Governments throughout history have always (eventually) tried to control their citizens. Sometimes, it’s through force. Sometimes, it’s through coercion of another sort. In more recent times, governments have often tended to use propaganda to do this.
Nazis and communists have been specialists at propaganda, and many people think of those totalitarian regimes when they think of that term, but the truth is that democratically elected governments have tried to control their own populaces through propaganda, too. Yes, even the U.S. government.
One of the latest propaganda campaigns has been the push for vaccinations. Now, you may support vaccinations, or you may oppose them. What isn’t up for debate, though, is the fact that the Federal government, along with many state and municipal governments, has been trying to push CoVid-19 vaccinations through a big propaganda campaign.
They’d call it a public awareness or a public relations (PR) campaign, but, really, it’s propaganda, no matter what the intent.
The irony is that the campaigns haven’t been nearly as successful as our
overlords elected officials would like, and a new initiative in one state makes that abundantly clear. Jessica Marie Baumgartner writes,
Missouri Governor Mike Parson unveiled the “MO VIP” program last week. This campaign encourages unvaccinated Missourians 12 years old and up to get a COVID-19 shot. It offers cash prizes and education savings for tuition.
The Missouri COVID Vaccine website states, “Vaccination is the most effective and long-lasting tool for protection from this infection.” A total of 900 winners will be drawn from those who are already vaccinated as part of the incentive program.
During a press conference to announce this new initiative, the governor stated, “This new program will complement our existing efforts to educate Missourians about the importance of getting the vaccine. Our current COVID-19 situation is serious. This Delta variant transmits faster than what we have previously seen and is more likely to impact children and the unvaccinated, so now is the perfect opportunity to get vaccinated and earn your shot at $10,000.”
The lottery details do not list anything about educating anyone on the vaccine, but they do display dates for prize drawings spanning from July 21 through Oct. 20.
In addition, local health care providers administering the vaccine are now eligible to offer a financial incentive for everyone who gets the shot. Each COVID-19 vaccine recipient is entitled to a $25 payment. This is estimated to cost the state up to $11 million.
That’s right. The government’s propaganda campaign has failed so badly that they’re now trying to bribe people into getting the vaccines.
Wouldn’t it just be simpler if they actually addressed people’s concerns about the vaccines instead of trying to bribe them, intimidate them, or gaslight them? These actions only make skeptical people wonder what the government is hiding.