Tag: Coronavirus

Go big, or go home

President Biden has plenty of work to do, and so far he has done the job of restoring faith in our republic and his leadership of it. The president has been clear in stating what he wants to do and how he will go about trying to achieve bipartisan support. The Republicans want to pretend that the insurrection, and their attempts to hobble the Obama administration before wasting money on a tax cut for the rich with Trump did not happen. President Biden saw all of it and knows that he cannot waste time negotiating with people who have only bad faith towards him achieving anything for the American people. The president knows that he has to play both the long and the short game to be successful and if anyone can do it, he can. The administration’s job right now is to help those who are in jeopardy from the pandemic before moving on to climate change, racial injustice, immigration, infrastructure, and healthcare for all Americans. Many of these issues are interrelated whether Republicans realize it or not. America’s enemies will attack us where we are weak, which right now is our societal divisions and lack of a strong healthcare system. If COVID was an attack it was successful, and the next attack could be stronger and more devastating. America needs a robust healthcare system that services every citizen. The next four years will require a lot of money to be focused on strengthening our society to compete for the future.

Moving forward

The Democratic controlled House of Representatives and Senate is where the action is for rebuilding the base of the republic. Joe Biden has told us what he wants to do, but he needs congress to make it a reality. Trump has been impeached but now should be convicted and banned from ever holding office again; unless we want to see more like him in the future. The COVID19 pandemic threatens to morph into a new threat with variants overtaking vaccines if we do not act quickly to finance the fight against it. Assistance for people financially damaged by the pandemic and the rest of the economy is needed sooner to prevent more damage later. Civil rights for all Americans to be treated with dignity is urgent as our society battles extremism and hate. Climate change has it’s own timer and does not care if we respond or not, but if we care for future generations the time is now. Democrats have been given control and now must show supporters that they really care about the issues important to voters. I am hopeful that we will see boldness from congress and the Biden administration. Stay focused and be ready to provide feedback and support to your representatives and the administration.

Moving forward

People my age are hearing the great Ray Charles singing Georgia On My Mind, the The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP), or Viva Las Vegas as the returns come in bringing a hoped for end to the Trump presidency. Many people believe that we will start to deal with COVID19, climate change, healthcare, and race relations in rational fashion. Trump made it a point to make everything about himself and stir chaos while seeming to get away with everything he could as we were distracted. Two months are left on the current administration. Every citizen must keep eyes peeled for corruption, criminality, and debasement of the republic as the Trump regime packs up to leave. God willing the end is near for this administration, but the damage they can do is not over. Make sure that you retain your power and research to vote in every election! Thank you to the voters who recognized the malignant threat of Trump mania and participated in this election! Hope followed by actions can move mountains!

Multiple crises and no leadership

Americans are facing multiple crises due to COVID19 and the cascade of issues that stems from a failure of leadership. We have been asked in the past ‘Who do you want to have a beer with?” to choose a leader. The question was always disingenuous because it asked people to feel comfortable at a level that disregarded the capacity to manage something as complex as the executive branch of the US government. It used to be said by politicians such as John F. Kennedy that you could not trust someone who did not drink. Donald Trump doesn’t drink, but too many Americans chose him because they felt he was a change. Now we exist in an absurd time where people at home and abroad are shocked at the incompetence of an America that has no rational answers for anything. We have a president that adversaries want to see victorious because he strengthens their goal of being dominant in the world as American influence collapses. We do not lead or trend in the right direction on climate change, response to COVID, race relations, or anything important. America faces a defining choice in the election of 2020. Make sure you research and vote your values in this and every election!

Struggling to breath, now and later?

Selfish Americans love Trump. 45 feeds their ego either through short-term stock market gains, or perceived social status as hatred of minorities is mainstreamed. The world can go to hell and selfish Americans don’t care as long as they get what they want. The administration sells illusions of toughness while allowing COVID-19 to run rampant and kill as it sees fit. Trump does not own it all because he sends mixed messages; some in the administration say wear a mask while others don’t wear one and say it is not a big deal. America has one of the worst governments for handling COVID-19 and our death toll continues to be the horrific. Trump has a similar strategy for Climate Change; just speak from both sides of the mouth and fight or ignore science. Americans are dying from the virus struggling to breathe and the president does not seem to care. In coming years Climate Catastrophe will cause difficulty surviving if we continue to dither as Trump does today. The price of the current administration is devastation for America now and later. Research and vote this year, and every vote like your life depends on it; it does.

Extremists start to act on Trump’s suggestions

The news that the governor of Michigan was the target of a plot to kidnap and murder her is appalling. I wrote a thriller (Centurion Crew available at Amazon) based on a fictional president using racists militias to overthrow the republic. When I wrote the book I was thinking of worst case scenarios, but the headlines keep walking closer to my plot. It is uncomfortable to live in times when unstable people actively seek power while spouting evil thoughts and ideas. So far we have had elements of the government uphold their allegiance to the Constitution. I pray that reality does not mirror fiction. Tom Clancy said “The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.”. Let’s vote and work to make sure the good guys win, and America helps to save the world from Climate Change and evil.

Huffing and puffing at the White House

It was a frightening to see the current president seeming like he was trying to look normal while clearly struggling with normal functioning. I am not a fan of the current administration, but I do not like to see people struggling with reality. Our great country has achieved its status due to educated citizens and leadership making smart moves. We are in a position today that we have rarely been in; looking like idiots on the world stage. The president will hopefully pull through his current infection, but he clearly is placing others and the country at risk by his behavior. Denial is not a strategy, and certainly is not worthy of the greatest nation in the world. Trump has failed on a massive scale and it is important that as many people as possible recognize his failure for what it is. Vote for the Biden/Harris ticket to get our great country back on the path to global leadership and recovery!

Trump is finally taking it seriously

I don’t like even appearing to be joyful at the suffering of another human being. I hope that Trump recovers from COVID-19 and learns a lesson as he retires to private life and faces overdue accountability in 2021. The president has been a poster boy for entitlement and white privilege as he shows no empathy for people that he does not need. A Trump administration spokesperson has stated that he is taking COVID-19 seriously which is new for everyone paying attention the last 6 months. Trump even clowned Joe Biden for wearing a mask at Tuesday’s debate as he and his family wore none. Trump’s personal tribulation in catching the coronavirus should be a clear notice to everyone that he is unfit to continue as president. Research and vote to end the abomination of the Trump administration in 2020!

“The cost of Liberty is less than the price of Repression.” – WEB DuBois

What does DuBois mean when he says that the cost of liberty is less than the price of Repression? I think he is saying that we must act quickly to protect our freedoms because once they are lost it is costlier to regain them. Wise citizens are vigilant in protecting their freedoms because they know the price of failure is very high. Ferguson, Missouri was an example of DuBois’ quote. Black citizens wee the majority of the city, but did not vote in large numbers until after the killing of Michael Brown and the protests that followed. The Department of Justice found that Black citizens were targeted for tickets and fines by Ferguson police to raise revenue for the city. Ferguson represents an example of the high price of repression for Black citizens who did not pay the cost of liberty by organizing and voting in their city. Every American citizen is now witnessing scientific organizations like the CDC being overruled by Trump, and lies costing lives. Repression warps and degrades people and systems. We have to educate ourselves and act to pay the cost of liberty. As Jesus said “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”. We are paying a price for the current repression taking place, and worse days are coming if Trump is re-elected. Plan your vote to end the Trump chaos; restore truth and liberty!

Essential workers and other heroes

Many Americans are still at work putting themselves and their families at risk for COVID-19. We call them names like essential workers, but they are just people who want to do their part and make a living, The president and others are pushing for things to quickly get back to normal with as many businesses as possible open. The only problem with the complete re-opening of the economy (that everyone wants) is we have no plan to combat COVID-19 being implemented. American leadership has failed on a massive scale. We live in an America with many heroes but Republican political leaders display cowardice while pushing for others to pay the price. Teachers, store clerks, bus drivers, and others should not have everything placed at risk while being treated like canon fodder by Trump and McConnell with no health insurance. Our country is facing pandemics of privilege, greed, corruption, racism, and COVID-19. Most of these pandemics have been with us for awhile and periodically erupt threatening to consume us. Our sense of decency and fairness should push us to value and protect our fellow citizens. Nature is pushing us to adapt to challenges such as climate change and COVID-19. We must begin to build a better America before time runs out.