I think this picture will become emblematic of the Trump administration. A moment of silence while we pause to appreciate its demise.
Yes, he’s huddled down in the Dick Cheney memorial bunker. When the Dick occupied it, we were under attack from without. Now we’re under attack from within, and he is powerless to know what to do. He was always incompetent, but the stakes were lower. He’s still incompetent, but now the country is melting down. Erik says it’ll all stop by the end of the week. I’m not so sure. A combination of frustration over unemployment, the virus and now the death of another black man is more than these kids can handle. Here’s another picture to contemplate.
Yes, that is I-95 early Sunday evening here in Palm Beach County when protesters took over both sides of the interstate for a while. What does that say to you about the state of affairs in this country? Do you think it’ll stop in a week, or will they become like the kids in Hong Kong, leaving school, home and family to become professional mobs?
My text sounds like I disapprove of what these kids are doing. Most of them are just going to the protest because that’s a cool thing to do. Girls are clad in black yoga pants, tapping on their phones. The guys are wearing tie dye (remember that from our era?) or shirtless, waving signs and shouting? When kids get shot, like at Kent State, will they quit or become more militant? I suspect the cool kids will abandon the field, to the new revolutionaries who will not. They will be there in sufficient number to get the media’s attention. That will draw more in, and, well, here we go – Hong Kong redux.
By November, I calculate the US will incur a total of 285,000 deaths from SARS-2. The economy will be in a state of virtual collapse by the end of August. There are already articles saying restaurants are in worse shape after reopening, because of limited seating and likely not even using what they have. I am afraid to go to a restaurant, and I don’t think I’m all that unusual. We, like Trumpedo the Maleficent, are hunkering down until the ‘thing’ goes away. You mean the virus or the protesters? You decide.
A lot of people that hate Trump will welcome all that dismal news. Then, at some point, reality will hit, maybe when his unemployment runs out or she gets sick and incurs a whopper of a hospital bill she can’t pay because she lost her insurance when she lost her job. Then what happens? At some point, a genuine leader will emerge from the shadows and start to make things better. I expect to see that some time in September, when it becomes exceedingly clear that Trump and his gang are done. Then and only then will the Republicans figure out that they’ll be swept out of office too. The tunes will change bigly then. You’ll start hearing, “Well, I never really agreed with him, but the party leadership made me toe the line.” Or how about, “Now that I see what he’s REALLY like, I disagree with his policies and believe we need a change in this country.” But by then it’ll be too late. We’ll all vote by mail, because the second wave of the Cvirus will make it too dangerous to go to the polls. Why? Because poll workers won’t show up, fearful of the same thing. Lines will be too long to process with social distancing. Vote by mail will be the only solution. And when the results do finally get tabulated – maybe two weeks or so after the election? It will be chaos in Washington with the changing of the guard. It won’t be pretty.
What to do in the meantime? You know the drill. Do what you’re supposed to do to avoid getting sick. Stop listening to popular media because they are clueless, grasping at straws. Like 60 Minutes last night, showing one man who believed he was saved by antibodies in plasma from a donor. Maybe he was. But there aren’t enough plasma donors to make any kind of dent in the number of serious cases that will need antibody therapy. So, come on Scripps et al – do your thing and work on a treatment with those monoclonal antibodies! We need to turn this battleship by January, 2021, when a whole new administration will take over. They will have a whale of a set of problems to solve. But with Democrats in charge in the White House and both sides of Congress, I believe it’s possible to begin to rebuild. Or not. Biden’s choice of a VP will be essential to this task. I don’t believe he has what it takes to do it alone. We need a hero(ine)!
My temperature is 98.1° F. My blood oxygen is 96% and my heartbeat is 79 bpm. Good vibes here.