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Americans were smart enough to trust science


“Vaccination is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face,” declared a featured speaker at this summer’s Conservative Political Action Conference. The crowd cheered.
Do they remember how polio crippled so many American children? Well, there have been 0, that’s zero, cases of polio originating in the U.S. since since 1979.
How about smallpox? Zero cases in the U.S. since 1949 and Zero in the world since 1980.

And let’s not forget diphtheria, or maybe we should forget it, as it is practically unheard of in the U.S. these days.
Gee, I wonder why these crippling and life-threatening diseases have become completely or mostly irradicated. Could it be because of previous “most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist” plots, that recommended and sometimes mandated vaccinations. Could it be that most Americans then, were smart enough to believe the science and protect themselves and caring enough to protect their fellow citizens?
James A. Morano, New Britain Township