Kelly Ernby, a deputy district attorney (46) in Orange County, California, died last week of complications from the coronavirus last week after opposing vaccine mandates.
Sad, right? Not if you’re a cold-hearted Leftist like Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik who on Monday encouraged readers to publicly mock the deaths of anti-vaxxers, calling his stance a “necessary” evil.
From his column:
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.
There may be no other way to make sure that the lessons of these teachable moments are heard.
Ernby reportedly died at home, but others of her ilk took up hospital beds that may accordingly have been denied to others in great need of treatment for non-COVID conditions.
Pleas for ‘civility’ are a fraud. Their goal is to blunt and enfeeble criticism and distract from its truthfulness. Typically, they’re the work of hypocrites.
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.
But let’s not mince words: Her campaigns against public health measures negated whatever good she may have done in her other endeavors. 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.
At the risk of sounding less than insightful, what an evil jerk.
Matt Vespa of Townhall.com has more:
Liberals have an incessant need to lecture. It’s part of their moral superiority complex. They need to explain why they’re right. The irony being that they’re almost always wrong. No one really dwells on this subject, except the Left. It’s concern trolling at its worst and this op-ed from The LA Times is a clear MVP winner in that category. Liberals are not sad the unvaccinated are dead. They are happy. They love it, even though they’re the ones who are teeming with COVID now. The stigma associated with getting the virus is because of liberals. They made it a thing, and now they’re eating it. COVID is here to stay. It’s endemic. Everyone is going to catch it eventually, but it was liberal America who mocked the areas not dominated by them, which is most of the country, for having outbreaks.
The whole piece is nauseating in its self-righteousness. Again, liberals are their own worst enemy. If I was unvaccinated and read this column, I would certainly double down in not getting the shot. The woman was against mandates. That’s her right as an American, dude. Deal with it.
The COVID death count is also totally off, with the CDC now saying that they’ll have to sift through those who died from COVID and with COVID. The new number will certainly be revised down, with those who died from the virus, some 75 percent of the total, being gravely ill and suffering from not one but at least four comorbidities. A contagious airborne virus where we had no vaccine or therapeutics at the time hitting the elderly and infirmed—of course, people were going to die. The virus still has a 99 percent survivability rate. Fauci admitted store-bought masks were useless, you going to hit him on that. Cloth masks don’t work either obviously, but Fauci was out there saying any face covering was acceptable. Plexiglass does nothing. The lockdowns didn’t work. There are just as many arguments that shred the narratives of the COVID panic porn peddlers that even the CDC is now cutting down the quarantine time. Word on the street is that by year’s end COVID will be declared endemic. That means no need for COVID vaccine passports, mask-wearing, or any of the other measures that never worked.
But yes, let’s bash this woman who died because she just didn’t know she was wrong, and I was right. Yeah, that will really win more folks to your cause, genius. As of now, any messaging about vaccination is useless. We have three. They’re readily available. Those who don’t want to take it will not be persuaded. Not now. Not in six months. It’s over. And again, mocking dead people doesn’t help; liberals are their own worst enemy.