One moment, you think you’ve caught the leftists at their worst. They might be bailing out rioters, championing the bloody ideology of socialism, or doing something equally detestable, and you think you’ve got them. Then they go and do something even worse.
Most recently, that “something even worse” was quite bad, with an LA Times columnist saying, and yes, this is real, that it’s “necessary” to mock anti-vaxxers when they die of Covid. That’s right, if you don’t want the jab, they think you should be laughed at while you die.
Specifically, the LA Times article, written by columnist Michael Hiltzik, was first titled ‘Why Shouldn’t We Dance On The Graves of Anti-Vaxxers?’. The basic gist of it, as could be guessed from the original, reprehensible title, is that those that don’t get the jabbed should be mocked when they die.
However, apparently the first title was too evil even for the leftist hacks at the LA Times. So, they first renamed it ‘Mocking anti-vaxxers’ deaths is ghoulish, yes — but necessary’, but then changed it again to ‘Mocking anti-vaxxers’ COVID deaths is ghoulish, yes — but may be necessary’.
Given the horrific content, fiddling with the title seems a bit like rearranging deck chairs in the gulag archipelago, but leftists have never been ones to care much for the important things.
In any case, the horrific content is what you’d expect from someone who would think to write such a terrible article in the first place. As can be expected, Hiltzik begins the article uncharitably, writing:
Among all the ways that COVID-19 affects our lives, the pandemic confronts us with a profound moral dilemma:
How should we react to the deaths of the unvaccinated?
On the one hand, a hallmark of civilized thought is the sense that every life is precious.
On the other, those who have deliberately flouted sober medical advice by refusing a vaccine known to reduce the risk of serious disease from the virus, including the risk to others, and end up in the hospital or the grave can be viewed as receiving their just deserts.
“Receiving their just deserts.” Really? People who decide they don’t want a certain medicine deserve it if they die?
And Hiltzik doesn’t end it there. She goes on, using the sad death of Kelly Ernby as the basis, to justify those that make fun of those that are against the jab.
First, beginning the story and setting up her defense of those that “dance on the graves” of anti-vaxxers, she writes:
Some online commenters greeted [Ernby’s] demise with glee, provoking her political friends to push back against what Ben Chapman, a Costa Mesa GOP official, called “bigotry and hate” directed against her.
My colleague Nicholas Goldberg recently lamented eloquently the rift in the social fabric that this species of callous commentary represents…I have a slightly different take.
Then, after a long dissertation on why she supports jab mandates and think people like Ms. Ernby are horrible for being against them, she says:
[…]what, then, is the proper response to the deaths of anti-vaxxers or other determined foes of public health? First, we must acknowledge that the enemies needing to be stamped out are the misinformation, lies and stupidity being injected into the fight against COVID.
Second, we must view every one of these deaths as a teachable moment. They demonstrate in the most vivid way imaginable the folly of vaccine refusal and of flouting responsible public health measures. They underscore the dire consequences of turning public health into a partisan football.
Kelly Ernby’s friends and family ask us to remember her for her career as a public servant and as a devoted spouse and mother. But let’s not mince words: Her campaigns against public health measures negated whatever good she may have done in her other endeavors.
And, finally, as if all that weren’t enough, Hiltzik says:
It may be not a little ghoulish to celebrate or exult in the deaths of vaccine opponents. And it may be proper to express sympathy and solicitude to those they leave behind.
But mockery is not necessarily the wrong reaction to those who publicly mocked anti-COVID measures and encouraged others to follow suit, before they perished of the disease the dangers of which they belittled.
Nor is it wrong to deny them our sympathy and solicitude, or to make sure it’s known when their deaths are marked that they had stood fast against measures that might have protected themselves and others from the fate they succumbed to.
That’s right; if you are against jab mandates or forced masking, she thinks you should die and be mocked. Yikes.
This story syndicated with permission from Will – Trending Politics