(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) Politicians, mainstream media and leftist activists who peddled, promoted and enforced despotic COVID lockdowns and mandates are now scrambling for cover as the devastating impacts of their misguided medical monarchy become increasingly obvious and dire.
The exhortations for absolution are growing particularly acute as the potential increases for a red wave midterm that could trigger wholesale hearings and investigations into some of the more egregious pandemic abuses.
With everything from historic learning losses from lockdowns that kept children out of school and scores of job losses from vax mandates, to financially crippling business closures and rising death counts linked to forced COVID jabs, the potential for actual accountability compelled Biden regime media collaborator The Atlantic to issue a preemptive, pre-midterm call for COVID cover.
“LET’S DECLARE A PANDEMIC AMNESTY,” declared the headline of an op-ed by Brown University Professor Emily Oster.
“We need to forgive one another for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID,” implored the outlet that echoed and promoted the Left’s favorite tactics of smearing and censoring anyone with an opinion that ran contrary to prevailing COVID orthodoxy.
The cry for amnesty was not received with open arms.
“This is where you go when you realize you have no defense left,” wrote Daily Wire culture reporter Megan Basham.
The whole covid amnesty headline sure reads a lot like a domestic abuser saying “I’m sorry for what you made me do. Just forget about the black eye and loose teeth and let’s move on babe. “
— Coffee and Gun Oil (@coffee_oil) October 31, 2022
“Not only no, but hell no!” tweeted Army veteran and former congressional candidate Sean Parnell. “These COVID authoritarians destroyed businesses and lives. They forced your loved ones to die alone. There needs to be accountability for that, not amnesty.”
They killed tens of thousands of seniors.
They shut down legit health care and kept abortion clinics open.
They denied medical care to unvaccinated patients.
They closed churches and arrested pastors.
They took away people’s jobs and businesses.
So… NO COVID AMNESTY!
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) October 31, 2022
“Hey—sorry you lost your job b/c of the vax that doesn’t work and your grandmother died alone and you couldn’t have a funeral and your brother’s business was needlessly destroyed and your kids have weird heart problems—but let’s just admit we were all wrong and call a truce, eh?” wrote Claremont Institute senior fellow Matthew J. Peterson.
While reciting a litany of pandemic abuses that did far more damage than good, Oster lamented that she put her own children through forced masking under ridiculous circumstances and taught them to ostracize and scorn the maskless horde.
Such transgressions, like larger ones perpetrated by the Biden regime and its media allies, were “totally misguided,” Oster admitted, but insisted “most errors were made by people who were working in earnest for the good of society.”
If that meant occasionally lying to the public, or deliberately ignoring emerging science, in cases like flip-flopping on masking effectiveness or forcing vaccine mandates under the guise of stopping virus transmission, Oster argued that “Treating pandemic choices as a scorecard on which some people racked up more points than others is preventing us from moving forward.
“We have to put these fights aside and declare a pandemic amnesty,” she wrote.
That would do a grave injustice to the hundreds of thousands of people who were harmed by COVID abuses and authoritarian overreaches, argued Erick Erickson.
“I started the pandemic giving the experts the benefit of the doubt. I embraced the vaccine (not all the boosters),” Erickson wrote.
“There doesn’t need to be amnesty, but accountability for what experts over time got wrong and dogmatically used the press to censor dissent.”
There is also an inconvenient truth that without any accountability some of the worst COVID mandate and lockdown offenders would have learned little from their failings, and have doubled-down with their insistence to act in similar tyrannical fashion moving forward.
Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, argued that can’t be allowed to happen and warned of what could come in the wake of a red wave midterm.
“They made you cancel funerals and say goodbye to loved ones over Skype,” wrote Nehls. “No pandemic amnesty. Accountability is coming.”
Thank a Democrat if your child received a bogus PHD…
Pandemic High-School Diploma.
Children were robbed of crucial educational, social, and physical development during the shutdowns.
Never let them do this to our kids again.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) October 30, 2022