I don’t know about anyone else, but I am the only one bothered that all of this could have been prevented? As of today, in the United States alone, over 200,000 people have contracted the virus and nearly 5,000 people have died. Our healthcare workers are overwhelmed beyond measure, millions are out of work and we are on the brink of an economic recession/depression. If the warnings are true, nearly a quarter of a million Americans could die before we finally get a handle on this disease.
He could have played President weeks, if not months ago. He could have enacted the Defense Production Act and ensured that the national stockpile of PPEs, ventilators and other necessary equipment was available if needed.
But he didn’t. He downplayed the facts and ignored the growing spread. Why? He did so to save his skin and his chances of being re-elected in the fall.
Over the last three years, the list of reasons why this man should not be in office has grown to be long and arduous. As far as I am concerned, his inaction in regards to the coronavirus is the #1 reason why he needs to removed from office in November.
A wise person once said the following: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
In terms of the coronavirus, I would like to amend that statement: an ounce of prevention is worth 100 pounds of cure.
According to a new report just released by Politico, the administration received a report in 2016 detailing a step by step process as how they should deal with what then a hypothetical virus. It should surprise no one that this report was ignored.
In my hometown of New York City, the 281 people have died so far. Over 20,000 people have been tested positive for coronavirus.
What bothers me to no end is that they knew about this disease is that we all knew about it months ago. Given what we know now, being over prepared and being accused of being over prepared is a hec of a lot better than what we are dealing with now.
What is worse is that you know who wants everything to return to normal by Easter. If (and this is huge if) the numbers were consistently falling, I would say re-opening the country in two to three weeks is a reasonable goal. But given the fact that our medical professionals and facilities are overwhelmed and severely lacking supplies, and that the number of those sick, dying and dead are rising, Easter is not even close to a viable date.
We need a President. We need a leader who steps up to the plate, listens to the professionals and cares more about this country than their personal needs.
Instead, we have you know who. G-d save us and get us to November.
If nothing else, America is an idealistic nation. We are dreamers and fighters, we do not give up because we are told no.
We are also a nation that can be hypocritical.
August 18th is the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. In the nearly 100 years since the ratification of the 19th amendment, American women (and women across the world) have achieved what our grandmothers and great-grandmothers could have only dreamed of.
But with every battle that we have won, there is still much more work that is required of us if there is to be true equality between the sexes.
I would have liked very much to use the term “Madam President” this year. But there will be no women in either party on the ticket come this fall.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton’s loss to you know who was heartbreaking. This year, we had brilliant and capable women who might have done a bang up job as President. Senators Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar had all of the qualities one would want in a President.
Of all of the female nominees, Senator Elizabeth Warren came the closest. Some in the press are arguing that it was sexism that ultimately doomed her campaign. I can’t disagree with their arguments, even if she was not my first choice for President.
Though it is indisputable that these women will forever have a place in American history, it still does not dull the frustration of not being able to say “Madam President” in 2020.
There is nothing like laughter to relieve stress. There is nothing like satire to make one feel better when it feels like the world is crumbling around you.
Depending on where one lands on the political spectrum, it would be understandable to feel that the political system that ensures America’s survival is disintegrating before our very eyes. That is where elections come in. Elections, whether on the local, state or national level, give the voters a sense of control.
Randy Rainbow released his newest video earlier today. It is titled “ANY DEM WILL DO! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody”
Back in January, I wrote a post questioning if “Vote Blue, No Matter Who” was the best way to go in this election. As of now, my mind has started to slightly change. We need a Democrat in the White House, but we also need to be smart about who we vote for.
But if nothing else, we have Randy Rainbow to keep us laughing and thinking at the same time.
Today is Super Tuesday. Voters in fourteen states and American Samoa will have their say as to which Democratic nominee they want going against you know who in the fall.
As of earlier this week, both former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. After the Vice President won by a large margin in South Carolina over the weekend, it seems that we are headed for a showdown between him and Senator Bernie Sanders.
As much as I cringe that no matter how the vote goes, we will still have another old white man sitting in the highest office in the land, Biden is our best choice. It would have been nice to refer to Senator Klobuchar as Madam President (especially that this year is the centenary of the 19th amendment). But some things are not meant to be, as much as we would wish it to go our way.
The reason I stand behind Vice President Biden is that he has the best chance of getting you know who out of office. My fear is that if Senator Sanders wins the nomination, it will be the impetus that the right needs to give you know who another four years in office.
It’s only 8:50 on the East Coast. We still have a few hours to go before the final numbers are revealed. But I have a feeling (and perhaps a little hope) that it will be Vice President Biden representing the Democrats in the fall.
Every President and Presidential administration has a moment that defines their time in office. The question is, will they rise to the occasion or will they forever be defined by their lack of action?
The coronavirus is more than just the daily headline. It is a serious risk that if not treated properly, could take the lives of millions.
It would behoove our political leaders to take this disease seriously and do all they can to ensure that they and their administrations are ready for the outbreak. It should surprise no one that the current Presidential administration is not reacting as they should.
What you know who does not realize (or care to know) is that it’s not about him or the upcoming Presidential election. It is about ensuring that this country is prepared for the outbreak and doing everything possible to save lives.
What is even scarier that is Vice President Mike Pence has been tasked with managing the coronavirus crisis. Given his reaction in 2015 to an HIV crisis in his state while he was Governor, I’m not exactly hopeful that he will be able to do the job.
We as a country, need to take the coronavirus seriously. That includes our political leadership. But they are unwilling or unable to do what needs to be done to save lives, then we have no choice but to vote them out of office.
As the calendar moves us closer to the Presidential election in the fall, many of us will start to make decisions (if we have not done so already) as to which candidate we will vote for.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally joined the Democratic candidates on the debate stage last night.
To say that he took a pounding is an understatement.
Unlike the other candidates, who have spent months, if not years on the campaign trail, Mayor Bloomberg is a recent arrival who has basically bought his way into the Presidential campaign. Spending millions of dollars on ads is one thing, but it is not enough to prove to the voters that you are the candidate to represent the party and lead the ticket in the fall.
To his credit, he did put up a dam good fight. He is obviously smart, tough and not afraid of standing his ground. One does not build a billion dollar company, govern a major city like New York for more than a decade or rebuild after an event like 9/11 without being having a brain and a backbone.
However, it is his record as Mayor that is troublesome. I am also questioning that after nearly four years of you know who, if America really wants another billionaire President who has bought their way into office?
Only time will tell who wins the nomination. But I have a feeling that it won’t be Michael Bloomberg.
The job of the United States Attorney General is to be the country’s lead attorney. Though he or she is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, they are not the personal attorney of the President.
Try telling that to you know who.
Randy Rainbow’s newest video is entitled “NO RULES FOR DONALD – Randy Rainbow Song Parody“.
Set to the Dua Lipa song, New Rules, the song lays out why Attorney General William Barr is as corrupt as his boss. He should be doing what is right for the country. But he is doing what is good for his boss and his bosses’s ability to keep his job.
Just another reason to vote him out out of office in the fall.
When this country was founded in the late 18th century, the men who stepped forward to lead this new country knew exactly what they didn’t want. While they did not have a crystal ball to see into the future, they also knew enough to insert certain boundaries to hopefully ensure that the republic would last.
Regardless of where one lands on the political spectrum, we should all be concerned. This President believes himself to be above the law and therefore, able to do whatever he wants without being called out.
As anyone who does not live under a rock knows, we have a Presidential election coming up in November. If there is one thing that I have learned over the past few years, it is that democracy is not easily maintained. It requires hard choices, tough decisions and the knowledge that if it is to last, we must fight for it.
That means voting in November and getting you know who out of office.
In my professional life, I’ve never aspired to a managerial position. But if there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is that a good manager does not want yes men or yes women. He or she at least listens and respects the opinions and suggestions of their team members. Whether or not they act on said opinions or suggestions is another story. But at least the employee is given the courtesy to being heard.
After the debacle that was the impeachment trial, you know whose victory dance went well beyond the usual petty and immature behavior. He firedAlexander Vindman and Gordon Sondland for telling the truth.
In any business, when a manager hires or fires based on whether or not an employee will yes them, that is something to be concerned about. But when a person in political office, especially in the office of President of the United States only wants yes people around them, that is disturbing. He or she must have different voices around them.
If nothing else, the firing of Ambassador Sondland and Lt. Vindman should set off alarm bells. The man whom we have unfortunately elected to lead this country is unwilling and unable to listen to anyone who does not agree with him. With the 2020 Presidential election less than a year away, this should be the last straw for the voting public.
But I have a feeling that for many, it won’t be. That is what scares me.