The military: Sacrificing personal freedoms for you
I am a huge fan of Sarah Smiley’s writing. This particular article first appeared in the BDN on October 19, 2014. Ms. Smiley writes and says what many of us have been thinking. Thanks, Sarah for this well written article.
The article begins like this:
“— A school district in Washington state decided to remove swings sets from its playgrounds after the tragic death of a child. Never mind the thousands — no, millions — of children nationwide who get good old-fashioned, diabetes-fighting exercise on swing sets.— A school district in Nebraska urged teachers to quit using terms such as “boys and girls” and to try something less gender-oriented such as “purple penguins.” (Wait, are penguins purple? I thought they were black.)
— A nurse from Texas got on a plane, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s approval, for the Columbus Day weekend just days after having close contact with the first Ebola patient to die in the United States.
— And an NBC medical correspondent who was supposed to be in isolation for possible exposure to Ebola went out to get some soup. Because she was hungry.
In other news: from sports leagues all across the country — probably in a neighborhood near you — children get trophies just for showing up. Even when they lose.
I can’t think of a time when our “me culture” has become more blatantly obvious. After decades of handing out meaningless trophies, wrapping our youth in protective bubble wrap and making sure that not one single person ever hurts, suffers or loses some personal freedom, we’ve finally met our match: a disease that doesn’t care.
But if October’s news has you feeling as gloomy and defeated as it has made me, suddenly there was this: 4,000 U.S. troops, who are undoubtedly worried about a new, invisible opponent, are headed to Africa — because the government told them to go. And when they return, those troops will wait an extra 21 days in quarantine before they can be with their families. Yes, even if it’s a holiday weekend or they want soup.
People of the United States military: Still sacrificing their personal freedoms for you every single day“. – Please click HERE to read the entire article. It is well worth reading.
There, of course, is more to this story. The other night, I saw this in the BDN: (click on links to read full articles)
Lawyer for Fort Kent nurse held on Ebola fears says she won’t abide by quarantine
This morning she is out for a bike ride. Helping in another country is a noble cause and I commend her for that. However, responsibility to her own country needs to be considered too. So she doesn’t show any symptoms at this time. HELLO – that is why the 21 day quarantine! This disease can take up to 21 days to show it’s ugly face.
If she won’t adhere to the quarantine, she is jeopardizing everyone that she comes in contact with – all because she feels that she has the right to do whatever she wants – rules and protocol be damned. Most of the folks in Aroostook County can’t afford a fancy lawyer to fight for their civil rights. What about their rights to expect this person to act responsibly and not jeopardize their well-being.
The government doesn’t know everything there is to know about the spread of this disease but I, for one, would rather that they are cautious until they figure it out. Perhaps someday they will decide that 21 days is not necessary but right now that is the protocol. Yet, this attention grabbing, whiny nurse says that staying home for 21 days is jeopardizing her civil rights. What ever happened to common sense?
To quote Ms. Smiley on our military returning: “And when they return, those troops will wait an extra 21 days in quarantine before they can be with their families. Yes, even if it’s a holiday weekend or they want soup.” After all, it is the responsible thing to do!!