Obvious Need for Leadership in America
Why do I keep writing about Donald John Trump? Because we all must remember the reckless things he says, his terrible policies and his dangerous advice. It’s not two personalities, it’s one messed up, crazy, senile old man’s views of the world and our country. He’s not testing democratic ideals; he is assessing how dumb the 30% of his loyal followers are. Seriously, let’s focus on the Sunday morning developments.
According to CBS News, “Dr. Fauci explained why the US has continued to see a surge in cases while European countries have seen a sharp decrease. He says most European countries shut their economy by 95%, while the US throttled back its economy by only 50%.” We all know that to be true, but the orange minister of lies – DONALD TRUMP –tweeted this propaganda, “Wrong! We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000. If we tested less, there would be less cases. How did Italy, France & Spain do? Now Europe sadly has flare ups. Most of our governors worked hard & smart. We will come back STRONG!”
Did you ever argue with someone whose final gasp before admitting defeat was, “Well you have your opinion and I have mine,” or the more demonstrative, “I guess we simply must agree to not agree.” In my former debate classes, students scored points and those scores determined who won the argument. It might seem ridiculous to even try, but I feel compelled to take a stab at it. Here goes.
First, places like Italy, France and Spain did their quarantines better than the United States and there’s one big reason why. They used Federal orders and laws to direct and manage their shutdowns. While we waited for clear orders from the White House, we had 52 different ways (Puerto Rico and D.C. included) of going about it. Trump praised Republican governors while throwing mud at Democratic governors. His tweets caused massive resistance to mask wearing and shut down orders in states where he said he didn’t like the governor. What a bitch.
If Trump took the time to learn the demographics of each country, he would see that Italy has a smaller youth population because of fewer births and the older Italians were hit hardest by the virus. Almost all those who died from COVID in Italy were over 55 years of age. The country was able to keep the lid on a greater spread because they ORDERED an early shut down.
Donald keeps repeating, “We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country,” but by continually barking the new total (60 million tests completed) he fails to understand the statistics are really showing an increase in infections and deaths. It’s easy to see that our Presidential ostrich has his head in the ground. Lions and leopards are both predators of the ostrich and hyenas and wild hunting dogs will also attack an ostrich. These ostrich predators need to be extremely careful however, because an adult ostrich can deliver a powerful kick with its strong legs! The kick in the face to the American public is the reality that Trump cares more about himself and the coming election than how many people die from COVID-19. He understands neither medicine nor science and he will never take this pandemic seriously unless he gets the virus.
Doesn’t Trump realize that by trying to discredit and malign the virus experts, he’s pushing moderate Republicans away? His erratic behavior is starting to make some right-wing Congresspeople nervous. According to CNN Politics, “That means big trouble for the GOP attempt to hold seats in states where Biden leads such as Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report recently pronounced Democrats favored to achieve the net gain of at least three seats they need to gain the majority if Biden wins or four if the President is re-elected.”
If Trump believes that STOPPING ALL TESTING would make the virus go away, then why doesn’t he sign an executive order to cease all testing of COVID? Surely, that would help the professional sports leagues. They would all blindly play until each of them dropped. With an order to end the testing, all the schools could open with each state ordering body bags for kids and teachers. Ending testing could prevent the deaths of people, you know, like Herman Cain. A great follow-up to his stop testing order would be a swing-state rally each day. He could make them mask-free and pack together oodles of people. I’m kidding, of course.
As Donald Trump said, “Wrong!” Yes, it would be wrong to end testing, but I’m sure some people would say that is exactly what he should do. No thinking person in America falls for the “if we didn’t test…” myth. While we learned that Florida has more than 7,000 deaths from COVID-19 and the US has topped 155,000 deaths, the 45th President of the United States traveled to his Virginia property to play golf. He does that a lot. In fact, out of the 1,291 days that Trump has been in office he played golf on 283 of them. Wow, 21% of his presidential life is dedicated to golf, not fighting the virus.
Of course, the President deserves to get out there and “exercise” a bit, but while Congress was deadlocked on another relief bill to help those losing unemployment benefits, Donald was driving a golf cart while not wearing a mask. He didn’t wear a mask when he met with sheriffs in Georgia and one of them tested positive for the virus the same day. What a foolish dolt.
Several TV pundits have suggested President Trump has given up the fight against the virus. Trump lies in our faces by saying he has a great relationship with Dr. Anthony Fauci. Back in May, the good doctor said to Science magazine, “the appropriate people speak to Trump and explain how to be careful about this and don’t say that. But I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push him down. OK, he said it. Let’s try and get it corrected for the next time.” Nothing has changed in three months. Trump is saying the wrong things, giving out bad advice and opinions and making the global pandemic worse. Yeah, I guess Fauci, Birx, Redfield, Azar and Adams should have jumped to the microphone and shouted that what Trump was saying was NOT TRUE and SHOULD NOT BE DONE, but as I say to Maine’s Susan Collins, you had your chance to do the right thing and now it’s too late.
The depressing part of all this is that Trump bragged early on that if we kept the death count under 100,000 it would indicate the Administration has done a really good job. I even heard him say, “We’ve done a fabulous job with the virus!” the other day. WOW! Well, he pulled the 100,000 number out of his fat ass, and if he truly was a big, old ostrich that is where he would stick his own head. That would shut him up.
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