By Larry Seitz | August 24, 2009
The fall season is approaching as children return to school, traffic increases on local streets, leaves begin to change color and nights become cooler. A time of seasonal change filled with mixed emotions, memories, and experiences. Yet, now we have a threat that hovers over us like nothing else I can recall in recent times.
The horror of children suffering and people dying in NYC who returned from a vacation in Mexico and our government’s weak policy in restraint was disturbing. Now as the news heats up about the potential of Swine flu and its wide appeal to many age groups, especially the young, anticipatory anxiousness grows. Nothing like creating a subliminal fear frenzy early.
One hears that sufficient vaccine may not be available. Another form of government rationing, ill preparation or just the reality of fighting time? The public really doesn’t know. Just hostages to whatever news ‘leaks’ out or permitted to be editorialized for someone’s gain.
In these times, it seems like more negativity pervades our outlets of and for information. Politicians make statements, on all levels, that are quickly refuted and discredited. What is the public to believe?
As the summer days of health plan rebuttal continues, and town hall meetings increase in intensity, one wonders who will be the next target that the politicians try to destroy. I always thought if the public hires these people to do their bidding why would they try to destroy relationships and pit one against the other. Is that the American way or just the way Teflon politicians act?
I wonder if the health care plan doesn’t pass and the swine flu vaccine doesn’t help enough, are the politicians going to blame the public for the deaths of innocent children and young people and the elderly? When people are suffering blame the innocent who just want their health care to be what it has always been. What a philosophy to teach our children.