On the heels of yesterday’s column about identity politics and the increased tendency to blame others for problems of our own making, comes this polling result.
A new Axios/Ipsos poll asked the unvaccinated who was to blame for the upsurge in COVID cases caused by the delta variant. Public health officials have told us that the variant is raging across the country because so many people stubbornly refuse the plentiful, free and effective shot in the arm. Yet, 37% of the unvaccinated blame people traveling to the U.S. from other countries, 27% blame mainstream media, 23% blame Americans traveling to other countries, 21% blame Biden and 10% blame the unvaccinated.
In other words, only one in ten unvaccinated Americans take responsibility for the mess they’ve created. (I get a particular kick out of the 27% who blame the media. What exactly are they blaming them for? The mainstream media has made the benefits of the vaccine abundantly clear.) That mess takes the form of a 142% increase in COVID infections and an 83% increase in COVID hospitalizations over the last couple of weeks. Health care workers are once again being stressed to the limit. Communities and businesses are once again finding it necessary to impose masking mandates — the very thing that most of the unvaxed balk at more than anybody else.
The conclusion is clear. If you refuse to get vaccinated you’re not taking personal responsibility for your own health and, more importantly, the health of others. You’re to blame for the increase in infections — not travelers, immigrants, the President or Lester Holt. You. And you’ve forfeited any credibility to complain about the loss of personal responsibility when it comes to education, crime, work or in any other realm.
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