We plummeted from fool to fool — to proud and rude ignorance

We live in an ignorant era.

Now it’s clear that this is certainly indisputable to those who are paying attention. Tucker Carlson finally said from Senator Tim Scott’s claim that “awakened supremacy is as bad as white supremacy” from a parliamentary rebel who thought he was attacking the White House. Until then, ignorance is predominant.

Still, it’s worth noting what happened recently in Tennessee, even by that suspicious standard. Under pressure from Republican lawmakers, the state has fired Dr. Michel Fiscus, chief immunity officer, and stopped the spread of all vaccines to young people, according to Brett Kelman of the Tennessee newspaper in Nashville. did. The sin of Fiscus? She is working to increase access to COVID-19 shots among children.

Specifically, she sent a letter to her healthcare provider and was legally permitted to vaccinate children over the age of 14 without parental consent under the state’s “mature minor doctrine.” I was reminded that I was doing it. According to Fiscus, the letter, written in response to a request for guidance from the people who manage the shots, was scrutinized by the Governor’s Office, using words drafted by a lawyer at the Ministry of Public Health.

Nevertheless, it infuriated some state legislators. They used words such as “extreme disappointment” and “blame” to talk about closing the health sector. Some anonymous people even sent a dog muzzle to Fiscus. She was then fired and the state stopped all vaccination campaigns for young people.

This means that there are no postcards, social media nudges, flyers or ads, school events, or outreach sent to remind kids to take shots. And beware of everything, not just COVID, but measles, mumps, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis, polio, and more.


COVID vaccination rate is less than stellar.

When experts are tracking the rise of deadly new COVID variants.

It’s hard to imagine being slower, more dangerous, short-sighted, and really bad at bass than what Tennessee and its lawmakers have shown.

Unfortunately, this is perfect for this country’s brand of this era. Stephen Colbert coined the term “truth” to describe a departure from the right-wing objective facts in the 2000s, and some of us began to say that they live in “substitutional reality.” I did. If you disagree with the basic facts in a newspaper column or speech, how can you make a meaningful discourse?

A few years later, I feel that concern is too abstract. The threat turned out to be more visceral and urgent than any of us could have imagined. Yes, some people live in different realities. But even worse, when they have the power to impose their reality on the rest of us. That’s what we see in Tennessee and elsewhere, and the results are as tragic as predictable and preventable.

They say ignorance is bliss. But that’s not the case.

Ignorance is fever.

Ignorance is chills.

Ignorance is difficult to breathe.

Ignorance is an empty seat at the table, and the bedroom suddenly becomes available.

Ignorance is death.

And while the saying isn’t true, can you imagine if ignorance was really blissful? Disney theme parks need to find new slogans.

For now, Tennessee will be the happiest place on earth.

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