One of the more favored arrows in the quiver of partisan trolls from any locale on the political spectrum is to bring attention to any irony in an opponents viewpoints. I don’t begrudge anyone using irony to make a vivid point. I often do it myself. Irony’s comeuppance often lends a fine humor to both reason and justice.
An example of late is employing irony to highlight an opponents wrong-thinking is on the topic of Covid-19 vaccinations. There are many sides to this issue. Some people think vaccines work and they should be mandatory. Others think they either don’t work, are untested, might cause dangerous side effects and should definitely not be mandatory. Still others fall somewhere in the middle; that is, vaccines work, in that their risk is worth their reward, but should not be mandated. I fall into the latter category, so I have a little skin in both games.
For the Authoritarians out there who wish the State to take control of all social ills, asking the government to jab everyone in the name of “science saving lives” is par for the course. It has been done before. Children must have their shots by a certain age to be allowed to attend school, etc. That people in society would dare challenge their expertise on the matter, refusing to get vaccinated in the name of freedom of choice of ones own body (Irony alert for both side here on many other issues. Drugs, abortion, etc.), has their authoritarian ranks inflamed from their top politicians, to the legacy media, and down to the rankest Marxist social-media meme-maker. These busybodies will lock-down, exclude, mask-up, ask for papers and documentation until everyone submits to the jab, all in the name of saving the unvaccinated from their own choices.
Here is where the irony on this issue kicks in. When someone makes the decision to to deny the efficacy of a vaccine, sometimes even the reality of the disease itself, and proceeds to die from said disease, how can one not see the lesson to be learned spelled out in neon-glowing irony? Anti-vaccers might try to deny the lesson, not likely from a point of reason, but more from a place of face-saving rationalization.
Do vaccines have side effects? It would seem they do in a few limited circumstances. Are these risks much lower than those posed by being exposed to Covid-19? They would certainly seem to be, especially for those over 65. There are, of course, exceptions. For example, per a Financial Times analysis, anyone UNVACCINATED under 30 has a less likely a chance of dying from Covid-19 than someone who IS VACCINATED over 65. Considering they would have to live with any potential vaccine side effects for many more decades than would one amongst the elderly, a vaccine for young people seems highly unnecessary.
It is, understandably, irresistible to the far-left to not point out the irony of some MAGA, tinfoil hat wearing, Anti-vax, science-denier dying from Covid-19. I hate to agree with the far-left, but it is true that the victim might have allowed their own politics to cause their own death. This authoritarian clique has gone so far as to hand out on subreddit, the Herman Cain Award, mocking and chronicling anyone who refused to wear a mask, social distance or get vaccinated and then subsequently died from Covid-19. Herman Cain was of course the American businessman turned 2012 GOP Presidential candidate, who vehemently opposed lock-down rules and mask mandates, only to succumb to the disease himself in June of 2020. One moderator of the subreddit post said, “We just can’t bring ourselves to stop watching people suffering from the consequences of their own actions.” It is not only social media where I see this specific irony come up. My MSNBC home page seems to have a story on the topic at least once a week. There are likely hundreds of examples of these ironic deaths.
Take head. If you’re over 50, get vaccinated. If you’re over 30, you should consider getting vaccinated too.
But… the leftist-authoritarians laugh. Oh, how witty they are to recognize the irony! So very smart, so clever.
Yes, here and there, a fool ironically dies from Covid because of their right-wing anti-vax political beliefs. Yet, in all the snarkery from the authoritarians of the left, does a single one of them realize the political and economic beliefs they espouse each day have caused enough human death to make Covid-19 blush. To the socialists and communists out there taking great amusement in the handful of ironic vaccine-denier deaths, do you realize your brand of economics-denial has cost the lives of over one hundred million people in the last century alone? If a few examples are ironic to you, then what of the denial of hundreds of millions of deaths? Who are the bigger fools? Look no further than a mirror. Perhaps, one day, you Marxists of the world will get your way and take America over. And then, when the world crumbles around you and pogroms and famine desolate the lives of you and your loved ones, we might bestow upon each of you the Bernie Sanders or AOC lifetime achievement award. Oh, what humiliating irony that will be!