OF FORESTS AND TREES

My Latin teacher’s (yes, I am that old or wise) favorite saying was that you cannot see the trees for the forest or the forest for the trees.

My Democratic and Republican friends need to stop focusing on Trump’s actions as being related to the election.  His and Republican allies actions are not about policy foreign or domestic.  What is their motivation to not recognize the election of President elect Biden?  What is their motivation to not address Covid-19?  What is their motivation to turn their backs on the workers who need help getting through this crisis?  What is their motivation to not give a second stimulus package?

Steve Bannon, Senator Ted Cruz and the right have both said that their purpose was to limit and destroy the power of the federal government.  What has gone on during the Trump presidency has been devoted to this end.  Whether it was the failure of Republicans to vote President trump guilty of the crime of obstruction of justice in his impeachment, their failure to recognize and address Covid-19, ending treaties, and retreating from the climate accords; THE GOAL HAS BEEN TO LIMIT AND ULTIMATELY END/OR DESTROY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

Why?  How about a new government in which Republicans can win elections?  How about turning the country to an oligarchy?  But more likely the base motive is greed.  They like the Russian model of government; especially if they get to be the oligarchs.

It is time to look at the trees and forests.

IT’S COVID-19 !

Before we can safely return to even a new normal, we must control the Covid virus.

That will allow small businesses to reopen.

That will allow all workers to return to work.

That will affect the lives of our colored population as they suffer twice the infections of whites.

That will lessen the deaths of our elderly who drive our economy.

That will enable children to return to school safely without infecting their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts or uncles.

How do we accomplish this? We know what works – masks, social distancing and hand washing hygene.

How do we get our diverse and fractured society to do this?

  1. Make going without a mask a social taboo with constant public service announcements as was done with smoking.
  2. If we don’t bring down the number of new cases in our city, county or state, then we must close down non-essential businesses. It we must close down businesses, then we must provide aid to businesses and workers to get them through to the time that the new cases are reduced to an acceptable level. Once cases reach an acceptable level businesses can gradually reopen. These closings should be done by city, county or state as some will have outbreaks and some will not.
  3. Make masks, thermometers, oximeters and tests free and instruct how to use them. Evidently, from what I see, it is not that clear that the masks must cover the nose and mouth not just hang around the neck.
  4. Educate, educate, educate! Tell how to monitor for symptoms that is first temperature, then oxygen levels, and blood pressure. Be clear when the symptoms warrant a visit to the doctor.
  5. The sooner we are controlling the virus the sooner we can return to the new normal. What will the new normal look like? I suspect that we will continue to monitor our selves and our families so that we can deal with returning outbreaks.

It is up to us. You can tell who is serious about getting kids back to school and businesses reopened by the presence of a mask worn properly on their face and maintaing social distancing.

Thanks

We All Can Agree.

We all can agree that a parent would not and should not put their children in harm’s way. We should never put or children in a situation that could be fatal.

We can all agree that to put our children in harm’s way is not exercising good judgement or any moral judgement.

AND YET, THE REPUBLICANS UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION WANT TO PUT ON THE SUPREME COURT TO MAKE JUDGEMENTS THAT AFFECT ALL OF OUR AND OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES THIS PERSON. YOU NEED TO WRITE OR CALL OR TEXT YOUR SENATOR TO STOP THIS CONFIRMATION.

As further evidence of her lack of good decision making:

She sign petitions without reading them on her way out of church.

She accepts a position on a board that is anti gay right.

And yet, she claims to be unable to answer senators question because she would need more facts.

REALLY?

Party Above All?

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When businesses suffer from Pandemic?

With people being laid off due to the pandemic?

With people running out of unemployment benefits due to the Pandemic?

With people being evicted from their rental units due to the Pandemic?

With people missing mortgage payments due to Pandemic?

People in food lines due to Pandemic?

With children starving due to the Pandemic?

Republicans did not cause the Pandemic!

REPUBLICANS FAILE TO LEAD US OUT OF THE PANDEMIC BY FOLLOWING PRESIDENT TRUMP, BY NOT COMING UP WITH A PLAN, REFUSING TO BRING UP TO THE SENATE AND VOTE ON THE DEMOCRATIC PLAN.

What are they using their time for during the Pandemic?

Trying to get a person on the Supreme Court that will enable them to get rid of the ACA one of the most popular pieces of legislation ever passed. (Since they have no plan beyond that, one must presume that they want insurance companies to be able to deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, cap payments, deny coverage to children on their parents policy and allow junk insurance.)

Also, they want to get rid of Roe v Wade.

There are three things the American voters are in favor of by margins as high as 60%.

One is the need for the Afordable Care Act

Two is legislation to provide needed relief for all our people till we get through this Pandemic and thereby allow the economy to again grow.

Three is keeping Roe v Wade.

SO, YES, IT IS PARTY ABOVE ALL ELSE – PARTICULARLY THEIR CONSTITUENTS!

Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination

I am not concerned about her religious views.

I am not concerned about her limited experience as a trial attorney.

I am not concerned her limited, less than three years, experience as a federal jurist for an appointment for life.

I am concerned about her judgement. Look at the photos above. In the lower left corner you see her husband and more importantly her children in the rose garden where the White House became a Super Spreader hot spot.

She knew the CDC recommendations.

She knew they all should be wearing masks.

She knew they all should be social distancing which would be impossible considering the number of attendees.

She knew that the testing only had a 50 percent reliability rate.

And yet, she still brought her children to the event and exposed them to the most deadly virus to hit the United States in over a hundred years.

What kind of judgement is that? It is the kind of judgement that puts herself above the safety of her children.

She claims to protect the rights of fetuses, but she doesn’t protect her own children?