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President 10-Out-Of-10

April 4, 2020

 What, exactly, is life-sustaining work? In this day and age, it is becoming more and more apparent that work that produces an income that sustains families’ ability to put food on the table, a roof over their heads, clothing and health care coverage when they need it is life-sustaining. Of course, this includes the workers who are almost universally recognized as life-sustaining and essential workers due to the nature of their jobs. Health care professionals, police, firefighters, grocery store and pharmacy employees and those who make it possible for the rest of us to attain what we need in order to survive.

When President Trump resumed his contemptuous relationship with the press recently by starting daily press releases to inform us all of updates relating to how his Administration is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic he was asked to rate his team’s response on a scale of 1-to-10, to which he replied it would be 10-out-of-10. At the time, he was totally misleading the American people about the seriousness of the crisis – even going out of his way to say that it wasn’t even a crisis. The illness wasn’t affecting many Americans at all, and would completely, miraculously, disappear in a matter of days, or at most weeks.

Those of us among the vast majority of Americans who have been living under statewide stay-at-home orders proclaimed by our governors are very glad we did not hold our breaths waiting for the crisis to end. Hundreds of thousands have been diagnosed as positive for the virus. Thousands have died. The end is nowhere near our line-of-sight. We don’t know where the end of the tunnel is – let alone see light at the end of it. At his campaign rallies (which these press briefings have really become for Trump, since his normal political rallies would violate the guidelines for mass gatherings and distance between people published by his own Administration as standard conduct these days) he constantly goes out of his way to blame state and local government officials, foreign officials and the unforeseeable nature of the developing crisis as excuses for the situation turning out to be far worse than he initially predicted.

The way in which Donald Trump dumps on every other possible culprit (except, perhaps, for extraterrestrial evil beings) as being responsible for any shortcomings of his policies (if they can be called that) while repeatedly and utterly completely refusing to take even one smidgeon of blame for shortcomings on his own part has become nauseating. He not only refuses to answer direct, highly relevant questions posed to him by professional journalists seeking to inform US of what is going on and why, he does so in such a manner as to belittle and ridicule the persons asking the questions. Often, he doesn’t even let the reporter ask a question at all, but rather continually interrupts them with his rants about the reporters’ biased views and unwillingness to do anything other than report fake news that shows him in a poor light.

The informative nature of the briefings is itself a symptom of how Trump has been putting his heels to the necks of even the most professional of those on his task force as they explain what they are doing. Almost everyone on his task force makes an opening statement praising Trump to the high heavens for saving us from death and destruction we would be experiencing if any other human being were serving in his post. Break out the Pepto. Then they delicately go about wording their responses in such a way as to contradict what he has been saying without drawing his ire by doing so.

When asked about resource shortages faced by state and local officials in the more hardly hit regions of the country, Trump blames the Obama Administration, state governors, even hospital administrators and the individual health care professionals themselves for squandering the limited resources they do have. Donald Trump accusing doctors and nurses of wasting Personal Protective Equipment or saying they need more of certain items of equipment (such as ventilators) than they really need is simply Donald Trump proclaiming his own omniscience, which should not even be allowed to show itself – it gets people killed, plain and simple.

For the most part, lately, our President has gone out of his way to say other people should be following guidelines that he openly admits he refuses to abide by himself. Wearing a mask is but one example. Testing for the virus has been a shortfall of the response since the onset of the crisis, and is still causing the illness to spread unnecessarily. As it gets ramped up, the true expanse of the problem becomes more apparent. His main expressed concern is to get people back to work before it is safe to do so. He has consistently been far more concerned about bailing out big businesses and making billionaires richer than it has been about taking care of the unemployed workers his policies have helped to create or feeding and housing their children and other dependents.

Donald Trump is more concerned about raising the price of oil to mollify American petroleum producers, whose environmentally destructive fracking practices cause their production costs to be non-competitive when the Saudis and Russians are ramping up production competing for market share than he is with the further strain that energy cost inflation will cause working Americans – not to mention further acceleration of climate change. This President does not try to empathize with the vast majority of Americans. He can’t and does not even put forth the effort. Born to wealth and privilege, he seems to feel himself entitled to do and acquire anything his heart desires, just because he is Donald Trump. Too many people have been enabling this behavior for too long. The result is more suffering and misery for people at or near the bottom of his economic pyramid.

I regularly get to watch press briefings by both Tom Wolf (my governor in PA, whose briefings are extensively covered by the local press) and Andrew Cuomo of New York, the current focal point of the most urgent needs in this crisis (which are extensively covered by cable news). Both of these governors are, in my opinion, doing a far better job of trying to alleviate the problems faced by average people living under their jurisdictions. Other governors, not as widely covered where I live, appear to be doing likewise for their people. They may not be candidates for Trump’s job and may not even be good choices to replace him, but as far as looking out for their people, in general and especially in this crisis, they would certainly be an improvement.

Donald Trump made a point of concentrating a large amount of his daily rant today denigrating the performance of the Inspector General he fired for putting forward the whistleblower complaint filed pertaining to his now infamous phone conversation with the President of Ukraine, which formed part of the basis for his impeachment. He further assailed the character and performance of the person who was the whistleblower. Another attempted distraction from the topics relevant to the alleged purpose of his press “briefing”. Further proof that Trump is a ruler, a would be authoritarian dictator, not a leader who looks to advance the interests and well-being of ALL people he is supposed to be governing, not just the few oligarchs with whom he dines and golfs while pocketing their donations and allowing them to fatten his wallet by patronizing his company’s ritzy properties.

Donald Trump should not have ever been our President. He proves himself morally, temperamentally and philosophically unfit to hold the position on a daily and often tweet-by-tweet basis. He was properly impeached by the House (though he is guilty of many more transgressions – some even more egregious than those he was charged with) and should have been convicted and removed from office by our sorry excuse for a Senate. For the sake of the future lives of those living in this country now and in the future, as well as the rest of humanity, he must not be allowed to remain in office past the end of this term, and must be held to account for his past, present and any future misdeeds he has/will perpetrate. Make America a democracy for a change.

Suggested Further Readings:

Trump Keeps Using Racist Wording To Describe Coronavirus, And Here’s Why

Who’s in Charge Here?

“Without these workers, everything ceases to exist”: How coronavirus is coming for your produce

Playing With Fire in a House Filled With Gas: Trump Places Stock Markets and Profits above People

Texas’ Dan Patrick: many seniors willing to sacrifice for economy

States Should Designate Grocery Workers as “Essential Personnel” Without Delay

This doctor works in an ER in NYC. Here’s her open letter to President Trump and why she thinks if we follow his coronavirus plan, it won’t just be dangerous, it’ll be deadly

Deaths in United States linked to coronavirus surpass 1,000

Seth Meyers Clobbers Trump: ‘Emotional Maturity Of A Middle Schooler’

AOC went off on the massive corporate bailout while Americans get ‘crumbs for our families’

Bailouts for the Rich, the Virus for the Rest of Us

Gig workers are doing essential jobs, but tech companies still insist they’re not employees

‘Insulting’ Frontline Health Workers, Trump—Without Evidence—Accuses Hospital Staff in New York of Stealing Protective Gear

U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Hits Highest Any Country Has Suffered in One Day

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5 Comments
  1. I watched the Mayor of Atlanta, New Jersey and thought this guy should be President. He spoke with compassion and honesty, about the people where he is Mayor, in under 10 minutes. Later the same day Trump shut off exports to my country, Canada, of face masks produced in the US. He’s out of touch with reality Rick. Meanwhile the Senate continues to work on list of further sanctions as though they live in a bubble. Good article and will share it.

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    • Thanks, Dennis. I could be mistaken, but I believe New York has received equipment from China and Oregon that they couldn’t get from the federal government. State and local governments are doing a better job than Trump, who is full of excuses and blame for others but little constructive action. A pandemic should be addressed on a global basis and needs should be met by those who can meet them best – regardless of arbitrary regional and national borders. Closing the border to Canada was insane. It would have been more understandable to me if your country would’ve initiated that move. Stay safe.

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      • Everything is okay with me Rick.We have the only provincial Premiere who was too busy slashing 25,000 teachers and others to notice the world around him. In our case, the Federal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau worked with all the Provinces, to move forward with a balanced plan with some fiscal initiatives to help those in need. Unemployment due to shut downs will likely bring numbers of unemployed not seen since the 1930s depression.

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  2. Rick here is the link for the Mayor of Atlantic City, NJ. Under five minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or9yzWAOSJU

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  3. Thank you again, Dennis.

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