THE GREEN BAY PACKER DISGRACE
The incredible selfishness allowed famous people are fully and publicly revealed in front of the whole nation. What is it with our culture, in fact, all human cultures? How is it that certain individuals in the culture are given free rein, because of fame, to basically violate almost every tenant of good behavior, ethics, or honorable conduct with impunity?
Aaron Rodgers, the MVP of the National Football League and the famous quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, is a perfect example of this. He lied about having been vaccinated. He did so on national television. When asked if he’d been vaccinated against the Covid virus he said “Yes.” That he followed that admission with another sentence should be immaterial to his lying answer, but it’s not because of his fame. He followed the ‘yes’ with “I’m immunized.” That’s the sentence that’s been concentrated on by most of the media.
The Milwaukee Sentinel is one of the few papers to state that Mr. Rodgers demonstrated a great degree of selfishness, in not getting vaccinated, and then lying about that fact when publicly questioned, and this kind of behavior is not currently forgivable. Mr. Love on Sunday. If he wasn’t shaking in his boots, then nobody would be. No matter what, Mr. Rodgers assured that the Packer game was the most-watched this last Sunday…and the opponents of the Packers played with enthusiasm and zeal not normally seen in regular NFL games.
Thank you, Mr. Rodgers, for handing Green Bay that ignominious defeat. This Rodgers is definitely not the Mr. Rodgers of television fame. Rodgers makes about ninety million dollars a year now, what with his endorsements for Pizza Hut, Previa Health Care, and State Farm Insurance. Previa cut its ties with Rodgers on Monday of this week, while State Farm has decided that they are sticking with him because ‘people should be allowed to choose.’ That State Farm doesn’t get the simple fact that people don’t get to choose to drink and drive, drive unregistered or without insurance or speed or any of the rest of it is amazing. State Farm and Aaron Rodgers are not exercising ‘freedom’ in choosing not to get vaccinated. They are choosing privileged selfishness and thumbing their nose at the rest of the public.
The idea is to have most of the public vaccinated and then enjoy the herd immunity they receive because everyone else took whatever risk there was for them. Many politicians, and others, took the same route when it was time to serve in Vietnam (Cheney, Clinton, Bush Jr. to name a very few). They made themselves into powerful stars making millions back home (as John Wayne did during World War II). Meanwhile, so many men and women went in their places, fought their battles for them, and then got to come home and watch all the progress and money the cowardly received while they were gone.
Aaron Rodgers is a great football quarterback and Green Bay Packer, but he’s also a coward. He will take no risk for his fellow humans. Failing to get vaccinated is a cowardly move and it’s one that’s made with consideration and calculation. How many more Packers up there in the north of the state are just like him or part of his crew? The Packer Coach is just like State Farm. He believes the players should all ‘have a choice.’ Too bad, he seemed like a pretty bright and well-schooled coach. What the public will do with all this is anybody’s guess.
Wisconsin and Brown County (where Green Bay is located) are about sixty percent vaccinated. Wisconsin is barely above the halfway point among all the states in being vaccinated, but the percentages across the nation do not hold up majority support for people and companies taking the stand that Rodgers and State Farm have taken.