This is in response to the letter to the editor by Frank Scalia which was printed on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
Everyone should get the COVID-19 vaccine, though I can understand any uneasiness tied to it. Our government hardly ever gives anything out for free, which can cause some concern when the vaccine is being provided for free. The proof of vaccination that comes with it shouldn’t be seen as a tool to segregate anyone. I have not personally been asked for proof of my vaccination, even though I have it readily available on my LA Wallet app that includes my driver’s license. Those who refuse the vaccine should know that they are putting others at risk by going to events where they could contract the virus or pass it on to others.
To say that citizens are being pitted against each other over race and political beliefs is nothing new. We must remember that the civil rights movement has not ended. The separation between political parties has become increasingly divided which should bring to light the need for more than two parties. The Green and Libertarian parties should be included in national politics instead of being blacklisted and excluded from debates. Having only two controlling parties is just asking for this division between citizens.
The claim that the military is weeding out anyone who doesn’t agree with global warming, agrees with the second amendment, and has conservative opinions is incorrect. The military is trying to keep extremists from enlisting, not simply refusing all Republicans.
Having claimed that critical race theory is purely Marxism is incorrect. It is not a political faction, rather it is teaching the youth of the country about how racism shaped the way we live and how our public policy was shaped by the racism that has run rampant in our country for hundreds of years.
The First Amendment is one of the most well-known across the country, and it must be known that there are consequences when used to make statements that are hateful or incite violence. Just because we have the right to speak our minds freely, does not mean that people should be allowed to be hateful online with no repercussions. When anyone can post anything online without moderation, online environments will become toxic and ineffective at their goal of giving people a commonplace to have a voice virtually.
No time soon do I see the citizens of the United States of America losing their freedoms. If anything, we will have more individualized freedom away from the exclusive ways of the past.