I took an unplanned break between my birthday weekend and the Fourth of July weekend. It wasn’t that I didn’t have exciting things to post or write about. Mostly I’ve felt burnt out.
Things are not normal or even the “new” normal. I’m lucky I live in a blue state with a Democrat as the governor who listens to scientists and yells at the President. I’m fortunate I live in a University town filled with smart people so practically everywhere I go out (the grocery store, a few box stores, the dentist office, etc.) everyone is wearing a mask. At last look, Illinois’ rate of daily cases is 6.3 per 100,000 residents, which puts us in the lower half of all states.
No one I know personally has been infected with the virus, but we are all affected by our leadership’s terribleness at the federal level. If we had just responded by listening to the health officials and pandemic response experts, things like wearing masks and social distancing would not have been political. It would have been lifesaving. Instead, we are constantly reminded of how incredibly inept and stupid the people in charge actually are.
Sure, some of the desperate red states are finally understanding that magical thinking gets them nowhere, and mask requirements are happening statewide. However, the next six months are screwed because too many morons think wearing a mask makes them pussies or weak, and we didn’t fix the issues we had three months ago the lockdown was designed to alleviate. So, guess what? The country will go into quarantine again, probably for the rest of the summer and maybe until next year.
Of course, it didn’t have to be this way. Quite simply, Republicans at the federal and state level did this. They could have managed this crisis differently and saved thousands of lives, but they didn’t, and the places seeing rising cases are the red states. It’s the most politically stupid decision I can remember in my lifetime.
Trump could have followed the expert advice, managed the pandemic in the country by letting others do the work and then him basking in the glory of lives saved toward victory in November. Of course, he didn’t do that because he’s too stupid to have seen the opportunity. It could have been a massive political tool for re-election, but he mismanaged everything. It’s a catastrophe. Joe Biden could win Texas in November. TEXAS!
The ineptitude affects me directly. If we had handled it like most other industrialized countries, the question of sports and schools coming back would be moot. I’m not sure how having, for example, Major League Baseball again starting in late July it won’t be an epicenter for spreading COVID-19. I want schools to open up, but I don’t see how it can be done safely and not become hot spots in weeks. Again, I’m no expert. I just read the experts, and they say it doesn’t seem possible. I thought I was burnt out, but it’s pandemic experts who are at their breaking point.
On the other hand, my family is incredibly blessed to be able to work from home. My wife and I still have our jobs, and we still can provide for our family. We can manage our outside contacts. Everyone is healthy and safe. I understand that isn’t the case for a vast majority of people in this country.
Every day on my television screen or computer monitor, I see citizen journalists. The good, the bad, and the ugly are front and center. The revolution will be televised. I still think this is a good thing.
In May, a million years ago, I felt like we’d get through this and have a somewhat regular Fall with college football, Halloween, and an Election Day bringing this tiresome administration to an end. Today, I don’t know. I mean, there’s a 20 percent or so chance Trump gets reelected, but right now I’m not too worried about it because unfortunately, things are going to get far worse in this country before they get better. He’s losing, and maybe, just maybe, it will cost Republicans dearly. Defeating the current crop of Republicans is fundamentally essential.
And when they shut down the professional sports (again), the college sports (again), and the school’s (again)… Trump is going to lose. Bigly.
He might even lose Texas.