By Don W. Hubble. March 24, 2020. BLOWING ROCK, NC — The response to the COVID-19 from our leader(s) in Washington, DC rests on a three-legged stool of denial, deception, and hypocrisy: President Trump, Fox News (Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh) and many of differing groups of Trump supporters.
About the Author: Don Hubble lives in Blowing Rock, although he spends much of the winter in Greenville, SC. In his business career, he was a senior executive in corporate America. He has volunteered extensively in Blowing Rock, serving on the Chamber of Commerce Board, the Board of the Village Foundation, the Board of Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, and the Board of Blowing Rock Country Club. He also served on the Planning Board for the Town of Blowing Rock.
The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not intended to necessarily reflect those of Blowing Rock News, its managers and officers, or its employees. We invite all well-articulated, thoughtful, and thought-provoking opinions to be considered for publication.
The Senate is also still sitting on the sidelines – as they did in the impeachment trials. The Senate Majority leader, Mitch, McConnell, continues to hone his personal agenda. To most people, that agenda is very difficult to decipher – other than him staying in power — both personally and for his Tribe of Republican senators,
Debt (and liability) loads: individual (credit cards, car loans, mortgages, student debt and other); state and local governments (bonds and pension plans); and federal government (social security, treasury notes, bonds, pensions , et al) will all come due at some point in time.
The mandated shutdowns and the resultant economic slowdown will exacerbate this reckoning. Many citizens face financial ruin.
The mandated shutdowns and the resultant economic slowdown necessitated and caused by COVID-19 will exacerbate this reckoning. Many citizens face financial ruin. Even worse, large tranches of our population will be without food, shelter or healthcare access.
Social unrest as a consequence of the inequality of wealth accumulation and income will be a force to be addressed within the relatively near future. When more people go hungry, when more people have no place to live, and when more people can’t afford necessary healthcare just to stay alive, social unrest is bound to occur.
When more people go hungry, when more people have no place to live, and when more people can’t afford necessary healthcare just to stay alive, social unrest is bound to occur.
A frightening example of pending social unrest is the fact that in addition to grocery stores selling out of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and some food items, gun stores are selling out of guns and ammunition. A question is posed: “Are the buyers planning to shoot people if they ask for charity or do they just want to protect the precious items that they are hoarding?”
There are still some right-wing Republicans claiming that the coronavirus is a “hoax” and that George Soros, the billionaire investor, is behind the virus outbreak. Apparently there is no hope in changing the minds of people who believe any conspiracy as long as it furthers their anti-government, pro-Trump stance.
It seems impossible to many observers that Fox News and Trump can take a definitive stance on a subject, make categorical comments, state a firm position, and then say the exact opposite a few days later without die-hard Trump supporters recognizing the incongruity.
The liberal left also has some complicity in the failings of many American institutions and leaving complex problems unsolved.
The inane, even insidious comments made by Trump supporters (indeed, by Trump himself) boggles the mind. A recent poll indicated that Republicans who listened to Fox News, are more supportive of Trump than those that do not. (A cynic might observe that they wasted their money on that poll since it was already pretty darned obvious!)
However, the liberal left also has some complicity in the failings of many American institutions and in leaving complex problems unsolved. The further left the Democratic party goes, then the further right the Republic party (perhaps better known now as the Trump party) goes. Further, there is, and has been, far too much attention paid to Trump’s “character” and far too little to his competency and leadership abilities.
We don’t need walls, we need partnerships — humanitarian and economic.
Bipartisanship is a thing of the past. At the national level, politicians working together for the greater good is historical folklore. Democrats vote as a group and Republicans vote as a group. “Reaching across the aisle” is now practiced only in churches.
The American response to COVID-19 illustrates what happens when cooperation, collaboration, and cohesiveness is only practiced within tribes and not collectively. We have become divided as a nation. Just as important, the isolationistic practices instituted in the past three (3) years have weakened effective partnerships with Allies, as well as weakened the supply chain with countries upon which we have become most dependent. We don’t need walls, we need partnerships – humanitarian and economic.
Stay home, wash your hands, maintain social distance and demand that your elected officials work together to win the war against COVID-19. Thank goodness that many state and local governments are more concerned than the national leadership with reducing the number of people infected with the virus and providing healthcare to those who are in dire need of it.