WARNING! Politics, virus and Trump, O My!
There are many things in this world that I do not have the perspicacity to understand. One of these is the “obvious.” For many years it eluded me, ducking behind a bush or something whenever I had a clear view. It is still very furtive but at least I’ve made enough progress to know it’s there and that I should look for it.
Among the obvious things in our world right now is a virus. Ironic that the biggest most obvious thing is invisible but that’s the obvious for you. Yesterday I was stunned to see two particular photos in the news. One was voters in Wisconsin lined up to vote, each person standing 6 feet from the person in front of them. Why were they doing that? Why weren’t they doing what we do in Colorado — we mail in our ballots or drop them off at the county clerk’s office. We vote early (but not often as OFFAL would like you to believe). Voter turnout in my state is one of the highest (ha ha) in the country. But not Wisconsin. Because of the virus they pushed for mail in ballots, but lawsuits (perpetrated by Republicans) dashed the hopes of Wisconsin voters when the Supreme Court overturned an appellate court decision to allow them to vote by mail. NYT
OFFAL in a so-called press conference yesterday decried mail in voting as “corrupt.” He said that people should go to the polls and vote in person. He’s also said that if all the states allow mail in voting, the Republicans don’t have a chance in the upcoming election.
And he refuses to sign a bill allowing early voting and mail in voting for every state.
This is what we have for a president, a real lover of democracy, who doesn’t want people to vote. Of course, if people HAD voted in 2016 we might not have had the evil monster in the White House we have now. Remember, as you read this, that I used to be a Republican and I still think that — as a party — the Democrats are idiots. As individuals, however, Democrats are definitely NOT idiots whereas it seems only a very few Republicans, at this point, are not slavish toadies, servants to power, no longer free souls. They had the moment when they could have taken a very simple action to rid the world of this scourge, but they didn’t take it.
And then virus and photographs. The other was a picture of people in some Southern city lined up FOR BLOCKS to apply for unemployment insurance. Meanwhile, uh, virus and, uh, Internet. Unemployment is working hard to respond to this the mess, but it won’t happen overnight.
And OFFAL has fired the guy who was to oversee the disbursement of stimulus funds. I strongly advise NOT even bothering to check your account looking for that deposit. You might be unpleasantly surprised which is the same as disappointed.
If I were a more paranoid person I’d think it doesn’t really matter to this guy or the Supreme Court that people are in danger of contracting a virus that might, yeah, pass through them like a cloud but that might not. They are in even more danger of sharing it with others. It also doesn’t seem to matter that millions MORE people are going to be in dire financial straights before long because they can’t work, but that doesn’t mean that they should risk their lives for a job. It’s an unfair choice; it shouldn’t have to be a choice AT ALL.
That something like a virus has been politicized to the extent it has is amusing and egregious. Still, the states that have mandated people stay at home and that unnecessary businesses and school close have had success in doing this curve flattening thing that is a short-term, time-buying solution. But not every governor has given a “stay at home” order. I guess people are smart enough to do that on their own, but it’s difficult if you want to vote and can’t vote by mail or you need unemployment benefits, but you can’t apply online. Even a person as obtuse to the obvious as I am can see that.
Here is an interesting and persuasive factual piece on the benefits of “stay at home” orders. NPR