The disaster that is the Trump administration reaction to and handling of the Coronavirus crisis has been decades in the making. It is the result of raising to seriousness for political purposes, willful ignorance, superstition, and an anti-science bias.
The right and the Republican Party saw political benefit in cultivating those traits in the population. They knew, as a minority party, ignorance and superstition would help them gain and maintain political power.
They were right. But now, we are in the position of having people who don’t believe in government running an enormous advanced industrialized government at a time when a coordinated government response to the Coronavirus is essential.
We also have a complaint, cowardly, mediocre corporate media whose biggest and most powerful stars can only find the courage to tearfully plead with the Trump administration to show leadership (Jake Tapper today.) They are pleading with people who think “believing” in science is optional, and that government is not there to help people, but to line the pockets of the rich.
At the absurd dog-and-pony show that is the daily press briefing, reporters use precious time asking questions like 1) Does the First Lady wear a mask? And 2) Why we don’t fix the roads while everybody is at home.
Meanwhile, right in front of our faces, Donald Trump and his administration, like snake oil salesmen, tout drugs which they maintain will treat the Coronavirus to distract attention away from the fact that they have failed miserably to run the government they are in control of and are doing nothing but trying to find a way to profit off the crisis.
When asked today how he could justify touting unproven drugs, Trump responded: “We don’t have time…to test it out.” We don’t have time to test it out. Just think about that. We don’t have time to test the drugs to see if they work before we use tax-payer money to stockpile the drugs. We don’t have time to test the drugs to see if they work before we recommend people use them. Anybody who knows anything about the scientific method knows that this kind of statement is insane. INSANE.
You don’t even have to know something about the scientific method to know that this is idiocy. You just need some common sense. Why would you take a drug you had no idea was effective in treating the condition you were suffering from? Why?
We don’t have time to test the drugs out, Trump continues, “with the test tubes and the laboratories.” He says this like the testing of drugs with test tubes and laboratories is self-indulgent lark that people might want to do for fun if the situation wasn’t so serious. This is the talk of a man who has no idea what science is. He is as willfully ignorant and superstitious as the people who were courted by the Republican party and cultivated by Fox News.
It is bad enough to have a political party that cynically uses ignorance and superstition to get elected. It is quite another to have people in charge who are themselves ignorant and superstitious. It may well be deadly in a world where technology is the key to survival and to mass extinction.
Thursday Night Blog Notes
- I can’t even keep up with the Trump scams surrounding this coronavirus crisis.
- Brian Kemp, the governor of Georgia, is claiming that he just now learned that asymptomatic people could pass on the coronavirus to other people.
- Every day there’s another presser with Trump congratulating corporate CEOs and touting meaningless statistics.
- The Republicans are all over twitter congratulating private industry for “contributions” and “donations.” So, the people in this country who pay taxes, are reliant on donations, charity from big business to get them through a crisis.
- This entire Trump/Repubican approach is designed to school people that the government cannot/will not help them if them are in need.
- The Federal Government, however, under the Republicans will give $500 billion of public money to corporations.
- According to Mehdi Hasan, South Korea and Japan’s unemployment rates are nothing like we are seeing in this country.
- The Navy is expected to fire the captain who raised an alarm saying that his sailors had the Coronavirus.
- The Nation is reporting that there is a Democratic primary in Wisconsin on Tuesday and Milwaukee is planning to decrease the polling places from 180 to 10. This is democracy?
- Trump is complaining on Twitter that the hospitals and states have “insatiable appetites & are never satisfied (politics?)
- I’ll never, never be able to wrap my mind around the fact that this miserable, moronic, corrupt, tasteless, bastard is president.
Interviewed on CNN today, a Republican member of congress dismissed the widespread alarm among the medical profession about the shortage of masks and other protective equipment for use combating the corona virus. “Capitalism,” he said “will handle it.”
But, the corona virus crisis is a textbook example of the failure of capitalism to handle the corona virus crisis and the other underlying crises that have plagued this society for decades.
Republicans are illustrating hourly exactly what is wrong with free-market capitalist solutions to problems created by free-market capitalism.
Let’s just look at one example.
- On 20 March 2020, it was reported that four senators (Burr, Leoffler, Inhofe and Feinstein) were selling off stock after receiving briefings about how serious the impact of the corona virus was going to be.
- Burr and Loeffler went public with statements seeking to calm the populace about the threat of the pandemic while they were busily selling stock to cushion the blow for themselves.
- Burr’s case was especially egregious. Burr, as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, received briefings that included the country’s most classified information about the security threat of the virus.
- And, Burr (in a recorded talk to his wealthy donors on February 27, 2020) warned of the serious implications of the outbreak at a time when he was seeking to calm the fears of the general population by telling them that the Trump administration had everything in hand. While reassuring the general public, to his wealthy donors, Burr was comparing the corona virus to the “1918 pandemic.”
- Burr maintained that he was using only publicly available information, but he would, wouldn’t he? He also claimed that the event at which he informed party insiders was not an event for his wealthy donors.
- NPR, however, reported that it had obtained a copy of the RSVP list for the event and that it included dozens of invited guests representing companies and organizations from North Carolina. The companies or their political committees donated more than $100,000 to Burr’s election campaign in 2015 and 2016 (NBC News)
- The same day Burr was giving this speech, Trump was telling reporters that the corona virus was “going to disappear.” (NBC News)
- In early February, Burr, co-wrote an op-ed for Fox News in which he said “the United States today is better prepared than ever before to face emerging public health threats, like the coronavirus.” In mid-February he started to unload the stocks. The unloading was about a week before the markets started to plunge (NBC News 3/20/20).
- One of the stocks Burr unloaded was shares in Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, which has now lost two-thirds of its value according to ProPublica. Burr dumped shares of another hotel chain, Extended Stay America. (NBC News 3/20/20)
- It is Democrats who are calling for investigations, and also a Democrat (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) who is calling for Burr’s resignation and a law preventing legislators from owning stock.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter that as chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Burr “got private briefings about Coronavirus weeks ago. Burr knew how bad it would be. He told the truth to his wealthy donors, while assuring the public that we were fine. THEN he sold off $1.6 million in stock before the fall. He needs to resign.” (NBC News 3/20/20)
- We know about these stock sell-offs only because of a law requiring the legislators to report their stock dealings. Why not a law prohibiting them from owning stock while serving?
Gregorian, Dareh (3/20/20) “Burr, other senators…” NBC News.
In this podcast from the Majority Report, Sam Sedar talks to the Democrat challenging Chris Coons in Delaware. Coons first came on my radar screen when he did a deal during the Kavanaugh hearings with Jeff Flake. The deal was for an “investigation” by the FBI into the allegations of other women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual impropriety. This “investigation” was so circumscribed that it failed to even interview some of the woman accusing Kavanaugh. This “investigation” provided a number of people cover to vote for Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Then, after putting off watching “The Family” the Netflix documentary on Jeff Sharlett’s book “The Family” because I knew it would drive me crazy, I was amazed to see Chris Coons all over it. Coons is an active participant in this Christofacist organization.
Coons if one of those democrats who goes on television and assumes this holier-than-thou attitude about “bipartisanship.” This bipartisanship evidently includes already conspiring with Republicans to block progressive economic policy which might be implemented by a Bernie Sanders presidency.
Chris Coons is a snake in the grass and we must get him out of office.
All you have to do is read this book to see how Robert Mueller was either a Chickenshit (See book by Eisinger) or part of the project to cover up the Trump/Russia collusion. Neither alternative is a good one.