Seatbelt point taken; a better way for me to have communicated the point would have been to say that if you compared the percentage of people fatally injured in traffic accidents who were wearing seatbelts in 1970 to the percentage of people fatally injured in traffic accidents who were wearing seatbelts today, today’s percentage would likely be higher. But I don’t have those numbers, so can’t say for sure.
About the vaccine, did you watch the videos you posted? The one from ABC7 didn’t say anything about the vaccinated population accounting for a growing proportion of COVID deaths; that’s just in the headline. In the second video, the guy even makes the same point I’m making, and goes on to say “but they said it would be perfect, and it wasn’t perfect!” And shows some clips of Dr. Fauci saying something that I believe has borne out to be true… the vaccine has been extremely effective at preventing serious disease and death, if you kept up with boosters for the emerging variants. I don’t recall anyone ever saying it would be 100% effective in preventing illness, transmission, or death.
Was there some political motivation? Sure. Was it “purely” political? I don’t believe so; there was a new, dangerous disease circulating, and I believe a lot of public spirited folks were doing the best they could to get people to take steps to reduce the risk. Some of them probably stretched the truth, which is inexcusable, but I believe the vast majority were doing the best they could with incomplete data and a politically divided population. Was it a government-wide conspiracy to get nano-bots into your bloodstream so the 5G towers could transmit Bill Gates’s instructions? No.
TDS caused the Science to take a back seat to politics. Biden himself took his first COVID vaccine in December 2020, and then later claimed the vaccine wasn't available until after he became president -- trying to take credit when the facts prove he's lying.
So, yes -- politics. I remember many in the media and entertainment saying they refused to subject their health to a vaccine that was "rushed to market" under President Trump. Three months later, they were all on the "Get the Shot" bandwagon under Biden -- same vaccine, different frontman.
Then it became another game of "basket of deplorables," only this time with "vaccine deniers". Anyone who questioned the safety of the vaccine was labeled a Right-wing nut job who's trying to kill other people. Of course, they didn't stop to realize that if the vaccine worked as advertised, there was no need to fear unvaccinated people.
Then came the booster goat rope. You need one in 6 months, maybe another in a year. Then it was 2 in six months. Then it was a booster every 3-6 months in perpetuity, because it doesn't create the same level of protection against infections. It MAY (not will) help prevent COVID deaths in those most vulnerable (elderly, obese, chronically ill), but again, they ignored factors like natural immunity and the degree of harm the vaccine might be doing to otherwise healthy people.
I haven't had the vaccine or any boosters. My younger daughter did, and she's had some pretty lousy side effects, Three months after the vaccine, she contracted the virus and was out of commission for 2-3 weeks ... too sick to function. She's 33 and a healthy weight. No underlying medical issues. She doesn't see how the vaccine helped her at all.
Anyway, the point is, the government lied to the nation -- and the world -- about the vaccine's efficacy, safety and how often boosters are needed. Did they lie because they just didn't know (and knew they didn't know), or did they lie because they knew the truth and hid it? Does that matter? They lied either way.
Honesty would have been to say how much was uncertain and let the individual choose along with their doctor's advice. That's not what happened.
This has been beaten to death in the COVID threads.