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America’s Failed Response to the Pandemic

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Simply while you thought you may breathe a sigh of reduction in America with the victorious Biden administration on its method, it seems that over 73 million folks voted for Trump, the loser. That’s really troublesome to grasp for many of us who didn’t.

Worse but, because the nationwide response to the coronavirus pandemic was clearly on the poll, it’s a must to assume that the majority of these “enlightened” souls had been impressed sufficient with Trump’s pandemic response that they continued to help him. And regardless of overwhelming proof that COVID-19 was exponentially rampaging by way of the populace because the election approached and that effectively over 200,000 Individuals had been already useless on his watch, they voted for him anyway.

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Now, Trump is splitting time between a post-election bunker and the golf course, refusing to do something to advance a nationwide plan to confront the coronavirus, whereas persevering with to help the coronavirus denial narrative. That leaves these 73 million souls in a quandary — put on a masks or quit your entire freedoms. What to do?

Too Little, Too Late?

An preliminary nationwide plan to maneuver ahead has been repeatedly articulated — a masks mandate, enforced social distancing in public locations, available testing and make contact with tracing, and constant messaging from public officers and the scientific neighborhood about private hygiene and the hazards of indoor gatherings of any type. Beginning there and beginning now could be vital, significantly with the information that there could also be a vaccine on the horizon. Whereas that is excellent news for positive, it can’t be allowed to supply one more excuse for the nation to keep away from the inconvenience of collectively attempting very arduous to avoid wasting lives and defend so many others from tragic outcomes.

Nevertheless, the potential for future vaccination of the populace is so fraught with critical logistical and public well being challenges that not even probably the most optimistic vaccine purveyors consider that vaccination will occur in giant numbers earlier than the spring. That leaves nearly 60 days till the Biden inauguration and 4 months earlier than spring arrives. On the present fee of over 150,000 new coronavirus circumstances a day, that’s over 9 million new circumstances by Inauguration Day and greater than double that to the primary day of spring. The COVID-19 loss of life numbers are equally staggering at a current fee of over 1,500 people a day.

There was and continues to be a lot mistaken with the US response to the pandemic and the ensuing casualties that it’s arduous to know the place to start out. However to be clear, Trump and his acolytes are actually standing in the way in which of the event and implementation of any cohesive nationwide plan, solely including to the blood on their fingers from the every day loss of life rely. As a nation, we had been able to go to warfare, elevate the flag and trumpet our nationwide may when 3,000 of our personal had been killed by terrorists on 9/11. Now, 73 million Individuals appear content material to sit down on their “patriotic” fingers whereas that quantity are dying preventable deaths each two days and counting.

For instance how we received right here, it was not so way back that the governor of South Dakota, a full-throated cheerleader for the coronavirus denier crowd, welcomed Trump and 1000’s of visitors to a giant previous July 4th rally at Mount Rushmore. Freedom was all over the place, in each unmasked smile and virus spewing cheer. No want for social distancing, it was all one large Trump-crazed household taking one for the unmasked emperor.

After which to observe up and reinforce the messaging, how about an enormous motorbike rally within the midst of a pandemic? One other good thought from the governor of South Dakota — deliver tens of 1000’s of drunken and drugged Trump biker “patriots” from throughout America in August to have fun this nice nation of ours in a spot known as Sturgis, inhabitants 7,000. Effectively, as of as we speak, the COVID-19 take a look at positivity fee within the nice state of South Dakota is slightly below 50%, and there may be nonetheless no masks mandate from the governor.

By trying again just a bit and attempting to grasp the current, it ought to be clear that President-elect Joe Biden has fairly a problem forward of him. Planning can start now, however a nationwide plan can not start to be carried out till Trump will get out of the way in which.

Since Trump and his acolytes are unable to simply accept being losers, let’s tag them as killers and see if we are able to get their consideration. Now, much more than earlier than, that’s certainly what they’re. They’re killing folks in America who don’t must die. Whereas this is probably not the time for authorized niceties, “negligent murder” appears to suit the invoice. And it’s certainly time to make it a part of the dialog.

COVID-19 and the Vacation Season

I’m sure as I write this that the variety of coronavirus deaths will soar within the days and weeks forward. This isn’t a medical conclusion. Relatively it’s the solely conclusion that cause suggests as we watch tens of millions of Individuals collect collectively for the vacations believing that “they” are immune from tragedy, form of like individuals who textual content and drive and preserve loaded weapons in simple attain of the kids they are saying they love. However greater than that, it will likely be the value that the nation pays for its flailing and failing collective morality.

As freedom rings and vacation bells jingle, as choirs sing and households collect round a tree sharing good cheer, this may even be the season for a lot of to go to hospitals and funeral houses attempting to determine how it’s potential that daddy is useless. Effectively, let me let you know, daddy is useless as a result of a nation with the assets to maintain daddy alive and effectively collectively failed to take action.

It’s also due to a failure of nationwide management that has no historic precedent. Let me repeat this: Trump and his acolytes have blood on their fingers. Those that help his continued refusal to cede authority instantly to the incoming Biden administration for implementation of a nationwide pandemic response ought to examine their fingers as effectively.

Sure, I’m a Trump hater, and I’ll cheer the day that he’s held accountable for his crimes.

*[This text was co-published on the writer’s weblog, Arduous Left Flip.]

The views expressed on this article are the writer’s personal and don’t essentially replicate Honest Observer’s editorial coverage.

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