As I explained in a recent commentary, Elayne Clift, a regular contributor to VTDigger, has used wrong information to stigmatize her fellow Vermonters in a most unscientific and dangerous way.
Ms. Clift claims:
That’s why I believe 20 percent of hospital beds, ICU or otherwise, should be allocated to unvaccinated patients suffering from Covid, while 80 percent of all beds and resources be available to anyone requiring care at any level in order that their lives or health not be held hostage to those who have made choices that are not only deeply selfish but dramatically dangerous. That seems more “fair and equitable” to me than people having to die in hospital parking lots. It also might just be the way to “get this under control.”
To her credit, Ms. Clift has not yet called to deny health care or hospital entry to unvaccinated or unmasked Vermonters, as many have advocated. Yet her histrionic, deeply selfish and profoundly false claims in support of her absurd (and impossible) proposals are “dramatically dangerous,” just as was Dr. Anthony Fauci’s reckless science about AIDS.
Indeed, these false claims and calls to seize civil rights (see Gallup AIDS poll) are far more dangerous than COVID itself — Ms. Clift rails delusionally about phantom racism and Nazism, while displaying precisely the behaviors of stereotyping, dishonesty, and dehumanizing of fellow citizens employed by that regime. She points out that the Nazis’ “agenda resonated with people who felt worried and humiliated. They welcomed scapegoats.” But seeking out bogeymen and scapegoats is Clift’s obsession — and now she has embraced the non-science of discriminating against the unvaccinated!
My great-grandmother perished in the Spanish flu, a much deadlier scourge than COVID. The nation did not panic and abandon the Bill of Rights. In order to discriminate against people, the Equal Protection Clause requires the government to prove real science and rational thought, not bow to populist hysteria like Clift’s “The Nightmare of Rationed Healthcare Has Arrived.”
The premise of Clift’s call to treat unvaccinated people like lepers in Vermont hospitals is built on a house of dishonest and ignorant assertions. For one thing, it is simply illogical: many unvaccinated are now naturally immune, and thus much less “dangerous” than her vaccinated elites. If vaccines worked as marketed, Elayne would have nothing to fear — but she can still catch it and spread it. Vaccinated sick people are everywhere. Supposedly the vaccine makes people less ill — in which case, Clift’s argument becomes all the more irrational.
Elayne Clift is indistinguishable from the Fauci clan who spread unscientific information during the AIDS crisis: “journalists, activists and politicians eager for attention and power — and determined to silence those who challenge their fear-mongering.” However, the science about the lack of risk from the unvaccinated is much clearer that the early AIDS research was when Fauci was so reckless — Clift has no excuse in medicine or logic for her position. Meanwhile, she has castigated America constantly over race, amplifying George Floyd’s death to claims that the most important problem in America is white supremacy. Elayne will weaponize any victimhood she can find, but here she has fantasized her victims — she claims there is a “nightmare of rationed health care,” and so calls to ration health care.
The assertion is that Vermont hospitals are short-staffed, and that vaccinated patients are being denied care because disgruntled nurses and staff are angry at the unvaccinated. This, says Elayne, is compelling these workers to face tragic scenes:
It’s also difficult to imagine what it must be like for exhausted doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. What must it be like as a nurse holding the hand of a young patient who might be succumbing to Covid, or setting up a Zoom call so someone on a ventilator can wheeze out a farewell to loved ones?
Consider the emotional toll it takes to be on a team that must declare one patient worthy of trying to save and another not quite so worthy. It’s a deeply depressing situation to ask anyone to endure.
But Elayne has created this hospital panic like a white-priviledged Jussie Smollett. There are not likely to be reports of deaths from rationed care because there haven’t been any. Does this dissemination of unverified, inflammatory claims serve Vermonters, or just foster division and hate?
But Elayne is far from done fabricating. She takes a bigger leap, seeking to leverage the shortage of staff in hospitals (already a huge problem pre-COVID) into a justification to segregate (discriminate against) unvaccinated patients (which does nothing to decrease burnout or increase beds):
Now, with the Delta variant, a significant number of nurses are leaving or considering leaving the field. A report issued by The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation in June “found that 26% of health care workers in hospitals are angry and 29% have considered leaving the medical field. These are the warning signs of a smoldering epidemic of burnout among front-line medical professionals.”
Ms. Clift’s linked resource informs that these workers have been working without much of a break for 15 months, and that many have experienced salary cuts and furloughs. That could cause some of the anger to which Elayne refers.
Who is Elayne Clift to speak on behalf of Vermont nurses? She has no evidence of people denied care, nor apparently any clue why so many in the medical profession are angry. Unlike Elayne, I do not presume to speak for all nurses — many of whom are indeed vaccinated.
However, I have conferred personally with a great number of nurses and doctors over the last year, and not one has related a story of denied care. At least six have contacted me specifically because they were being targeted or harassed for not getting a jab of a vaccine that clearly is not what it was promised to be, for a disease that the government helped create and that Anthony Fauci then lied about. These healthcare professionals are disgusted with how they have been treated — they were on the front lines with no protection; now they are pariahs. If Clift really wanted to know, she’d learn how these nurses and doctors feel being targeted by people like her.
Many nurses have decided to leave their careers rather than comply. Having invested huge sums for education, years of training, and arduous commitment and long hours through the darkest early days of COVID without additional pay, they are now being muscled by Cliftian Smollett thugs into abandoning their careers — yeah, they are really, really angry. Who knows what the actual percentage is, but in a state already short on nurses pre-COVID, pretty soon there are bed shortages — that Clift uses as justification to segregate and discriminate, but which are caused by the angst of abused nurses and mandatory vaccines that are obviously only partially effective at best.
Clift asks, “What must it be like as a nurse holding the hand of a young patient who might be succumbing to Covid, or setting up a Zoom call so someone on a ventilator can wheeze out a farewell to loved ones?”
Well Elayne, what would it be like to have your 5-year-old die of an adverse vaccine reaction? (Just asking for a friend.) But what does this melodramatic-if-laughable attempt at Shakespearean drama have to do with segregating unvaccinated people? They wheeze out farewells to loved ones via ventilator Zoom calls too, don’t they?
What about the nurses, teachers, and police being discriminated against because they won’t take the vaccine? Has Elayne thought about how it must “feel” for them, as she fabricates her prejudices into false assertions, and thereby wrecks their lives?
Ms. Clift’s commentary reads like a macabre science fiction story. Gullible, terrified mortals are transfixed in petrified hypnosis, like the Great Moon Hoax. But this illogical discrimination is escalating, being deliberately promulgated by media outlets that “silence those who challenge their fearmongering.” Elayne Clift must not be allowed to agitate public division by spreading rancorous lies as in the AIDS epidemic. Facts do matter, and people’s lives are impacted.
My RN wife and EMT daughter never missed a day of work when COVID struck. There were not enough protective masks for them, but they worked anyway, while the left blamed the mask shortage created by President Barack Obama on Donald Trump. My wife was exposed repeatedly to patients from all walks of life, and likely had COVID. But now her resistance to being vaccinated (due to her own personal health reasons) has caused her to become targeted by ignorant haters like Elayne Clift. Maybe Clift would like to write an article about nurses like my wife — treated like heroes one day, then quasi-criminals the next (thanks Elayne!).
We must stand up for the rights of all people to have choice in vaccines, free from obscene discrimination. It starts with irresponsible people saying things for personal gain, like Fauci did with AIDS, and Clift does with nurses and vaccines. Then it escalates. As Elayne recently wrote (in another scathing, unsubstantiated attack on vague groups of Trump Americans), “the move toward a final solution is not a jump. It takes one step, then another, then another.”
Clift might wish to reflect on her own words, and how many jumps toward fascism she wishes to publicly advocate. She has written that “understanding the threat of fascism through the lessons of history, … we should all strive to wake up.”
I do hope she strives to wake up. She closes:
America desperately needs to think about what we have become. Only then can the country heal, reinvent itself, and emerge from the darkness that is rapidly enveloping us.
Clift and those who call to demonize others using generalizations, racism and lies are indeed a new darkness rapidly enveloping us. Elayne never offers any words of hope or healing — quite the contrary. Her idea of “reinvention” is to eliminate the Constitution and have the government reprogram everyone subconsciously. And her “first step” is to divide hospitals to discriminate based on lies.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2022. All rights reserved.