A long-overdue resignation
The U.S. has been setting a heck of a lot of records of late … records for daily new cases of the coronavirus, records for daily deaths as a result of the coronavirus. For the most part, I lay the blame at the doorstep of Donald Trump who intentionally misled the people of this nation back in the first months of the year, then continued to downplay and lie to us about the pandemic. But a portion of the blame for the recent spikes must also be shared by Dr. Scott Atlas, a man who was in no way, shape or form qualified for the position he assumed four months ago as Trump’s top pandemic advisor.
Atlas is a radiologist with no expertise or experience in infectious diseases or epidemiology. But then, he wasn’t hired for his experience, or lack thereof … he was hired to spout Trump’s lies about the virus and its effects, to attempt to keep people from taking it seriously, from wearing masks and eschewing social venues. In that light, he did his job admirably, spouting nonsense such as herd immunity, which the scientific community has plainly disavowed. He urged Michigan residents to ‘rise up’ against restrictions put in place by Governor Whitmer in an effort to slow the spread of the disease. Trump wrote his script for him, and he played his role well, like a good little minion.
Yesterday, Scott Atlas resigned from his position as Trump’s senior pandemic advisor. I guess his work here was done … we now have between 1,200 – 2,200 deaths each day and well over 100,000 new cases daily, so he has accomplished his goal: to kill us. Below is his letter of resignation, every word being a lie.
Good riddance to bad rubbish. The expert I listen to these days is Dr. Anthony Fauci, who’s predictions have, sadly, been spot-on and who obviously cares about the lives of the people in this nation – more than can be said of the ‘man’ sitting in the Oval Office. Now if only the equally un-qualified U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy would follow suit and turn in his resignation …
New citizenship test
Let me ask you a simple question: Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
Did you answer “the people of his/her state”? You would be right, but … if you were an immigrant taking the new test that will soon become standard, developed by Trump and his gang of xenophobic thugs, your answer would be counted wrong. The new answer is “the citizens of his/her state”. Think about the subtle difference there … it reeks of Stephen Miller’s Nazi deodorant.
The test, which was introduced in 1986, was last revised in 2008. In a USCIS statement, acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said …
“Updating, maintaining, and improving a test that is current and relevant is our responsibility as an agency in order to help potential new citizens fully understand the meaning of U.S. citizenship and the values that unite all Americans.”
Uh-huh … he drank the trumpade. In addition to the changes in the questions and answers, there are now more civics questions … which I find interesting, given that Civics is no longer even taught in schools. AND … this is a real kicker for most immigrants who are likely underpaid and are not wealthy … the cost of the test has gone from $640 to $1,160 … nearly double!
The changes to the test are expected to go into effect sometime this month or next. Frankly, I don’t know why anybody would choose, at this point, to become a citizen of this nation. Hopefully that image will improve over time once we rid ourselves of the cancer in the Oval Office, but I’m no longer certain. Meanwhile, my friends Maha & Ali, and their son Tholfaqar, who migrated here from Syria five years ago, became citizens last year, and I am so relieved. Even Trump cannot take that away from them.
One of the few decent republicans …
In my own state, Ohio, we have a Republican governor, Mike DeWine, who is actually a decent guy. I don’t often agree with him, but … I do know that he tries to do the right thing and he acts in the best interests of the people … mostly. Since the pandemic started, Governor DeWine has acted responsibly in doing what he felt was needed to slow the virus, to protect the people of this state. I well remember the Saturday in March when Chris, Natasha and I were having our usual Saturday lunch at TGI Friday’s and it was announced that Governor DeWine had ordered all non-essential businesses to close that very night … until further notice.
I also remember that three days later, March 17th, DeWine postponed the primaries that were to have taken place the very next day. I was angry … I cannot vote in a primary because I am an independent, registered to neither party, but still … the primaries were too important to just … cancel. Today, looking back, I can see that DeWine made the right decision. There are very few Republican politicos who I actually respect … Mike DeWine is one such.
So, I experienced a moment of white-hot fury last night when I read that a state legislator has filed twelve articles of impeachment against the governor. WHY? Because he cares about the lives of the people in his state! DeWine implemented a mask mandate several months ago, which is still in effect today, and a week or so ago he imposed a 10:00 p.m. curfew whereby all retail businesses, including restaurants and bars, must close by 10:00 p.m. and may not re-open until 5:00 a.m. Really, the measures are probably too little, considering that the pandemic is surging out of control in our state.
But, Ohio State representative John Becker, along with Republican Representatives Candice Keller, Nino Vitale, and Paul Zeltwanger, claim that …
“Governor DeWine’s mismanagement, malfeasance, misfeasance, abuse of power, and other crimes include, but are not limited to, meddling in the conduct of a presidential primary election, arbitrarily closing and placing curfews on certain businesses, while allowing other businesses to remain open. He weaponized the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to bully and harass businesses and the people; to enforce a statewide mask mandate and other controversial measures of dubious “value,” making Ohio a hostile work environment.”
DeWine responded during his Monday evening pandemic update …
“I’d like for them to go in and talk to some nurses who are frontline nurses who are dealing with people who are dying. I’d like for them to go talk to family members, maybe a family that didn’t believe that this could happen. Now at Christmas, there will be one less person at the table. So, at some point, the foolishness has got to stop.”
Where do these ‘people’ come from? So … it’s more important to them to be able to hang out in bars getting smashed, than to protect the lives of their own children, their spouses, their senior relatives, and their co-workers? What asses. In the last twelve years, I have not tipped my hat nor given a thumbs-up to a republican, but today I give Mike DeWine a two thumbs-up for his efforts to keep us safe, and for having to deal with the nincompoops like Becker & Co.