Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 128: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Dear Diary,

The reality that Americans are losing the battle against the coronavirus gets me down. Worse, I don't see a light at the end of the tunnel. Ignorance and ideology has plunged our country into chaos. 

It didn't have to be this way. If we would have had a real leader, and not an egotistical conspiracy clown, there wouldn't be 142,000 (and counting) deaths in the last six months. 

We didn't, and still don't have a leader. Trump is running around like a crazed orangutan telling people that the virus will magically disappear anytime now.  

Fear of not getting re-elected is spreading through the ranks of Republican minions, one of many reasons they're turning to science instead of Trumpian magic less than 100 days from the general election.

Meanwhile Congress is investigating Russian attempts to use members of Congress as unwitting (or corrupt) pawns to attack Democrats on Capital Hill, and Joe Biden. 

It looks like that sneaky bastard, and Trump enabler, Sen. Ron Johnson, is coordinating with ousted Ukrainian officials to come up with fake dirt in a last minute bid to discredit Biden in an October surprise. Among other things.

Amid all of this chaos Trump is planning on invading Democratic states with unmarked goons to arrest and spirit away civilians in unmarked cars. He's threatened to send 150 goons into Chicago. 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot made it clear that's not going to happen, and she's going to the courts to fight the unconstitutional move by Trump. "Don't even think about it," Lightfoot warned. We'll see what happens. 

The threat is implicit; Trump is using government agencies not trained to deal with civilians (and not part of their official job description) to "dominate streets" in cities where there's Democratic mayors. His blatant appeal to his hardcore base comes wrapped in the myth of being a "law and order" president. 

The only way to contain the chaos is to remove Trump from the center of the storm by voting on November 3rd. It won't automatically solve everything from the crippled economy to the pandemic, but kicking his corrupt ass out will go a long way towards seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

Quote for the Day; "There comes a point where you know longer care if there's a light at the end of the tunnel. You're just sick of the tunnel." -Ranata Suzuki 

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