Saturday, January 23, 2021
Friday, January 22, 2021
We saw the 400 lighted lanterns around the Reflection Pool each representing 1000 COVID deaths. There is another example of what 400,000 deaths looks like.
Arlington Cemetary has 400,000 people buried there. It has taken 157 years to get to that number and a year to get to that number of COVID deaths.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
The image above should be representative of the cost of a person and political party that degrades the value of having a functional government to protect its citizens. On Trump's last full day in office, the 400,000th person died from the virus. He was not the first person in his party to follow this political path and he will not be the last. How many American citizens had to die because of Trump and his Republican allies is hard to determine but a comparison with one other country that took a different approach to handle a pandemic is worth looking at. Taiwan took an aggressive approach to the virus and has had less than 200 of its citizens dying from the virus. I know that comparing a country like the United States with over 330 million citizens to an island country with a population of 5 million isn't exactly comparable. Even factoring in the differences between the two countries the reality is that if the United States would have been as successful as Taiwan in handling the virus we would have had around 8,000 deaths rather than 400,000. Attribute many of those additional deaths to the efforts over the past 40 years to degrade any value in establishing a competent necessary government to handle a crisis like the pandemic.
The darkness of a period of "American carnage" of one incompetent administration is ending as the dawn of a new administration begins. Many of us have endured 4 years waiting for this day. Trump is finally slinking out of town.
Monday, January 18, 2021
As we start this week celebrating Martin Luther King as the non-violent civil rights hero and leading up to the inauguration we should remember that the racism that he fought against is still very much a cancer in the American fabric. We may not have police with dogs and water cannons used against demonstrators like we saw in the 1960s but the symbols of racism were still very evident at the Capitol riot of January 6th. The election of Obama brought the racism out under the cover of the Tea Party which used fiscal responsibility to hide its true racist beliefs. The racists on the right have coalesced under their support for Trump, our racist president. To understand today's racist symbols here is a description of each of the ones displayed on January 6th.