Americans take great pride in our country and expressing patriotism. This couldn’t be more obvious than our national holiday of our July fourth (Independence Day) with all the American flags that will be flying from practically every home to parades and blasting fireworks that will continue probably for a few days afterwards if your neighborhood is anything like mine. Nevertheless, we each may define patriotism in a different way.
Patriotism is love of our country as one nation, not just a convenient show of flags for an occasion. It also is the willingness to defend it from threats that until this past year were foreign, not from within our own borders.
Taking this word lightly to distort what patriotism really stands for as public relations tool to reinvent the truth to feed the masses repeatedly until minds are changed for a political edge to gain power is not patriotism. Though the supreme power that we are, our United States helped other countries when in need as well as looking out for the rights of all citizens to show unity. After all, we are one nation and together we have power.
This is why I cannot understand why so many citizens are avoiding getting their Covid-19 vaccines. Some people have medical reasons for not getting vaccinated, which is fine. Still, others refuse to get that protection as their right as an American. How patriotic of them to go forth and infect those still unvaccinated or partially vaccinated rest of us?
I have heard about others reject the many opportunities to get vaccinated just to make a political statement. After all, the former twice impeached President tossed this devastating virus and global pandemic as harmless as a simple cold. Yet, Trump and his young wife did get the Covid-19 vaccine early on despite his show of strength.
I also find it funny that states even have to resort to tactics with a chance at winning money or scholarship, etc. to motivate our citizens to get vaccinated, which is sad when you think about how hard it was to get a vaccine early or all the people dying still all over the world just waiting for a chance to get a vaccine. Does this make sense?
Patriotism is something to cherish and take seriously. Think of your fellow Americans by doing your part to express real patriotism by getting that vaccine, not just for you but for ALL of us in this land we love.