To Governor O’Malley,
The notion that taking an injection is the patriotic duty of the citizenry of the United States is not only ludicrous, but shows clearly that you have absolutely no notion of what a person’s patriotic duty really is. To equate the two is a sure indication that you have no regard for your constituency (or the American people as a whole), and have only the vaguest notion of what it is to be an American. You, sir, are unfit for the office you now hold; you should step down immediately, as you can only prove to be a danger to your state. Barring that, my hope is that the people of your fine state vote you out of office as soon as they possibly can.
Story from the Washington Post:
Md. Gov. Calls Seasonal Flu Shots a ‘Patriotic Duty’
By Aaron C. Davis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Wednesday said it was residents’ “patriotic duty” to get seasonal flu shots in coming weeks to make it easier for health officials to determine if outbreaks are related to H1N1, or swine flu.
If residents do not get vaccinated against seasonal strains and later get sickened by them as a result, there will be little way to determine if those falling ill this fall and winter have been infected by less worrisome strains, or by the more contagious H1N1 virus, O’Malley said.
The governor characterized that scenario as serious because it could stress supplies of antiviral treatments and other resources needed to care for swine flu victims, since only those Marylanders sick enough to be hospitalized may undergo tests to confirm the presence of swine flu, state health officials said.
“You’ll be doing your patriotic duty to get your seasonal flu shot this year,” O’Malley said. If you’ve never received one, “by golly, this is a very good year to do it for the first time,” he said