Roger Brown’s column in the June 13 Sarasota Herald-Tribune was clever marketing: it affirmed the beliefs of its “woke” readers while compelling the “unwoke” to keep buying the paper so they can use its contents as an example of how far to the left the media has gone.
The article started by comparing the “unvaccinated” – which is now a form of derision used by leftists – with the unemployed. The writer used the term “strutting” to describe the gait of the “unvaccinated” (“unclean”?) while they are by implication spreading their germs to the four winds.
Such words to describe those who choose to live life at their own risk – by choosing to not be vaccinated – suggest the writer doesn’t care for our Bill of Rights, which is the envy of the rest of the world.
Whom exactly are those choosing to not be vaccinated endangering? By logical extension wouldn’t it be more of those “strutting” types who’d be at the most risk? Wouldn’t they be bringing the potential outcome on themselves? And isn’t that the point of freedom of choice in America?
Those who want to be vaccinated have for the most part already had the chance to do so. The risk scientifically – if I might steal the term recently used ad nauseum by the left – is therefore being borne by those who’ve chosen to accept it.
Scientifically smoking is bad for people – as is obesity – but I haven’t seen any editorials berating people for “strutting” around or “slothing” about town with large guts and packs of Marlboro cigarettes hanging out of their pockets. Why not? I’d imagine it’s because the paper would rightly say it was their choice and that they are only harming themselves – which is just as true for the “strutting” unvaccinated.
The next part of Brown’s column went on to contrast the unvaccinated with the unemployed; it suggested that being unemployed hurts nobody beyond those who are unemployed. That would be true if jobs didn’t exist and if taxpayers’ money wasn’t being used to support the unemployed. Jobs, though, do exist locally in abundance and taxpayers are being asked to finance the choices – yes, they are choices, just like not being vaccinated – of those who aren’t working.
One point Brown made was that the levels of pay available locally aren’t sufficient to warrant the unemployed getting off their proverbial sofas. But where would that end? It “ain’t” – a term the writer used – worth working unless the rewards exceed the freedom of not working/getting up in the morning and being supported by the public purse?
If the apparently derisory (to Brown) figure of $10 an hour is too low, how much exactly would the writer suggest is “worth” going to work for? $15 an hour? $20 an hour? What is being suggested as an acceptable choice is in fact very risky to our economy and, to an extent, our society. To pay someone with limited skills, experience or endeavor the same – or close to the same – for doing nothing as someone who’s making an effort rewards sloth over active participation.
There is a reason why Gov. Ron DeSantis is as popular as he is right now – and not just with me! It is because DeSantis is speaking up for those who are participating in their own outcomes instead of indulging those who aren’t.
(By the way, there are few local jobs that pay as little as the $10 an hour figure that Brown mentioned. As a local employer I can attest to the reality that the days of $10 an hour in these parts are over and have been for some time.)
Brown’s article also impugned Gov. DeSantis – which is always popular with the left these days – for his alleged mistreatment of the LGBT community. But I do not think that not lighting the Ringling Bridge for Pride Month is oppressive, Nor do I think that not allowing genetic males to cheat – yes, cheat – genetic females out of their athletic achievements is hurting the LGBT cause; rather, it is supporting women’s rights.
In all there were three different themes in Brown’s column, but they all used the same melody – that of “The Red Flag” – in what I presume to be some kind of dog whistle or call to action to the left that my conservative ears wouldn’t be able to pick up.
If though, as I suspect, the column was meant to make the Sarasota Herald-Tribune worth buying simply to be able to tear it into pieces in frustration, then mission accomplished – as my smarting trash basket can testify.
Martin Hyde is a Sarasota businessman and a candidate for Florida’s 16th Congressional District seat.
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