The need for a shared vision

As the war against the coronavirus rages on, during a period of transition the American people must unify.


Ivan Mark

A woman crosses the street wearing a mask. During this time of uncertainty, it is more important than ever before to put differences aside and come together.

It’s unescapable. Seemingly every day, even every hour someone or something mentions the coronavirus. A year since the first case, it is still a global problem, revealing the failure of our government.

Totaling 13.4 million cases and 267k deaths in the United States alone, with numbers growing consistently each day, they just tell a small story of the failure. What the pandemic has revealed about America and its people is that they are impossibly stubborn.

From those in leadership to the general populous, control isn’t welcomed in their lives. California Governor Gavin Newsome was seen at a restaurant just after issuing the closure of indoor and outdoor dining. So many have been preoccupied with selfish concerns that those who can’t rush back to normalcy are being punished.

Hospitals are full, high risk persons must stay inside, students suffer from poor grades. Scientists are rushing out a vaccine that a large number of people are unsure about and people today still refuse to wear masks.

Everybody seems to want the same thing, they just have different ways to get there. The year old virus demonstrates that the two weeks to flatten the curve offered at the start did very little.

As we begin the transition process into not only a new year, but new administration the American people should step back and take time to reflect.

Ronald Reagan once said the nine worst words for anyone to hear are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”. The government certainly hasn’t helped, but the responsibility shouldn’t be theirs alone.

It is time for Americans to understand we owe a debt to those who have lost something this year. A sports season, a regular life, a job, and most importantly a loved one.

Loss of one life is a tragedy, and the loss of mass life is not a statistic, but a catastrophe. It is not the time to ask what your country can do for you, rather what you can do for your country.

Adhere to the policies, wear a mask, make informed decisions about the vaccine. It is an act of charity for those who don’t have the privilege to not care.

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