Memorial Day is about more than a show of patriotism, but a time to recognize the sacrifices that we should consider throughout the year. Gratitude is important to maintaining a positive outlook on life. Our gratitude for the sacrifices others have made should help us maintain our freedom; as long as we ask the questions required of true respect. It is easy to fly a flag and speak platitudes. It is meaningful and important to consider why great sacrifices are worthy of respectful remembrance. Our lives should be improved by understanding our blessings as citizens and our duty to keep the country worthy of sacrifices made. Research, think, and vote in 2020!
We should have national and/or regional threat assessment levels for the pandemic like we had for terrorist threats. In the past we have seen our intelligence agencies used to inform Americans about threats to our safety. Today we have an executive branch that refuses to use the CDC honestly to inform us of pandemic outbreak levels. We spend trillions to protect Americans but now because of an unstable executive branch; citizens stumble around in the dark. Governors and local leaders provide leadership, but are undermined by an erratic president telling citizens to “liberate” their state. Meanwhile we approach 100,000 deaths (and beyond) with our hands tied by psychotic leadership. Lies, rumors, and chaos roll from the Whitehouse. The scientist say a second wave is coming and our behavior will determine the size. Polls say Americans are catching on; but it is critical that everyone possible vote for steady leadership in 2020.
We are watching an experiment but most people already know the result. Some state and local governments are employing the strategy of hiding facts about the spread of COVID19 from the public. The idea seems to be that if people are not aware of virus hotspots they will be more likely to participate in the brick and mortar economy. Challenges to get the truth about the spread of the virus from state and federal government agencies are ongoing. Science and transparency should lead the reopening of America because it is wrong to deceive people about issues of life and death. We have heroes to thank for the defense of the public and our republic. Journalists, health professionals, public servants, and others who have stood up for truth and science. God bless these heroes for being the eyes and voice of the people!
The COVID19 pandemic is still with us. I am hopeful that people will continue to help one another to continuously take the steps to reduce the spread of the virus. The wisdom of crowds will have to work in a way that actually reduces crowding and helps individuals to keep their distance while acting to protect others with masks, etc. While the economy is reopening and more opportunities to socialize emerge people can fall into old habits. I hope we can be gentle with one another and lead by example as we battle the spread of the virus. The current president will not lead and chaos lurks throughout our country; as President Obama said we will have to be the change that we seek.
We need new leadership for the United States. It is not a mystery to people who believe that truth and facts provide the firm basis for our continued success. A government that searches for truth, shares it with the people, and develops strategies based on the synergy produced by smart people. The American Dream is based on average people reaching extraordinary achievement by working together under a social contract and sharing the rewards. Today the world and America is threatened by oligarchs who want create super citizens who gain status, privilege, and power through proximity to the leader. The leader typically gains and maintains power through lies, threats, and violence (ex. Putin in Russia). America cannot allow our strength to be destroyed by lies and conspiracy theories. We have to relentlessly pursue the truth, vote in 2020, and make sure those who threaten the republic are held accountable.
“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” – Jesus. This quote tells us how to proceed in life or during a pandemic where the current president says one thing, while scientists and doctors say something else. Every real American wants the truth to make good decisions that free and enrich. The greedy and criminals want to lie so that people are deceived into doing what is not in their own interest; but someone else’s. I want to see life return to normal as quickly as possible with the risks minimized. I don’t know exactly what that looks like, but I know the truth is the fastest road back.
The shooting of Ahmaud Arbery revealed systemic white supremacy battling truth and decency to rule America. It took almost 2 full months for law enforcement to do anything even though they had the video that has sparked so much outrage. District Attorneys, Sheriffs, and others sworn to defend all citizens decided that some citizens have more rights than others. They watched a man being pursued and murdered for no cause but felt unmoved to take a legal or moral stand. As the world saw the same video people were horrified to watch an unarmed man who had committed no crime confronted and shot to death. The judgement of the world sparked legal authorities to act almost two months too late when their colleagues were legally and morally silent. I think that there are more people of good faith who believe in God, will stand with the truth, and value their souls than not. Every confrontation between good and evil presents the same equation. I hope we do better this time than the Trayvon Martin case in 2012.