Permanent Despotism

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The President deliberately cost hundreds of thousands of people their lives all because he believed a national testing plan would only benefit Blue States.  This, taken together with the most recent revelations from Bob Woodward’s new book, “Rage,” that the President knew how deadly COVID-19 was in the early weeks of February, paints a disturbingly grim portrait of an extremely morally compromised human being.  That testing plan, had it been executed at its earliest, in all likelihood would have avoided the “shelter-in-place” orders that individual States were forced to later make. It would have spared us the devastation it is still causing our economy.

The President has a responsibility to consider all Americans whether they voted for him or not. The words of President Washington in his Farewell Address are just as valid today as they were 200 years ago:  “Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party, generally…The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.”

We are Americans—we belong to the United States of America.  We don’t belong to Red States or Blue States of some foreign, different America that has committed itself to endless political corruption and intrigue. Leaders who are morally incapable of recognizing that we are all Americans with basic core commonly held beliefs about liberty and justice are dangerously ill-suited for the office of President. These individuals, like Trump, will never do the right thing for their country because, in reality, they have no country.  They just have themselves and think only of themselves.  They will lead our country into a state of “permanent despotism.”

It’s time to remove dangerous threats to our republic and to our democracy.  Starting with this virus but not ending there.  We need to remove the self-serving politically corrupt demagogues that have made this virus outbreak in our country so destructive, so deadly and so unmanageable.

References:

#CNN #News – Jul 31, 2020 – Report: Kushner’s Covid-19 testing plan ‘went poof into thin air’

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

#CNN #News – Sep 14, 2020 – Cooper: Trump’s actions contradict what he says in private about Covid-19

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