Quote for the Day…
Don’t blame people for disappointing you, blame yourself for expecting too much from them. – Anonymous
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
- Gianforte on COVID Upsurge
- COVID Vaccines & U.S. Military
- The Western Word Poll
GIANFORTE ON COVID UPSURGE:
In case you missed it, MTN News interviewed Montana Governor Greg Gianforte about the COVID upsurge, and his responses should embarrass all Montanans.
His milquetoast response to the pandemic where less than 50% of Montanans have been fully vaccinated is pathetic.
Gianforte took the bold step of saying “If you haven’t been vaccinated, I encourage you to go talk to your (medical) professional and consider it.”
Wow. Tough talk. Maybe he should say something like, “If you haven’t been vaccinated, your chances of dying are greater.”
Then he was asked about mandates. He responded with this gem:
“One of the things that we’ve learned over this last year is that mandates don’t work,” he said. “I campaigned on a platform of personal responsibility. … We’re going to focus on personal responsibility instead of mandates.”
Hey Guv – If personal responsibility worked, more than 49% of Montanans would be vaccinated. Try being a leader.
He was then asked why businesses should be prohibited from choosing to enforce requirements to protect their employees or customers, Gianforte replied:
“We’re not taking away anybody’s choice, because people can choose to wear a mask, they can choose to get vaccinated. We’re just not telling them how to live their lives.”
Gianforte seems to be fine in telling people how to live in other aspects of their lives, so the “We’re just not telling them how to live their lives” is bullshit.
Meanwhile, the cases continue to climb, and Montana is mentioned in the national news often for the increase of COVID cases.
Montana has a governor who lacks the balls to lead. It’s embarrassing.
Read the MTN News report HERE.
COVID VACCINES & U.S. MILITARY:
The Associated Press (AP) reported that members of the U.S. military will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine beginning next month under a plan laid out by the Pentagon Monday and endorsed by President Joe Biden. In memos distributed to all troops, top Pentagon leaders said the vaccine is a necessary step to maintain military readiness.
In my opinion, this is the proper move. I think they should expand the requirement to cover all Reserve and National Guard members.
Those who refuse can be released with a dishonorable discharge and lose all benefits. Freedom is not free.
Back in my day in the military, I was worldwide mobility qualified and had to take all the shots so that I could be deployed anywhere in the world. I survived.
Read the full story from the AP HERE.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
Last week U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced a resolution expressing that the Senate should not pass legislation mandating the registration of women for the Selective Service System. (Source)
This week’s poll asks, “Should women be required to register for the draft?”
Click HERE to vote in our poll.
Results will be released Thursday.