Did you know that the U.S. has the most billionaires of any nation on the globe? Yep, we have 724 of those b@$#%&*s, including top billionaire and world’s richest individual Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, worth $177 billion. So, between the 724 billionaires and the 535 members of Congress, that makes 1,259 people who are considered to be ‘important’ in this country and the other 330 million of us are considered … well, aren’t considered at all when it comes to our ‘leaders.’ As evidence, I have two snippets, but I can produce more evidence if needs be …
Can anybody ‘splain this one?
I’m puzzled … confused … I really don’t understand this. Check out a few headlines here …
- Hawaii in talks to drop covid travel restrictions by spring
- School mask mandates are falling in states across the country
- New York, Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Will Let Mask Mandates Expire
- Statewide mask mandates are lifting in many states as Omicron wanes.
- Hochul says New York State will drop its mask-or-vaccine mandate.
- Fauci says US exiting ‘full-blown phase’ of COVID-19
And yet … and yet on Tuesday, the U.S. death toll from Covid was over 3,000!!! Yes, friends, 3,135 people died on Tuesday … all from Covid. And yet … masks are being dropped, mask and vaccine mandates are being scrapped, and even the most reliable of all, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says we’re nearing the end of the pandemic. With nearly one million deaths thus far, more than 3,000 on Tuesday, and nearly 3,000 on Wednesday, it damn sure does NOT seem as if we’re out of the woods but are rather lost in the middle of the dark woods with the wicked witch waiting ‘round the next bend!
Everyone is so damned concerned about their “personal freedom” that they don’t give a flying fig about those 3,135 people who died on Tuesday. As long as they can go to a concert, enter a store without a mask, and keep risking the lives of their families by refusing to wear a mask, nothing else matters to them. Damn fools!!! It seems to me that loosening or dropping restrictions is the surest way to ensure that we will soon see yet another surge and that Covid will stick around for the foreseeable future. In fact, just yesterday I read about a new ‘sub-variant’ they are calling BA.2 that is on the rise globally … so how on earth does it make sense to begin burning masks and other safety precautions???
The Supreme Court Strikes Again …
Yesterday … or was it the day before … I snarked about the Supreme Court restoring a heavily gerrymandered map that seriously dilutes the Black vote in Alabama and I, along with several readers, opined that the Supreme Court has largely lost its legitimacy. Well, shortly after I posted that one, this headline caught my eye …
Supreme Court upholds Arizona voting laws that lower court found were unfair to minorities
Apparently, the Court is moving alphabetically through the 50 states, robbing us of our voting rights. No doubt they will make it all the way through Wyoming long before November 8th, election day. Once again, just as in the Alabama case, the vote was 6-3 with only Justices Kagan, Breyer and Sotomayor exhibiting a conscience, a concern that ALL people be allowed to cast a vote and have their voice heard EQUALLY!
The two laws: One throws out the ballots of those who vote in the wrong precinct. The other restricts who may collect ballots cast early for delivery to polling places.
As for voting in the ‘wrong’ precinct … many states move polling places like a salt shaker on the dining table! Republicans in particular love to shut down polling places in Black or Hispanic neighborhoods and force people to travel greater distances just to vote. Not only that, but after re-districting, while your old polling place may still exist, you may be informed that you are to vote at a different one, but it can all be very confusing!
And regarding the ballot delivery … if my neighbor is ill or does not have a car, or for whatever reason is unable to drop off her own ballot, it is technically illegal for me to offer to drop her ballot off when I go drop my own off. Or, if she will be voting in person, in a growing number of states, it would be illegal for me to give her a ride to the polling place! Now, my state doesn’t have ‘watchers,’ at least as far as I know, but some states do … they will stop a person who is dropping off multiple ballots and ask questions and deny the ballot if it is not from a member of the immediate family (read mother, father, or child).
Voting. It should be the simplest thing in the world, given that it is the only … the ONLY opportunity we have to use our voice to select those people who will hold our lives in their hands for the next 2-6 years. But no … most every state is going to make it as difficult as possible, especially for Blacks, Hispanics, the poor, students, and the elderly. Really, they want only entitled white male voters to be able to vote.
Congress had a great chance to protect and even enhance our rights to vote and they blew it. Maybe it’s time we stopped paying their salaries, travel, insurance, pension, and other perks.