Is opposition to masks, vaccines any way to win a war?

Regarding the article in the Aug. 25 Herald, regarding a poll finding majority support for school masks and vaccine mandates:

Among the findings the poll found only 3 in 10 Republicans favor the mandates, meaning 7 out of 10 of them oppose the mandates as “an infringement on their freedom.”

With that type of thinking, the U.S. would never have prevailed over fascism in Germany, Italy and Japan during WWII.

During the late-1960s, local draft boards were dominated by Republicans who decided who would be deferred or exempted from the draft and those who would have to fight in the jungles of Vietnam. Most of those who were actually drafted came from the poorer socio-economic classes. Richer and connected families like the Trumps in New York were able to get their kids out of the draft.

At that time, the Nixon Republicans, in lock-step, told anyone who opposed the draft arguing it is an “infringement on their freedom” were told to “Love America or leave it.” (Democrats to their credit are not telling Republicans to wear a mask and vaccinate or leave America.)

How times have changed!

Morgan Davis

Snohomish

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