“Now is the time, depending upon where you are or what your situation is, is to begin seriously looking at reopening the economy – reopening the country – to try to get back to some degree of normal. I’m totally in favor of that if done in the proper way and appropriate setting.”
– Dr. Anthony Fauci, conceding that a prolonged national lockdown over the COVID19 crisis is unhealthy for the nation, but emphasizes a “prudent” reopening.
This week a number of people protesting the state of Michigan’s shutdown in the midst of the COVID-19 stormed the state capital in Lansing demanding that Governor Gretchen Whitmer rescind the quarantine orders and allow anyone to return to work and shopping if they want. In other words, they don’t like that a global pandemic has usurped their presumed placement as the center of the universe. Many of the protesters arrived with guns and rifles; some wearing Nazi swastikas and others adorned in Confederate regalia (those morons keep fighting the 19th century American Civil War and damn! They still haven’t won!)
A few stood in front of law enforcement officials – the latter wearing face masks – and screamed profanities. This photo is just image of the virulent mad (mostly White) men unleashing their vitriol. Faux-President Trump has expressed support for them.
I keep thinking if a group of Black or Latino residents had shown up in the Michigan state capital building with firearms protesting something, how long would they last?
Olive Veronesi doesn’t ask for much. But, on this past Easter Sunday, while many people wanted church, family gatherings and chocolate rabbits, the 93-year-old resident of Seminole, Pennsylvania stood at her front door and held up a sign expressing exactly what she wanted:
“I Need More Beer!!”
Fortunately, some concerned locals responded to her distress call faster than Donald Trump reacting to a porn star in need of anal sex. They delivered several cases of beer to Olive, so she was saved. It’s good to know there are still people who will go above and beyond the ordinary to help a senior citizen with anything.
“The social scientists are telling us about the economic disaster that is going on. Our (Gross Domestic Product) is supposed to be down 20% alone this quarter. It is policymakers’ decision to put on our big boy and big girl pants and say it is the lesser of these two evils. It is not zero evil, but it is the lesser of these two evils and we intend to move forward that direction. That is our responsibility and to abdicate that is to insult the Americans that voted us into office.”
Hollingsworth went on to say, “[I]t is always the American government’s position to say, in the choice between the loss of our way of life as Americans and the loss of life, of American lives, we have to always choose the latter.”
Okay then…he can lead by example! Don’t ask someone to do something that you aren’t willing at least to try yourself!
“We don’t have a king. We have a president. That was a big decision. We ran away from having a king, and George Washington was president, not King Washington. So the president doesn’t have total authority.”
– New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, responding to Donald Trump’s claim of “total” authority to reopen the nation’s virus-stalled economy, despite what health experts recommend and what individual state governors want.