Drlee wrote:The pandemic is much worse than combat for the medicos. No doubt.
Then there is this. Medical people are treating people who need not be ill and certainly not dying. The inaction and lack of leadership in the Trump administration and republican senate has directly caused the deaths of over 200,000 people and that is being kind. IF we had taken strong national action, led from the front by a competent administration, we would have saved nearly all of those who have died. All we have to do is look at results in other countries to see the proof of that. Instead we had republican leadership that denied and in some cases continues to deny that there is a problem. It is tragic and it is criminal.
My local red-state government is still debating mandatory mask wearing. This is nothing short of criminal. They continue to argue about "rights". Ignorant and criminal.
So what is the height of stupidity in all of this? I will ignore the Trump nonsense. He is mentally ill. The height if stupidity is this:
Some religious people decided that meeting in close quarters is more important than life itself. They concluded that killing their parishioners is just fine. Why? I will tell you the inescapable conclusion....You can't pass the collection plate by zoom.
Then, instead of condemning this very irreligious behavior, the administration did nothing.
Then the Supreme Court, in an act that will for generations to come be used to point out the partisan nature of the court, decided that indeed, it is OK to make people ill and send them out into the community because.....rights. The court absolutely ignored the rights of the innocent people who will die needlessly because of this ruling. Among those who will die needlessly because of this act of monumental stupidity are those, like the nurse of which we are speaking, who are left to try to clean up this mess.
This is not just a failure of government. People on the right like to talk about how we are a largely Christian nation. They insist this means something. Well the death toll from this disease is a failure of Christianity on a national scale. If the churches had insisted on proper action the government would have had to act. Putting the collection plate ahead of the lives of their people is really speaking to young people and those on the fence. Sure some churches are doing some things but I can tell you from the front lines that very few and very little. Well. Our local Mosque is doing a lot.
The Country that was founded upon Individualist rebellion is dying of Individualist rebellion. True Christianity has nothing to do with it. Rather, it preaches that obedience to legitimate rulers is obedience to God, and that rebellion is a sin unto death.
So when the leadership of the medical and scientific community advises certain actions to save lives, to save society itself, it was the pure folly of rebellion and disobedience to the known truth that was in play here.
Nobody should have been out protesting and rioting over anything during this time, and the law should come down hard on anyone involved with that. Nobody should have been clamoring to end lock downs, everybody should be wearing masks and washing their hands and practicing social distancing.
Prophylactics to treat this plague should have been used, and used early, no matter who suggested using them or why. And the country should have come together like we did during the world wars, including a Manhattan Project level effort to destroy this virus with drugs and vaccines and quarantine measures.
Funds should be readily available to help working people with the hardships associated with this. Some of this was and has been done, but not enough. It became political, and in doing so it has divided this country, or rather it has laid bare the divisions that already exist.
There will come a time soon when COVID-19 will be little more than like a regular Coronavirus infection, and this time after it began a somewhat distant memory. Life will return to pretty much the way it was before the Pandemic of 2020. Except that our political institutions will have to be strengthened, exposed as they are to the public seeing how weak they truly are.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.