Have you watched Jason Kenney’s expressive “heartfelt and sincere” thank-you to Alberta’s healthcare workers? Here it is:
His caption read, “Just wanted once again to say thank you to our amazing frontline health care workers who have done so much to save lives during this pandemic. We should all be deeply grateful.”
You and I know that description requires significant alteration to be true. It should say something more like this:
“Just wanted once again to say thank you to our amazing frontline health care workers, but only those who never question my commands, obey AHS unquestionably, and push the panicking narrative of fright and fear—who have done so much to save lives during this pandemic. We should all be deeply grateful.”
2. Lost Logic
In fact, Premier Kenney recently stated that he couldn’t understand the controversy that permeates this vaccine mandate for AHS employees. He said:
“Why wouldn’t they do that [take a vaccine]? Why would they [AHS workers] say that you have to be vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, diseases that are overwhelmingly under control? But you don’t need to take a vaccination that has taken 2,900 lives in this province?”*
Doesn’t Kenney answer his question just by asking it? A rational man would think to himself, “Why would these healthcare workers, who are vaccinated against virtuality every disease, be so hesitant to be inoculated with this shot?” and then conclude that there must be something in this vaccine or surrounding the circumstances of mandatory vaccination that warrants serious investigation.
But Kenney does the opposite. He asks, “Why would these healthcare workers, who are vaccinated against virtuality every disease, be so hesitant to be inoculated with this shot?” and immediately dismisses (foolishly) that it must be because they are irrational, illogical, or selfish, individuals.
And yet, Premier Kenney has barked throughout this debacle that we should listen to the experts and no one else. He’s no expert on vaccinations; he’s no expert on epidemiology. Why should we listen to him and not nurses or doctors who disagree with his orders? Why does he disobey his command and then demand us to obey it?
Of course, the media has run a rich and slanderous campaign against those (including healthcare workers) who are leery of mandatory vaccinations. But are we really the selfish, arrogant, uncaring, people they claim we are?
3. A Healthcare Worker's Testimony
About a week and a half ago, I contacted an articulate and compassionate long-term healthcare worker who is, by all available accounts, exceptional at his/her job. I use the term his/her because AHS’ healthcare workers are threatened with termination if they publicly voice dissent against the magistrates of AHS’ high office (Are we living in Alberta or 1950s USSR?). Thus, for the rest of the article, we’ll call this worker “John.”
To begin, I asked John to provide a short description of his work at a long-term facility. Here’s what he said:
“At the beginning of the lockdowns, rules came down fast and hard. Each resident was confined to their room, and there were no visitors, volunteers, or pets allowed. Activities were limited as they had to be wipe down-able with a one-to-one ratio. As a staff, we grew immensely close to our residents during this point as we were isolated in our own lives, and we were the closest thing they had to family. Isolation was hard; we played bingo using walkie-talkies; I did travelling magic shows and science experiments, where I would have to perform going room to room. The best idea that came out of it all was the creation of our very own newspaper. This newspaper was filled with the current nursing home events, resident stories, comics, games, etc…I want the nursing home to be a fun experience that breaks the stereotypical mold of what people think is possible to do in Long Term Care.”
There is no resemblance between the actual admirable actions of this worker and the slander that Kenney utters. Our Premier cannot fathom that a healthcare employee—especially one who is compassionate and cares about the safety of their patients—would have the audacity to disagree with his dictums.
4. A Healthcare Worker's Musing
And yet, I know this LTC worker disagrees with what AHS is doing. They've written extensively on the subject, and there are thousands of other AHS workers that subscribe to this sentiment. They’re not selfish; they’re industrious. They’re not conspiracy theorists; they’re students of science. They’re not “killing people;” they cherish the sanctity of life. And now they’re being torn apart by an impossible decision with extensive consequences:
Stay unvaccinated and lose your job
Get vaccinated, compromise your conscience, and keep your job
We judge them for neither choice. The media crushes them as individuals who are too short-sighted to “sacrifice their rights for the greater good.” But remember that relinquishing human rights means we are not moving towards a greater good but a worsening evil.
Yet this fight is far from over. Hope is not lost. This worker exemplifies the courage of the valiant as we utter the prayer and the anthem of our dignified resistance as we struggle against this tyranny,
"If necessary for years; if necessary, alone."
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