| Sarasota Herald-Tribune
How did public health become a partisan issue?
When did it become a party label to wear a mask in the midst of a pandemic?
Why is it that those who identify with one political party consider the other party’s loyalists as less patriotic, more close-minded, even immoral?
Much has been said and written in recent years about the stark partisanship that divides this nation. Traditionally, when there is a crisis, Americans have come together to face the situation as a united front. I remember the Cuban missile crisis and the assassination of President Kennedy as times when we were one nation. Likewise, after the 9-11 attacks, I was inspired by the sight of members of Congress standing together on the steps of the capitol singing “God Bless America.”
Though different approaches to these and other challenges surfaced as time when on, the initial reaction was Americans across the political spectrum together in spirit. That has not been the…