History has always been my favorite subject. I loved it in elementary school to middle school and beyond. However, there was one common theme that always seemed to appear before major catastrophic events. People lost faith in their leaders.
It appears time and time again throughout history. People lose their way, and then chaos walks in. What baffled me was the acceptance of would-be dictators. Often these people would appear to be loyal, protectors, and worldly-wise. While they were plotting their path, people were too busy feeling protected to realize they were walking into a trap.
Before they knew it, their rights were carried away one by one. It started with things many people didn’t even consider liberties. In time the lack of liberties grew. Some people today see wearing a mask as taking away a right. I look at it this way. Wearing a mask means I can be a Super Hero anytime I want. You often see me riding around in my car with the window down and my mask on listening to my Birds Of Prey CD. I’m thinking about getting leather pants to match!!!
In reality, being forced to work under unsafe conditions would be the worse of the two. It is a mind game if I give you one, and I take two, have I really helped you? Now children are being forced back to school under the threat of money being withheld from their school districts. This is another liberty that we are seeing removed. https://www.wsj.com/articles/pentagon-to-close-half-its-schools-in-u-s-over-coronavirus-concerns-11597345938
The lastest is an all-out assault on the Postal Service. Some of the people depend on the Postal Service for the bulk of their outside communication with debtors. People get checks, medication, and due dates for utilities on a regular basis through the mail. Some people are able to send mail or mail packages at affordable rates via Postal Service. For some small struggling businesses, it can be the difference between making it or not.
So when you are thinking about those liberties, think about what rights you are giving up or losing today.
Our country is engaged in a battle right now. We are fighting with blinders on and one hand tied behind our backs. Months ago Trump and his selected group of personnel stood up and laid out a plan to opening up America. The plan included a series of steps that needed to be accomplished before states would be allowed to open. Read the plan here which was approved by Trump. https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/
Soon after that plan was mentioned states like Texas, Florida and GA rushed to open before conquering the first phase. Trump gave the governors more power to handle the virus while promising he would step in if the governor mishandled the situation. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/05/trump-governors-coronavirus/611023/
Trump went on to be critical of Democratic Governors like Cuomo for high death rates and other Democrats for keeping their states locked down. Meanwhile, here in Texas we had our Lt,Governor Patrick saying that people should die for the economy. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/03/dan-patrick-coronavirus-grandparents
So far he is getting his wish, caseloads are getting shorter and shorter for case workers overseeing the elderly. In some cases, as soon as the worker is routed a new client, he or she calls to find out that the client has already died to COVID-19. Now, the same people who pushed for the cleansing of old people are coming for our schools. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/12/us/georgia-school-coronavirus.html This article is about how one school district now has to quarantine almost 1000 people due to COVID-19. https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/11/health/florida-coronavirus-children/index.html Here is another story talking about how children in another state have been infected. Yet, our President wants us to believe that children are mostly immune to COVID-19. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-covid-press-conference-children-immune-shooting-coronavirus-a9664106.html
I am sure he knows about the numbers, but the numbers do not fit his agenda or Patrick’s agenda. The Republicans are collectively putting our lives at risk each and every single day. They pushed to reopen states by kicking people off benefits before the states were safe enough to reopen. However, now they are having to add some of those same people back because COVID-19 is so out of control. With the surge that we are seeing in schools, it is just a matter of time before those are forced to either quit or get approval to work from home.
We had the audacity to think that we could skip vital parts of recovery and now we relapsing. So, I am calling on those who vote for Trump, to see the failure he has allowed to manifest. He has yet to call out the leadership in the red states with high cases from COVID-19. I have yet to hear him say anything about how Abbott or DeSantis fumbled the ball. What we are seeing is nothing more than a political game of chess that is being played with our lives. This isn’t about borders, socialized medicines, or funding the police in America. It is about people with too much to lose and people with two little to care. If you value anything at all, value your life, This vote might be the deciding factor in who lives or dies.
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I would like to share some of my favorite artist from around the world. Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist who uses his platform for helping to bring attention to much needed issues in China. I wish I could see his work in real life.