Take Some Responsibility

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.

Anti-vax protesters in California.

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.

Welcome to the 172nd day of consecutive posts here at YSDA. Thanks for reading!


Published by dave cieslewicz

Madison/Upper Peninsula based writer. Mayor of Madison, WI from 2003 to 2011.

3 thoughts on “Take Some Responsibility

  1. I got vaccinated back in May, as the idea of a ventilator or worse did not appeal to me. Lucky, these folks were not around in the 50’s when the Polio vaccine start been administrator. Third, to the unvaccinated crowd, look at in driving. You might be a great driver, but you don’t know about the other people on the road. So you be careful and aware and have insurance.

    I suspect most of the people reading this blog are vaccinated, so this goes out to any who have not got at least one shot.


  2. Dave – the CDC’s Rochelle Walensky has officially announced that the jab does not reduce transmissibility.

    PS – my post from yesterday, which does not appear to have made it here, points to the data that the hospitalized in Israel are as high as 90% vaccinated.

    Now what?


  3. more from the CDC – “Emerging evidence suggests that fully vaccinated persons who do become infected with the Delta variant are at risk for transmitting it to others,”

    and, from Dr. Robert Malone, one of the co-inventors of mRNA vaccine technology:
    “This is precisely what one would see if antibody dependent enhancement (ADE) was happening,” Malone said regarding higher virus levels among the vaccinated. “What is antibody dependent enhancement? Briefly, it’s that the vaccine causes the virus to become more infectious than would happen in the absence of vaccination, would cause the virus to replicate at higher levels than in the absence of infection.” (See further ADE explanation here)

    “This is the vaccinologist’s worst nightmare. It happened with the respiratory syncytial virus and in the ‘60s and caused more child deaths in vaccine recipients than unvaccinated. It happened with Dengvaxia, the dengue vaccine,” Malone continued.

    If Malone, and many other doctors, are correct, we are in for a world of hurt.

    I am hoping that the altruists have not paved the road to hell for themselves and many others.


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