Our country wouldn’t survive another World War

Our country wouldn't survive another World War

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Cynthia Rossi, Staff Writer

In history class one day, Mr. Tonsoni posed a very valid question: Given America’s response to wearing masks, would we be able to ration if another world war were to occur? Rationing refers to the government only allowing each household or citizen to obtain a certain amount of an item to prevent shortages. During WWII, America heavily rationed materials like rubber and paper. But to American citizens, it just made sense. The health and safety of our soldiers was and is more important than our overindulgence. However, I strongly believe that given America’s recent response to masks, our country doesn’t have the selflessness it once had to survive another world war. 

Masks shouldn’t be as controversial as they are. Whenever I post something on Facebook or Instagram about the importance of wearing masks, I prepare for the impending 20 heated responses explaining why I’m a “sheep”, “slave to the government”, or simply “the reason America is failing.” Honestly, I don’t know whether or not masks work; I am not a scientist. But I do know that if there’s even a slight chance that I am doing something to help others, I am going to do it. The same logic can be applied to rations. American soldiers needed materials like paper and rubber much more than Americans at home did. They voluntarily sacrificed those materials because it was the right thing to do. Americans even participated in “Meatless Tuesdays” as a way of ensuring American soldiers were well-fed away from home. This same level of patriotism and dedication to the United States doesn’t seem to exist today. 

There’s no denying that our country is divided right now. While our country is very young and has a lot of room for growth, it sometimes feels as if we are in a state of stagnation. Constant bickering and no room for progress often leaves Americans feeling hopeless and unheard. If another war (especially one as serious as World War II) were to occur, we would need to form a united front and come together as Americans to protect our country. Is this even possible given today’s climate? Have we become too divided to rise to the occasion and defend the land we hold so dear to us? 

In the words of the late John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” The selfishness must stop. We need to hold ourselves accountable when we’re not doing as much as we possibly can for our country and its people. It is our duty as American citizens to make certain personal sacrifices for the good of our country. I have hope in this country and its resilience, but I am incredibly disappointed in the current state we are in and am eager for change.