AMERICAN HISTORY STARTED WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON MANDATING INOCULATIONS AGAINST SMALLPOX
So with all the understandable hysteria today with the ongoing Covid pandemic, it might be helpful to look back at some American history. Even as tensions continue to rise in the US between the two groups who are for and against the simplicity of wearing masks, we still don’t have any consensus about what’s really happening. Why? Covid is fake. Illegal immigrants are why the pandemic continues. Any reporting on the pandemic is fake news… you can go on and on. Reality is hard to share with your neighbor in this scenario. But in the past, things were a little simpler. Such as when the country’s first President, George Washington, mandated smallpox inoculations for American troops.
COMPARED TO A VACCINE, AN INOCULATION WAS MUCH SCARIER AND MORE DANGEROUS
No, really. That happened. And it’s easy for Covid anti-vaxxers to dismiss, arguing semantics. You know, that inoculations aren’t vaccinations. And, well, they’d be totally correct, if for the wrong reason entirely. Inoculations were much more dangerous than getting a vaccine. But it’s hard to argue with the logic, which is the greater good. Dying of smallpox was the only other option if you caught “the pox.” So what was this inoculation, exactly? Well, infecting people with a less dangerous version of smallpox to make them more resistant to what would otherwise kill them. But President George Washington saw the need and took action on January 6th, 1777, to inoculate all troops passing thru Philadelphia.
WITH SMALLPOX INOCULATION MANDATE, GEORGE WASHINGTON SHOWED GRIT WE DON’T HAVE TODAY
But no, this wasn’t a casual mandate, seeing as how fears of inoculation led the Continental Congress to ban the practice only the year before. You know, the year America began? Washington’s mandate was anything but popular. Washington had to send his orders to commanding officers about the smallpox inoculation covertly! But by the end of the year, America built 11 hospitals to help facilitate saving people’s lives. Well, and making sure people weren’t too scared to even join the barely started American armed forces for fear of catching the pox.
So for all those naysayers out there, that’s what America could do when we had no history yet! So how did we do that first year of the Covid pandemic? How are we doing now? Not reliving our great history, that’s for damn sure.