Today is the 163rd day since the first death from CoVID-19 was initially recognized. Since February 29th, at least 163,000 Americans have died from CoVID-19 related illness. There have been more than 5 million confirmed cases here in the US which is millions ahead of the second most infected country.
As glaring as these numbers are, they are not a true reflection of the true toll CoVID-19 has taken on the US. As we’re gearing up for back to school, we are getting news that just under 100,000 kids have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the past two weeks alone. Even with all we see and know, there are parents still demanding their children be allowed to become vectors by attending school in person this fall.
Now, today’s buzz is surrounding the cancelation of college football. Many smaller schools and conferences have already come to terms with reality, and now it appears that one of the Power 5 conferences is ready to do the same. This didn’t have to be our current reality, but this is where we sit as a country now because of the failure of those elected to steer our government.
We don’t deserve a football season based on how we’ve addressed this pandemic. We don’t deserve any sports or leisure events. We haven’t done the necessary work to curtail the spread of this virus to the point where it is remotely feasible to consider leisure activities.
Firefighters don’t declare victory over a house fire as soon as they hook up hoses and get water flowing. An airline pilot wouldn’t declare crisis averted just by putting on his oxygen mask if his plane loses pressure at 38,000 feet. In all emergency situations, there are protocols and steps we take to not only recognize the problem but to actively work to resolve the emergency as quickly as possible without the loss of life/property of those involved. We failed this task with coronavirus.
Gov. Mumbles announced a new testing site at Hartsfield-Jackson today. That sounds good, but what will testing accomplish when we’re not using the results of the testing to mitigate the spread of the virus? Testing thousands every day is useless when the results are not known for 2 weeks. There’s no way to know how many additional infections are created within that time frame. When he refuses to implement steps to slow the spread of CoVID-19 so that testing can help us reduce spread, Mumbles is complicit in the spread of infection and death.
I’m also sick of the Freedumb Vectors™ who traffic dumbassery and put the lives of first responders and medical professionals at risk. People want to claim that wearing a mask is cowering in fear while they can’t go to the grocery store or even leave their home without carrying a loaded handgun or rifle. If wearing a mask is living in fear, then quit wearing seat belts, helmets, or other safety gear. Stop buying guns to protect yourself or your family. Quit paying premiums for medical and life insurance too because that’s living in fear of in case something happens.
We claim to be the greatest nation in the world, the beacon of freedom to all. In reality, we’re a country with our fair share of incompetent idiots who are riding the coattails of our predecessors while pretending they’re responsible for the success from decisions made long ago.
I say this because I used to think that it took years, even decades, to realize the outcomes of decisions made by our government. I’ve been proven wrong because we’re living with the failure of decisions made by a chaos goblin who lives only to better himself while destroying those who do not show fealty to him and those who enable him to run amok unchecked by constitutional norms.
Things didn’t have to be this way. They are because of selfish individuals who refuse to acknowledge reality and science and instead choose to feed chaos and conspiracy. We reap what we sow. Those of us who make the tough decisions and sacrifices will not see the fruits of our labors as long as it’s not a united front from everyone.
If you want football, in person school, or even vacations, then do the hard work and earn the reward. If you’re not going to do the hard work, then don’t complain about the results you don’t get.