Democrats have a warning for America’s omicron-infested citizens: get vaccinated and keep going.
Democratic cities and governments from New York to California are trying to keep businesses and schools running with a zeal they haven’t shown in the epidemic previously.
The Sudden Change of Tone
Mayor Lori Lightfoot chastised teachers for not returning to their schools in Chicago, where a school board conflict shut down the country’s third-largest education department.
“It’s time to call it quits.” Last Monday, Lightfoot told Chicago citizens, “We are holding firm.”
Even as COVID cases rise in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom, as well as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, vow the Super Bowl will be held in Los Angeles.
Governor Jared Polis of Colorado announced the “end of the medical crisis” and stated unvaccinated people are to fault if they become ill.
There should be no vaccine mandate for hospitals, for federal workers, or for anyone. 1) The vaccines don't stop infection or transmission. 2) According to Fauci, "everyone will get Omicron." 3) Healthcare workers who are COVID+ are now being forced to care for sick patients.
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) January 13, 2022
To contain the spread of the illness, Democrats moved farther than Republicans in closing down companies, mandating social separation, and requiring masks.
Blue state officials, faced with fatigued and disillusioned voters, lost the appetite for stringent shutdowns as the country enters its third pandemic year, gripped by another variant-fueled wave.
Some say those early pandemic efforts harmed people financially and contributed to a mental crisis among isolated schoolchildren.
Rather than facing backlash from Republican primary voters, Democrats now have to deal with left-wing opponents who accuse them of selling away public health to keep businesses afloat.
Teachers, healthcare workers, and aviation employees’ unions claim authorities aren’t offering enough testing and masks.
They say authorities should consider implementing temporary restrictions until the omicron spike subsides.
Democratic officials are aware, however, that Conservative Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia gubernatorial race in November by turning to disgruntled parents.
“There’s a real societal consequence I don’t believe has been part of the messaging [until lately],” said Doug Rubin, a senior consultant who has worked with a number of notable Massachusetts Liberals.
The Great Barrington Declaration posed a threat to Fauci because he wanted to maintain the illusion of a scientific consensus in support of lockdown. That was a big lie at the heart of Fauci's testimony yesterday (and throughout the epidemic).
— Jay Bhattacharya (@DrJBhattacharya) January 13, 2022
“Democrats recognized this has political ramifications. They witnessed the potentially bad consequences of disregarding some of these concerns in Virginia and New Jersey.”
Is It Because of Vaccines?
As COVID vaccinations were more commonly accessible, Democrats grew more confident in their ability to keep businesses open.
Early evidence indicated omicron, whereas more transmissible, has fewer fatality rates and severe hospitalizations.
After two years of dissatisfaction, more Americans seem willing to tolerate increased risks, in return for things being open.
Last month, Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, admitted slashing the suggested isolation period in half was motivated by a desire “to keep our civilization working smoothly.”
Six in ten Americans, particularly 63% of Democrats, said they were “worn out” by COVID’s toll on their everyday lives.
This was admitted in a mid-December Monmouth College survey when the first omicron cases surfaced in the United States.