On the day that the United States recorded its 1,000th death from COVID-19 we find ourselves in the middle of a crisis.
The President’s response? Today he announced guidelines that will relax “social distancing” (ie, keeping a space of six feet between you and another person) in areas that are not (currently) suffering high numbers of COVID-19.
Harry Truman, who was President from 1945 to 1953, famously had a sign on his desk that said: The Buck Stops Here. In other words, when people pass the buck (deny blame) and it ends up on his desk, he cannot pass the buck to anyone.
Contrast that with our current President who famously takes no responsibility for his actions on the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to relaxing social distancing he also announced that America should return to normal by Easter Sunday.
Two things are clear: he’s delusional about the the spread of the Pandemic. He can’t stop COVID-19. Nobody can. We can go back to normal only when the infection rate dramatically slows.
Second, he puts his re-election ahead of public safety. If we stop self isolating while the infection rate continues to rise, it will lead to a dramatic spike in new illnesses. But he recognizes that he won’t be re-elected if the economy is bad, if the stock market continues to tank, and unemployment continues to rise.
In other words he is willing to put American lives at risk so he can manipulate his numbers and give him another four years.
Let us pray the American people are smarter than that.