We now live in the unUnited States Of America. A nation divided by its leader Devious Donald Trump and the Calamity Congress.
I say devious because the dictionary describes it as “showing a skillful use of underhanded tactics to achieve goals “. If that does not describe our current president I don’t know of a more fitting word to sum him up. Our current congress can best be described as a “calamity”.
First I never felt the need for the concept of “Make America Great Again”. It has always been great in my lifetime. Naturally there have been ups and downs that are a part of living. Divided at times by war “Vietnam”. Race riots to correct the horrors of inequality that has taken way to long to overcome from the birth of this democracy.
To my understanding the folks that created this nation were a collection of outcasts of mostly white people that came here to try to better their lives. To escape lands where there was famine, religious prosecution, dictatorship, etc. A place to better ones circumstances through hard work, yet granted choices of their own.
The mix of former nationalities, races, religions, working together to achieve a common goal of freedom made it great. Where everyone has a chance to improve the lives they left behind.
The current pandemic crisis is once again dividing us, but it has happened before in my short lifetime of sixty some years.
No, I don’t have all the answers. Yes, I understand why many folks were fooled in to voting for Devious Don. Government has grown large and cumbersome. Yes, we still have inequality trouble. Race, religion, hell the fact that women are still treated as lesser than men.
All this we will overcome I hope and feel in the long run. We must.
The unseen enemy of this virus we have seen its cousins in the past. A scar on my shoulder evidence that it can be overcome.
We must get back to work I agree. We will pay the price as we have done before in way to many wars. This virus already accumulating a death tole almost equal to the loses of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Within six months more than likely nearing the tragic loss of life from World War I.
No, I don’t buy the comparison to how many lives are lost in a year in auto accidents as was testified to congress by a gentleman yesterday. Numbers the experts all want to quote numbers. Leaving out the variables of time to go with them. We have only been in this virus fight for a few months, no where near a year.
Besides numbers are like money they so often lead to what is not important. The beauty of life is in the living, not in the keeping score.
What upsets me and causes me to write this is that our leadership is adding to the pain and dividing us once again. Where is any sense of laying partisanship aside. Not from congress or the white house. Our main source of health leadership the CDC shuffled to the background, barely heard from. What’s up with that?
In a way I must believe it is the drawing in on only thinking of ourselves. We do live in a world that is connected much more than at anytime in history. When I become consumed in only thinking of myself, I am the one that winds up loosing. The same follows for this country no doubt.
Instead of leading the fight against this virus regardless of its source it is here. We as a people should be joining with the world to defeat it as quickly as possible. But no our leadership would rather cast blame, withdrawal and only think of ourselves.
There are still good folks in government, governors leading as best as they can individually. Having to fight against naysayers that confuse temporary hardship with freedom. Comes from the current I want it now generation of me first I am thinking.
We will have the chance to try and choose better come election day. Should our current leadership allow us to make it that far as unUnited as we have become…