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Communique "Vaccination Hesitation = Death" 8-23-2021


Today, let’s start our day with a bold assertion. When the nation is faced with a deadly pandemic, implementing a program striving to provide the best health care practices does not equal government overreach.

I admit I’m having problems understanding exactly what is wrong with a government sponsored program initiated during a world-wide health crisis, now contagious as all get out, with possibly deadly repercussions having no hidden agenda other than its expressed core mission, you know, saving lives?

On August 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its final approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine that will allow the manufacturer to market the vaccine under the commercial name Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na’-tee). Just doing their job mind you, but I hope the announcement gives those who are still on the fence about getting vaccinated another good reason to feel comfortable that the risk/reward factor is in their favor and yes, getting fully vaccinated is the right thing to do.


In no way do I believe this will be the end of the rebellion, if you want to call it that, of the right-wing nut crazy something about autism contingency’s anti-vax critics and naysayers who I have no doubt will still believe the Pfizer vaccine as well as those created under or at least side-by-side with Project Warp Speed will immobilize, magnetize, accessorize (with a Bill Gates custom chip as if he cares who or where you are), anything but immunize, well, you get the picture.


This is what happens when a significant enough percentage of our population continues to operate on let’s call it far less than accurate information choosing to rely on what I identify as “emotional content” to make decisions while the FDA along with the rest of America continues to do their job on behalf of America.


This is not to say that “emotional content” perhaps expressed as a gut-feeling or two is always wrong. It is not. However, at this junction of reliance on science as a necessary component of our ultimate Covid-19 victory, mutations and all, must give way to a far less reticent (no more serpent DNA, OK?) and functional reality based on long term, societal objectives that don’t rely on horse de-wormers or donations to one of the many shysters out there willing to take your hard-earned dollars in return for saving you from imaginary lizard people, pedophiles and your children from trafficking rings, the only actual one I know of involving Matt Gaetz.


And so, this juncture of which I speak, is it not time to simply move on from baseless conspiracy theories and projecting false guilt and liability to those who are only trying to help you? And, importantly, have not to my knowledge mandated any procedures forcing any American to submit to involuntary vaccination? In return for a more can we call it sophisticated, mature, or how about “grown-up” assessment of the situation?


Including a sobering revaluation of individual rights versus the legitimate needs of society and our participation toward the common good? Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there is no value in recognizing every American’s individual right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but when does this somewhat at this point sentimental and to be honest somewhat childish expression of natural rights give way to the necessity of working with our fellow citizens to eradicate a disease?


We did it with small pox, mumps and polio. Is there anyone out there who would argue we are not better off due to our joint efforts at vaccinations as opposed to flinging thoughts and prayers alone, again, not entirely useless, but has yet to check the “eradication” box without the use of modern medicine, or dare I say, science?


Isn’t it time We, the People, as a sovereign nation decided to act like one? Isn’t it time we took a shared look of what it means to be a “patriot” during times of strife and what our obligations, forgetting the government, to each other might be?


The classic definition of a patriot is “one who loves and supports his or her country.” At this intersection of time and events related to the Covid-19, how does arguing the efficacy of a preventative if not curative drug to a dangerous, and here’s a key word, contagious virus to your personal self, leave you with no responsibility to the greater good?


America is not a concept or theory. It is We, the People. People make up America. How does denying your countrymen and women the right to proceed with their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness square with the ideals of a patriot? To do so, is it not true that showing love and care or at least a sense of responsibility for those who have heeded the patriot’s call and are vaccinated, not only for their own benefit but for the benefit of all?


And what of the future? Given all the evidence to the contrary, how is it in anyone’s interest to keep prolonging a pandemic that requires your participation in our common goal to eradicate this scourge from our lives? Speaking of which, how many lives will it take until some semblance of empathy takes hold, 600,000 lost lives apparently for some, not enough.


Further and for my two cents, a true American patriot takes into consideration the potential effects on the future with the American ideal being to leave each successive generation a better life than that of their parents. Is unnecessarily extending an epidemic to who knows when (it’s not like the virus is going to stop on its own) the best legacy for our children and our children’s children? I think not.


Lastly, and on a personal note, may I ask that for all of those who are still unvaccinated, consider these ancient but still words of the wise.


“A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit.” — Greek Proverb

Right here and right now is the time to ask yourself, and if not for yourself, will you, for the betterment of all battling Covid-19 today, and for the continued prosperity of our great nation going forward, will you not get vaccinated? Isn’t it time to plant that tree? Please?


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