Friday, February 11, 2022

Church of God International and the Canadian Truck Protest

 

Banned comment:  Agree or disagree with the truckers protesting in Canada, Europe and soon to be here in the US, it is every thinking person's right. However, that is not the point of the article below. It is about how the Church of God International has now blatantly entered the political playing field and are endorsing political actions, figureheads, and causes around them, both from the pulpit and in print. Adrian Davis is now taking this message to Rumble where he is seeking to gain a new following of readers to his pseudo-religious/political message. CGI apparently stepped in and told him to stop using CGI's platforms for his political messages and in a spirit of rebellion jumped into Rumble. Politics has already created division in CGI, just as it has in society around us.

How can any COG member ever trust a minister spouting political crap when they can't even be trusted to be grace-filled leaders that treat members with respect and preach about Jesus?


CGI Canada’s Freedom Convoy



Church of God International Pastor Adrian Davis of Burlington, Canada wants the world to know that the folks in Tyler, Texas are not going to silence him! In defiance of that church’s leadership, Davis delivered Part 3 of his now infamous sermon series “Closer Than A Brother” this past Sabbath (5 February 2022). He announced: “We are trying out a new platform – that is the Rumble platform.” He claims that he was instructed to not use the church’s main platform if he intended to talk about something controversial (He was actually instructed to stop talking about Covid vaccinations and mandates). Hence, his decision to “Rumble.”

For those who may be unfamiliar with the site, Rumble is the preferred platform of folks like Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, Sean Hannity, and Donald Trump. Why would the Pastor decide to use the preferred platform of Trumpists? As his message continued, the answer to that question became clear. Pastor Davis announced that he wanted to speak about the Covid vaccination mandate protest by Canadian truckers known in some circles as “The Freedom Convoy.” Fortunately, as of this writing, Davis’ long-winded sermon (over an hour in length) had only garnered thirteen “rumbles” (an indication of the post’s popularity).

He began his message by referencing the book Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents by Ron Dreher. Davis used the book to draw an analogy to the experiences of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn when he was under the thumb of Soviet totalitarianism. According to the pastor, the Christian church should “refuse to live by lies” (meaning we should resist vaccine mandates and attempts to suppress our lies about them). He went on to compare the situation in the U.S. to the former totalitarian regimes of Eastern Europe. “We are clearly headed towards some kind of totalitarianism,” he warned.

Pastor Davis went on to ask: “What does the Freedom Convoy of 2022 mean to Christians?” He said that elders must resist efforts to suppress them speaking out against mandates – that they must “speak the truth from Scripture.” To underscore his point, Davis referenced Daniel’s behavior when a law was promulgated which forbade the worship of anyone but the King. In other words, according to the pastor, Daniel clearly resisted a government mandate in this instance by continuing to do what he’d always done (praying to God). He said that Daniel was willing to face the consequences of his actions, but Davis never really addressed the subject of whether or not he would be willing to accept any sanctions for his own behavior.

Davis then went on to commend his colleague Murray Palmatier’s diatribe against church leadership’s restrictions on Covid misinformation from the pulpit. From there, the pastor proceeded to decry the “mob rule” of the Black Lives Matter movement, but he chose not to mention what happened on Jan 6, 2021 in the same vein. Davis then proceeded to proclaim that mandates were getting more and more restrictive (this despite the fact that many states have eased restrictions as Omicron numbers have declined). He went on to bemoan the fact that America used to be the “beacon of freedom” in the world, but that Canada had now replaced America as the symbol of freedom in the world (the implication being that the Freedom Convoy had earned them that title). Davis gleefully declared that the convoy which began in Ottawa had now spread around the world – pushing back against those horrible mandates!

From there, the pastor proceeded to bemoan the “post Christian world” that currently exists and gave voice to his longing for the good old days when America and Canada were Christian nations. According to Davis, both of those countries are moving toward a Marxist ethic. As I listened to Davis, I couldn’t help but wonder about the rest of the world! Isn’t he supposed to be part of the Church of God International! I am waiting for the pastor to suggest that they change the name of the church to something less globalist in outlook! Continuing in the same vein, the pastor went on to bemoan the current “assault on logic” – that “a man can be a woman” (the pastor appears to be transfixed by this whole question of gender identity). Before finishing his diatribe, the pastor got in one more jab at the very immoral BLM movement.

Nevertheless, not all is hopeless! It is very clear that the pastor finds great joy and solace in “The Freedom Convoy.” He said that we simply cannot ignore all of those trucks disrupting our supply chain. He claimed that this was justified because mandates are evil. He went on to say that the convoy is breaking the spell created by this mass formation mob which supports vaccine mandates. Davis also made clear that he is mad at Prime Minister Trudeau for calling the truckers a fringe minority. He then proceeded to decry the Prime Minister’s Marxist leanings and said that he should respect the truckers and what they are trying to accomplish. According to Davis, these are good people just trying to stand up for their God-given rights.

In a final gasp of madness, Pastor Davis went on to compare “The Freedom Convoy” protest to the Christian Passover! He underscored their courage and commitment as the very values that underpin that Holy day. For the pastor, it is unconscionable for those carnal truckers to have taken this stand against mandates while Christians meekly do what they’re told to do! If Christians could only find their courage, Pastor Davis mused that the coming Passover could be the most meaningful one ever! He went on to decry the “fear of death” which motivates those nasty mandates; but he never mentions his own fear that the vaccine might kill him, or that he is afraid of government totalitarianism. Clearly, for Pastor Davis, Christians should not fear dying from Covid-19. According to him, we have the resurrection to look forward to, and he compared death to falling asleep (there is no mention of the fact that Scripture also refers to death as our enemy). I have to say that this part of his sermon made me the most nauseous. I felt like saying that many of us on the other side of this issue also have hope in the resurrection!

Pastor Davis concluded his message with more praise for the truckers. He claimed that they should not be compared to those evil BLM people who were trying to burn down cities (even though the truckers are literally trying to burn down the supply chain in an attempt to blackmail the Canadian government into eliminating a vaccine mandate). According to Davis, most of the world lives under the “rule of whim” (implying that there is no justification for wanting to vaccinate everyone). He went on to say that “When the government fears the people, you have democracy.” Davis said that he believes that totalitarians derive their power from Satan (even though Scripture states that God places rulers in positions of authority). According to Davis, if the convoy’s blackmail is successful, they will have pushed back against the advance of Marxist totalitarianism. He finished with a shout-out to the personification of that can do American Spirit, Donald Trump (and his chief supporter Bill Watson), and Davis made clear that his hat is off to those glorious Canadian truckers. Me thinks that CGI has a big problem on its hands!

--Lonnie Hendrix

38 comments:

Tonto said...

COG folks, and others, believe that in the future, there will be some kind of physical , forced procedure , done perhaps as a "mark of the beast".

Thus mandated physical intrusion, such as a vaccination , is viewed as a governmental over reach, that potentially leads down the pathway of the "Mark of the Beast".

Whether you are in sympathy to such a position or not, the concept of "My Body, My Choice" in regards to vaccinations, is a valid freedom and libertarian cause and statement.

Incidentally, Im vaccinated, boosted, and had Covid as well. I say "bust the gate doing 98, let those truckers roll - TEN FOUR"!


Anonymous said...

If only COG ministers preached Christ resurrected as much as they stick their noses into politics. For a church that does not vote they are sure hypocritical in their political stances.

Miller Jones/Lonnie C Hendrix said...

Tonto,

People are entitled to their political and religious beliefs and opinions, but they are NOT entitled to espouse them from the pulpit! Jesus Christ gave his Church a commission (which has NOTHING to do with warning the English-speaking folks of the world). As for the Mark of the Beast, even if you buy into the absurd notion that a vaccine mandate is that Mark, your obligation as a Christian is to not get it - period. According to the prophecy, non-Christians are going to receive the Mark (whatever it is). Finally, these folks talk about libertarianism and freedom, but I'm wondering how it can be construed by anyone as fair and democratic for a fringe minority to blackmail the rest of us into adopting their position? Isn't that the same argument that these folks use against BLM?

RSK said...

A CGI ministurd reciting talking points from social media memes. Hmm, feel like Ive seen this somewhere before...

Miller Jones/Lonnie C Hendrix said...

Looking at my last comment, I realized that the opening sentence is poorly worded. Hopefully, Tonto and everyone else understands that I was talking about political beliefs/opinions not being espoused from the pulpit (obviously, the pulpit is for religious beliefs - constrained by the doctrinal positions of the organization on whose behalf you are speaking).

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ didn’t agree with the view that there are many religions, many roads, all leading to salvation. Rather, he said: “Narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it.”
And since Jesus said I will build my church we must try to find where and what is the true church that Jesus Christ built.

Miller Jones/Lonnie C Hendrix said...

You won't find it within any manmade organizations! The ekklesia is composed of everyone who has God's Holy Spirit - period.

RSK said...

What does that have to do with the post?

Anonymous said...

Are people entitled to espouse their political beliefs from the pulpit? Of course they are. It's called freedom of association and property rights. What Miller Jones conveniently ignores is that the American Democratic party is fundamentally a religion. The mainstream media are their priests. Mis-labeling this as "politics" is intellectual dishonesty.
Mr Jones can weep and gnash his teeth as CGI ministers exercise their constitutional right of speaking out against this Biden theocracy that's trying to shove it's religion down everyones throat.

Anonymous said...

Miller Jones no pal God's church is unified not a bunch of scattered people.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:45, Did you even read this post?!

Questeruk said...

Tonto said..."Whether you are in sympathy to such a position or not, the concept of "My Body, My Choice" in regards to vaccinations, is a valid freedom and libertarian cause and statement."

My Body, My Choice - would you apply that to abortion too Tonto?

Anonymous said...

This is just more evidence that most Armstrongites are either quite stupid, or very insecure. Wait until they see what favor this curries once the real totalitarians who are pretending and laying back take power and start putting all the dissidents and free thinkers into FEMA camps. The Germans won't have to do what we were taught to fear. We're going to do it to ourselves.

Anonymous said...

This is just more evidence that most Armstrongites are either quite stupid, or very insecure. Wait until they see what favor this curries once the real totalitarians who are pretending and laying back take power and start putting all the dissidents and free thinkers into FEMA camps. The Germans won't have to do what we were taught to fear. We're going to do it to ourselves.

NeoDromos νέο δρόμος said...

This is a repeat of something I wrote a few posts ago. I think it is applicable here. I am puzzled by Armstrongists who sound like they come from the libertarian crowd or from the far-right wing. It is strange to hear Armstrongists appealing to legal rights to justify what is said from the pulpit. Always in the past, church governance held sway - legal rights be dashed. With this particular Splinterist preacher, an inflection of viewpoint has occurred sometime in the past. Excerpt follows:

The voice of Classical Armstrongism:

"The Plain Truth is not politically affiliated. It is not "left wing." It is not "right wing."...Jesus did not enter into this world's politics, nor did his disciples. He did not try to reform or overthrow Caesar's government. He did not try to make this a better world. Rather, he preached about a radically different world to come and called his followers out of participation in this world's imperfect, humanly devised politics! He said, "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36)." (Keith Stump, Plain Truth Magazine, July-August, 1985)

First, are you a Classical Armstrongist or are you not? If you are Classical, HWA's stand on politics is quite apparent. The statement quote above indicates a prescriptive apolitical stance. I recall HWA saying, and could probably find a quote if I wanted to take the time, that any time in history that the church tried to engage in politics to defend itself rather than trusting in God, the outcome was really bad. So does the shoe fit?

Second, are you a Post-Classical Armstrongist? If you believe that your committment to Armstrongism inherently implies a certain location on the political spectrum (likely somewhere around the Trumpian mark), you have forsaken Classical Armstrongism. Maybe your entire denomination has forsaken Classical Armstrongism. Maybe your favorite speaker at Sabbath services has lost his way on the bewildering Post-Classical landscape. If you can blithely modify HWA's inspired pronouncements on the important topic of politics, maybe you need to review why you believe anything that HWA ever said. Does it make sense that you believe what he said about unclean foods but don't believe what he said about politics?

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Anonymous said...

Anon 5:37 Christ can free you from your conspiracy theories.

Earl said...

Lonnie,
While not a fan of any of the cogs, I will point out that Dreher is concerned about a totalitarian mindset in this country now and that several mentioned in his book that lived through the 80’s resistance to Eastern Europe totalitarian also make the comparison. Solzhenitsyn did too in the past.
We are living under a peculiar U.S. post Truth culture. There were lies and the canceling of voices during the pandemic; some of these voices were later shown accurate. Several drs i know that were against ivermectin now have read enough studies to say, “yes. Ivermectin does provide some benefit.”
The mainstream medicine protease inhibitor tablets are very beneficial against covid, but they haven’t been distributed even though they are safer than the mRNA platform applied to spike proteins.
Those tablets would have saved and continue to save lives. But, the vaccine is the thing despite the maneuverability of omicron around it. If there isn’t some sort of conspiracy/duplicity/pharmaceutically influenced nature to the treatment of covid, the government surely behaved/bumbled in a manner that fostered these beliefs.
The political parties have positioned themselves as pro Christian freedom vs antithetical to much of Christian doctrine, so it’s not as divisive within Christianity to favor one party over the other.

Even a liberal progressive feminist like Naomi Wolfe is noting the totalitarian nature of our societal opinions particularly on the left. She was being marginalized for noting young women were having negative side effects to the vax.
She wrote that there are principalities at work and wonders whether we can right the ship without divine intervention…I thought she was agnostic before this. Anyway, she is going to incorporate the spiritual battles more in her writing.
Living not by lies is very relevant today.

Anonymous said...

Miller Jones/Lonnie C Hendrix said...

"fringe minority"

You just lost any credibility with this CNN spoon-fed falsehood.

Anonymous said...

It's not that one party is totalitarian and the other is not! Compromising for the greater good, so that each side gets a little of what they want has become a dirty concept. Debate, and persuading opponents of the validity of ones argument is a long game, and politicians on both sides have begun to take the short cut, and to simply impose their agenda on the general population to whatever extent is possible. They stack the courts, impose executive orders, work with the voting laws, redistrict the other party's strongholds, use the Department of Justice as a weapon, allocate resources to states of their own color code (red or blue), and people who fail to play ball get called Rinos and Dinos.

The problem with partisan people is that recognize the totalitarianism in the opposing party, but don't realize that their own party has become infected and rotten with it as well. Someone who votes issues like me, rather than platform or personality, ends up eating the totalitarianism of which ever party is in power. A truism has been that minorities and women suffer the most, but all the little guys in the middle suffer as well.

I used to say that America is like a pole supported by guy wires. You want the pole to be straight up and down. So, when the Democrat guy wire makes it lean too much to the left, you vote Republican so that their guy wire pulls stronger to the right, straightening the pole. When they become too powerful and it gets pulled too far to the right, you vote for the Democrats to pull it back to the straight position. The problem has become that the parties both realized this, so whenever either comes into power, right away they hit hard, imposing their entire agenda, pulling the country either hard right or hard left. Law isn't law any more. It's Republican law and Democrat law, and it changes every time there is a change in administration. That's not a formula which supports stability and longevity.

BP8 said...

Miller/Lonnie

Politics and corrupt religion aside, let's not forget the very words of Jesus Christ himself (which makes it a part of the Great Commission), concerning our individual obligation and protection against falsehood:

Matthew 24:4 "Take heed that NO ONE deceive you!!!" The apostle Paul, following the Great Commission, echoes the same sentiment in 2Thess 2:3a, "let no man deceive you by any means"!

These simple stand alone scriptures sound like a WARNING to me, and yes, they do include "politics"! No, we will never do it perfectly because we ourselves are not perfect. But we can work at it, instead of trusting the "experts" to do it for us.

Miller Jones/Lonnie C Hendrix said...

Paul said that Christians should not get entangled in civilian affairs. We are to be "strangers and pilgrims" on the earth - nomads who are inexorably moving toward the Promised Land. We are supposed to be citizens of the Kingdom of God, NOT partisans of human parties, ideologies or systems! It is NOT our job to support and perpetuate the beast or the Babylonian system. We are supposed to be on the team that overcomes and supplants it! Those who try to ride the tiger usually end up in its stomach!

The commission which Christ gave to his disciples is very straightforward. He said: "go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you." (Matthew 28:19-20) NEWS FLASH: We are NOT Ezekiel, and the English-speaking peoples of the world are NOT Israel! Our work and message should be the one that Christ gave us - It is NOT our job to warn America away from its sins and save democracy and capitalism (whatever their merits compared to other systems of governance and economic activity, THEY ARE STILL HUMAN SYSTEMS!

NeoDromos νέο δρόμος said...

I am always dumbfounded by people who can take issues such as vaccination or ivermectin - issues that are susceptible to scientific appraisal - and bandy them about like they were political quandaries. And at the same time ignore the overt disinformation being spewed about January 6th - clearly an insurrection like we have not seen since the Civil War. Any painful dissonance generated is then treated with the panacea of conspiracy theory.

This I believe is the greatest post-truth phenomenon on the American scene. It is a meme that says that propaganda is the truth and the results of the scientific method are falsehood. And it is a meme with a growing fan base. Christ said that truth will make you free. If that is so, and I believe it is, what we now see is nearly half of the American electorate, insulated by comforting delusion, marching into enslavement, all the while proclaiming their libertarian rights.

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BP8 said...

Miller/Lonnie

Most of what you say at 658 about human systems I agree with, although I would apply it more broadly to include the current affairs and corrupt systems like the medical profession and pharmaceutical industry, of which most on this site seem to trust explicitedly. Christ's and Paul's warnings about "deception" are indeed fundamental parts of the Great Commission and are proof that we don't live in a vacuum but in a real world where everything that happens should concern us. No -it's not our job to warn America or any nation, but individuals who happen to live anywhere on this planet. Isn't that what the Great Commission implies?

BP8 said...

Miller/Lonnie

Most of what you say at 658 about human systems I agree with, although I would apply it more broadly to include the current affairs and corrupt systems like the medical profession and pharmaceutical industry, of which most on this site seem to trust explicitedly. Christ's and Paul's warnings about "deception" are indeed fundamental parts of the Great Commission and are proof that we don't live in a vacuum but in a real world where everything that happens should concern us. No -it's not our job to warn America or any nation, but individuals who happen to live anywhere on this planet. Isn't that what the Great Commission implies?

Tonto said...

QUESRUK ASKS ; My Body, My Choice - would you apply that to abortion too Tonto?

No. A baby has a unique DNA , and thus is a seperate body. My comment is to use the that historic rhetoric of abortionists against itself, in another arena.

Anonymous said...

A baby has a unique DNA, and thus is a seperate body.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have unique RNA. Think about that.

Anonymous said...

I knew we were in the post truth era when some people made a big deal over being fact checked. They wrapped themselves in the Bill of Rights and complained that the fact checking and resultant disclaimers were an impingement on their First Amendment rights. Imagine! They were literally fighting for their right to spread the disinformation that would assist them in winning the election (Disinformation is one of the things which we used to use as an example of how Russian communism was morally inferior to our own system.)

By the way, anybody who watches television knows that the medical and pharmaceutical industries are fallible. You have a commercial about a particular drug, and its wonderous healing properties, with the advice to ask your doctor if it is right for you. Next commercial is for a lawyer who is conducting a class action suit on behalf of those who have been irreparably harmed by the very same drug! The pharmaceutical companies know going in that a small percentage of the people who take their drugs will experience adverse effects. A calculated trade off has been made. It is relatively inexpensive to settle with the few so that the vast majority can experience the positive effects. A cost-benefit based decision has been made. So, it required absolutely zero foresight to know that there would be those who would suffer side effects from the Covid medications. There is always going to be someone, who for some reason, attempts to magnify the small percentage of bad beyond all proportion in an attempt to draw attention to themselves or to create a revolution. And, the naturally fearful begin parroting all their drivel in an attempt to appear far more intelligent than they actually are. The funniest part of this is that the anti crowd believes that their resistance and refusal is somehow patriotic and loyal to the guy who drove the pharma companies to develop the drugs. Since when do we demonstrate loyalty by trashing our hero's supreme accomplishment??? Cocoa Puffs, anyone?

Miller Jones/Lonnie C Hendrix said...

Great analysis Anonymous 2/12 @ 5:01! I always preferred Lucky Charms.

Anonymous said...

January 6 was an unarmed protest. Without weapons this is obviously a short-lived endeavor.

Earl said...

One of those people seeing an issue was the feminist progressive Naomi Wolfe in regards to serious issues with the vaccine for young women. Young women are the adult demographic with the least concern of death or hospitalization from covid. Wolfe pointed out the potential cost for these young women was greater than the benefit the vaccine held. There was no need to magnify anything.
People can say what they want, but ivermectin does generally help those with covid if begun early. Not a magic bullet but the science indicates it helps even if the mechanism is not fully understood. But, people were canceled and called quacks for saying such a thing.
Having worked as a chemist, I will generally reject those spitting voices that start with “the science says”.
Ivermectin was not as effective as the pharmaceutically produced protease inhibitor tablets, but those are not being distributed so ivermectin or hcq is being used and generally to some benefit.
It may well be that the republican/democrat parties will give way to collectivist vs freedom to choose/speak.
I accept Lonnie’s points to a degree, but it seems if one group becomes identified as against Christianity and the importance of freedom and free speech then I would expect Christian churches to support the group counter to that.

Miller Jones/Lonnie C Hendrix said...

Tonto and Questeruk,

With regard to "My Body, My Choice," I was waiting for someone else to comment (didn't want to monopolize the conversation, but I will contribute (since no one else availed themselves of the opportunity). First, I should say that I am personally opposed to abortion (I believe that human life begins at conception). However, this "Pro-choice" statement is consistent with the stance of the anti-vaxxers. Using this argument, we would expect "Pro-Choice" folks to be against vaccine mandates, and "Pro-life" folks to support mandates. After all, those of us in the "Pro-life" camp are advocating for the protection of an innocent life - just as vaccine mandates are intended to protect the vulnerable among the general population. "My Body, My Choice" suggests that a woman should be in full control of her body at all times - even when she becomes pregnant.

Earl,

I understand and appreciate the points you are making. Moreover, as you and others have pointed out, the pharmaceutical industry has some real black marks against it (that generally happens when profit becomes the primary motivation). However, it is also undeniable that science and the pharmaceutical industry have improved and extended the lives of many people. This is a primary example of the point I was trying to make with this post. When we become partisans of one side or the other, we tend to only see an issue from that perspective - We lose the ability to discern any merit or value in the other side's opinion.

Every society that has ever existed (or will ever exist in the future - including the Christian Church and God's Kingdom) has seen fit to place restrictions on individual freedoms and liberty - the only legitimate or real debate is about when such restrictions are warranted. Moreover, when that decision is made, there are generally consequences for those who choose not to comply. For Christians, Scripture tells us that we must ALWAYS submit to whatever consequences society decides to impose upon us (even when we are in the right - on God's side of the issue). Of course, if you're not a Christian, you're under no such obligation.

Anonymous said...

5.01 PM
"A cost-benefit based decision has been made."

The complaint is that the cure is worst than the disease. So it is not based on a medical cost-benefit analysis. Rather it is based on an ideology which says that throwing a certain percentage of the population under the bus is acceptable for the sake of that political vision. Which is also how HWA would have justified lying to his members non stop. To him, all those harmed by his 1975 teaching was acceptable "collateral damage." Tell that to all those who lost to the will to live as 1975 approached. Shame on you for advocating such a utilitarian point of view.

Miller Jones/Lonnie C Hendrix said...

3:06,

Any decision that we make collectively is going to negatively impact some individuals. Some folks will have a negative reaction to the vaccine, a few will even die. So far, the data suggests that many more people will die or develop long-term complications from contracting the Covid-19 virus than from being vaccinated. We generally try to make public health decisions that will benefit the most people possible. That may sound utilitarian to you - I call it compassionate common sense.

Anonymous said...

"My Body, My Choice - would you apply that to abortion too Tonto?

Friday, February 11, 2022 at 4:55:00 PM PST"



I see no reason for it not to apply to abortion. Don't get pregnant. Once you're pregnant it's not just your body that is affected.

Anonymous said...

No, 3:06, you are wrong. Of and by themselves, the pharmaceuticsl companies working with the FDA would have required years to bring the anti-Covid vaccines to approval and marketability. Donald Trump drove them to warp speed and was quick to take the credit when the "miracle" quickly came to fruition. Democrats were suspicious of Trump's "re-election" vaccine. Republicans were proud of their president and happy. Then came the election, and incessant audits and lawsuits have proven that Biden won the election fair and square. So, he inherited the pandemic and the vaccine. Suddenly, in partisan peoples' minds, Trump's vaccine became Biden's, and the short term memory loss victims who support Donald Trump began very vocally boycotting "his" vaccine, promoting fish tank cleansers, and other valueless alternatives on social media, and exaggerating the failure rates of the actual vaccine. The vaccine represents our best hope for minimizing the damages caused by Covid 19, despite the fraudulent and ridiculous claims that are being made on the internet. The cure (it's not a cure, it is a vaccine!) is not worse than the disease itself. To claim that is a case of partisanship being used to "Trump" science, in an effort to recapture power.

All that protests such as the ones organized by truckers are accomplishing is to further disrupt supply chain issues, ultimately boosting or prolonging the cycle of inflation which is eating away at our buying power and savings. People quitting their jobs to defy mandates make it necessary for employers to use higher salaries as incentive to attract their replacements, which once again is inflationary. The fact is, I don't know a single individual who has died as a result of the vaccine. I had zero symptoms as a result of vaccination, not even a sore arm. I do know some people who still caught the virus in spite of being vaccinated, but their symptoms were extremely mild.

Sooner or later, vaccine issues are going to play themselves out in court. We'll know then whether the cure was worse than the disease. Unfortunately, given the current hysterical climate, we can already know that partisans won't even be persuaded by the results coming out of the courts.

RSK said...

Yes, the Age of Reason is long over, now replaced with the Age of Loudly Not Understanding Things. :)

Anonymous said...

Considering that the vaccine program could very well be part of the mark of the beast deception Mr. Davis could be correct in preaching about it and related activities.

https://conservativeplaylist.com/2022/02/14/pandemic-endgame-dr-vladimir-zelenko-deciphers-the-transhumanist-goals-of-schwab-and-gates-then-explains-how-we-win-in-the-end/

Even if you don't believe in the mark of the beast, you can't deny government control over your life as it is getting more invasive as time goes by. We know how governments feel about God. Governments don't like competition.

Earl said...

Lonnie and Anon 306, I hear you both. I think a country as diverse and large as the U.S. should be extremely reluctant to impose a collectivist rule. There is more diversity of opinion in the U.S. than in Europe, probably.

The more autonomy, the more humanizing of individuals (generally). The states and local governments need to have ultimate power and influence over the federal government. The federal government is far larger and encompassing than the founders intended and we are reaping the pains of that. The federal government is responsible for just over half of every dollar spent in the U.S. It is difficult for any organization to be non-partisan in light of that. And any organization that is seemingly non-partisan, does so out of fear generally. I don't think there is a moral imperative to do so.

Regarding Trump and the vaccine, the Dems made that a partisan issue from the get-go. Biden/Harris downplayed it and have some blood on their hands. The vaccine and Trump supporters' loyalty to Trump is not a conundrum. Many questioned the vaccine and voted for Trump. Many Trump supporters received the vaccine. NO PROBLEM.

There is a widely read article by an atheist liberal student that decided to go to the prestigious and conservative Hillsdale College last year after one year at liberal Bryn Mawr. She changed her tune mightily regarding the bigness of the conservative mind in contrast to the "liberal" mind.

Just thought it was interesting, not because you need to read it.