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Evolution in Action?

Last week, Newsmax host Rob Schmitt was talking with a Texas A&M professor on the air, and got philosophical:

You know, one thing I’ve always thought, and maybe you can guide me on this because, obviously, I’m not a doctor. But I’ve always thought about vaccines, and I always think about just nature and the way everything works. And I feel like a vaccination in a weird way is just generally kind of going against nature. Like, I mean, if there is some disease out there — maybe there’s just an ebb and flow to life where something’s supposed to wipe out a certain amount of people, and that’s just kind of the way evolution goes. Vaccines kind of stand in the way of that. Do you follow what I’m saying? Does that make sense to somebody in medicine?

This seems very ironic to me. Schmitt is suggesting that nature is purposely killing off some specific population, and we shouldn’t mess with it.

However, maybe he is on to something there, but there is a twist. Almost all Covid-19 cases are among people who have not been vaccinated, and the people who refuse to be vaccinated are overwhelmingly white and Republican (and supporters of Donald Trump).

If these people are unwilling to protect themselves from a deadly disease (over 600,000 Americans have died from Covid), who are we to argue with Mother Nature and convince them to protect themselves?

© Mike Luckovich


  1. il-08 wrote:

    Sometime in the future, someone should look back and see what disenfranchised more voters, draconian voting laws passed by republican legislatures or anti-vaxers dying of COVID.

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 8:37 am | Permalink
  2. rk wrote:

    That sounds like a Christian Scientist view. But you could extend that argument to farming practices, or practically anything at all.

    When the first person used a fork to eat with, previously it was only for cooking, the church condemned the person for not using the fingers god gave us to eat with.

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 3:12 pm | Permalink
  3. Dan wrote:

    Sounds as if not getting vaccinated is just a more extreme form of voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 4:04 pm | Permalink
  4. paradoctor wrote:

    Pro-covid politics work on the rule that a high price for cult membership improves the loyalty of the cult’s marks. It’s less painful to double down on error than to admit it. 3% mortality is an acceptable loss rate, if the 97% who survive get to call their survival a triumph of the will over the facts.

    A 10% long-covid rate might dampen enthusiasm in the pro-virus faction. They’re a death cult, not a disability cult. Death solves all of life’s problems; disability adds to those problems. However, long covid will take some time to reveal its miseries; by then the death cult will find other ways to self-harm.

    Do not rely on covid to reduce pro-covid numbers enough to affect electoral politics, except maybe in close elections.

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 6:58 pm | Permalink
  5. ebdoug wrote:

    At a family reunion in 1983, I sat next to a family member that I had not met. Recently I read the book “Blood and Money in Hunt Country” a book written around that time. In it, it mentioned the family attitude to Richard Scaif. He was shunned. I can say to people who ask me how do I know the NewMax Information is false, that the whole large extended family shunned Richard Scaif due him starting the false news magazine.

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 5:08 pm | Permalink
  6. PATRIOTSGT wrote:

    Yeah, I can’t understand heathcare workers who refuse to get vaccinated. At Hopkins (where my son works) they had to make it mandatory for hospital and university staff to be vaccinated, because too many were refusing.

    Where I live (a 2-1 blue state) there are people still driving in a car by themselves with a mask. Are folks just that low information to not understand.

    Coincidently, since you mentioned that “Almost all Covid-19 cases are among people who have not been vaccinated, and the people who refuse to be vaccinated are overwhelmingly white and Republican (and supporters of Donald Trump)”

    I thought it Ironic when I read this:

    Monday, July 19, 2021 at 8:22 am | Permalink

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