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Melvin B. Miller

Americans of an older generation were raised to respect the U.S. Constitution and support rules and regulations to protect and improve the health of American citizens. The Jan. 6 insurrection and the following resistance to Covid-19 vaccination has destroyed both of those basic beliefs.

It was shocking that protesters would invade the nation’s Capitol building to prevent the certification of Electoral College votes to establish Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. But it is now even more shocking that 71% of Republicans believe the lie that the election was fixed and fraudulent. Dozens of recounts, audits and lawsuits have determined the authenticity of the election results.

Then to make matters worse, the world was afflicted with a deadly virus. Pharmacological companies devised antigens to be inoculated to modify the impact of Covid-19. Vaccination was provided to everyone free of charge. Medical research established that the vaccines were safe, and that massive vaccination would likely stop the spread of Covid-19.

However, more than 15% of adult Americans have still refused to accept a remedy that would keep both them and their fellow citizens free from a deadly infection of Covid-19. This lack of concern for others has destroyed the fragile multiracial harmony among Americans that has developed in the past. The concept of “e pluribus unum” will have to be rebuilt.