Just a couple of short snippets tonight …
Laws and rules are in place for a reason. Granted, some of them are ridiculous or outdated and most of us only laugh about those. But, for the most part, we obey the laws and expect others to do the same. This era of populism, this reign of Trumpism, however, seems to have given some the idea that it is okay to disobey the laws that are inconvenient for them.
Yesterday, the governor of my state, Mike DeWine, put into place a mandate that everyone must wear a mask covering mouth and nose when in a public venue. Numerous other governors, in lieu of a federal mandate, have imposed similar ones. So, everyone in those states is either wearing a mask or staying home, right? Wrong. Not only are about a third of the people simply refusing to wear a mask, but local authorities are, in many cases, refusing to enforce the ruling.
In my own county, the virus has spiked significantly in the past two weeks as a result of businesses opening back up and people being exposed more and more. Yet, the county sheriff, one Richard Jones, has said …
“I am not going to enforce any mask-wearing. That is not my responsibility, that is not my job. People should be able to make that choice themselves.”
Why hasn’t he been fired? Enforcing the law is, after all, his job. This scenario has played out all around the country. Businesses are far more likely to enforce the rules of mask-wearing than local law enforcement. But worse yet, people who choose not to wear a mask are getting violent over it … there is simply no excuse for this! I cannot wear a mask, so I stay home! Period. I no longer even go into the grocery to buy my weekly groceries, but order online and pay $5 to have them picked, bagged, and I can drive by and pick them up.
This nation has many problems to solve, but until we act responsibly and with respect for others, we aren’t going to even be able to begin to solve them. I am disgusted with those who care not one whit about the lives of their own families, let alone the rest of the world. You want to risk your life, fine … go parachute jumping, or join the army and ask for duty in Afghanistan. But nobody has the right to willfully and maliciously put others at risk for their own pleasure.
Typically, I would have no problem with the president of the nation weighing in on when schools should re-open. But these are not typical times and we have no real president, just a fake who has only his own self-interest in mind. And Trump is not merely ‘weighing in’, but is attempting to bully, browbeat, and dominate the conversation, as he does with most everything.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had issued strict guidelines that should be observed in re-opening schools this fall. We should all listen, for the lives of our children are the single most important thing in the world to us. But keep in mind that our children’s lives do not matter to Donald Trump.
Trump wants schools to re-open in full asap. Why? Because, he wants businesses to re-open and be booming long before election day on November 3rd, so he can point to a thriving economy. Businesses need employees in order to be fully functional. Employees have young children who cannot be left alone while mummy and daddy go to work. Hence, the schools must reopen, in the mind (such as it is) of Donald Trump. Just one more example of this nation’s narrative to put profit over people. And so …
Why the heck are one hundred and twenty-seven thousand people wasting their time ‘liking’ this post??? Do people really have nothing better to do with their time than like and re-tweet such ignorant, malicious tweets?
Now, there was a time when the president could bluster and bully all he wanted, but the CDC had integrity and would stand by what was right. That was then, this is now. There was a time we had a president who was intelligent and caring. There was a time we had a functional Congress. There was a time when we had an independent Judicial branch. None of that applies today.
A few hours after the tweet, a press briefing was held during which Mike Pence said the CDC will issue new guidance on re-opening schools next week. Meanwhile, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said that his earlier recommendations shouldn’t be used as an excuse for not returning children to classrooms. What a cop out. I would have resigned (in a very public manner) before I would have capitulated on such a critical issue.
There is nothing more valuable to this nation than our children … not industry, not entertainment, and for damn sure not Donald Trump’s re-election! Our children are our hope for the future … they are our tomorrow. I would like to think that states and school districts will make their decisions on whether or not to re-open based on the situation in their area, but … Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from any state or district that doesn’t re-open, saying …
“We hope that most schools are going to be open. They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed. No way. We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open.”
Never mind that in nearly every state in the nation, the number of new cases has surged. Never mind that re-opening bars, restaurants, beaches and hair salons was a stupid thing to do, but this … opening schools while the virus is raging … is beyond stupid. I don’t have school-age children, but if I did, and if I were forced to send my child back to school, I would either homeschool or move. I hope every other parent feels as strongly about this as I do.
Okay, friends, I now return you to your regularly scheduled lives. Smile. 😖