Johnson begins by bragging about his immune system, “By the way I now tested positive but I also tested for antibodies at a whopping level.” Ron’s got the bigliest antibodies. He then goes on to ask the a truly unintelligent straw man argument question: “So I tested positive, but I didn’t have any symptoms. How do you explain that?” You weren’t exposed to a large viral load? You may or may not have been given early treatments not available to most Americans? You got lucky? Sort of a meaningless question, right? 826,000 Americans weren’t as lucky.
But here’s Ronnie’s point: “Why would we automatically assume that our natural immunity is going to be awful?” It’s going to be non-existent. “Why do we assume the worst? Why assume the body’s natural immune system isn’t the marvel that it really is?” Umm, I don’t know, fucking cancer? AIDS? Measles? Smallpox? Rubella? Polio? Mumps? Whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, Hepatitis A and B? What are you talking about? God?
“Why do we think that we can create something better than God in terms of combatting disease? There are certain things we have to do, but we have just made so many assumptions, and it’s all pointed toward everybody getting a vaccine.” Oh, God. So God gave you no symptoms and killed all those other people because he made Ron Johnson’s immune system more marvelous than everybody else’s?
SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WI) on natural immunity: “Why do we think that we can create something better than God in terms of combatting disease? There are certain things we have to do, but we have just made so many assumptions, and it’s all pointed toward everybody getting a vaccine.” pic.twitter.com/QZIpLhTvfr
— Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) January 4, 2022
Johnson would like to remain a Senator, and possibly wiggle his way higher up at some point, he has found purchase in pushing anti-vaccine and anti-mask propaganda and he has aligned himself with anti-vaxx conmen. He has promoted gargling mouthwash as some kind of therapeutic for fighting off COVID-19. The logic for the GOP—or what they are passing off as “logic” to their constituency—is that our economy remains one that hasn’t worked for most Americans for over four decades because … liberals are trying to “flatten the curve.”
The cynicism here is that Johnson is being lightly mealy-mouthed on purpose. He’s not saying you shouldn’t be vaccinated, just wondering why everyone is so quick to tell everyone to get vaccinated. But his logic is that God would be offended if you got vaccinated since, with the exception of hundreds of thousands of Americans and many conservative christians, God has created a marvelous immune system. Ron Johnson is trying to come across like he’s a Christian Scientist but he doesn’t have the God-given courage to really have a true conviction above promoting Ron Johnson.
Studies have predicted that without a vaccination program, the number of dead Americans at this point would be closer to two million. That’s the problem with Ronnie’s made-up God theory of protection. The only way it works is if God wants all of those people to die. It only works if God was hoping that more than one in every 500 children in our country to lose a caregiver. Maybe Ron just worships a crap God who doesn’t want that. Maybe Johnson has misinterpreted what God does and does not do in regards to infectious diseases?