Horrendous 2020 Hindsight: Painful Pandemic Truth

Like many Americans, I woke up to news coverage about last night’s CNN documentary with interviews of the pandemic doctors. The hundreds of thousands of citizens whose deaths from Covid-19 could have been avoided are owed national and political accountability, but the polarization of America that exacerbated the pandemic threatens to deprive them of their due.

Dr. Deborah Birx gave us a haunting admission that the death toll would have been substantially reduced if not for the negligent management of the pandemic by former President Donald Trump. His willingness to put economic and political goals above science and the public’s wellbeing added to the death toll.

I am sure Debra Birx is a nice person. She certainly has a wealth of knowledge on healthcare, medicine and viruses, but I’m not ready to name the wing of a hospital after her or erect a scarved statue in her honor. Pardon me, but I need to get some things off my chest here so I can move on from Monday morning quarterbacking.

First, let’s review this famous Donald Trump monologue, “I see disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that. So, you’re going to have to use medical doctors, but it sounds interesting to me. So, we’ll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute, that’s pretty powerful.” The President continued, “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? So, it’d be interesting to check that [out]. Then he pointed to his head and delivered the disclaimer, of sorts, “I’m not a doctor. But I’m, like, a person that has a good you-know-what.”

While this “riff,” which is how Trump translator Jason Miller described it, was underway, we saw Dr. Debra Birx sitting uncomfortably a few feet off to the side of Trump, looking as if she were holding in a large, gaseous explosion and saying nothing. Not one word. She could have jumped to her feet, walked to the microphone and warned people not to drink bleach or try to put a light down their throats, but she didn’t.

There are some who attempt to justify her inaction by saying, “Hey, if she would have done that, she would have been fired and things could have gotten worse.” Well, they did get worse. Trump hired a quack named Dr. Scott Atlas who convinced our feckless leader that things with the virus weren’t all that bad and herd immunity would just take the problem away. Atlas is more a murderer than a doctor and his license should be revoked. Atlas never explained to Trump that trying herd immunity before we had a vaccine would be a death sentence to hundreds of thousands of people with underlying health conditions, and that is exactly what happened. It wasn’t until Atlas received condemnation from the medical community that he “clarified” his position on herd immunity.

Why Was This Man Talking?

Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx and anyone with half a brain knew that Atlas was a destructive force on the Coronavirus Task Force, but no one had the guts to rebuke the President. The CNN program dramatically solidified the truth. Our country was seriously harmed by Trump’s actions and inactions, particularly his silencing of Dr. Fauci and pushing him away from the public messaging. Trump’s disjointed “riff” revealed he didn’t have a clue what he was talking about, but no one countered or silenced him.

It was never a joke, it was never just a “little flu” and it certainly would not “go away one day, like a miracle.” How could anyone continue to support this madman’s claims about anything? The “miracle” for America is that Trump finally went away.

Dr. Birx, people are weak and easily intimidated. I get that. When Trump turned against you, it wasn’t by a termination memo on a Friday afternoon and a security escort to your car in the parking lot. Be thankful that delirious Donald didn’t take to Twitter, saying you were “persona non grata,” and all the Trumpers, who have no idea what the term even means, would start the berating and death threats. If your role in life is to help people medically and do no harm, your silence on Trump’s outrageous statements demonstrate that you are not worthy of praise and perhaps your position.

This from CNN, “And while critics may fault her for not speaking out when she was in government, her comments come across as an attempt to precipitate a reckoning that can provide lessons on how the US can perform more effectively in a future pandemic. ‘In the post-mortem, we have to come out of this and learn how to do it better, the next time,’ Birx said.” Great, yeah, so that’s the big lesson? REALLY?

I’ll try to be fair right now as I slam into my keyboard the two large lessons I’ve learned. 1. Either do your job and speak up to power or get the hell out of the way and, 2. Stop this self-reputation saving tour and just go away. Harsh, yes, but I don’t even want to hear her name. When I do, I see this.

The Moment of Truth

I know now she was deeply torn and frustrated at that moment, but she could have called a press conference a few hours later to announce she was resigning because she believed the President was making things worse. She could have stated clearly that Donald Trump has no credibility giving advice on a global pandemic or any other medical matter. She could have gone out with a bang and perhaps saved some lives. Sorry, but death is not a fixable problem.

I guess it’s time to push this into the folder that also contains, “We knew the Japanese would attack, we just didn’t know where.” And this gem, “Had we only coordinated between the CIA and FBI we could have prevented 9-11.” Or this frightening truth, “We knew Lee Harvey Oswald was in Dallas, we just lost track of him.” I am not making any of that up.

We knew it was bad, Trump knew it was bad and admitted same to Bob Woodward. We heard him say it on a recoding, but too many people went along with his “Hydroxychloroquine” miracle cure bullshit when every major person involved in the science knew it was not a cure and would do little to help anyone. When I see that ten-foot flag on the pickup truck in Florida screaming FUCK BIDEN, I know that’s something Birx would never have said about Trump, but she should have. There’s one big lesson in all of this. The next time you have a global pandemic, make sure the person in charge isn’t an idiot.

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Dangerous Rhetoric Trumps Expertise

As I watch this passion play of a global pandemic, there are times I want to ask how our highly educated and experienced experts do not just lose it. One would hope that cooperation and compromise would drive the narrative during this horrible event, but it’s not what seems to be important to judges, governors or the President. By his actions and words, it’s perfectly clear that Donald Trump would like this whole COVID-19 thing to simply go away, but it won’t.

During the hearing in the Senate, Dr. Anthony Fauci gave those who questioned him very direct and, at times, frightening information and advice. For the most part, the elected Senators were open to his help. Aside from Rand Paul, who sought to discredit and denigrate Dr. Fauci, most Senators know that we need a vigorous plan to test as many people as possible, otherwise we will never know the extend and power of the virus. Senator Paul says he refuses to wear a mask because he had the virus and recovered. His assumption that he cannot be re-infected or spread the virus has not been proven by science. Ironically, Rand Paul is an eye doctor and should know that his avoidance of a face mask could hurt someone. Maybe he doesn’t care.

Yesterday, in a meeting with two Governors in the White House, Trump was once again pontificating and misleading people. He decided to answer some questions, which is always a risk for this President. When asked about Dr. Fauci’s testimony in the Senate, Trump bristled and commented that Fauci is trying to play “all sides” of the equation, oblivious to the fact that an equation has only two sides. No one had the nerve to ask, “WHAT SIDES?” as Trump, once again, drew a redline that separates us into “You are either with me or against me” in this fight to reopen the country. The virus knows no sides and fighting it should be the focus of us all.

When a reporter asked what Trump thought of the warnings about opening schools too early, the President said Fauci’s warnings about reopening amid coronavirus crisis are “not acceptable.” Imagine a patient meeting with their doctor who has just stated that they have cancer. Most normal people would ask, “How bad?” or, “How much time do I have?” In that circumstance Donald Trump would likely reply that the advice is unacceptable. REALLY? You know, you still have cancer, right?

During the testimony in the House of Dr. Rick Bright, director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, he slammed the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response and urged lawmakers to listen to the voices of scientists and predicted “unprecedented illness and fatalities.” Trump’s comeback was to say that Dr. Bright is just a disgruntled employee. Okay, another person telling the truth gets put on the “I don’t know him. I have never met him” human category. Why has Trump not met the guy in charge of a vaccine? Negligence or Arrogance?

Rational, intelligent human beings of the world know not to take Trump seriously, but he’s the leader of the free world. Why can’t Trump plainly relay the facts and fear, say something positive and then move on? Everything has to be a fight with someone, something or an institution. He cannot stay on message and he cannot stay focused on the most important time in modern American history.

Why is Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, trying to force premature openings in states where he wants to win in November? Recent polls and data show that only 26% to 30% of the people in this country trust his advice and opinions on the COVID crisis. In fact, a number from YouGov.com says that, “Three-quarters of Americans (75%) believe it is likely that state-level plans to reopen large sectors of their economies could result in an increase in COVID-19 cases.” Trump has no credibility with Democrats and perhaps a slight Republican advantage, but in the end people will blame the man who is in charge. The pointed political question is this, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” I’m willing to bet that will get a big, loud “NO!”

When this president uses blame as an involuntary reaction to any question or statement he dislikes, the rest of us waste time trying to defend the person being criticized . It happens on “both sides” of any issue and is lacking the leadership needed to resolve and move forward. With the Donald is in the White House, we cannot move on, we cannot resolve, we cannot take expert advice and face this pandemic responsibly and sensibly.

It’s amazing to me that the President cannot unite us on a prudent path to deal with this nemesis that affects every American. No, the man refuses all responsibility of facing and handling the coronavirus crisis. I am not making this up. He plainly said on TV that he takes no responsibility and we all heard him.

Trump seems to be implementing Fauci Free Fridays and Dr. Birx-free-TV lately. He want to avoid talk about the reality of the pandemic so we can forge on with his insane plan to reopen the country regardless of the amount of additional deaths. Fatso wants to open schools, both colleges and K-12, so parents can go back to work and use the state funded babysitter service known as education. Trump references Purdue University, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, which had only 248 coronavirus cases and two deaths when this post was written. Don’t forget that Purdue students come from all over the country, and even the world, meaning a higher likelihood of more contagion on campus. Opening a college isn’t the same as opening elementary, middle and high schools.

Before we open schools, with their narrow halls and obvious social distancing challenges, we need to be thoughtful and careful. We are now seeing a delayed response to the coronavirus in children with symptoms like Kawasaki disease. Up to 100 children in the UK have been affected and studies suggest the same reaction is being seen in Europe and the United States. Three children, ages 5, 7 and 18, have died from the illness in the state of New York. So, is your rush to open the schools wise at all, Mr. President?  What are you thinking?

Here’s a message for all those Fox News TV personalities who claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci is less than honest, or worse, a traitor. Why are you against Fauci? His job to keep America vigilant, safe and healthy is far more important than what you do for your keepers, Lachlan and James Murdoch. Their agenda is making money, and you have a role in the opinions of millions of Americans. Do Fauci’s death threats bother you at all? Your “news” service constantly relays the mutterings and opinions of Donald Trump. What good are you doing by constantly and aggressively condemning experts and scientists?

He’s right when Trump says the press is the enemy of the people, but he’s aiming his barbs at the wrong outlets. Fox News, One America News Network and webcasters like Alex Jones and Info-Wars are the real enemies. They are making things worse, just like Alex Jones did during the Waco siege, by stirring up the far right. That brought ATF and FBI agents to Waco. Did Alex Jones’ words on TV and radio cause death there? It’s impossible to determine his influence, but 82 people were killed by Federal agents and US military during that siege and Alex Jones’ position was against the government. Did his rhetoric plant a seed in Timothy McVie’s mind? Google: Oklahoma City bombing.

We should all pray that there is never a Fauci-free Friday, or any day, when we cannot turn to doctors, nurses, scientists and experts. Donald Trump has become BIG BROTHER. We need experts now more than ever. Let’s not be led into danger and death by Donald Trump, who cares only about his reelection, not the world’s virus.

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Trump Truncates His Own Orders

It’s mind boggling. The President of the United States is now promoting protests by urging people to break the very recommendations his own administration has released. His latest tweets about “liberating” several of our states go against the grain of everything the White House said they are promoting to keep Americans safe. Let’s review.

According to the Washington Post, “The Trump administration received its first formal notification of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China on Jan. 3. And yet, it took 70 days from that initial notification for President Trump to treat the coronavirus pandemic seriously. The president consistently played down the threat and became a fountain of misinformation and confusion. While visiting the CDC in Atlanta on March 6, Trump incorrectly stated: ‘Anybody that needs a test, gets a test.’ In fact, the nation is desperate for more testing, leading some states to conserve testing for only health-care workers.”

Austin Texas Protests

Have the members of the COVID-19 Task Force forgotten the massive failure of their first attempts at testing? As CNN posted, “Contamination in manufacturing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention test for the coronavirus caused weeks of delays that slowed the US response to the pandemic. This problem stemmed in part from the CDC not adhering to its own protocols, according to a Trump Administration US Food and Drug Administration spokesperson.” Why hasn’t anyone in the White House addressed this?

TESTING is the central problem. The administration pledged to get 27 million tests into the country by mid-March, but as of April 18 there were only 3.5 million tests completed. We get one great lie after another in the daily Task Force briefings, which have devolved into lengthy blathers of cloudy, complicated statistics, models, and predictions spattered amongst a heavy dose of pure Trumpian political bullshit. I am now seeing a problem with Dr. Deborah Brix, who is producing “data” that support the things Trump want us to believe. The Friday briefing was a giant smoke cloud to keep us from seeing the real problem, which is TESTING.

Trump’s answers to questions posed by our true journalists attempt to divert our attention from his malfeasance and ignorance. Two or three planted, far right media reporters then ask preplanned questions to cover Trump’s fumbled adlibs and misinformation. Why are they even allowed to be there? Oh yeah, because of the First Amendment. Trump sputters judgement of the questions, the reporters, and their outlets, rather than seriously using his time before the American people to help. What a thoughtless dolt!

A just released NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows 65% of Americans say Trump did not take the coronavirus seriously, and 52% say they disapprove of the way this president is handling the crisis in which we live. Fortunately, America is hearing through the noise. Only 36% of our citizens believe the things Trump says about the COVID crisis.

Trump is taking major heat about quickly opening the country from both his sycophants and political operatives. Even while the experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Birx, placate Trump with their public statements, you can hear in their words and see in their body language that they are most certainly nervous about a virus rebound caused by reopening the country too early. Fauci talks about a return of the virus and infections in the fall. Oh boy, that would be bad for Trump and the election. Hey kids, KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. TRUMP WILL PROBABLY TRY TO CANCEL THE ELECTION.

By promoting protests with his incendiary language, Trump is urging his lower-IQ base to march arm-in-arm, which will help the virus spread faster and more thoroughly. What intelligent human could possibly agree with this? It’s a move by a corrupt politician who is more interested in being reelected than doing what is best for the people. It reminds me of a scene in the 1975 blockbuster movie, JAWS, in which the Amity Island character, Mayor Larry Vaughn, decides to keep the beaches open for the July 4th weekend, leading to the death of five constituents. He’s still the mayor of the town in JAWS 2, so I guess those people didn’t get it. I can’t help wondering why they didn’t learn the lesson.

Half of our country doesn’t trust Trump. The other half cannot see the connection between DEATH and reopening beaches. Really? UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson got the message quickly after contracting the virus. He probably would have taken the matter much more seriously if the disease had hit him sooner. The COVID-19 death of Trump’s real estate buddy, Stanley Chera, has made Trump more frantic and angry about this virus he cannot control than empathy for the American healthcare and other workers doing all they can to  keep the rest of us alive. Is this president mentally ill? Sorry folks, but I must pose that question.

Our president says whatever he wants and many in Congress get onboard. Then, the next day, Trump reverses course and tramples his own words with tweets and rhetoric that are more destructive than helpful. Captain Bligh, in the Mutiny on the Bounty, suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder. Is Trump like him? We will probably never know for sure, but it’s abundantly clear that Fat Ass Golf Boy is totally unqualified and unfit to manage this crisis. He wants only to strike at enemies, both real and imagined, rather than calm and help the populous. What a fucking, inept human.

I wish I could ask Donald Trump this, “Do you know that the people around you are NOT TELLING THE TRUTH because they are afraid of you?” Next, I would ask him why he wears makeup. Yes, I know that seems like a silly question, but it’s a severe quirk we all can see. Like makeup, he’s involved in coverup every day. He’s insecure about the way he looks. I am not sure why he picked the color orange, but I guess that is better than black, which would have clashed with his fake, blonde-dyed hair.

Trump does many wrong things. His hype confuses people. A president recommending unproven medicines to the world is unethical. The lies he presents will hurt and kill people. I rarely agree with Piers Morgan, but his observation that this virus takes a different skill set than just running for office is right on the money. TV-pitchman Trump is incapable of managing a way out of this crisis. He’s a feeble man trying to exploit the COVID-19 crisis to get reelected. TOTAL LOSER!

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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