You know something, when I woke up on the
morning afternoon of January 1st, 2020, I was filled with so much optimism and enthusiasm as I looked forward to November. Things were on track, watching the Democratic primaries, the rallies… counting the days until the President finally reaps what he has sown.
And then this coronavirus hits.
You think we would’ve learned something after watching other countries (China, Italy) slowly unravel and fall into chaos. We saw the extreme measures these countries were taking in order to combat the spread. We had ample time (or we could have) and evidence to understand how dangerous this virus is and what precautions were necessary but we didn’t do anything for the longest time.
I put the blame squarely on this country’s leadership for downplaying the threat and basically ignoring warnings, being incompetent, or hiding all the red flags and adopting this ‘business-as-usual’ stance while the President hopes he still gets re-elected. That is the message that was conveyed early on and that’s what the majority of Americans did: followed the lead of our President and stuck their heads in the sand thinking America would not be affected by this virus simply because the virus is half a world away… well like other lessons this administration has had to learn: the world is one community and you cannot pretend to be able to cut yourself off economically, ecologically, or socially.
Well, we stayed the course and now look where we are. We are on track to see numbers skyrocket much like they have in Italy of both infections as well as deaths.
Only recently has the President finally expressed a sense of urgency about the situation (finally) and spoke recently about plans to shore up the production of medical equipment, but he’s going about it based on the interests of his for-profit friends from whom he’s more than willing to take direction from.
I don’t fault these people for believing the President. You should be able to trust your leaders and believe that they have your best interests in mind. I hope this has shown you otherwise. The President and the people he’s appointed throughout the U.S. Government do not care about you. They only care about appeasing their rich friends and corporations.
In my last post I tried to express the idea that this President doesn’t care about you and now we have this perfect storm of events that provides the evidence I hope will finally sway you away from reelecting this individual.
The President only cares about helping the economy because it’ll help the companies. He doesn’t care what kind of consequences his decisions and actions will have on the average American. This has always been his position. Up until a few days ago he’s never once called for ALL U.S. states to lockdown, asked people to self-isolate for the good of their communities, or even promoted social distancing. His line has been to let the states decide for themselves. He has not had the backbone or interest to put the health of the public above all, and before you say, ‘well even the President can’t enforce that kind of thing on every state,’ sure maybe not, but he can sure as hell make it a federal mandate at the very least. Even if individual states don’t go along with it, at least the people in his voter base might have listened to that and done the right thing.
In a live briefing earlier this week we caught a rare glimpse of a President seemingly doing ‘the right thing,’ or possibly pressured by reality to take this COVID-19 crisis seriously for once. We were introduced to the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines (not the White House’ guidelines, the President’s because I’m sure he wrote it all by himself) and he was talking about all the positive things that would be happening [goodness knows when] but more importantly we got to hear from individuals on his Coronavirus Task Force who actually knew what they were talking about like Dr. Fauci and FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor.
Things were looking up! And then…
This happened a day after the live briefing. ONE DAY. But this is typical, right? He seems to follow the script when he’s in front of people and surrounded by more responsible individuals but when he’s on Twitter–oh, that’s when you hear what he’s really thinking.
The WHO warns that the U.S. may become the next pandemic epicenter unless drastic steps are taken but instead we’re going to be asked to risk our lives for the sake of trying to save an economy that quite frankly may not be recoverable in the short term, but of course the President lacks thought, critical thinking and foresight so he believes the economy can be saved fast and now. Hopefully before November’s election, right?
In the meantime we’re seeing unemployment climb, people struggling to meet the financial demands of their life while trying to stay alive because of the lack of empathy demonstrated by our elected officials even on the state level [video here]… but it’s nice to see our hired employees on the Hill capitalizing on our misery.
If current events have taught you anything it should be that we should have universal basic income so people can feel free NOT to endanger their lives or the lives of others by going out during a pandemic to earn enough money to support themselves and their families and we should have universal healthcare so no one needs to worry about NOT going to the hospital if they’re ill so they can receive the treatment they need.
You shouldn’t need to be wealthy to be able to get tested for the coronavirus! But healthcare is an industry in this country… it’s a business, so of course it helps.
And if you haven’t learned anything, that’s fine, too. Continue listening to the President… maybe even take him up on some medical advice even though he’s not a doctor. What’s the worst that can happen?
Edit #1: On March 13th the President actually signed charts of the Dow Jones Industrial Average showing a massive gain. He was so proud that he signed these things like he expected people to put it up on their refrigerators next to their toddler’s macaroni craft project. It seems to escape him that he shouldn’t have to be congratulated for simply doing his job. To be sure, the reason for the jump is because he declared a national emergency, but that’s probably not the best reason to celebrate.