vaccines has waned, but there is still enough protection to save lives. We don’t know how long that will take.
Some time ago, research by the Dáil Library suggested that around 114,500 people could be suffering from Long Covid – the serious illness many suffer after contracting the coronavirus.
The free spread of infections means there will be many more of them. Those who have long suffered from Covid tell us that it can be a malignant disease. Nobody knows how this will affect the healthcare system.
If the infections in the schools mean that a proportion of today’s young teachers with long Covid are entering middle age, it means that they will become ill more often in the decades to come.
Consider the cost in five, 10, and 20 years if schools need to hire substitute teachers as routine replacements.
According to Nancy Pelosi, the world is in awe of Micheál Martin. Some of us are rather skeptical in this direction.
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