As I See It – 4th of July: Biden thinks vaccination is the most patriotic thing for Americans to do

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Yes, I agree!

President Joe Biden celebrated Independence Day by rallying, in his speech, Americans to celebrate our nation’s birth and preserving our independence 245 years ago envisioned by the 13 colonies with The Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776.

The President celebrated the nation’s 245th birthday on Sunday by opening the gates of the White House and calling on Americans to do their part to end the COVID-19 pandemic once and for all. (Trevor Hunnicutt, July 4, Reuters)

“This year, the Fourth of July is a day of special celebration for we are emerging from the darkness of … a year of pandemic and isolation, a year of pain, fear and heartbreaking loss,” Biden told a White House party opened to around 1,000 people, including military families and workers involved in the COVID-19 response.

Our Independence Day, I think… in support of the President, is a unifying force for us to move forward. “But the best defense against these variants is to get vaccinated. My fellow Americans, it’s the most patriotic thing you can do. So please, if you haven’t gotten vaccinated. Do it. Do it now. For yourself, for your loved ones, for your community, and for your country. You know, that is how we’ll stay ahead of these variants and protect the hard-won progress we’ve made.”

In a separate posting (ABC News). Biden reflected on the 4th of July: “We’ve lived through some of our darkest days…All across this nation we can say America is coming back together.”

“This year, the Fourth of July is a day of special celebration. For we are emerging from the darkness of years. A year of pandemic and isolation. A year of pain, fear and heartbreaking loss. Just think back to where this nation was a year ago. Think back to where you were a year ago. And think about how far we’ve come,” Biden said to applause from the crowd of 1,000 military families and essential workers.

The Delta variant has been attacking most of our states that are thinly vaccinated. Throughout his remarks, Biden sought to draw a sharp contrast between where the country was a year ago and today, praising the American people for helping to get the virus under control by rolling up their sleeves to get their vaccination shots — at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4

Biden stressed the fight is not over, referencing the delta variants of the virus that have concerned medical experts, as cases spike in areas with low vaccination rates.

“Thanks to our heroic vaccine effort, we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus. We can live our lives, our kids can go back to school, our economy is roaring back. Don’t get me wrong — COVID-19 has not been vanquished. We all know powerful variants have emerged like the delta variant,” Biden said.

“But the best defense against these variants is to get vaccinated. My fellow Americans, it’s the most patriotic thing you can do. So please, if you haven’t gotten vaccinated. Do it. Do it now. For yourself, for your loved ones, for your community, and for your country. You know, that is how we’ll stay ahead of these variants and protect the hard-won progress we’ve made… So today, while the virus hasn’t been vanquished, we know this: It no longer controls our lives. It no longer paralyzes our nation. And it is within our power to make sure it never does again.”

Biden delivered a message of unity, urging the country to come together to continue to fight the virus and get back on track.

“You know, history tells us, when we stand together, when we unite in common cause, when we see ourselves not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans, then there is simply no limit to what we can achieve. None. Today we see the results of the unity of purpose. The unity of purpose we are forging — we’re our nation,” Biden said.

“For together we’re beating the virus,” he continued. “Together we’re breathing life into our economy. Together we will rescue our people from division and despair. But together we must do it. Over the past year, we’ve lived through some of our darkest days. Now I truly believe, I give my word, we are about to see our bright future.”

To make sure we attain the bright future Biden is saying the White House would be deploying response teams made up of officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency across the US to areas with a high spread of the Delta variant. The teams will conduct surge testing, provide therapeutics like monoclonal antibodies and deploy federal personnel to areas that need support staff for vaccinations.

“Today we have the power of science. Thanks to our heroic vaccine effort, we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus. We can live our lives. Our kids can go back to school. Our economy is roaring back,” Biden said Sunday.

The pandemic is still there but as Biden said, we can contain it together, “Don’t get me wrong, Covid-19 has not been vanquished. We all know powerful variants have emerged like the Delta variant. But the best defense against these variants is to get vaccinated. My fellow Americans, it’s the most patriotic thing you can do,” he added.

“So please, if you haven’t gotten vaccinated. Do it. Do it now. For yourself, for your loved ones, for your community, and for your country.”

To drum up sustained enthusiasm, White House’s theme for the holiday weekend is “America’s Back Together,” promoting the idea that much of the nation is returning to pre-pandemic lifestyles as Americans get vaccinated. The President traveled to Traverse City, Michigan, on Saturday to tout the administration’s response to the pandemic and celebrate the progress that has been made.

I agree, Biden was confident that if we work together, we can suppress the virus that has been bugging us for more than a year now. “We just have to remember who we are. We are the United States of America. And there is nothing — nothing we can’t do if we do it together.”

I also agree that if we don’t submit to vaccination, we are part of the problem! So, let’s be part of the solution, America!

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