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Leaked Memo Urges Democrats to Declare Victory on Covid, Run Away from Restrictions

Democrats’ recent retreat from the restrictive COVID-19 policies that defined them for the first two years of the pandemic is largely a byproduct of popular backlash to those policies, suggests the revelation of a newly-unearthed memo from a Democrat consulting firm.

Punchbowl News published a memo dated February 24 by Impact Research advising Democrats to “take credit for ending the COVID crisis phase of the COVID war, point to important victories like vaccine distribution and providing economic stability to Americans, and fully enter the rebuilding phase that comes after any war.”

“Twice as many voters are now more concerned about COVID’s effect on the economy (49%) than about someone in their family or someone they know becoming infected with the coronavirus (24%),” the memo reads. “Two-thirds of parents and 80% of teachers say the pandemic caused learning loss, and voters are overwhelmingly more worried about learning loss than kids getting COVID. Six in 10 Americans describe themselves as ‘worn out’ by the pandemic. The more we talk about the threat of COVID and onerously restrict people’s lives because of it, the more we turn them against us and show them we’re out of touch with their daily realities.”

“Don’t set “COVID zero” as the victory condition. Americans also don’t think victory is COVID Zero,” the document continues. “They think the virus is here to stay, and 83% say the pandemic will be over when it’s a mild illness like the flu rather than COVID being completely gone, and 55% prefer that COVID should be treated as an endemic disease. And that’s what most Americans are dealing with — a disease with fatality rates like the flu — because most of us took the personal responsibility to protect ourselves and our families by getting vaccinated.”

Impact Research calls on Democrats to “recogniz[e] that the threat of COVID is no longer what it was even a year ago and therefore should not be treated as such,” which entails no longer supporting shutdowns, lockdowns, and mask mandates. It suggests citing the availability of the COVID vaccines as the reason they are no longer necessary, and that Democrats should more broadly claim credit for COVID being more manageable.

“If we focus on how bad things still are and how much worse they could get, we set Democrats up as failures unable to navigate us through this,” the memo concludes. “When 99% of Americans can get vaccinated, we cause more harm than we prevent with voters by going into our third year talking about restrictions. And, if Democrats continue to hold a posture that prioritizes COVID precautions over learning how to live in a world where COVID exists, but does not dominate, they risk paying dearly for it in November.”

The Washington Examiner noted that the memo was dated a day before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) published new, relaxed COVID-19 guidelines that will dramatically reduce the areas of the country where mask requirements are recommended, by shifting the criteria for the recommendations from transmission rates to hospitalizations. Even so, the Examiner notes that the administration has been slower to back away from COVID restrictions than many state governments.

Only seven states (plus the District of Columbia and several U.S. territories) still have statewide mask mandates. Numerous left-wing figures have claimed that evolving scientific knowledge has justified the change, but critics have suspected that the real deciding factor was internal polling, such as that conducted by New Jersey Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy’s team, indicating that forced masking is deeply unpopular.

Further, evidence suggests that Democrats preferred COVID-19 policies have been either ineffective at saving lives or canceled out by associated harms, starting with lockdowns.

Last March, the left-wing Associated Press admitted that “California and Florida have experienced almost identical outcomes in COVID-19 case rates,” despite the former imposing some of the most draconian lockdown measures in the country and the latter remaining mostly open, and that the mortality gulf between Connecticut and South Dakota was similarly small despite the wide gulf in their approach to lockdowns.

In April 2021, Simon Fraser University economics professor Douglas Allen published a study that concluded that while lockdowns saved 22,333 years’ worth of lost life they also caused 6.3 million years of lost life, making the policy’s net long-term harm 282 times worse than its benefits, thanks to the combined toll of canceled or delayed care for other medical issues, and the psychological harm of lost jobs and social isolation, among other factors.

In October, another study by Marine Baudin, Jérémie Mercier, and Denis Rancourt attributed much of the U.S. COVID death toll to “persistent chronic psychological stress induced by the long-lasting government-imposed societal and economic transformations during the COVID-era [which] converted the existing societal (poverty), public-health (obesity) and hot-climate risk factors into deadly agents.” Most recently, a meta-analysis published in Johns Hopkins University’s Studies in Applied Economics found that “lockdowns have had little to no effect on COVID-19 mortality” but have “imposed enormous economic and social costs where they have been adopted.”

Meanwhile, evidence suggests that masks have played little, if any, role in reducing COVID-19’s spread across the United States, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) September 2020 acknowledgement that masks cannot be counted on to keep out COVID when spending 15 minutes or longer within six feet of someone, or a May 2020 study published by CDC’s peer-reviewed journal Emerging Infectious Diseases that “did not find evidence that surgical-type face masks are effective in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza transmission, either when worn by infected persons (source control) or by persons in the general community to reduce their susceptibility.”

Last May, another study found that, though mandates effectively increased mask use, that usage did not yield the expected benefits. “Mask mandates and use (were) not associated with lower SARS-CoV-2 spread among U.S. states” from March 2020 to March 2021. In fact, the researchers found the results to be a net negative, with masks increasing “dehydration … headaches and sweating and decreas[ing] cognitive precision,” and interfering with communication, as well as impairing social learning among children.

“The potential educational harms of mandatory-masking policies are much more firmly established, at least at this point, than their possible benefits in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in schools,” University of California-San Francisco epidemiologist professor Vinay Prasad wrote in September. “Early childhood is a crucial period when humans develop cultural, language, and social skills, including the ability to detect emotion on other people’s faces. Social interactions with friends, parents, and caregivers are integral to fostering children’s growth and well-being.”

Finally, data indicates that widespread dissemination of the potentially-harmfulabortion-tainted COVID vaccines are unable to end the pandemic. The federal government considers more than 215 million Americans (65% of the eligible) to be “fully vaccinated” (a moving target given the vaccines’ temporary nature), yet data from Johns Hopkins University reported last October shows that more Americans died of COVID-19 by that point in 2021 (353,000) than in all of 2020 (352,000). The Moderna vaccine has been available throughout all of 2021; the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson shots were made available in late February.

Is Covid Kaputt? Mainstream Media and Establishment Goons Pivot Stance on Mandates Before Midterms

Ryan DeLarme,
February 10th, 2022

Sometime around the beginning of the year, a shift started to occur. You could almost feel it in the air, as if a sufficient portion of the collective consciousness had put together the puzzle pieces regarding this pandemic, how it connects to the agendas of the World Economic Forum, and what has been called the largest upward transfer of wealth in human history. 

We had a good run though; two years and a vulgar test of society’s willingness to discard their rights in the name of perceived danger. Maybe it was all Joe Rogan’s fault, or maybe enough folks decided to make a fuss; whatever the reasons are, the very same establishment media and embedded political puppets who incessantly stoked the public’s fears have now suddenly and simultaneously decided to shift gears and ease off on mandates and restrictions.

While tens of thousands of truckers filled the streets of Ottawa Ontario, the capital city of Canada, truckers from the US are gearing up for a trip to DC. Some politicians and government health officials can see the writing on the wall, and have begun the great 180 whirl from “shutting down the virus” to “the science has changed”. Oddly enough, the midterm elections just so happen to loom on the horizon.

On Wednesday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, both Democrats, announced they will end mandates in their states requiring face coverings in most indoor public settings. However, masking rules for schools will remain in place.

Several other blue states — New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Oregon, and California — are also lifting their indoor masking requirements in the coming days. All but California said they’ll no longer require masking in schools.

Biden came into office with all the bravado his rickety frame could muster, talking about how he was going to “shut COVID down”, something he failed miserably at by the way. There were more deaths in Biden’s first year than all of 2020 and 2021 combined. Now, the tune has changed:

“We are moving toward a time when COVID won’t disrupt our daily lives, a time when COVID won’t be a constant crisis,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday, adding that the president is looking to turn the page on the pandemic.

“We are internally discussing, of course, what it looks like to be in the phase of the fight against the COVID pandemic where it is not disrupting everyone’s daily lives, where people are moving on and living, lives free of, hopefully, masks at some point and many of the restrictions that we’ve all been living through over the past two years,” Psaki said.

These comments come on the heels of a Politico report that the Biden administration is plotting to adopt a “new normal”, conditioning Americans to live more comfortably with COVID-19 in a bid to increase dismal approval ratings and to “boost midterm prospects” amid skyrocketing inflation and a floundering legislative agenda.

Still, the White House may find it difficult to explain to Americans why it’s fine for them to return to normal now after two years of Biden and other Democrats advocating strict pandemic restrictions.

The problem could be worsened by a series of recent embarrassing stories of top Democratic officials making excuses for not wearing masks despite long pushing mask mandates. Nonetheless, Biden and Democrats are crediting themselves for ending the pandemic while beginning to look to policies implemented by red states as early as the summer of 2020.

At first, when discussing their response to the virus, Democratic leaders frequently spoke of the pandemic as a battlefield, and the war could only be won with COVID-19’s unconditional surrender.  As a result, several blue states kept in place COVID-19 lockdown measures — first implemented nationwide in the early spring of 2020 — long after red states, which opened up much earlier, most notably Florida.

“It seemed like the narrative was (that) no one could talk about individual rights,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) told the conservative legal group the Federalist Society on Friday. “It’s all about lockdown. You can’t have an open state. You can’t have kids in school. You can’t do all that. We viewed it the opposite. The default needs to be freedom.”

This week the Whitehouse seems to be signaling that it will be following these blue states easing of restrictions as one big happy coordinated effort to not look like complete tools during the midterms, an effort that may be too little too late. They want to posture as though the seemingly amorphous science has suddenly changed. The data hasn’t changed, only their internal polling and strategy has.

Liberal Megadonor Soros Pumps $125 Million into Super Pac to Help Democrats in 2022 Midterms

Sophie Mann
January 28th, 2022

Billionaire megadonor George Soros has poured $125 million into a super PAC this election cycle, with the money already being distributed to political action committees backing Democrat candidates and causes.

Soros has used the super PAC, known as Democracy PAC, since 2019 to support political campaigns.

He says the group’s money will support “causes and candidates, regardless of political party” committed to “strengthening the infrastructure of American democracy: voting rights and civic participation, civil rights and liberties and the rule of law,” Politico reports.

However, the money is so far going to Democrat-leaning groups, including $2.5 million to Senate Majority PAC, $1 million to the House Majority PAC, and $1 million to the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State, a group fighting to elect Democrats to the formerly obscure posts that became a well-known and heavily politicized after the 2020 election, according to Politico. 

Soros calls his $125 million a “long-term investment” to continue supporting politicians and campaigns past 2022. 

Soros’ son, Alexander Soros, will serve as the president of the PAC. He has cited the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot as an example of the “ongoing efforts to discredit and undermine our electoral process.” He also argues such threats “cannot be addressed in just one or two election cycles.”

Following its filing with the Federal Elections Commission, Democracy PAC’s spending will be posted publicly in the coming days.