From Columbus, Ohio …
It appears that there is a side effect of the coronavirus that affects only those who do not contract the virus itself … it isn’t a new disease, but rather one that has surged over the past five months: Ignorance. And note that the leader of the ignorance that has a chokehold on our country is this ‘man’ …
Now, before I begin my tirade, let me clue you in on something. When you read that “The White House says …” or “The administration has decided …”, please understand that both “White House” and “administration” mean only one person, Donald Trump. The White House is actually just a brick and mortar building that has no voice, no opinion, and ‘the administration’ consists of a bunch of mouthpieces who speak only when told by Donald Trump that they may speak, and what they may say. All orders filter down from Trump himself, for he is the de facto dictator.
The headline in The Washington Post reads …
Trump administration pushing to block new money for testing, tracing and CDC in upcoming coronavirus relief bill
Think about this one, folks. Trump does not want to spend money … OUR money … for testing or to support methods of controlling the coronavirus. OUR MONEY … OUR LIVES!!! He, King Donnie, would prefer to spend OUR money on such things as his golf outings and trips to Mar-a-Lago, Secret Service protection for his grown children as they jet-set ‘round the world on Trump Organization business, than on saving our bloomin’ lives!!!!
A month or so ago, Trump & Pence decided that the threat of the pandemic was over, and it was time to move on with “business as usual”. After all … there is an election in just over 100 days and … well, let’s face it, the only thing Trump had in his favour was the economy, so he has to do whatever it takes, including taking our lives and the lives of our children, to boost the economy so that he can show his base what a “wonderful job” he is doing.
Trump has said more than once that if we didn’t do so much testing, we wouldn’t have so many new cases of the coronavirus. In his utter ignorance and inability to comprehend, he seems to honestly believe that theory and is, thus, trying to slow or even halt the testing by cutting off funding.
“Think of this, if we didn’t do testing, instead of testing over 40 million people, if we did half the testing we would have half the cases. If we did another, you cut that in half, we would have, yet again, half of that. But the headlines are always testing.”
This ludicrous thinking is analogous with saying, “If I don’t get on the scale, I won’t have gained any weight.” Or, “If I don’t take my child who is coughing and has a fever to the doctor, he won’t be sick.” It is utter stupidity!
That he is trying to cut off funding for testing and the CDC, is an abomination and must be stopped, but even worse is that his followers have contracted his disease and are clamoring for schools to re-open as if nothing were amiss … business as usual … nothing to see here, folks!
The people in the pictures above are perfectly willing to subject not only their own children, but all children in this country, all teachers, parents, grandparents, friends, family members … to sickness and potential death. WHY??? Because they are in the throes of this disease called ignorance, because Donald Trump, the chief of the Ignorant Brigade, has told them it’ll be fine, and that by sending their kids back to school, they can themselves return to work and the economy will boom almost overnight. To me, this is criminal negligence.
I’m seriously considering setting up a website to see how many times I can sell the Brooklyn Bridge to these people!!!
I don’t care if you space kids 6 feet apart in the classroom and mandate mask-wearing … kids will be kids and you aren’t going to be able to enforce any of it, especially with younger children. Plus, they will be touching surfaces that other kids have touched, both contracting and spreading germs. It isn’t rocket science, folks … it is plain ol’ everyday common sense!!! Keep the kids home. If we don’t, I guarantee you that teachers in many areas will strike, and sensible parents who care about their kids will keep them home anyway.
And not that it matters much to me at this moment, but the damned economy isn’t going to re-bound overnight anyway! There is absolutely nothing that is going to restore the economy to its pre-pandemic state in short order … it is going to take a long time. Period. And it isn’t going to happen while we are seeing between 50,000 – 75,000 new cases of the coronavirus per day and nearly 1,000 people are dying from it on a daily basis.
The question, then, becomes how do we fight this pandemic of ignorance, how do we convince people that their lives and the lives of their children and other family members are, in fact, at risk? We better find a way soon, for this nation cannot maintain this status quo much longer. We are in self-destruct mode. I have no answers, but I sure hope somebody comes up with some soon!
End of Rant.