I imagine if Shakespeare were writing today. He certainly would not have Hamlet saying the words “to be or not to be.” There are better words today that he could use to express the same thoughts. An example would be “to mask or not to mask” or “to vaccinate or not to vaccinate.”
As most know those are choices that for some will determine if they live or die. Worse, they are choices that do not just affect the person making the choice but others around him or her. Where Hamlet’s decision relative to living was going to only affect him.
Those who refuse to mask or vaccinate are much more prevalent in the Republican Red states than in the Blue states. It is in states that voted for Trump and have politicians abetting the idea there is something wrong – not American – in refusing to protect themselves and others.From best I can tell they shout out that by not doing so they are exercising their American freedom.
In America’s history we have seen that the freedom people complain about losing does not really exist. The government has forced people to do things they really do not want to do. One is that folks with Ebola or another easily transmittable disease are not allowed to wander free to infect others. Why then do we allow folks with Covid to do so.
As for restricting freedom what greater example of that is when people are forced to join the military and put themselves in harm’s way. For many years we had the draft which scooped up young men and threw them at our enemy. How does requiring masks compare to that?
I suggest we are handling this pandemic pretty poorly. From Trump’s head in the sand approach including the idea of “herd immunity” (which recent research questions) to Biden’s pusillanimous way of dealing with it, we have lacked the leadership to bring this wild and spreading pandemic under control.
Really the time has come to stop pussy footing around. If we as a nation can draft people and put them in the front lines then we can require people be vaccinated and masked. It is not for them but to protect the nation in the same way the draft was justified.
I do not expect Biden to take those steps. He wants to appear to voters only as a good guy. He wants to be a candy man handing out money and benefits and gaining in popularity by being ‘Good Old Joe.’
He seems to have mixed up the words of JFK who asked: “Don’t ask what the country can do for you but what you can do for the country!” It would be nice if someone reminded him of them.
Hopefully Biden can become a leader not the follower he appears to be. Throwing the Afghan people to the wolves, not stopping the Russian pipeline, and other things do not show leadership. Biden should ask himself whether to be a leader or not. Leaders demand things from folks that are hard to do. They don’t try to bribe them