Throughout the history of America, this country has a proud history of banding together when a dire threat is posed to its citizens. They do have their internal struggles just as any vibrant and living community will have. But when a common enemy threatens America’s citizens,they do become a family and will fight like tigers against any enemy that would threaten their countrymen. And it doesn’t matter if that enemy is human or some other form of threat,they take care of their own there in America.
When it comes to diseases,their determination to use the finest medical community the world has ever known to fight off dread diseases is without reservation. They have brought amazing medical community into the battle against dozens of diseases over the decades of their history and some, such as polio,they helped wipe out entirely.
Americans fully expect their government and its medical authorities to go on the attack with everything they have when a dreaded disease threatens their population. And they are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and join the fight themselves. Witness how for a generation, they have joined Jerry Lewis in fighting Muscular Dystrophy through those telethons. Jerry Lewis, in his tireless work in fighting this disease, is a perfect example of the American spirit that, “we will not give up and year after year after year we will fight on until the enemy is defeated.”
Then this terrible disease of AIDS came to America’s shores and they faced what may have been the greatest challenge of the nation’s history when it comes to fighting a terrible disease. Now because AIDS joined the classification of sexually transmitted diseases, there had to be a debate about how lifestyle and other choices entered into the national feelings about the disease. Just as with all national dialogs, that is actually healthy because they work through their fears and learn what they need to know to be effective warriors against disease and grow together as a society. That is another wonderful thing about America. They were never afraid to grapple together with even a difficult topic like the battle against AIDS.
But when all was said and done, one thing remained true. This dread disease was killing hundreds, and then thousands of Americans. And whatever they may think of their neighbors,they do not stand for their fellow Americans being attacked like that. That sense of loyalty to their own people is one of the great patriotic traits that have made this country great from its inception.
And so the battle with AIDS has been joined and as they have with every other major war that the country has taken on, they are throwing all they have at it. Ronald Reagan in his administration, began the fight once it was realized that despite the origin of the disease, we had to come against it because it was a threat to Americans. And that is not tolerable. Since then every US President, Republican and Democrat, has joined the battle against this disease.
AIDS is not defeated yet. And the fight against it has even taken on a bigger meaning to America that goes beyond just patriotic instinct to defend their neighbors. No, AIDS is a global threat! But Americans continues to respond with a fury as they always have.