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Horowitz: Alabama Gov. Ivey bashing Biden after sounding like him on COVID

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“It’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.”

Who said that? Joe Biden or Anthony Fauci? Or perhaps someone like New York Gov. Kathy Hochul or California Gov. Gavin Newsom? But in fact, that was the statement of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey at the end of July, after it was quite apparent the vaccines were leaky and non-sterilizing, not to mention extremely problematic with side effects.

The challenge we face in the coming weeks is a cadre of establishment Republicans who bought into the illogical, illegal, immoral, and inhumane COVID biomedical fascism to varying degrees suddenly trying to ingratiate themselves with conservative voters as if they were with us the entire time. Kay Ivey is now putting out clever ads bashing Joe Biden and proclaiming herself as “the most conservative” governor of Alabama.

It’s not that we don’t accept converts to the cause. It’s just that a true convert would zealously push legislation dealing with the remaining COVID fascist policies and also support measures to prevent this from happening in the future. Have you ever seen a religious convert who converts just enough to get over the threshold but yawns at the rest of the religious practice? Well, expect no different from these primary election foxhole conversions of red-state politicians.

At every level of the fight — whether it was lockdowns, masking, or the experimental injections — Gov. Ivey bought into the full Fauci narrative and effectively converted Alabama into a blue state. Children were going masked in the state for months on end, especially in the major cities. She refused to call a special session to deal with any of the problems and Biden’s mandates. The reason? She was on the other side.

As late as March 22, 2021, nearly a year after basic reality discredited the efficacy of masks, Ivey was still pushing them on businesses and encouraging rather than banning them from local schools. “After April 9, masks will no longer be a mandate, but they remain one of the most successful tools we have to keep folks safe from COVID-19,” Gov. Ivey said in a statement. “I hope these are helpful to businesses around the state as they set their own protocols to operate safely. Masks are soon to be a memory, but until then, let’s wear them out!”

Thus, all the cultural problems we are dealing with to this very day are because of policies governors like Ivey pushed month after month, regardless of the legal, scientific, or human rationale and with no regard for the consequences. Masks are being pushed in Birmingham schools to this day, and some even went to remote learning this January. Ivey has not lifted a finger to fight them like DeSantis did with some Florida schools.

The governor even closed the beaches in the spring of 2020, still believing there was outdoor transmission and denying the benefits of being out in the sun. She kept lockdowns going longer than other southern states. A year later, rather than affirming the illegal, inhumane, and ineffective nature of these policies and instead promoting early treatment, she declared, “Truly, this vaccine is our ticket back to normal life.” Again, agreeing to the premise that somehow our liberties should be tethered to the success of a private product.

It’s one thing to publicly admit that you were hoodwinked and come clean by pushing an aggressive agenda to codify prohibitions on lockdowns, masks, and vaccine mandates in the state’s constitution. But Ivey has offered zero support for anything that will help combat the residual effects of the existing biomedical tyranny, much less inoculate her state from repeating the same mistakes again. There appears to be no appetite in the legislature to address issues, such as pharmacists in Alabama denying ivermectin prescriptions, and the governor sure doesn’t seem to care.

Yet, now that several candidates have filed to run in the May 24 gubernatorial primary, Ivey is proclaiming herself to be the “most conservative” governor and the ultimate anti-Biden Republican. Except that she was actually promoting the illogical, inaccurate, and illegal COVID policies before Biden even championed them.

This is the predicament facing Republican primary voters in many red states. All these governors will try to bash Biden and align themselves with people like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in order to stave off primary challenges. Voters must not allow themselves to be afflicted with political amnesia. And the best way to see through the fog of their aggressive rhetoric is to verify whether they are even pushing back on all aspects of the Pfizer agenda today – or just using cheap rhetoric to draw a lifeline for the next election.
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