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The editors of the Salt Lake City Tribune had no trouble voicing Saturday what many totalitarians in America are now demanding: those who choose not to receive the COVID vaccines should be punished and confined to their homes.

“For more than two years now, officials at all levels and in all branches of our government have missed chance after chance to get a handle on this rapidly spreading and rapidly evolving virus,” the editorial board decried, expressing its perception that a call for mandated vaccinations and masks would somehow represent “the kind of patriotic coming together that Americans responded to after Pearl Harbor and 9/11.”

The Tribune editors ridicule what they view as Americans claiming COVID was “not a real problem, that it would ‘magically disappear,’ even that it was all a hoax, a plot to extend the power of the federal government and/or further enrich Big Pharma.”

The board apparently equates “governing” with “mandating” and, in its editorial, felt the need to mock the thousands of people across the globe who have recovered from COVID disease due to early treatment:

Any move or recommendation to mask up or, when safe and effective vaccines became available, to make vaccination a requirement of admission to public places and society in general was shouted down as an unwarranted imposition on individual freedoms.

Instead we were left to listen to various forms of foolishness and misinformation, promises of being rescued by everything from a bleach cocktail to horse dewormers to, most recently, drinking our own urine.

The editors gave a thumbs up to Joe Biden for attempting “to pull a couple of useful levers by ordering vaccine mandates for health care workers and vaccine-or-test rules for workplaces of more than 100 employees.”

The mandate-loving board went on to applaud the U.S. Supreme Court for upholding the healthcare workers’ vaccine mandate, but vilified the justices for blocking the OSHA vaccine mandate for private businesses, stating the Court “foolishly” decided that “a communicable disease is not a workplace hazard.”

The editors continued to spew their criticism against freedom-loving Americans and Utah leaders:

We might have headed off omicron with a herd immunity-level of vaccinations, but that would have required a vaccination mandate, which our leaders refused. Instead, we get, “No one could have seen this coming.” That is patently untrue. They were told what to do, and they refused.

“Were Utah a truly civilized place, the governor’s next move would be to find a way to mandate the kind of mass vaccination campaign we should have launched a year ago, going as far as to deploy the National Guard to ensure that people without proof of vaccination would not be allowed, well, anywhere,” the editors assert.

The Tribune editorial board’s authoritarian reveal comes as a survey by Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports finds 78% of Democrat voters support the Biden administration’s push for vaccine mandates. Only 22% of Republicans and 41% of unaffiliated voters, however, support such a mandate.

“And many Democrats would support even harsher measures, including fines for Americans who won’t get the COVID-19 vaccine and criminal punishment for vaccine critics,” Rasmussen Reports noted.

The survey also found 75% of likely Democrat voters, but only 21% of Republicans and 38% of unaffiliated voters, view White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci favorably.

The survey further found, according to Rasmussen Reports:

  • Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters would oppose a plan for Americans who choose not to get a COVID-19 vaccine to be fined. However, among Democrat voters, 55% would support such a proposal, compared to just 19% of Republicans and 25% of unaffiliated voters.
  • Among Democrat voters, 59% would support a government policy requiring citizens to remain confined to their homes at all times, except for emergencies, if they refuse a COVID-19 vaccine. The survey found 61% of all likely voters oppose that plan, however, including 79% of Republicans and 71% of unaffiliated voters.
  • Nearly half (48%) of Democrat voters believe federal and state governments should have the power to fine or imprison individuals who question the efficacy of the current COVID-19 vaccines on social media platforms, the internet, or traditional communication outlets, such as radio and television. However, 27% of all voters, including 14% of Republicans and 18% of unaffiliated voters, support criminal punishment of critics of the vaccines.
  • Among Democrats, 45% would support citizens who refuse a COVID-19 vaccine to temporarily live in a “designated facility.” That policy, however, would be opposed by 71% of all voters, with 78% of Republicans and 64% of unaffiliated voters strongly opposing imprisoning the unvaccinated in “designated facilities.”
  • Among Democrats, 47% support a government tracking program for the unvaccinated – to confirm they are quarantined from others – though 66% of likely voters would oppose governments’ use of such tracking.

The survey of 1,016 likely voters in the U.S. was conducted on January 5, 2022 by the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports. The survey has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.


This content is solely for educational and discussion purposes. Any treatment undertaken in terms of COVID (or any illness) should be discussed with a licensed medical professional.

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