Angie (an assumed name) is a professional woman on the front lines in the health system in Melbourne, Victoria. She cares about truth and about other people.
After her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine she started having stabbing sensations in the chest and hoped it was nothing serious. (This is a common reaction to chest pain.)
But one evening an online friend who was an experienced emergency department doctor told her “Go and get it checked out.” Angie went straight to an emergency department of a major Mellbourne public hospital.
About half a dozen people were in the waiting room.
Angie told the young triage nurse that she had had chest pain for a few days and believed it was because of the Pfizer vaccine. The nurse said an electrodardiogram would be performed. This is a standard test for chest pain. It is a quick and simple test to perform but often needs specialist nursing or medical eyes to interpret accurately.
Four hours later Angie had not been seen. She went back to the counter and told the same nurse behind the security screen that she had to work in the morning and was going to leave. The nurse said, “If you still aren’t feeling well, go to your GP.” (General Practitioner or Family Doctor)
Angie left, disgusted.
The ECG had not been performed.
What sort of health care is this?
The Victorian government imprisons five and a half million people in their own homes when diagnosed cases of Covid in the whole state are double figures.
But when the vaccine causes chest pain, basic testing doesn’t get done.
Back at home, Angie could not report chest pain on the government website designed to report side effects.
19 years ago today President George W Bush condemned what he called an “Axis Of Evil”.
I am the current victim of an axis of evil which makes me a victim while too many of the people in this vicious coalition pretend that they always believe the victim, just as long as that victim is not a 63 year old white man (as I am) persecuted by them.
There is a power imbalance in this conflict which makes me very, very vulnerable.
As a non violent man, (a former midwife) the primary weapons I have in this war are ideas and a low level of ability to tell my enemies the lies they want to hear.
Of course this second ability is also a strategic liability in situations where the enemy makes honesty impossible. (When the Left creates such situations too often in the modern world by cancel culture, the Left make phenomena like the Trump presidency a moral necessity and political inevitability.)
I proudly believe that a lack of ability to tell polite lies is part of who I am.
I hold faith in LOGOS.
I believe that my God, the foundation of our lives, IS communication and rationality and so much more.
I do not know if I can win in my war with government in the country of my birth or if I can even make peace with these enemies.
But, if I have to, I will fight their viciousness in the most moral ways I can till the day I die.
Across the western world people are disconnecting from each other and their own nations. Rome’s great poet of the natural world, Vergil, (he was more famous for his patriotic epic poetry but wanted that work burnt after his death) dealt with this theme of disconnection right across his career. “Nos patriam fugimus” (literally : “we flee our fatherland/motherland”) was the start of the third line of his first surviving poetic work.