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“Don’t pretend it’s about freedom,” Scott chides Covid skeptics

Gov. Phil Scott today sharply rebuked Vermonters who in the name of patriotism and freedom refuse to follow state Covid-19 requirements.

Vermont is at an all-time high of 593 positive cases. A record 122 positive cases were recorded yesterday, November 16. Health officials expect the number of cases to grow. According to the Vermont Health Dept. dashboard, 17 Vermonters are hospitalized with Covid-19, with one in the ICU. Deaths are at 59, with one since mid-July.

Reading his prepared opening remarks at his regular Tuesday press conference (about the 50 minute mark), Gov. Scott said: 

“I want to speak to the skeptics….again. Make no mistake. I understand that if you want to ignore the science or choose not to believe, there’s not much we can do to stop you. But I want to be clear. The number of people in hospitals across the country is growing because some care more about what they want to do than what they need to do to protect others – keep people in schools, keep people working, and prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed to the point where care is being delivered in makeshift hospitals. It’s a fact that the consequences of an overwhelmed health care system will have a greater impact onthe  economy and welfare than all the prevention and mitigation measures in place across the country. 

“So – again – the skeptics are right. They can do what they want. But please – don’t call it patriotic. Don’t pretend it’s about freedom.  Because real patriots serve and sacrifice for all. Whether they agree with them or not. Patriots also stand up and fight when our nation’s health ansd security is threatened. Right now, our country and way of life is being attacked by the virus, not by the protections we put in place. 

“So – again – the skeptics are right. They can do what they want. But please – don’t call it patriotic. Don’t pretend it’s about freedom.  Because real patriots serve and sacrifice for all. Whether they agree with them or not.” – Gov. Phil Scott

“I understand getting together with family and friends at the holidays is important. As I said last week I haven’t seen my mom or my daughter in more than a year. But right now we are seeing record growth, and it’s because….adults get together with other adults, in multiple household situations, usually involving alcohol, where they stop taking precautions…..

“You can question our methods. But please – do your part.”

Many commenters following the press conference online agreed with the governor, but not all. “Real patriots follow the Constitution,” said Kevin Ryan, an Essex Junction native who lives in New York City. “And the Governor is lying. Hospital admissions are not up…and never did they overwhelm hospitals, not even in New York City.”

That didn’t sit well with commenter Forrest Wallace: “Kevin Ryan, the constitution declares that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are our fundamental rights. By ignoring science you risk depriving others of their right to life.”

Gov. Scott later said he is frustrated with but not angry at some non-cooperative Vermonters, but is angry at the virus.

Other Vermont Covid-19 developments:

  • Agency of Human Services Mike Smith today announced that, as in the spring, no visitors will be allowed at Vermont hospitals, except for limited exceptions. 
  • The State of Vermont has no program or plan to trace quarantined Vermonters via cellphone GPS, Gov. Scott said in reply to a press conference question by Vermont Daily. Reports out of New York say residents there are being tracked on their cellphones for purposes of quarantine enforcement.
  • Friday’s press conference will discuss specifics about how last week’s ban on multi-household private gatherings will be enforced. Some “what if” questions have already been answered. 

For example, in a home in which someone (returning college student, for example) is in mandatory quarantine, the other residents do not need to quarantine as well. WPTZ reported in an interview with a VT Dept. of Health official that “while a college student is quarantining, health experts said that doesn’t mean the rest of the family needs to…. the student in quarantine can still be around other family members in common areas of the home, just try to maintain 6 feet apart.”

Multi-family homeschooling appears to be exempt from the multi-household ban, a Vermont official told VPR’s Vermont edition following today’s press conference. The ban restricts specific multi-household activities, and education is not among them, the official said. 

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  1. Patriotism is fighting or sacrificing for our GOD given rights and freedom. Not for people who may get a virus that will make them sick for a week. Pretty sure the revolution was not put on hold everytime gang green broke out because of intense patriotism.

    • Phil Scott is clueless about patriotism. Now you know why the democrats voted for him. And now you know why Scott made such a big show of it when he voted for Bejing Biden.

  2. Seventeen Vermonters are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, and we have had one death in the whole state from this virus in the past four months. How many hospitalizations and deaths do we normally get from the seasonal flu, or any other cause for that matter, over the same time period? Do we impose draconian restrictions on the freedoms of healthy people for those? Scott’s August 1st mask mandate was supposed to get the virus under control, so life could return to normal. How well has that worked over the past three and a half months? I think he is either badly misinformed, or enjoying his tyranny over the people of this state. He has no right to tell anyone they cannot gather with family and friends for holidays or other events.

  3. Our country is being attacked by the elites and their choice of weapon is the Chinese Flu and the environment. Stop making us out to be fools.

  4. The governor says, “Right now, our country and way of life is being attacked by the virus, not by the protections we put in place.” I contend that our country is under attack from within by a growing tyranny within the government. When the Governor tries to prohibit me from having my children and grandchildren in my private home he IS infringing upon my “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.” Governor Scott did you, or did you not, “”I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will be true and faithful to the State of Vermont, and that I will not, directly or indirectly, do any act or thing injurious to the Constitution . . .”? You are indirectly (only because you have not passed a law) injuring the Constitution.

  5. What disgusting blather from Governor Scott, a true insult to Vermont and this nation, to which if he wants to retain his dignity should tender his resignation from office immediately if he does not have the guts to take back the comment the is the headline of this article.

    Governor Scott is not a scientist he is a sophist and hypnotist, employed because he keeps the majority of people who are not scientists either, a feeling of comfort….The comfort of wearing a muzzle in public as part of a sado masochistic freak show run by modern day Venetians, ruling the world through corporate fiat and the puppet leaders willing to push the agenda as Scott is doing, and which can be affirmed that Vermont is part of a Vichy government, beholden to a various hues of fascism with a smiley face.
    Frankly it is disgusting and sick to hear such trite disregard and lecturing from the summer race car driver….round and round and it is the same rodeo and he does not think it is about freedom.

    Freedom is what keeps us alive, fresh air and sunshine, and the understanding that there is no real science without freedom, the great scientists where freedom lovers and in many case martyrs to the court jesters of the oligarchies through history and today typified by the deified pharmaceutical mafia and its control over medicine in particular which has lost its roots and its principles, principles enshrined in the Hippocratic oath that has now been subsumed by politics and the insurance and banking iservices that want to turn Vermonters into social credit cash cows.

    Moo Moo Got FEAR…..be AFRAID cause Philly Scott is yelling fire in a theater, yes a theater, to a masked audience fearing that you could be the source of their death as actual bacteria breed in the mask, breed in the mask breed in the mask which is but the symbol of something so sad…no scuttle along and get a shot made out of aborted babies!

  6. What disgusting blather from Governor Scott, a true insult to Vermont and this nation, to which if he wants to retain his dignity should tender his resignation from office immediately if he does not have the guts to take back the comment the is the headline of this article.

    Governor Scott is not a scientist he is a sophist and hypnotist, employed because he keeps the majority of people who are not scientists either, a feeling of comfort….The comfort of wearing a muzzle in public as part of a sado masochistic freak show run by modern day Venetians, ruling the world through corporate fiat and the puppet leaders willing to push the agenda as Scott is doing, and which can be affirmed that Vermont is part of a Vichy government, beholden to a various hues of fascism with a smiley face.
    Frankly it is disgusting and sick to hear such trite disregard and lecturing from the summer race car driver….round and round and it is the same rodeo and he does not think it is about freedom.

    Freedom is what keeps us alive, fresh air and sunshine, and the understanding that there is no real science without freedom, the great scientists where freedom lovers and in many case martyrs to the court jesters of the robots the pharmaceutical mafia and its control over medicine in particular which has lost its roots and its principles, principles enshrined in the Hippocratic oath that has now been subsumed by politics and the insurance and banking iservices that want to turn Vermonters into social credit cash cows.

    Moo Moo Got FEAR…..be AFRAID cause Philly Scott is yelling fire in a theater, yes a theater, to a masked audience fearing that you could be the source of their death as actual bacteria breed in the mask, breed in the mask breed in the mask which is but the symbol of something so sad…no scuttle along and get a shot made out of aborted babies!

  7. Truthfully, this COVID tyranny is meant to distract from the election fraud. They also want us to be afraid and intimidated.
    Not so much.

  8. Here’s a helpful analogy. You live in a gated community and a couple from China have moved in across the street. The Chinese couple complain that they don’t like the color of low wall in front of your house. They whine to the community association who then advise you to paint the wall or you will be kicked out. Furthermore they tell you where you must purchase the paint or you will be kicked out. You buy the paint, paint the wall and the next day the paint peels off. You paint it again with the same result. The community association is now threatening you with eviction if you do not cater to the Chinese neighbor’s whim. You paint the wall again and again. How many times do you do this before you realize that the mask, ah…the paint doesn’t work? Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result? Take the masks off and enjoy the holidays with your family, friends and neighbors.

  9. but nothing is done about out of staters bringing the virus to vermont! if they didn’t bring it, we wouldn’t have it, in the last three weeks I have seen license plates from over 30 states where I live

  10. In a world as sophisticated and intertwined as ours, it is folly to believe all circumstance is happenstance. The only real conspiracy theory is that there are no conspiracies. Skepticism is healthy. Skepticism is the basis of scientific method. ‘Science begins with the null hypothesis, which assumes that the claim under investigation is not true until demonstrated otherwise’. After all, as Einstein said: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

    Enter Phil Scott, a presumptively well-meaning education major out of UVM, former construction worker who, with his cousin, eventually took over the Dubois Construction Company, his family’s business since 1946. But for the last 20 years, Phil Scott has been a politician. While he was a State Senator, he reportedly had several State construction contracts. Phil Scott knows how to walk the fine line of crony capitalism. I know something about how the system works too, having been a contractor in Vermont for 40 years.

    Long story short: Phil Scott is a mini bit player in today’s socio-political environment. There are single company CEOs and Unions in the U.S. with more employees than Vermont has people. The National Education Association (NEA) has 2.3 Million members. Walmart has 2.2 Million employees. Amazon has 1.3 Million. Berkshire Hathaway has 391,000. Microsoft has 163,000. Google has 100,000. Those are just a few American organizations. Then there are the Chinese, the Europeans, India and so forth.

    So, who is pulling the strings? Who are the puppet masters?

    In an acronym, it’s the WEF. The World Economic Forum, aka The International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. Guys like Germany’s Klaus Schwab. You know, the folks who meet in Davos, Switzerland every year. Just before the pandemic began, they initiated ‘The Great Reset Initiative’. Google it!

    This group includes the wealthiest most powerful people in the world. They control big business, governments, and the mainstream media. The NEA has a lock on American K-12 education. Jeff Bezos of Amazon – owns The Washington Post. Carlos Slim – the New York Times. Michael Bloomberg – Bloomberg L.P., a privately held financial, software, data, and media company. You get the idea. Bloomberg, for example, has spent more than $1.2 Billion (that’s with a B) of his own money in the American 2020 election cycle alone. American universities received $1 Billion from China. Never mind the Hunter Biden fiasco. Does anyone honestly believe this isn’t an ‘investment’?

    So, what is ‘The Great Reset Initiative’?

    Well, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, spilled the beans this week in his address to the WEF. ‘Many were cautious about diving down the Reset rabbit hole while acknowledging that an unusually large number of world leaders and NGO directors were speaking in similar terms. US president-elect Joe Biden’s campaign slogan was “Build Back Better,” while UK PM Boris Johnson announced months ago that his country would use the coronavirus as an opportunity to Build Back Better.’

    So, what did Trudeau say to the WEF just last week?
    “Building back better means giving support to the most vulnerable while maintaining our momentum on reaching the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the [Sustainable Development Goals]. This pandemic has provided an opportunity for a reset. This is our chance to accelerate our pre-pandemic efforts to reimagine economic systems that actually address global challenges like extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.”

    Let me reiterate: “…this pandemic has provided an opportunity…”! What does that mean? Was the pandemic mere ‘happenstance’?

    Our American Republic is unique in this world. Individual liberty and freedom are still its mainstay. But our individualism is clearly under attack by WEF oligarchs (and their perhaps ignorant and naive marionettes, like Phil Scott), who believe they know better than we do.

    I, for one, disagree with their assertions and remain willing to debate the issue with anyone who cares to indulge it.

    Cogito, ergo sum – Caveat emptor.

  11. I think Mr. Scott fails to recognize something: he is not the arbiter of the Constitution – nor is any elected official which too many think they are. They are defenders of those principles not the grantor. When he throws back the comment: “real patriots serve and sacrifice for all” what is overlooked is who is doing the sacrificing. No government worker has gone without a paycheck through all of this. And in return the private citizen getS constant restrictions and mandates to “behave”. No, Mr. Scott, we will not sacrifice the most precious commodity we all share: FREEDOM FROM GOVERMENT CONTROL NO MATTER HOW WELL INTENDED BY YOU AND THE REST OF THE ELECTED CLASS. “

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