Pandemic & Failure of Leadership: Lethal Mix

It didn’t have to be this way. Justified fear is a way of life now, afraid to go anywhere or be near anyone. An invisible invading army crossed our shores and the impeached President tried to wish it away and pass responsibility on to the states when a federal response was crucial and the only way to curtail the virus to keep Americans safe. More than 175,000 Americans are dead now, and the number is still growing daily, due to the poor handling of the Coronavirus. A national masking mandate, coordinated PPE procurement and distribution, and the development and implementation of rapid testing and tracing needed to be put in place as soon as the virus was reported. There was a written plan on the shelf and all he needed to say was “go.” So simple, but ignorance won out!

Our system of checks and balances failed us. Apparently, there are no qualifications to be president of the United States, you just have to fool enough people into voting for you. How can ONE unqualified person keep the richest most technologically advanced country in the world from stopping this deadly virus? The CDC, the experts, should have been automatically deployed to stop the spread. There are three EQUAL branches of government in our democracy. This should not have been the decision of one person! The executive branch has become too powerful and needs to be checked so that their shortcomings don’t result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. “I alone can fix it” is the BIGGEST lie impeached President Trump ever utter, it was definitely the most deadly!

The complicit Republican senators, Fox News and other right wing media have blood on their hands as they looked the other way and outright lied to keep this corrupt, inept, impeached President from being removed from office while downplaying the deadly dangers posed by COVID-19. On election night 2016, I had an overwhelming sense of doom and gloom, but I never imagined that it could be this bad or this deadly! I really believed or hoped that our systems, structures and institutions would protect us from a single destructive individual, but they did not!